Eyvind Kang, Virginal Co Ordinates

Andy Beta

By Andy Beta

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Virginal Co Ordinates

Eyvind Kang
Trance-inducing, aching and always startling in its lyrical clarity and restraint.

Is there another figure in the contemporary music world that can hold a candle to modern-day polyglot Eyvind Kang? A master of both viola and violin, Kang has taken the music of folks like John Zorn and Sun City Girls to previously unglimpsed heights, while also contributing string arrangements and mystery sounds to albums by the likes of Blonde Redhead and Animal Collective. It but hints at his abilities as a solo artist though. Moving between classical Indian, reggae, avant-scrape and aching folk music in the time it takes to read this sentence, his albums for Tzadik and Ipecac are wholly unclassifiable. Originally commissioned by the Angelica Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna, Virginal Co-Ordinates combines Kang's love of ancient music forms with Occidental mystification, the results being trance-inducing, aching, yet always startling in their lyrical clarity and restraint.