One could compare the stark beauty of any given piece by instrumental ensemble Balmorhea to a vigorous inhale/exhale while standing before a gorgeous, never-ending landscape in the natural world. Breathing in the beauty, you’re overwhelmed by the majestic surroundings while simultaneously astounded by their quiet power. It’s unsettling and wonderful.
Such is the power of Balmorhea, who released their eighth studio album this summer – their second recording on internationally renown label Deutsche Grammophon – titled Pendant World. Balmorhea founders Rob Lowe and Michael Muller continue to expand their ensemble’s atmospheric range by elegantly shifting their ambient exploration into varied rhythms and percussive arrangements. Featuring collaborations with violinist/vocalist (and longtime AMM fave) Aisha Burns, cellist Clarice Jensen, and experimental jazz saxophonist Sam Gendel to name just a few, this beautiful experiment of sound and silence continues to evolve into something greater than ever before.
Experience the magic that is Balmorhea at their performance tomorrow night, Thursday Oct. 5, at the Paramount Theater, with special guest and Pendant World contributing artist Joseph Shabason opening the show. Doors at 7 p.m.
AMM Oct. 4 2023
Balmorhea performs Thursday night at the Paramount Theater, with special guest Jospeh Shabason.