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Politiken, kultur ... external link

It is beautiful in a way that is not up for debate. It is shameless in its confession to a higher form of purity.
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12 July 2023 - Thomas Michelsen

Seismograf ... external link

Martin Lohse's "Echoes off Cliffs" was an electroacoustic tribute to Bornholm - and to the echo - that framed the eternally tantalizing question: Where does the sound go when it goes out?
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23 June 2021 - Andreo Michaelo Mielczarek

American Record Guide Nov/Dec 2018

... It takes considerable willpower not to rewind to the beginning when it finishes...
... Like the rest of Lohse’s works on the album, it is a delight.
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1 December 2018 - Nathan Faro

Facebook - review ... external link

Lohse's melodic and generously consonant polystylistic music is fashioned out of modules that are carefully combined and recombined into a warm, slightly melancholic post-minimalism, built upon deceptively complex textures.

... This is a truly lovely new symphony that eloquently speaks an accessible language ...
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14 May 2020 - Joshua Cheek

Accordions Worldwide April 2018 ... external link

... Fresh music, contemporary but not excessively "intellectual" and not at all hermetic, indeed sincere and communicative, often captivating, which show strong roots with the great Western "classical" tradition; a happy combination, just like in Scarlatti, of lightness and playfulness with passion and solemnity.
... Music that surely reconciles the audience with contemporary "cultured" music and that undoubtedly enrichs the specific repertoire for the accordion.
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29 March 2018 - Alessandro Mugnoz

Review Corner ... external link

We’re not often taken aback in the Review Corner (at least not in a good way) but such an event has occurred with this new programme of accordion music...

...The best recommendation is that we managed to write this down fairly quickly, being immediately taken with it, but have contained playing the CD since (and on and on). A delightful collection of music.
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20 September 2018 - Jerobear

Politiken, kultur

The mobiles are breathlessly intense as they alternate between mournful and optimistic with equal parts chain dance and black melancholy.
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2018 - Henrik Friis

Politiken, Kultur bagsiden ... external link

"This release will convert the skeptic to new classical music"

"It may well be that you are not going to be religious, if you invest in this release from Gateway Music. On the other hand, there is some risk that you will be reversed and start listening to contemporary music."

- translation from danish -
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11 August 2015 - Thomas Michelsen

NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY ... external link

... Lohse’s triptych Passing begins with a similarly circling if almost marionettishly pulsing allegro section. The steady, moonlit waltz that follows is deliciously ominous; the concluding variation is 180 degrees the opposite until that same resonance is artfully interpolated amidst the starry, flitting optimism.
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17 October 2018 - Delarue

MusicWeb International ... external link

... Lohse has given this (work) the lovely title Moto immoto (Motionless motion), an apt oxymoron that utterly encapsulates this short, heartfelt piece...
... it certainly affected this reviewer in those terms – and easily bears repeated listening. It is revealing that this ten-minute panel lasts not a moment too long.
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1 August 2018 - Richard Hanlon

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Vang Granitbrud, Bornholm, June 2021

Score and parts - link to listings of works with downloads

This official website includes 150 works by Martin Lohse:
77 compositions, 48 versions of these works, as well as 4 lost works, 14 works that has been redrawn and 7 arrangements by Martin Lohse

Martin Lohse

Classical composer, poet and visual artist born in Copenhagen, Denmark 1971.

“In my music, I try to encircle small musical moments and atmospheres, which can timeless progress and unfold. The collocation and collision of a “pure” and clear music with a disintegrated and multi-layered music is one of the main characteristic of my music. In the heart, the music often emanate a harmonic and melodic reminiscence of past experiences in glints or longer periods which combined with a floating sensation (accelerando, decelerando etc.) creates a music with the organic form as one of its main foundations.”

In the last years his music has evolved to a more pure expression, involving very simple patterns of successive major thirds. He has called the technique Mobile, and it was developed around 2009 by combining polystylistic elements with a simple repeating sequence of chords, sometimes creating a simple nearly transcendental music and at other times creating a cacophonous collection of minimalistic, romantic and baroque music on top of each other, all in different tempos but with no or very few dissonances.

In his visual art he is deeply inspired by the abstract art community COBRA which existed in Denmark from 1948-51 and by the American expressive art of Jackson Pollock etc. At the moment he use a scraping technique developed by Gerhard Richter, making paintings where the viewer can look through several layers of paint, and thereby creating the illusion of several events in time existing together at the same time.

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