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Our Hearts As Thieves

by Cardinaux/Engel/Thomsen/Nillesen

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This is a live album recorded the 12th of September 2017 in Cologne featuing poet/pianist Eliot Cardinaux (USA), alto saxophonist Jonas Engel (DE), drummer Etienne Nillesen (NL), and bass player Asger Thomsen (DK).

In September 2017 bass player Asger Thomsen invited Eliot Cardinaux to go on a tour in Europe to play with local musicisians in different cities. This album serves as documentation of a concert they did for a small crowd at Kunstwerk in Cologne featuring alto saxophonist Jonas Engel and drummer Etienne Nillesen who plays a particular extended snaredrum setup here. They didn't make a lot of decisions before playing, but there was an immediate connection between the four, finding common ground in an ambient-acoustic approach, embracing extended techniques and prepared sounds on their instruments while giving space to Eliot's voice which serves as a narrative anchor throughout the set. The music is abstract, dynamic, and expressive, filled with complex textures blending in and out of each other, sometimes making it hard to distinguish who's playing what.

"It is a metaphysical truth that all nature would begin to lament if it were endowed with language."

"Speechlessness: that is the great sorrow of nature."

"...even where there is only a rustling of plants, in it there is always a lament."

"Because she is mute, nature mourns... the sadness of nature makes her mute."

"The language of nature is comparable to a secret password that each sentry passes to the next in his own language, but the meaning of the password is the sentry's language itself."

-Walter Benjamin
"On Language as Such and on the Language of Man"


released September 8, 2018

Eliot Cardinaux: piano, poetry
Jonas Engel: alto sax
Asger Thomsen: double bass, objects
Etienne Nillesen: extended snare drum

Coverart: Asger Thomsen



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Bass player/composer Copenhagen, Denmark

Aram Shelton/Asger Thomsen - Nyboder Duets: singlespeedmusic.bandcamp.com/album/nyboder-duets

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