- Recorded At – Grunewaldkirche
- Edited At – The Electricity Works
- Mixed At – Durton Studio
- Mastered At – Durton Studio
- Manufactured By – Pirates Press
- Pressed By – GZ Digital Media – 104129E
- Artwork – Thomas Hack
- Edited By, Compiled By, Mixed By, Mastered By, Piano, Accordion – Greg Haines
- Guitar, Effects – Romke Kleefstra
- Percussion – Sytze Pruiksma
- Recorded By [Assistance From], Organ [Church Organ] – Martyn Heyne
- Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered By – Nils Frahm
- Trombone – Hilary Jeffery
- Violin – Iden Reinhart, Peter Broderick
- Voice, Lyrics By [Poems] – Jan Kleefstra
Recorded over three nights in the Grunewaldkirche, Berlin during August 2011.
Came with digital download code.
Barcode is on foil.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (scanned): 4024572577933
- Barcode (written): 4 024572 577933
- Matrix / Runout (Side A): PIRATES PRESS - DEN157 A 104129E1/B
- Matrix / Runout (Side B): PIRATES PRESS - DEN157 B 104129E2/B
- Matrix / Runout (Side C): PIRATES PRESS - DEN157 C 104129E3/A
- Matrix / Runout (Side D): PIRATES PRESS - DEN157 D 104129E4/A
The Alvaret Ensemble - S/T
The Alvaret Ensemble is a bonafide Neo-Classical supergroup composed of Greg Haines (piano), Jan Kleefstra (spoken word), Romke Kleefstra (guitar), Sytze Pruiksma (percussion), Martyn Heyne, Strie & Hillary Jeffery (additional instrumentation).
The entire LP was recorded during spontaneous improvisation at the famous Gruewaldkirche church, Berlin in August 2011 with the help of none other than Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick.
Interestingly enough the core of the band Haines, the Kleefstra brothers, and Sytze decided to discard all the Nils Frahm pieces from the final cut as they felt they didn't work with the remaining pieces. This say's a lot about the remaining pieces on the LP.
This is an album of haunting beauty, soft and slow tinkering of piano is overlaid by Jan's very interesting poetry (spoken in the very obscure language of Friesland (a northern province of the Netherlands). Juxtaposed to the slow burners are epic building monsters that rise towering monoliths of sound before coming to abrupt ends.
The album was released in the middle of winter on the solstice in fact, very appropriately so as it conveys a very cold and tense feel to it with each aspect of the season seeming to seep through.
I would consider this LP to be in my top ten favorite Denovali releases - in the one sense it is close to my heart as I bought my copy directly from the band and they each signed it after an incredible performance at a Denovali Swingfest (which ended with Nils Frahm and Greg Haines both slamming their fingers down in furious succession on the same piano (watch here).
But more than that this stands as a textbook example of brilliant berlin sound neo-classical music. Each track is exciting with lengths do not shy away from a healthy 6-12 minute that allows for hypnotizing journeys to be taken (even the cryptic track titles and cover art are spot-on). This is essential for any fan of Denovali and the genre in general. Seven years on from its release and it's still spinning on my turntable.
Sadly arrived with a very slight bend in the bottom left corner.