State of Monc

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917704624
Catalog number: CR 77046
Releasedate: 04-09-06
Arthur Flink: Trumpet, Additional Programming | Hielke Praagman: Sound & Drum Programming | Maarten Meddens: Fender Rhodes, Synthesizers | Paul de Jong: Guitar | Kasper Kalf: Double Bass | Arthur Lijten: Drums, Percussion | Mete Erker: Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone [1,5] | Milan Bonger: Alto / Soprano Saxophone [2,4,6] C| Ben van den Dungen: Tenor / Soprano Saxophone [7,9] | Michel van Schie: Electric Bass [7]

State of Monc operates on the thin line that divides electronic music from a more acoustic approach. Integrating the rigid sound of computers with the flexibility of acoustic instruments. Acknowledged by an increasing fine establishment of international jazz trend watchers State of Monc is seen as the Dutch answer to Eric Truffaz - 'however more colorful', and Nils Petter Molvaer - 'only more exciting and raw' (Edo Dijksterhuis - NRC Handelsblad). Inspired by legendary experimental jazz musicians as Miles Davis, core State of Monc contributors, which are Arthur Flink (trumpet), Hielke Praagman (button pusher and knob turner), Kasper Kalf (double bass), Paul de Jong (guitar) and Arthur Lijten (drums), presented their debut album 'Hand to Mouth' last year, which was a "hot bun" for weeks in the hottest music stores everywhere. Germany has Jazzanova, France has St. Germain and the Swedish have Koop, and we, we have State of Monc.
(Geert Jan Jacobs, OOR) Not alienating the traditional jazz purists, State of Monc may also appeal to a new breed of music enthusiasts who grew up with dance music as we know it since the early 90's. Great stuff!
(Plastiks) Comparable (foreign) acts often lack the hectic power that this band is rendering. Exciting, sizzling and certainly unique.
(Arjan van Sorge, Soft Secrets)