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Muso's concerts in Japan and two new reviews of 'Oceanchild'
"A Relief in Hectic Times"
Amsterdam, Fri, 12. Dec 2008Succesful concerts of Muso in Japan and two new reviews of 'Oceanchild'.

In October 2008 Muso and Ray Jin have played two concerts in Tokyo, one at the Toppan Hall and one at the Tokyo Opera City. The audience was overwhelmed by the unique musical style of the duo. Two reactions:
"This is the first time I heard music of which I cannot determine if it is Western or Oriental. It seems like the borders have disappeared."
"It's amazing how strong this music connects with the inner soul."

In the magazine 'New Folk Sounds' René van Peer welcomes Muso's CD Oceanchild as a relief in hectic times. "Muso is a virtuoso bass clarinet player as well as a great lover of Japanese culture," he writes. "The unhurried, with utmost concentration played melodies in which command and silence play an essential part reveal a fascination for the forms of art and the range of thought developed in this country.
Apart from some duets Muso plays with Japanese shakuhachi player Ray Jin the music is performed solo. Muso manages to hold the listener's attention by the variation in his playing. Timbres shift, tones pass by, melodies and short phrases may change into extended silences from which slowly pulsating new sounds emerge. Muso plays in a subdued mood, he is averse from climaxes. A relief in hectic times."

In 'De klarinet' reviewer Paul Kaiser writes on 'Oceanchild': " It is amazing the things that can be done with a bass clarinet. Muso plays expressively, with a full sound and complete mastering of the instrument. The same can be said of Ray Jin. Together the instruments form an exciting combination, with sounds flowing into one another and harmonies that make your skin crawl. 'Oceanchild' is a restful CD with which one can dream away and become aware of thoughts for which daily routine generally leaves no room. A bass clarinet can be that personal."

Lecture at the Conservatory of Amsterdam
Muso on his Music and Future Plans
, Tue, 7. Oct 2008Last September 2008 Muso lectured on the nature of his music and future plans at the CvA.

A week after the official opening of the new building of the Amsterdam Conservatory on September 12 2008 by Queen Beatrix Muso lectured on his work for students of the Conservatory and the University of Amsterdam.
Subjects he dealt with were Eastern influences in his music, the transcendental quality of music and harmonization with silence. He further explained his new projects with Didgeridoo player Oscar Cano and Sound Bowl specialist Ton Akkermans.
Students and teachers alike were surprised about the natural way the instruments harmonized, the vast range of colours and possibilities of the percussion instruments of Ton Akkermans (which someone called "oceanic") and the rough and yet subtle nature sounds of Oscar Cano's didgeridoo. One of the students remarked: "It is amazing, now that we have grown so far from nature, how easily you are taking this step back".
And another one said: "I really admire the way you make music in harmony together, free from all political and religious currents."

"The shakuhachi is my teacher, but I chose the bass clarinet" - An interview.
Playing a Duet with Silence
Photo: Ine van den Broek Amsterdam, Sat, 12. Jul 2008In the spring issue of magazine 'Vorm&Leegte' Angeline van Doveren-Kersten interviews Frans Moussault on how he became fascinated by Zen music.

"On the CD 'Oceanchild' there is a curious combination of instruments: a western bass clarinet and a Japanese shakuhachi. At first I was afraid that it would be something like New Age music that with its suggestive sound searches after silence instead of encompassing it with the music itself," writes Angeline van Doveren-Kersten in the spring issue 2008 of the magazine Vorm&Leegte. "But fortunately I was wrong: Already with the first notes the subtle and well-balanced playing of bass clarinettist Muso and shakuhachi player Ray Jin reveals their professional and artistic integrity. In his compositions Muso engages in a courageous dialogue with silence.

In an interview Muso told me: 'In the year 2000 I was in Japan where I studied shakuhachi with Ray Jin's father. I then saw a lot of Zen art, temples and calligraphy, the simplicity of which made a profound impression on me. A single stroke, a single note can make an enormous spiritual opening. Back in Amsterdam I followed a Zen course. [...] For me, making music is meditation. Like playing the flute within Zen tradition is practised as 'sui-zen' (blowing Zen), so I 'sui-zen' on my bass clarinet. [...] My music does not 'develop' itself, something fellow musicians sometimes complain of. My music is not made to fulfill wishes: It simply is what it is.'

The whole interview with Muso can be ordered via www.vormenleegte.nl.

Favourable review of 'Oceanchild' in Ode
Bringing Silence to Life
Amsterdam, Wed, 9. Jul 2008In Ode, July 2008 issue, Ton Maas favourably reviews Muso's second CD

Like in architecture space is as important as bricks and concrete, so in music notes cannot do without silence. In ODE, 'a print and online publication about the people and ideas that are changing our world for the better' of July 2008, Ton Maas favourably reviews Muso's second CD 'Oceanchild' under the title 'Bringing silence to life.'
"On Oceanchild," he writes, "the blending of bass clarinet and shakuhachi makes the ancient meditative art form of the wandering Japanese Zen monks more accessible to untrained Western ears. Sparing and stately, the melodic lines wind around each other. Quite remarkable is the “overtone singing” Muso sometimes practises on his instrument, which results in two tones sounding simultaneously."
Maas thinks the advice 'Listen in silence' that is printed on the back cover unnecessary. "Muso’s music is so magical," he concludes, "it generates silence by itself. Simply listening suffices."

Other articles
In 'Het Parool' of November 20th 2007 Muso's new CD 'Oceanchild' is welcomed by critic Saskia Törnquist.
A video illustrates the coming-to-be of the cooperation with Ray Jin.
In 'Kwartaalblad Boeddhisme' of winter 2004 Marlous Lazal gives an account of her interview with Frans Moussault whose CD "Dream Thoughts" appeared last year.
Favourable review of Muso's CD "Dream Thoughts" in 'Onkruid' of March/April 2003.

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