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Pascal Schumacher – Re: Tropismes (Viktor Orri Árnason Version)

The vibraphonist and composer, Pascal Schumacher made a name for himself in a variety of collaborative endeavours from quartets to symphonic orchestras before discovering the liberation and wisdom of going solo with his 2020 release SOL, “I found out so much about myself alone, more than I ever would have imagined,” he says. The album captured Schumacher’s newfound passion for solitude in all its magnetism and exposed the depth of his relationship with the vibraphone through 14 tracks of breathtaking tenderness.  Almost a year on from the album, Schumacher invites four other solo musicians to reinterpret tracks from SOL. Re: SOL is an intimate and focused experiment on colliding solitudes.

Viktor Orri Árnason,  who worked with post-classical visionaries such as Jóhann Jóhannsson or Hildur Guðnadóttir chose to deconstruct Schumacher’s track Tropismes. With his signature unconventional, and oftentimes idiosyncratic, approach to arrangement he rebuilds Tropismes as an abstract and increasingly moving landscape that comes together and peaks at the very end. “I felt the piece offered a lot of possibilities where my creative input would also have space and be noticed. The original piece is minimalistic and small in terms of instrumentation and I thought it would be fun to make it bigger and yet hold on to the minimalistic feel of the track,” says Viktor Orri Árnason, “for me it was the most fun to manipulate the vibration of the vibraphone itself, and let that inspire the rest of the rework.”