Composer-percussionist Marc Wagnon is an avant garde artist whose material shows a synthesis of experimental rock reminiscent of Pink Floyd with the psychedelic shading of acid jazz. Wagnon’s new CD, Earth Is a Cruel Master from Bucky Ball Music is atmospheric music that puts the listener on another stratosphere. The springy tempo of Wagnon’s vibraphones are adorned with the circling ringlets of Van Manakas’ guitar and the dulcet beats formed by electric bassist Leo Traversa and upright bass player Danny Stone.
In ”Embarquement,” Manakas’ guitar functions as a gear shift moving the chord changes into various phases along the progressions. The dynamics in the number mutate from an atmospheric versing to a dancetrack groove going back and forth between the two. The breezy feel of the vibraphone in “Dark Matters” enhance the acid toned arrangement, while the upbeat rhythm of “Backsheesh” features quick chord raptures and bouncy drum taps. The samba rhythm backing “Eye Of The Skies: A Farewell” produces an energetic rapport between the instruments, which switch to channels of Asian accented tones sprinkled across “Light At The End.”
Born in Switzerland, Marc Wagnon studied at the Geneva Conservatory and later at the Berklee College of Music. His album Earth Is a Cruel Master is all about experiencing ethereal sensations and finding bliss on another plane.
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