STAR'S END Update - 4 October 2015
NightfallAnthony Paul Kerby If book readers may seem, for a while, to live in the skin of the author, then the listeners of Ambient Music should be thought to meet the mind of the composer with each play of their work. Such may be thought of Anthony Paul Kerby, and his project The Circular Ruins. The sensitive soundscapes of his vividly imagined Nightfall (64'46") effectively translates his mental impulses into six richly textured indulgences into introspection. We will surely be able to identify each track's beginning, and ponder when we have reached its middle, but we will notice each piece's conclusion only once we are transported back into our silent listening space. Good Ambient Music will deliver us back to our chairs. The experience of Nightfall may deliver us back to ourselves, and a greater state of focus. This album's subtle variations of timbre, consonance and dissonance, as well as a feeling of depth, portray Kerby's subtle suggestions and a delicate sonic idiosyncrasy. Its seamless fusion of bold synthesized shapes, confined field recordings and saturated tones will have us wondering what is beneath the audible surface? Slow simple melodies of electronic flute notes state a shade of melancholy, as sustained organ chords hold the terrain below. The magical movement between dispossessed harmonies and pastoral atmospheres is heard as a simple, logical metamorphosis from dark to light. Venturing into regions of Avant-Garde, by way of New Age, Spacemusic and the Neo-Classical, Kerby realizes a detailed, accomplished soundspace across each track. With the mood so changeable from moment to moment we are unable to anticipate what will happen next - which is certain to dishearten those with more prevailing expectations. So we keep in mind that Kerby views music as much more than decoration. From a questing mind, his dynamic abstractions coalesce into something defined by the audience. This work challenges conventional forms, and might be too sacred to share with non-ambientalists - which is probably OK with this composer. It may be that he needs his listeners more so than a typical musician does - as he uses our commonwealth of quiet minds to help make sense of himself.

Please tune into STAR'S END this weekend for new music from Nightfall, the latest CD by Canadian based The Circular Ruins

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Erik Wollo & Bernhard Wostheinrich - live on STAR'S END 11 October 2015
Erik WolloBernhard Wostheinrich While there is always a sense of warmth to his atmospheric pieces, Erik Wøllo's music resounds with the stark beauty of Norway's wintry landscapes. His musical experience covers a range of styles - from rock and jazz to classical and ambient. He realizes music that is both lyrical and rhythmic, focusing on melody and structure. Through his subtle minimalist patterns and nebulous breaths of sound, Wøllo creates concerts of luminous airy music.

Providing a unique perspective in his increasingly frequent collaborations, Bernhard Wöstheinrich has quietly been influencing some most interesting talents. The arc of his work often moves from the curiously beautiful to the beautifully curious. Fully formed and thoughtful energetic songs are driven by firm beats amidst simultaneously sounding musical lines. With harmonies trailing behind melodies these shimmering works disintegrate into swirling unanchored abstractions of sustained tonal ambiance.

An intriguing listening experience the duo of Wøllo & Wöstheinrich benefit from great conceptualization, arranging and musicianship. Together they pull off their collaborations with startling brilliance.

Erik Wøllo + Bernhard Wöstheinrich will perform in Philadelphia at The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 10 October 2015. For complete details, please access:

Following The Gatherings: Erik Wøllo + Bernhard Wöstheinrich will tranfer themselves and their musical gear over to nearby WXPN studios for live to air concert sets on the 10.11.15 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details and updates.

Friday Arts WHYY TV12
Chuck van Zyl

Friday Arts is a weekly 30-minute arts, cultural and entertainment magazine that airs on WHYY TV12 Fridays at 8:30PM. Each broadcast features three segments: "Art", "Art of Life" and "Art of Food". Friday Arts casts a light on some of Philadelphia's most fascinating yet well-kept secrets in the arts.

John Diliberto, Jason Sloan, Jeff Towne and Chuck van Zyl were featured in a segment produced by Michael O'Reilly for the Friday 4 January 2013 episode of Friday Arts. This portion of the program included coverage of activities related to the ECHOES and STAR'S END radio programs and The Gatherings Concert Series - as well as background on Philadelphia's unique Spacemusic scene and the ideals and concepts which drive this genre's creative force.

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