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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:00 pm    BTI - One January Evening - review Eclipsed print magazine Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear friends, listeners (and others) - may we present to You


One January Evening

https://bridgetoimla.bandcamp.com/album/one-january-evening


- the first live album by Bridge To Imla (Hans-Dieter Schmidt & myself), with our good friends Volker Lankow & Ralph Baumgartl on many tracks!!! ^_^

ENJOY THE SONIC JOURNEY THROUGH IMAGINARY LANDS!!!! Mr. Green

Cover photography by Norbert Zumdiek
Concert photography by Stefan Trippler


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For more infos please see the album's BC page...


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:57 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

BIG thanks to Uwe SaĂźe for his very favourable review of Bridge to Imla's new live album "One January Evening" Very Happy

http://www.sequenzerwelten.de/brueckner_main.html


For those of You who don't speak German, here's a rough little translation:


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Well, if you don't get yourself 'One January Evening' there's nothing I can do for you Wink


Two quite different CDs, on the one hand the concert with Hans-Dieter Schmidt and Michael BrĂĽckner as "Bridge To Imla" and on the other the jam session with the support of Volker Lankow, who was responsible for the percussion and soundscapes, and Ralph Baumgartl on keyboards and synthesizers. All together really top class and fun to listen to at any time!


The concert takes us into the imaginative world of Michael and Hans-Dieter with very catchy and calm EM, which sounds a little mystical at some passages. Really wonderfully made, and I am really glad that the two made it possible to enjoy this concert, even for those who could not attend.


The jam session, in which Volker Lankow and Ralph Baumgartl took part, comes across very lively and spontaneous - just the way I imagine a session, with improvised and partly "free-to-blow" playing. Very interesting and, as already mentioned, very lively. It's a lot of fun Smile


Nobody should miss this "January evening" - highly recommended by me!


(Uwe SaĂźe, Sequenzerwelten)


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Also, the album is currently 'album of the week' at EM radio Modul303 and so far, generally speaking, well received by anyone who gave us feedback about it.

Why not have a listen, too...?!? Wink



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:29 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Today two (positive!) reviews of BTI’s live album “One January Evening” arrived – the first one (in German) by Achim Breiling (who actually attended the concert), for the prog rock (and related) review page “Babyblaue Seiten” , the second (in French and English) by Canadian reviewer Sylvain Lupari, for his page “Synth&Sequences”

(see links and a partial, rough translation / excerpts below)

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http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_17527.html#oben

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(…)

Michael BrĂĽckner and Hans-Dieter Schmidt (...) - joined towards the end of their set by percussionist and soundscaper Volker Lankow - presented a 45 minutes e-music suite, a colorful, rather measured and gloomy tone painting in the Berlin tradition, which sometimes, however, also clearly moved to ambient fields.
Very tuneful and varied, astonishingly versatile orchestrated, and sometimes enriched with fractures of speech and noise, the stream of sound flowed on. Most of the time the two protagonists were concentrating behind laptops or bent over keyboards while performing. However, Schmidt often used an EWI (electronic wind instrument), a kind of advanced lyricon, a synthesizer to hang around the neck, which is controlled by blowing and all kinds of knobs and keys, to rather spectacular effect…

(…)

After a short lunch break followed a live jam to close the evening. The four protagonists improvised for a good hour, weaving electronic webs that were even more colourful and varied than the duo suite preceding it.
Very good sounding midi sounds, imitating percussion, piano, voices, bass and electric guitar were used - as well as mighty, undulating synthesizer pads, all kinds of dark booms, spacey wafting, cosmic hissing, mysterious whispering and echoing beeping.
Despite the percussive sounds occasionally used by Lankow, the music flowed freely and formlessly, but very homogeneously and densely interwoven.
Occasionally however - in "Equatorial Passages" for example - percussion and sequencer patterns worked their way more to the front of the mix, and provided for dynamics and hypnotic pulsation.

(…)

"One January Evening" is a very entertaining, spontaneous, warm and authentic sounding live document by Bridge To Imla (and friends), which should appeal to every lover of free electronics in the borderland of classical Kraut electronics (in the Berlin spirit – retro electronics, if you like) and ambient.


(Achim Breiling for Babyblaue Seiten, 11 / 15 points)

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https://synthsequences.blogspot.com/2018/08/bridge-to-imla-one-january-evening-2018.html

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This is another strong opus from a duo which evolves from purely Ambient Music towards Tribal vibes and both side of Berlin School.

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Ambient music with experimental perfumes and animated with a very Berlin School vision, this is the result of this Jam Session…

(…)

All in all, and even if one doesn't like ambient and dark music, since “One January Evening” is clearly more sibylline and darker than The Radiant Sea, this latest opus of Bridge to Imla is a safe bet. One finds everything in this hybrid album where the reflections on Ambient Music of the duo evolve towards a great tribal rhythm at the end of the concert and towards some very good Berlin School in the sections Bonus and Jam Session. There are too many good times in this album for an Ambient Music and / or Berlin School (retro or contemporary) lover to miss out this “One January Evening”.


(Sylvain Lupari for Synth&Sequences, 4,5 / 5 stars)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:31 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Thoralf Koss recently reviewed Bridge To Imla’s album „One January Evening“ for the German online magazine musikreviews.de - and very favorably so! Very Happy

Read the original review (in German) here, or a (rough) English translation below…

http://musikreviews.de/reviews/2018/Bridge-To-Imla/One-January-Evening/


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Once upon a time there was an evening in January... That's how a fairy tale could begin. In this case it's the electronic music fairy tale of BRIDGE TO IMLA and their live performance in January 2018!

In the course of a solo evening on synthesizers and keyboards by RALPH BAUMGARTL, which was not included on this double album but rated as "excellent", the two BRIDGE TO IMLA electronic artists, MICHAEL BRĂśCKNER & HANS-DIETER SCHMIDT, came to this quite unusual live collaboration with said Baumgartl, who plays synthie and keys on the second CD "The Jam Session", and VOLKER LANKOW, who accompanies BRIDGE TO IMLA on the tracks "Variation On 'Intermingling Currents'", "The Dream-Quest To Unknown Imla" and "Variation On 'Epilogue - Ring Of Fire'" for almost 20 minutes on CD 1 "The Concert" and additionally on the complete second Jam-Session-CD.

An initial background noise on the second CD also hints at the live character of the recording. Sometimes you almost think it was deliberately left that way, because the sound and the many effects as well as the stereo channel separation are excellent on the first, very atmospheric, and second, much more dynamic, CD. Whether under headphones or in front of a good system (the critic has tested both variants completely!) - when we cross the bridge to Imla, not only an electronic time travel, but also a sonorous floating through the sound world of effects awaits us. Of course BRIDGE TO IMLA do not reinvent their music and the electronic forefather KLAUS SCHULZE has long since crossed this bridge, but how many really alternative possibilities exist within electronic music, in order not to be compared with its "inventors", who - depending on the style in question - are called Schulze, Göttsching, Jarre, Eno, Niemen or Tomita. And in Germany a KLAUS SCHULZE still seems to leave his deepest traces, since he allows his music to hover and unfold mostly without hecticness. The same applies to this double album by BRIDGE TO IMLA.

And whether Schmidt or Schulze, as much as these are commonplace names, electronic commonplace musicians are by no means any of them, even if their sound spaces and atmospheric synthic worlds are very similar, or even unite as a matter of course.

The second CD as well as the bonus tracks of the first one have some surprises in store, which make them the even more exciting part of "One January Evening". Fat basses appear in the intro and the critic who grew up in East Germany actually feels reminded at first of one of his favourite electronic music albums: "Katharsis" by NIEMEN.
Moreover, the percussion of VOLKER LANKOW significantly enrichs the electronic music, even let it shine in a tenderly shimmering jazz light. Free improvisation in particular is good for the music, sets more dynamic sticking points, even if it continues to be subtle on the Schulze synth pads, but the foreground reminds much more of MANUEL GĂ–TTSCHING's ASHRA and his masterpiece "New Age Of Earth"!

The story behind the studio version of "The Dream-Quest To Unknown Imla", which contains a flute solo created on the Mellotron that really sounds very "real", is also interesting, as it only came to the double album because of an accident. MICHAEL BRĂśCKNER, who was responsible for this Melotron flute solo, had accidentally looked into a blue laser beamer exactly at the moment it was planned live, which confused him completely, just like all flute sounds. Now you can hear exactly what it should sound like with the studio version, even if it didn't sound like that live - as you can hear on track 7 of the first CD. A wise decision to keep the live version despite the blue laser view.

CONCLUSION: The two keyboardists Hans-Dieter Schmidt and Michael BrĂĽckner build bridges (no wonder with such a name!) to electronic music in the environment of a KLAUS SCHULZE and MANUEL GĂ–TTSCHING. With "One January Evening" BRIDGE TO IMLA now release a live double album with the guests Ralph Baumgartl (keyboards) and Volker Lankow (percussion and soundscapes) as well as many bonus tracks. Lovers of electronic music will enjoy this double album, which is very atmospheric on the first "The Concert" CD, but much more dynamic on the second "The Jam Session" CD.


Thoralf Koss for musikreviews.de

12 (of 15) points


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:10 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

In the recent issue of German (print) music magazine "Eclipsed", there's a - quite positive - review of BTI's album "One January Evening"!!! Many thanks to reviewer Walter Sehrer - here's the original text, and a little further down, the English translation...

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Hinter dem Projektnamen Bridge To lmla And Friends verbergen sich die Elektroniker Michael BrĂĽckner und Hans-Dieter Schmidt, die hier auf einem Konzert im Januar 2018 gemeinsame Sache mit ihren Kollegen Ralph Baumgartl und Volker Lankow machten.

Auf CD 1 befindet sich besagtes Konzert (unterteilt in elf ineinander übergehende Stücke) plus Bonustracks. Hier wurde nicht einfach klassische Berliner Schule reproduziert, sondern frei assoziierende meditative elektronische Musik geboten, die sich keiner Schublade eindeutig zugehörig fühlt.

So könnte "Varation On ,Raukumara Plain'" mit seinen asiatischen Harmonieanklängen von Ryuichi Sakamoto oder David Mingyue Liang stammen.

Vieles floss wie anspruchsvolle Hintergrundmusik zu einem Film oder einer Natur-Doku, verblieb abstrakt oder lautmalerisch in Aquarellfarben.

Einfache Melodien oder Beats schälten sich nur langsam heraus. Nur in "The Dream-Quest To Unknown lmla" (tolle Mellotron-Flöte!) oder "Drifting On A Southern Shore" wird man höchst positiv an einen hypnotischen Klaus Schulze oder TD erinnert.

CD 2 enthält eine Jam Session mit etwas dynamischeren Titeln, mehr Soli und Beats (hier doch noch mehr Berliner Schule). Hervorragend: "Encore - The Pastonus Conspiracy" sowie „Rehearsals“.

Top-Track: The Dream -Quest To Unknown lmla


Walter Sehrer, 8 (of 10) Sterne, "hervorragend"


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Behind the project name Bridge To lmla And Friends stand the electronic musicians Michael BrĂĽckner and Hans-Dieter Schmidt, who did a concert together with their colleagues Ralph Baumgartl and Volker Lankow in January 2018.

CD 1 contains the aforementioned concert (divided into eleven seamlessly mixed pieces) plus bonus tracks. Instead of reproducing only classical Berlin School, free associative meditative electronic music was offered, which could not easily be pigeonholed.

"Varation On 'Raukumara Plain'" for example, with its Asian harmonies, could have come from Ryuichi Sakamoto or David Mingyue Liang.

Much of the music flowed like a sophisticated soundtrack to a movie or a nature documentary, remaining abstract or onomatopoeic, like in aquarelle colours.

Simple melodies or beats only emerged slowly. Only "The Dream-Quest To Unknown lmla" (great Mellotron flute!) or "Drifting On A Southern Shore" are remindig of hypnotic tracks by Klaus Schulze or TD - in a most positive way.

CD 2 contains a jam session with more dynamic tracks, more solos and beats (and finally more Berlin school).
Excellent: "Encore - The Pastonus Conspiracy" and "Rehearsals".

Top track: The Dream -Quest To Unknown lmla


Walter Sehrer, 8 (of 10) stars, "excellent"



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