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Thundering Silence
Thundering Silence
Genres: World Music, New Age
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25 years ago Oxymora released its debut recording Thundering Silence to national acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. Before anyone had heard the term "World Music", their unique and immediately identifiable signature sound...  more »


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All Artists: Oxymora
Title: Thundering Silence
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Falling Mountain Music
Release Date: 10/15/2006
Genres: World Music, New Age
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 700261202884


Product Description
25 years ago Oxymora released its debut recording Thundering Silence to national acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. Before anyone had heard the term "World Music", their unique and immediately identifiable signature sound was drawing on their classical training, their intuitive improvisations and their love of a world of musical traditions. Once again, Craig Matovich on oboe, piano and assorted winds, Michael DeLalla on guitars and vocals, Marcus Sims on mandolin and percussion, Jim Baird on bass and guitars, and N. Scott Robinson on a world of percussion create a magical journey so rich in texture, rhythm and sonic energy that it defies description. "Oxymora makes airy, honest music showcasing the players' classical music tidiness and their slightly unkempt enthusiasm for folk and jazz..." Downbeat "...Groups of an experimental nature proliferated during the 1960's, but none was as eclectic as today's Oxymora...this is a group to watch..." W. Royal Stokes Washington Post "...elegant, spirited, inventive, fresh music... Their work crosses boundaries, finds new textures, makes daring departures, often with startlingly fine results...Sheer acoustical fun...The innovation of this group deserves wide recognition." Bob Sherwood, Clarke Times-Courier

CD Reviews

A "real fantasy" .... Sure to create a `quiet storm' among f
J. Ross | Roseburg, OR USA | 07/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Playing Time - 50:56 -- Oxymora are figures of speech that combine two contradictory terms, but the resulting paradox yields new, deeper meaning. Thus, when four students met in the late-1970s at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, they chose this band name to creatively explore the new age improvisational capabilities of the instruments they played at that time (guitar, piano, oboe, mandolin, bass, percussion) as they fused flavorings of classical, jazz, world and traditional music. "Thundering Silence" was Oxymora's 1981 debut LP on the Philo/Fretless label. It also could've been called "Real Fantasy." Now remastered and supplemented with two new 2006 pieces (Beltane Fires, Wild is My Heart), this album includes the original quartet (Michael DeLalla, Craig Matovich, Marcus Sims, Jim Baird) along with new member, percussionist N. Scott Robinson. The result is some `awfully good' music that is sure to create a `quiet storm' among the longtime and newly-found fans of Oxymora. The group strives to make audiences an integral part of the performance experience with music that is warm, welcoming and without intimidation.

The band is capable of creating many moods in a systematically varied manner that consciously takes us to a Brazilian festival (Carnival), Flamenco dance (Siguiriya), Celtic holiday celebration (Beltane Fires), or wandering bike ride (Gypsy Bicycle). Incorporating spirited rhythms and elegant textures from various cultures yields bountiful and evocative rewards. Another favorite piece is the 8-minute "Eidola," a meandering selection that conjures images of phantoms or ghosts as it weaves through improvisation before reprisal of the tune's head. The new acoustic presentation reminded me of guitarist Eric Tingstad and oboist Nancy Rumbel. And I wonder if Oxymora attributes any of their contemporary chamber-jazz inspiration to the groups, Oregon or Paul Winter Consort. With lightly dark and darkly light shades, "Thundering Silence" generates real magic for listeners. The vocal embellishments of "Carnival" and "Beltane Fires" provide a sense of dynamic stability to pieces that have a few passages bordering on harmonious discord. However, in keeping with their identity, I wonder how many of their breaks are actually highly controlled and rehearsed improvisation. Regardless of their approach to contemporary new acoustic music that incorporates ancient tones, I found "Thundering Silence" to be an accurate and enjoyable set that characterizes their future history ... or would that be historic future? (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)
Arthur Shuey | Wilmington, NC USA | 11/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Small combo world music, rooted in neo-Celtic, with Iberian undertones and a striving for classical resonance in production. That's a good thing. What one hears here is a group of brilliant players matching and lifting one another. It takes the listener to new heights and refreshes general appreciation for music and musicianship.

Interestingly, most of the material here was originally recorded in '82, before "world music" entered our vocabularies and accessible record bins. This is part of what created and defined the genre. Therapeutic and tranquil."