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Lake of Light : Compositions for AquaSonics

by William Parker

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD comes in a beautiful three-fold digisleeve with original artwork by Jakob Steen, photograph of the AquaSonic by Jeff Schlanger, and texts by the members of the quartet and the builder of AquaSonics Jackson Krall.

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Raindrops 04:21
Action 14:06


Legendary double bass player, multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer & activist William Parker is back with the music for AquaSonic waterphone quartet – a mystic instrument built by Jackson Krall.
The band consists of two acclaimed visual artists, Anne Humanfeld & Jeff Schlanger, and two versatile musicians, William Parker himself & an Estonian drummer and composer, Leonid Galaganov.
The music probably sounds like nothing you've heard before:
tribal? contemporary? electronic? free improv? future? …?
It's a one way trip. He did it again.



released May 13, 2018

The musicians are:
William Parker
Jeff Schlanger
Anne Humanfeld
Leonid Galaganov

All music composed by William Parker, Centering Music (BMI), and performed on AquaSonic waterphones created by the drummer and percussionist Jackson Krall.

Recorded on February 27th, 2017 at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jim Clouse
Produced by William Parker & Gotta Let It Out/Tomo Jacobson
Photograph of the AquaSonic waterphone by Jeff Schlanger
Cover art & layout by Jakob Steen

Released by Gotta Let It Out in 2018

Album reviews:

"One of the more interesting and singular releases of 2018."
Included in BEST OF 2018 list
(Mike Borella - Avant Music News - USA)

“Lake of Light: Compositions for AquaSonics is Parker’s boldest and most unique work to date. (...) His imagination and creative vision reach a new height with this sui generis release. Although it may not be for everyone, Lake of Light is both an intellectual and a soulful delight, guaranteed to satisfy open-minded listeners.”
(Hrayr Attarian - All About Jazz - USA)

“The composed material’s winning directness is both grounding and somehow thematically transitory, dream motives that surface only to disappear into the fluidly archetypal place that births and defines these fascinating soundscapes.”
(Marc Medwin - The New York City Jazz Record, August 2018 - issue #196 - USA)

“To Parker, who recognises the mystery and beauty of sound, the strange instrument of the AquaSonic is just another way of being in touch with the tone world. It is also a clear way of spelling out that the aim of his music is not to repeat the fixed patterns of a known genre, but to show the depth and beauty of this thing we call earth. Lake of Light is a metaphor and like any truly poetic metaphor it also creates a new meaning. (...) The music on the album conjures a place that is hard to describe or imagine. “
(Jakob Baekgaard - All About Jazz - USA/Denmark)

“The AquaSonics bong and clatter like hubcaps, occasionally emitting a long scraping rattle; it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Blixa Bargeld began declaiming poetry.”
(Philip Freeman - The Wire #413 - UK)

"Truly great musicians refine their art over the years, and the truly creative ones reinvent themselves. William Parker falls in that category, and with "Lake Of Light", he surprises again, offering us a meditative, strange and beautiful type of music. (...) The music is exceptional, in the sense that it falls totally beyond any known categories. (...) One thing is sure: it is again an incredibly creative and fascinating listening experience. It makes you doubt, it makes you wonder, it makes you feel differently, it makes you listen differently. No doubt a strong contestant for the Happy New Ears Award."
(Stef Gijssels - Free Jazz Blog - USA)

"Alien soundscapes from another dimension. Quasi-religious sonic rituals. Avant-garde horror soundtracks. Meditation music for the hallucination crowd. Don’t try to analyse. Just immerse yourself."
(Dave Foxal - a Jazz Noise - USA)

“You have never heard anything like this.”
(Christian Munch-Hansen - Politiken - Denmark)

"Audacious, adventurous and atonal in equal measures."
(Ken Waxman - The Whole Note / JazzWord - USA)

“It brings to mind (...) the 1970 album Songs of Humpback Whales, with its chirps and low moans swelling up out of the flexible, organic, leviathan vocal chords, immersed in a similar blurry sustain given off by the sharper, more metallic tones of the waterphones. Perhaps a collaboration is in order.”
(Dan McClenaghan - All About Jazz - USA)

"Listening to this disc, it feels like we are in a cavern or religious place of some sort. The sound is most mesmerising, Spirits being set free: eerie, wondrous, natural, organic, like the sound of wind or rain or flames, all flickering together in a great yet mysterious harmony. It sounds as if Mother Nature herself is speaking to us, an ancient, ritualistic, vibrating collection of drums, hums and vocal-like spirits. It doesn’t quite sound like anything else (...) A very special disc, indeed."
(Bruce Lee Gallanter - Downtown Music Gallery - USA)

"Leans toward noise to start, but grows from there to become quite haunting."
The Best Jazz Albums of 2018 - Honorable Mention
(Tom Hull - on the Web - retired Village Voice writer and Jazz Consumer Guide creator - USA)

"It's such a strange album, that it shouts for a longer commentary."
(Bartek Chaciński - Polityka - Poland)

"«Lake of Light» sounds like nothing that Parker has recorded before. (...) This quartet offers a deeper mode of listening, exploring a deeper, multi-layered spectrum of timbres that cover a wide range of colors and shades, from the delicate to the most weird and alien ones."
(Eyal Hareuveni - Salt Peanuts - Israel/Norway)

“Sounds that move on the edge. (...) William Parker has moved the music places, as it has never been before.”
(Niels Overgård - Jazznyt - Denmark)

">Magic< atmosphere."
(Rocco Stilo - Jazz News - Italy)

(PM Jönsson - OrkesterJournalen - Sweden)


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