Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Apocalypso by Raoul Bjorkenheim, BandCamp, 2001 on #neuguitars #blog
Guitarist and composer Raoul Björkenheim emerged from Finland in the 80s with Edward Vesala’s band, then started his own group, Krakatau, who recorded for ECM and Cuneiform.
His energizing, furious playing has been featured with a wide array of well known international artists, including Mats Gustavsson, Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Bill Laswell, Michael Manring, Paul Schütze, Nicky Skopelitis, Jah Wobble and many others.
He is probably best known for his work with Scorch Trio and with Bill Laswell and Morgan Agren in Blixt, but he has been a busy, active player for the last 30 years. As anyone who has every seen him can attest, he is one of the great, unheralded guitarists of our time.
Apocalypso was written in 1995, & premiered in 1996 at the Helsinki Juhlaviikot Festival.
Apocalypso is a galvanizing & exciting work that features the massed power of 30 guitarists, 8 bassists and 4 percussionists.
This version, recorded in 2000, features Raoul performing all of the parts himself in a tour-de-force of virtual ensemble playing.
released September 11, 2001
Music performed by Raoul Björkenheim.
Produced by Raoul Björkenheim and Heikki Savolainen.
Recorded and mixed by Heikki Savolainen at Seawolf Studios, Suomenlinna, Finland, during summer 2000 and spring 2001