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Childwood: Sharing emotions and experiences, beyond any spoken language

Childwood - Opalessence

Discovering new and truly talented bands is always something I really appreciate. Childwood is certainly a very exciting new acquaintance. In addition, they are truly an international band of musicians from many nations. Opalessence is their debut album and the record was released earlier this year.

Opalessence retraces a psychic travel through the six mental stages cyclically experienced during a lifetime. From birth to death, literally or symbolically, human beings indeed consciously or unconsciously go through several psychological steps that cause them to make certain decisions and choices, and so directly contributing to their self-development. Each composition represents such chapters in a cycle, the musical aspects insisting on the unstable and constantly changing nature of that process.

Childwood is as mentioned above  an international band created in Rotterdam (Netherlands) by composer, arranger and guitarist Alex Vansalen (Belgium), the band’s current line-up consists of singer Isabel Bermejo (Spain), violin player Burcu Ramazanoglu (Turkey), saxophonist Wietse Voermans (Netherlands), double bass player Alessio Bruno (Italy) and drummer Ruud Voesten (Netherlands).

They all met at Codarts, Rotterdam Conservatory and have different backgrounds (pop, metal, jazz, latin, classical, contemporary, world, rock and fusion music). Being a university of arts bringing together many styles and disciplines in one place (music, dance, acting, circus and composing), the Codarts school is a hearthstone for curiosity and interest in exploration, crossover and interaction.

The band Childwood was created in this environment, as Alex Vansalen was studying for his master’s degree in Jazz Composition, working more specifically on how to combine acoustic and electronic music through a mix of narrative jazz, progressive rock and alternative pop.

Alex Vansalen makes this very sensible and reflective statement, «Being a musician consists in sharing emotions and experiences, beyond any spoken language, beyond any rules or beliefs. Music is able potentially to broaden the horizon and perspectives of a whole epoch or group of beings, by influencing and sometimes even changing collective consciousness. It has the power to convey certain signals or messages universally without having to resort to doctrine, constraint or denial».

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (4235 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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