CD1

  1. The Bronze Bells of Imla [5:37]
  2. Variation on "Raukumara Plain" [4:13]
  3. Summer Nightsky [2:54]
  4. Variation on "Richards Deep" [2:50]
  5. Procession Day [4:13]
  6. Bridge (To Imla) [1:02]
  7. Crossing The Great Rift [3:31]
  8. In An Imaginary Landscape [2:46]
  9. Variation on "Intermingling Currents" [7:48]
  10. The Dream-Quest To Unknown Imla [6:43]
  11. Variation on "Epilogue - Ring Of Fire" [3:56]
  12. Nill & Nuchtig - Part 1 (Nuchtig) [2:03]
  13. Drifting On A Southern Sea (Rehearsal) [10:19]
  14. Equatorial Passage (Rehearsal) [7:04]
  15. The Dream-Quest To Unknown Imla (Studio Version) [8:33]

    CD2

  1. Intro - Plaenkel in G [4:52]
  2. Drifting On A Southern Sea [10:02]
  3. El Ciclón [9:36]
  4. Equatorial Passage [10:08]
  5. The Return [11:04]
  6. Encore - The Pastorius Conspiracy [10:47]
  7. Nill & Nuchtig - Part 2 (Nill) [2:11]
  8. Unused Track 1 (Rehearsal) [3:33]
  9. Unused Track 2 (Rehearsal) [9:11]
This album was recorded live in late January 2018 on an evening of live electronic music featuring a solo set by synthesist Ralph Baumgartl, (not included in this release, but it was excellent!) a set by Bridge To Imla - with percussionist Volker lankow on three tracks and finally a jam session involving all four musicians.

Most of the bonus tracks (see below) were recorded at a rehearsal by Michael Brückner and Hans-Dieter Schmidt one week prior to the event, except for...

...the studio version of „The Dream-Quest To Unknown Imla“ which Michael insisted on doing, because he had messed up his mellotrons flute solo at the concert when he looked into a blue laser beamer by mistake. ;-)

released June 29, 2018 Bridge To Imla is: Hans-Dieter Schmidt: synthesizer, keyboards, EWI (electronic wind instrument) Michael Brückner: electronics, synthesizer, keyboards ...with: Volker Lankow: percussion, loops, soundscapes & samples on tracks 8 - 10 and 16 - 21 Ralph Baumgartl: synthesizer & keyboards on tracks 16 - 21

cover photography: Norbert Zumdiek concert photography: Stefan Trippler cover design: Michael Brückner event catering: Anke & Tommy Betzler

Special thanks to Jürgen Linde for providing beverages! :-) And VERY special thanks to Mathias Brüssel for his safety recording of the BTI performance - it turned out that we needed it...! Finally, a BIG "Thank You" to our wonderful audience - some of You travelled a long way to be with us on that January evening! The Radiant Sea album was one of my big favorites in 2017! Released at the end of the year, this first album by the duo Bridge to Imla was to be at the core of a concert played in late January 2018. And as the worlds of Michael Brückner and Hans-Dieter Schmidt are not made of compliance, the duo offers a recording of this show in a splendid double album soberly titled “One January Evening”. It's a lot of music, and it will also be a lot of words from my pen, offered by Bridge to Imla with more than 45 minutes of this concert as well as a lot of bonus tracks and a solid Jam Session where Volker Lankow on percussions and Ralph Baumgartl on synthesizers add punch and depth to an album which gently sails between the tranquil waters of ambient music and the hungry territories for more lively music.

Always flirting with the limits of mysticism, the music of “One January Evening” begins with these Tibetan bells whose tones cuddle the murmurs of Poseidon. Slow layers deploy their sonic wings and rise to take the paths of the opening of The Radiant Sea, in which Prologue: The Kuroshio Current becomes the pale ancestor of "The Bronze Bells of Imla". The hold of the sounds and the intensity of the ambiances are more accentuated here than in The Radiant Sea. "Variation on Raukumara Plain" adds beautiful solos to the original title. In fact, the music of “One January Evening” espouses the structures of the first album of Bridge to Imla but with a greater dominance on the level of everything, especially when Volker Lankow joins the duet in "In an Imaginary Landscape". The ambient moods are darker and more enveloping with a higher level of emotivity. In total, 4 titles of this album are performed with variable degrees of variations. In addition to Raukumara Plain, we find Richards Deep, Intermingling Currents and the final Epilogue-Ring of Fire which also closes this concert. Even with an organic opening, "Summer Nightsky" is a l o gical suite of "Variation on Raukumara Plain" by propelling its harmonic loops in a decor built for anesthetic layers. Subsequently we discover the parallel universe of The Radiant Sea after a "Variation on Richards Deep" closer to tonal schizophrenia. From "Procession Day" to "In an Imaginary Landscape", the music takes on the dark / ambient character of Bridge to Imla. There are percussive elements, well imagined by Volker Lankow, but everything remains soberly dark. "Variation on Intermingling Currents" is a title which brings together all the currents in The Radiant Sea into a compact mass of synth lines with cryptic colors. The percussion adds a tribal depth to this title which evolves with a good crescendo. "The Dream-Quest to Unknown Imla" follows with a slightly livelier texture. The synths multiply solos with hues as contrasting as musical, some are floating with Arabian perfumes, on a very meshing of various percussions which sculpts a tribal rhythm, absent in The Radiant Sea, which had to propel the spectators out of their idle comfort. In doing so, "Variation on Epilogue-Ring of Fire" follows the curve of the last minutes of “One January Evening” to offer a much more intense finale.

This double album comes with almost no seconds left of to fill in. Thus the bonus titles come with the hollow breezes of "Nill & Nuchtig - Part 1 (Nuchtig)" and its organic life that breathes in the decor. The next 3 tracks are small jewels of the New Berlin School style. "Drifting on Southern Sea (Rehearsal)" breathes the vitality of a sequencer in mode Softwatre's cosmic harmony. It's a track which remains in the field of ambient rhythm but whose tone sequences, and these lines a little darker in the background, charm with a big C. "Equatorial Passage (Rehearsal)" is in the same mold but with less brightness in the tones of the sequencer and more vivacity in a rhythm in suspension while the elements in "The Dream-Quest to Unknown Imla (Studio Version)" charm a liv elier rhythm weaved on a meshing of percussions and sequences. We put CD 2 and we dive into this great Jam Session where Volker Lankow and Ralph Baumgartl join the duo for "Intro - Plaenkel in G" to "Encore-The Pastorius Conspiracy". We notice that the dynamics have changed and that the results are quite attractive. There is a very interesting project in the air and that could turn out into something bigger with a remix of this section which nearly lasts an hour. Ambient music with experimental perfumes and animated with a very Berlin School vision, this is the result of this Jam Session without preparation (we hear musicians who are not on the same page in places). Very good, even with a quality which witnesses of a night of rehearsals. "Nill & Nuchtig Part 2 (Nill)" is like the other! "Unused Track 1 (Rehearsal)" and "Unused Track 2 (Rehearsal)" show beyond doubt that Bridge to Imla is as much at home in the good old Berlin School and / or cosmic rock of the 70's as the ambient m u sic or this delicious passage very Software at the end of CD 1.

All in all, and even if one doesn't like ambient and dark music, since “One January Evening” is clearly more sibylline and darker than The Radiant Sea, this latest opus of Bridge to Imla is a safe bet. One finds everything in this hybrid album where the reflections on Ambient Music of the duo evolve towards a great tribal rhythm at the end of the concert and towards some very good Berlin School in the sections Bonus and Jam Session. There are too many good times in this album for an Ambient Music and / or Berlin School (retro or contemporary) lover to miss out this “One January Evening”. As for me, I have understood for a long time that when the name of Michael Brückner is on a project, it becomes a must.

2018. Sylvain Lupari