Bjorkenheim, Raoul - Apocalypso
Finnish guitarist Raoul Bjrkenheim first came to international attention with Edward Vesala's Sound & Fury band. Concurrently, he formed his own group Krakatau as an offshoot Sound & Fury. The well-known German ECM label signed Bjrkenheim & Krakatau [who are a quartet of guitar, sax, bass & drums on both of their ECM CDs], and released their 3rd (Volition) and 4th (Matinale) releases internationally, bringing Bjrkenheim's music to a wider audience. Since that time, Raoul's energizing, furious playing has been featured with a wide array of well known international artists, including Mats Gustavsson, Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Bill Laswell, Michael Manring, Paul Schtze, Nicky Skopelitis, Jah Wobble and many others. Apocalypso was written in 1995, & premiered in 1996 at the Helsinki Juhlaviikot Festival. Apocalypso is a galvanizing & exciting work that features the massed power of 30 guitarists, 8 bassists and 4 percussionists. This version, recorded in 2000, features Raoul performing all of the parts himself in a tour-de-force of virtual ensemble playing.