Artist: Ensemble Du Verre
Title: The Light Gets In (CD)
Cat No: CPT 435-2
Format: CD / Download
Ensemble Du Verre (E.D.V.) was founded by the composer, producer and musician Sönke Düwer in 2003. Since then, a number of albums and EPs did see the light of day, including a “CD of the Year” of Art Online and the “Prize of German Record Critics” in 2008. Musical independence, diversity and stylistic boundlessness are basic elements in Ensemble Du Verre’s music. Jazz, Dubstep, House and Breakbeat merge and create the unique E.D.V. sound, like on the new album “The Light Gets In”, which perfectly represents personal expression and creative potential of producer and multi-instrumentalist Sönke Düwer. He is a thoroughbred musician with a lot of live experience. Ensemble Du Verre starting their Tour in winter 2013/14.
“The Light Gets In” is a homogeneous collection of songs, performed by the debut singer Shirin Al- Mousa. She sings on all of the 11 songs, as well as she wrote the imaginative and often ambiguous lyrics. Her multifaceted vocals bring the jazz and soul into their music, giving it an intimate warmth and beauty. Her impressive vocal flexibility adds a very special touch in the predominantly downtempo songs.
Pulsing, electronic soundclouds, fat beats and bass, spiritual music of the 70′s and Fender Rhodes creating a new path in the musical landscape of today. Deep roots in jazz as well as the background in Djing are evident at any time. Also essential are great melodic diversities that never bore the listener at any time of the album.
Ensemble Du Verre history:
First step was the album “Facing, Transparent”, released in 2004. The sound was already marked with cross- stylistics and electronic influences. E.D.V. played a lot of concerts and in May 2004 they started to perform as the support band for Bugge Wesseltoft. In the following year “Sing Me Something” was released. International stars like Sidsel Endresen, Ursula Rucker and Torun Eriksen contributed their voices to the album. “Sing Me Something” was nominated for album of the year 2005 at “Art Online”.
In 2008 Sönke Düwer founded his own label “Battery”. “Sanctuary For Animals” was released in the same year. That album won the “Price of German Record Critics”.
Ursula Rucker collaborated as well. For Düwer she wrote and produced the song “Uh, Uh,” on her album “Ma ‘At Mama”. In return to this the poetry icon of Philadelphia sang “Just Another Sunday Morning”. A video for this song was produced as well. The music on “Sanctuary For Animals” is like film music, with a mix of jazz, and electronica samples.
Also in 2008 they released “Remixed”. Six new in vinyl cutted constitutions, all tracks taken from “Sanctuary For Animals”. All works are contemporary club music, including arrangements by Volker Meitz (Sonar Kollektiv Orchestra) and Stefan Rogall (eg nylon). In 2010 the sampler album “Versions, Vibes & Remixes” was released. You can hear ten songs, mostly reworkings of older tracks. Sönke Düwer played almost all instruments like Fender Rhodes, drums, percussion and bass by himself. The beginning of this CD-
Series made Energy Du Verre (a beat -oriented offshoot of Ensemble Du Verre) in 2009. Recently in October 2011 the fifth album of Ensemble Du Verre was released: “The Contemporary Cowboy”. This album was a manifestation of Düwer ́s sound. In autumn 2010 “The Contemporary Cowboy” was “the CD of the week” of german TV station NDR. If you tag this album “The Light Gets In”, you get an opulent collection of terms: Spiritual Jazz / Alice Coltrane / Soul / Avant -Garde / Vocals / Electronic Beats / Hip Hop / Esotericism / Clouds / Downtempo / Free Jazz / Grime / poly – Rhythms Drum / Bass / House / African Soul / and many more…