Jakob Draminsky Hojmark

At the Gallery

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Released five years after Jakob Draminsky Hojmark's solo debut, At the Gallery culls his various works, mostly from the realm of contemporary classical music. It features Hojmark the composer and manipulator, since some pieces add backing samples and treatments to the instrumental score. This CD includes a chamber trio, a wind quintet, a saxophone quartet, and solos for clarinet and cello, plus a couple of odd tracks. The longer piece is the three-part "Stjerneham -- I Stadler" performed by the Lin Ensemble (augmented by vocalist Poul Borum for the first movement). Like "Travesias" (performed by Harmonia) and "Cane-Float" (performed by the New Danish Saxophone Quartet), it sounds academic and labored, although the first movement has its moments. "LINe After LINe" is a sampler composition plundering the Lin Ensemble's earlier performance. Bertil Andersson delivers a convincing performance in "La Esquina del Suspiro," but some of the electronics and drum programming sound out of place (particularly a straightforward beat two-thirds in). A much older composition (1981, as opposed to the late '80s/early '90s), "Car n' Van" provides a nice -- although slightly awkward -- pause thanks to a North-African groove and punchy trumpet lines from Mark Cunningham. "T-4-2" concludes the disc with an antithetical proposition to what opened it. This piece features Victor Nubla, Juan Crek, and Pep Figueras of Macromassa playing clarinet, saxophone, and trombone through electronic devices that produce a deafening amount of noise. Their simple melody gets blown out of proportion until it becomes a doomsday call. At the Gallery suffers from its diversity of material, making it an item better suited for the completist.

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