STEPHAN THELEN

Jazz Related Improv/Composition / Nu Jazz / Dub/Ska/Reggae • United States
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Born May 12th 1959 in Santa Rosa, California, USA. He lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland as a musician, composer, producer and mathematician. He has two sons (Diego, born 1984 and Sancho, born 1987) and lives with his wife Katharina and her daughter Anna (born 1999).

Education: Studies in classical guitar; Guitar Craft Seminars with Robert Fripp (founder and guitarist of King Crimson) during the 1990s; studied mathematics at the University of Zürich (PHD in 1990)

Musical activities: plays or played guitar and electronics in various bands and ensembles in and around Zürich that concentrate on music at the fringes of rock, jazz, experimental and classical music. (Sonar, Radio Osaka, License to Chill, Broken Symmetry and Root Down). Many CD Productions (No No Diet Bang, Peter Schärli Sextet, etc.). Many Theatre-, Dance- und Filmproductions.

Since 2004 he has been concentrating more and more on compositions for modern Classical Chamber Music and since 2010
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STEPHAN THELEN Boy On a Swing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boy On a Swing
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1997
STEPHAN THELEN Pulse Code album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pulse Code
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1997
STEPHAN THELEN Wormhole to Paradise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wormhole to Paradise
Nu Jazz 1998
STEPHAN THELEN Into the Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Into the Blue
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1999
STEPHAN THELEN Meltdown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meltdown
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2001
STEPHAN THELEN Leave the World Behind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leave the World Behind
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2002
STEPHAN THELEN Broken Symmetry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Broken Symmetry
Nu Jazz 2002
STEPHAN THELEN Vol de Nuit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vol de Nuit
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2004
STEPHAN THELEN Epiphany album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Epiphany
Nu Jazz 2005
STEPHAN THELEN Devotion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devotion
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2005
STEPHAN THELEN The Moons of Saturn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Moons of Saturn
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2006
STEPHAN THELEN String Geometry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
String Geometry
Nu Jazz 2008
STEPHAN THELEN Chapter Five album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chapter Five
Nu Jazz 2008
STEPHAN THELEN Mise en Abyme album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mise en Abyme
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2009
STEPHAN THELEN Fractal Guitar album cover 3.55 | 2 ratings
Fractal Guitar
Nu Jazz 2018
STEPHAN THELEN Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks
Nu Jazz 2019

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STEPHAN THELEN Fractal Guitar

Album · 2018 · Nu Jazz
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The MoonJune label has earned a reputation as a leader in international jazz fusion, but they also maintain several artists who work in experimental and psychedelic rock, albeit often with a modern fusion influence as well. Stephan Thelan is such an artist, and has been working somewhat under the radar for several decades releasing solo ambient albums, modern compositions and groove oriented psychedelic group efforts. His latest album, “Fractal Guitar”, is one such group oriented album that features a rotating cast of guitarists and drummers who composed and jammed with Stephan over the last three years. Stephan then picked out the best tracks from several recording sessions. On the surface, “Fractal Guitars” has that space rock meets trip hop groove we might associate with artists such as Ozric Tentacles or Bill Laswell, but this album is more than just jam sessions. Moments of composition help offset tedium and Stephan and his crew often build complex interlocking rhythms that would normally be beyond the grasp of your average ‘jam band’.

Stephan wanted to invite some of his favorite guitarists to participate on this CD, and there are too many to list, but some of the better known include David Torn, Henry Kaiser and Markus Reuter. All of the cosmic guitar solos on here are excellent, and no one gets too carried away. Fortunately this is not a guitar solo slugfest, instead, much of “Fractal” consists of those aforementioned interlocking rhythms riding on top of polyrhythmic odd-metered dub and drumnbass influenced drum patterns. When it comes to this kind of sound oriented music, production is so important and the production on here is outstanding and very much in line with some of Bill Laswell’s best work.

If you enjoy artists such as Pete Cosey, Terje Rypdal, early 70s Pink Floyd, Steve Hillage and Nicky Skopelitis, then you know what to expect here, plenty of electronically enhanced fret fireworks reaching for the infinite beyond mixed with hypnotic ritual rhythm riffs.

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