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ENDERS ROOM: RANDOM GURU


Everything flows. Lots goes. And nevertheless only a little runs. So we humans search. For experience, fulfillment, enlightenment. And ask ourselves question after question. Johannes Enders is well aware that the answers are often in the details. "You can find your guru in lots of small things", replies the forty-year-old giant, a self-described 'searcher for meaning', when asked about the title of his fourth Enders Room album: Random Guru.

ENDERS ROOM: RANDOM GURU

"After all, globalization is taking place on a spiritual level as well. And in times of omnipresent hype, you just have to wake up and start to appreciate things that superficially seem small. Watching a frog catch a fly is much more fun for me than trying the latest coffee blend in one of the many cities that have been forced into conformity." It is clear that, for all their love of detail, the eloquent musician and his analogous electronic ensemble are concerned to offer a critique in sound. But: "This album is above all a matter of stocking stock, an indicator," he says. "Since such a production is always a process of suffering as well, I definitely did not want to make a record that just complains. Enders Room was always wide open to the future. And versatile. I just happen to be the kind of guy who can quickly change his mind."
In the instrument and equipment den of 'Enders room' in Weilheim, this family man - who has recently recorded an album of church music, with Nils-Petter Molvaer, among others, who just did another tour of the United States with Billy Hart, and who is taking over a professorship in Leipzig in October - has also created this new miracle in sound. Working alone every night or together with musician friends such as the sensational Ghanian singer Joy Frempong, the trumpeter and flügelhorn player Micha Acher from the Notwist and his brother Markus Acher on percussion, the prizewinning composer of film music Gerd Baumann on guitar, or Flip Philipp on vibraphone, with John Hollenbeck or Bastian Jütte on percussion and Roberto Di Gioia at the piano. What happens in Enders Room is difficult to grasp stylistically and musically unimaginable in any case. In its unique way, it touches on indie rock and old school hip-hop, jazz, church music, pop, punk, and Kraftwerk but always remains impeccably impressive and as original as it is expressive. No matter whether the words are choppy in the somber 'Ana Vrin', which is Nirvana spelled backward, or in the floatingly elegiac 'Sister Peace'. Whether the team is barking at the enchanting 'Full Moon at Noon' in all its choral splendor, or whether they are calling on us to wake up in the wonderful pop ballad 'This Is Your Day' or sounding like a mixture of Bird, the Animals, and Moondog in the dramatic dance monster 'The Age of the Locusts'. It always happens in a musical preview, in the successful experiment, more faithful to the details and authentic than anything else.

The grooves are clearly more polished, perhaps more playful as well, but without losing their drive or grime. "One important criterion for me is always that I have be able to listen to the record afterward," admits Johannes Enders. "The pieces should develop, have as many dimensions as possible, and yet still work in detail as well." Last but not least, the whole thing, mixed and master by Guido Hieronymus in Munich, has to sound good as well. Very good, in fact. But that too, as Johannes Enders knows, is not just a question of taste but also a matter of opinion. "Billy Hart once said: "Who cares what it sounds like. The important thing is that the music is good." I've always stuck to that." The best examples of that are now on Random Guru, the new album by Enders Room. And when the sextet goes on tour, starting in March 2008. Then a lot goes. And a lot more runs.


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ENDERS ROOM: HOTEL ALBA

Weilheim ist the Place!
 

Forget Krautrock and watch out for the possibly most cutting-edge music scene in Germany today: Weilheim, a really totally boring small city in the south of Munich. But surely you've heard from acts like The Notwist, Lali Puna, Couch, Console a.m.o. which are all calling Weilheim their hometown. To this circle of friends belongs as a key figure saxophone player Johannes Enders. He played on several records of The Notwist, he is a member of the exciting jazz 'n dub collective Tied & Tickled Trio and since 2002 he runs his own project Enders Room. tuition is happy to announce the release of the third record of Enders Room:

ENDERS ROOM: HOTEL ALBA

Welcome to the Hotel Alba!

To make your stay in this hospitable sound world as pleasant as possible, we ask you to listen closely for the next fifty-six minutes and forty-nine seconds. Relax in the casual "Luna Park" or in the hopeful thought "When Love Is New Daily". Celebrate in "Tiki Land" or on an exciting trip on the "Alien Railroad" into visions of the future from the 1980s. Revel in "Morph" (1 and 2), get goose bumps in "El All" or admire "The Final Hippie". Go slowly and approach it slowly, for, as your host Johannes Enders says: "The first impressions are the strongest." In Enders Room, "this stylistically assured border crosser" brings together "the DJ aesthetic, electronic music, and improvised fragments of tradition" (Musikexpress), his individual and inspired sounds are influenced by Steve Reich, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, and Weather Report and by his experience performing with The Notwist, Billy Hart, Roy Hargrove, Marsmobil, and fauna flash. Hotel Alba is the remarkable third, entirely new album in this electro-authentic playing style, still "gently avant-garde" (Die Zeit), "nonconformist and good" (Stereoplay), and yet like "vanilla ice cream with hot raspberry sauce, though nowhere near that sweet" (Die Welt). With ten of his most intimate musical partners, including Roberto di Gioia and Sebastian Studnitzky, the leader demonstrates once again on this album that he not only writes beautiful songs and plays fantastic melodies and harmonies - having mastered all the available saxophones and flutes, the Fender Rhodes, Philicorda, and a piano, on bass clarinet, guitar, and his computer - but can also sing. That shows both character and charm, casting an even more intimate and extreme spell on listeners in this music. The highs and lows, the tension and relaxation that these twelve tracks produce span a large arc and hit the target. And that, as always, is the way.

You are welcome to extend your stay by pressing the repeat button. Arrive, relax, dive in - welcome to Hotel Alba.


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BEACHFIELD JEB LOY NICHOLS JOEL HARRISON
BOBBY HEBB ENDERS ROOM KEVIN AYERS RODDY FRAME
THE UNSEEN GUEST BEE AND FLOWER THE GO-BETWEENS
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