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Syrinx Call (Featuring Isgaard) - Wind In The Woods - 2015
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“... an album full of beautiful melodies ...”

Syrinx Call is a project of flutist Volker Kuinke but the driving forces behind the music are Volker Kuinke and Jens Lueck. The later is the partner of the German vocalist Isgaard and we know the man also as the producer of some of the Sylvan albums. And what about the appearance of Volker Kuinke on the Eloy albums “Oceans 2 - The Answer”, “Timeless Passages” and “Visionary”. So there is definitely a connection to the world of progressive rock. This said, the Syrinx Call is a project with music that has influences from medieval and classical music. You will understand this if I tell you that the instruments of Volker are all kinds of recorders. Volker contacted me after reading my review of the new Eloy album “The Vision, The Sword and The Pyre”. An album which includes contributions of Volker Kuinke, Isgaard and Jens Lueck. So it will not surprise you that on the cover of the album “Wind In The Woods” you can find the words featuring Isgaard. She is singing on five of the twelve tracks which contains this album. The album is produced and mixed by Jens Lueck and is recorded in his Art Of Music studio. In the same week Jens Lueck contacted me about his new progressive rock project Single Celled Organism ... but that is another story .. an interesting story for later ... but first we have a look at the album “Wind In The Woods” by Syrinx Call.

Volker Kuinke - soprano-, soprannino-, alto-, tenor- and bass recorder, elody flute, claps; Jens Lueck - keyboards, percussion, programming, backing vocals, vocals, drums, toms, Rhodes piano; Isgaard - lead- and backing vocals; Doris Packbiers - lead and backing vocals, claps; Katja Flintsch - violin; Annika Stolze - violoncello; Karin Jochums - violoncello; Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock - voice; Peter Jordan - electric guitar; Eckhard Kuinke - guitar; Jan Petersen - solo guitar

The album opens with three songs that are featuring Isgaard on vocals, “When Worlds Unite”, “The Minstrel’s Song” and “Belle Ame”. The instrumentation and especially the recorder of Volker generates a medieval atmosphere. The music also reminds me sometimes of Enya and the Adiemus project of Karl Jenkins. Just listen to “The Minstrel’s Song”. “Belle Ame” is a very beautiful piece in which the violoncello provides an extra classical element in the music. The recorder melodies are blissful in this track.

“Magic Market” has besides the general medieval atmosphere of the album a more Eastern atmosphere. In “Des Kaisers Vermachtnis” the voice of Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock tells the story of the Kaiser. It is a delicate song with beautiful recorder melodies and a nice classical keyboard orchestration. “The Castle” is one of the songs which includes the angelic voice of Isgaard. The instrumentation which also includes the electric guitar of Peter Jordan injects some progressive or art rock elements to the music. This piece could be on an album of Isgaard herself. The beautiful vocal melodies together with the recorder playing of Volker ensure that this is one of the highlights of this album.

But the next song “La Vie Oubliee” with the piano, recorder and keyboard strings is also very beautiful. It has a delicate classical atmosphere ... very nice. “Libertine’s Dance” has a happy and uplifting atmosphere. The folksy and medieval recorder tunes are combined with more classical and jazzy piano parts. “Requiem For A Dream” opens with the voice and the famous words (“I Have A Dream”) of Martin Luther King. Doris Packbiers, Volker’s wife, is responsible for the angelic voice in this song and the next song “Syrinx Call” which is a song about the nymph Syrinx who pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan was transformed into hollow water reeds by the river nymphs. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thenceforth known as Syrinx. Like the story “Syrinx Call” is a beautiful song.

“Both Sides Of The Mirror” has an almost religious atmosphere. The combination of the bass recorder and the violoncello is well found and very nice. The instruments gives the piece a melancholic and sad appearance. The album closes with another highlight the song “The Place Where We Will Meet”. A song featuring Isgaard on vocals and Eckhard Kuinke on acoustic and electric guitar. However the guitar solo in the end is played by Jan Petersen of Sylvan fame. The song has some elements of progressive rock and includes a little reference to the band Pink Floyd.

“Wind In The Woods” is an album full of beautiful melodies. The stars of the album are the recorders of Volker Kuinke. He is playing the most beautiful melodies on this remarkable album. The atmosphere of the music is heavily influenced by medieval and classical music. But there are also some influences of art rock / progressive rock. As you could read in my introduction the connection is definitely there. The music is on the mellow side of the sound spectrum and has often a dreamy and cinematic character. An album for the open minded music lover. Needless to say, for the fans of the work of Jens Lueck and Isgaard a must buy.

Douwe Fledderus - November 2017
rating - Art Of Music

 

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