VANDER, CHRISTIAN: Baba Yaga
Following Carl Orff, a 65 strong children's choir, six percussionists, 13 instrumentalists plus 5 invited additional musicians. Pitifully badly documented, no explanation of how the project came about, how these children learned to perform Mekanihk (which is not simple) or why. Still it's a live concert and after the first minutes disentangling yourself from Magma you start to realise what this says about Vander's compositional ability and the rubbish that's talked about simplicity and complexity and music. Because the tunes are good and the composition is logical a large children’s choir has no problem with the additive rhythms, cycles, counterpoint or sudden tempo changes. Educational.