Noir (Kufala, 2004)
You have to be very brave to record an album of solo violin. Chris Murphy
does it on Noir and pulls it off. The album is a collection Tangos, Blues,
Gospel, Rags and Waltzes that serve as a foundation for Murphy’s improvisations.
The result is a captivating set of melodic and atmospheric pieces. Murphy draws influences from a wide array of artists including Bach,
minimalists Brian Eno and Phillip Glass, film composers Ennio Morricone and
Bernard Hermann, North American and European folk music and classic 1950s and
By playing through a guitar ampliefier, various effects pedals, and a looping
device that allows him to record himself in real time and overdub on top of it,
Murphy brings a gritty urban element to the music.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.