Stephan Micus has a special and intense relationship with the countless instruments he plays. Many of them, a number of which come from Asia or Africa, represent age-old musical traditions, some of them dying out while others have congealed into the stuff of museum exhibits. But in Micus' hands they come alive again. He experiments with new sound possibilities and often plays instruments in ways other than those he was taught by local masters during his distant travels. Improvising, he comes up with the most surprising combinations of instruments, whose melodic lines he plays separately into a multi-track recorder. The resulting polyphonic structures are staggeringly and mysteriously beautiful. Micus' three main sound protagonists on Bold As Light are the raj nplaim (a free-reed pipe made of bamboo) from Laos, the nohkan (a bamboo flute) from Japan, and the many male voices, which, of course, are all sung by Micus himself. With this CD - his nineteenth for ECM - the impressive discography Stephan Micus has built up continues unabated, each time with new and unique music.