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A European label like Nemu has the flexibility to present performers based both close by and across the pond. The only requirement, crucial for a new label, is a shared aesthetic. Not music that all sounds the same, but accomplishes similar things. Carnival Skin is a quintet of Americans except for German drummer Klaus Kugel, who is one of four Europeans in the Syntopia Quartet. Both albums are compelling, feature unusual front lines and highlight the often drastic differences between American and European jazz that no one usually wants to admit.

Carnival Skin (nemu 003) is led by the clarinet of Perry Robinson and the trumpets of Peter Evans. Don’t expect tradition though. Bruce Eisenbeil’s dissonant guitar is the main mover across the six tracks.

Syntopia (nemu 001) is propelled by violin and clarinet, supported by rhythm section. Whereas Carnival is brash and outgoing, Syntopia works in a classically inspired realm, subtle and and introverted. And as the volume of Carnival’s drums and guitar forces the clarinet and trumpet into playing louder than usual, Syntopia’s delicacy requires understatement from its rhythm section. The best part of each album is when Carnival achieves Syntopia-like calm and when Syntopia has Carnival-like fits and appreciating how differently each group comes to those points, the beginnings of a wonderful Nemu aesthetic. —

by Andrey Henkin, All About Jazz NY, USA 2006



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Interview in German in www.jazzzeitung.de


NEMU eine Abkürzung für NEUE MUSIK...

„...wobei Neue Musik hier deutlich mehr umfasst, als in der gebräuchlichen Definition als zeitgenössische ernste Musik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts. Die beiden Macher verstehen NEMU RECORDS als eine Plattform für aktuelle Musik mit den Schwerpunkten Jazz, Neue Musik und Improvisierte Musik. Maurers Interesse gilt speziell neuen reizvollen Fusionen aus all diesen Elementen, am liebsten etwas, was sich einer klaren Einordnung entzieht.“

by Michael Scheiner, Jazzzeitung 01/2010

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Founded in 2004, the duo of flutist Robert Dick and pianist Ursel Schlicht seeks nothing less than the redefinition of the flute – piano duo. Their music, integrating composition and improvisation, radically expands the sound world and expressive possibilities of the traditional configuration.


It is the second releas on NEMU. So please check also NEMU`S 002

Recorded in the wonderful garden of Warnfried Altmanns home in a little village in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. A relaxed vibe and a special moment when everything feels right. That´s how the Wangelin Songs were born... OUT NOW !!

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The "Hymns to the Night" by Navalis, who is plainly the romantic poet, are the poetic expression and the climax of this movement. Novalis speaks of  "a poetry of the night and the dusk". The magic, depth and the complexity of his diction inspires Jörgensmann and Maurer, to use extracts from "Hymns to the Night" for their musical journey... and this great adventure is OUT NOW !!

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Fly to Alhambra, a composition by Albrecht Maurer, is the point of departure in this programme for a journey through space and time. Flamenco, Balkan folklore and timbres of the silk road combine with virtuosity in Maurer‘s music to form a unified tonal language.


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