Andreas Leifeld

Dance of the Elements, Hidden Stories, Vol. 1

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Dance of the Elements, Hidden Stories Vol. 1 is Andreas' third release on the excellent German CD label, Musique Intemporelle. The title cut is a very dynamic piece. The atmospheric "Slow Motion" is next, taking you on a trip down a musical river with new and exotic discoveries around each bend. The fourth cut, "Australia," is a haunting blend of Aboriginal samples and ethnic instruments combined with synths to create a wonderful fusion of ancient and high-tech musical influences. The last two cuts, "Nada Brahma" and "Himalaya," insert yet another cultural influence into the album. These cuts feature Andreas on sitar and ethnic percussion, as well as his arsenal of synths. Leifeld's compositions really stand out, defying categorization, and swirl between traces of Berlin School electronics and world music influences, all the while propelling an inspired juxtaposition between composition and improvisation. What sets him apart is not just that he's using new musical tools, it's HOW he uses them. You can feel the sensitivity of interaction with each element, the balance of timbre, the texture and mood. Dance of the Elements has the feeling that a door is being opened into some unexpected realm inviting you to enter. It should prove deep and meaningful to any listener who checks out this epic 70 minute musical excursion. Available directly from Andreas Leifeld, Am Krusenberg 24, 3530 Warburg 2, Germany.