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Are you ready to listen? This music wants to talk. It's a cd where classic and modern spoken word is performed by wellknown writers (Allen Ginsberg), singers (Lou Reed) and actors (Richard Burton), but then reinterpreted in a fresh way to compose new and orginal music to each vocal performance. A kind of rap 2.0 but then created the other way around: first the text, then the music. You could also call it Spoken Word Goes Pop where poetry becomes a film- soundtrack, classic prose rap & rock and travelstories become jazz-noir or chamberpop.It's in fact the Music of Words.
The cd was released on October 8th 2007 in the Benelux. It was released in the UK on April 14 2008 and in Germany on April 25 2008 to large critical acclaim (see under). The US release is now scheduled for October 14 2008.
The album is now also available as digital download(s) at iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, Amazon.com, Napster, OD2, T-online, on the myspaceprofile myspace.com/stephenrogeremmer and the label's own onlinestore (see here under). More shops to follow.
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‘The music is wonderful..’
-Lou Reed (singer, photographer)
‘This musical work by Stephen Emmer comes highly recommended.’
-Michael Brocken (biographer Burt Bacharach)
-Ken Nordine (father of Wordjazz)
'Stephen Emmer is one of those musicians/composers who knows the musical rules best and therefore also how to break them'
-Tony Visconti (producer, arranger, musician)
'Emmer's miscellaneous musical career is reflected in the startlingly diverse music on Recitement. This breadth of capability allows him to achieve the most difficult trick of spoken word music: symmetry of form and content, with neither feeling subordinate to the other. Song lyrics are not poetry and poems are not songs, but that doesn't mean poetry and music can't agreeably coexist-- even, in the right hands, enhance each other-- as Emmer so convincingly asserts on Recitement.'
"Recitement is a welcome and luxuriant surprise."
" This piece from Dutch avant-garde composer Stephen Emmer's grand album Recitement is like The Darjeeling Limited with Lou Reed's signature croon as a narration"
- Pitchfork.tv USA
“Ever wondered how Bowie’s Low would have sounded if the Art of Noise had produced it and recruited Richard Burton to do the vocals?”
- UNCUT Magazine UK
"What's interesting about Recitement are its small touches.The tension produced when the texts meet the music provides the deepest enjoyment"
- Magnet magazine USA
- Word Magazine UK
'It is a brilliant project. Today's Top Tune is a prime example as jazz wordsmith Ken Nordine gives us "Absolutely Grey'
- Record Collector UK
"A very inspiring line-up, very refreshing..
- Rolling Stone Germany
' a supple mix of jazz, easy listening and filmmusic, soothing Kunst-Musik..'
- Der Spiegel Germany
“Both the intelligent words and elegant music make a refreshing change from the scrappy guitars, vacant pop and clumpsy lyrics cluttering up the charts”
- Yorkshire Evening Post UK
“Spoken word combined with original music composition never sounded so good”
“Fans of Lou Reed will be pleased he has undertaken a project with a degree of musical integrity again..”
“Recitement is both diverse and imaginative enough to pull even the most recalcitrant listener..”
“Emmer here achieves the same supersoft penetrating power of Air, yet mostly acoustic..”
- Kulturnews Germany
“A piece of musical art!”
- Lea Magazine Germany
" From little-known Dutch composer Stephen Emmer comes the smartest, most well-read album of the year...literally."
-Myrtlebeach Online Usa
“The man knows his craft”
- Raveline Germany
“This enormous project amounts to a stylistic masswedding...free from all rules”
- WOM Magazine Germany
'the whole album delivers a cerebral workout that is rare in art today..''
- Music-news.com, UK
'this is music which will soundtrack your dreams..'
- uk fusion, UK
'buy this for that condescending friend who is always bragging about having heard it all. I will make him listen and listen again(and shut him up aswell).'
- Here Comes The Flood Holland
"a serious project where at the same time you can hear that the people involved in it had a lot of pleasure making it"
- Skug Magazine, Austria
" an exciting cocktail of pop, jazz and classical music with words"
- Elsevier Magazine, Holland
"To be frank: the album is beautiful. Be warned: when you listen to it you should really just buy some weed and plan on spending the entire afternoon on laying on the floor, staring at the ceiling, and propelling toward the furthest depths of imagination - a.k.a. stoned as hell."
- Fantastic Weapon, USA
"Occasionally, one stumbles across a record that is truly unique, imbued with some elusive and potent ingredient that propels it beyond the ordinary into an exclusive sonic stratosphere which other music cannot reach. Stephen Emmer's Recitement is such a work – standing tall and proud as a leading contender for the title of the most bloated, pretentious release of the millennium to date."
- BBC Music Online , UK
More press coming soon....
"...really love what I've heard so far - great stuff!!!"
-Elliot Randall (Steely Dan)
"I dig your music.."
-Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson Band)
"I love your album..the music is great"
-Stephen Kalinich (Beach Boys lyricist)
-Kramer (Pulp Fiction, John Zorn)
"I like what you're doing a lot"
"The stuff on your myspace is great.. "