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G.E.N.E. - Flying-Fish (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Abstract Circuitry (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Galactic Anthems (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Semper Fidelity (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - The Other Side (cd-r)

 
GANDALF - Colors of a New Dawn (cd)

 
GANDALF - Erdenklang & Sternentanz (Earthsong & Stardance) (cd)

 
GANDALF - Gallery Of Dreams • plus live! (CD/Digital Download)

 
GANDALF - Journey to an Imaginary Land (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - More than just a Seagull (cd)

 
GANDALF - Sanctuary (cd)

 
GANDALF - To Another Horizon (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF & FRIENDS - Live in Vienna (cd & dvd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Colors In Motion (cd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Maybe Forgotten Forever (cd-r)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Through The Looking Glass (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL GARRISON - Point of Impact (cd)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Near North (Digital Download)

 
GAYLENE - Journey to the Surface (cd-r)

 
GEIGERTEK - Endless Night (Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - Soundtrack for City Living (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - The Timeless Mind (cd-r)

 
MICHEL GENEST - Crystal Fantasy (Lp/CD)

 
GEODESIUM - A Gentle Rain of Starlight (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Arcturian Archives (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Music from SpacePark 360 (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEODESIUM - Stella Novus (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Dream Chamber (Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Realm of Knowing (cd-r)

 
AD VAN GERVEN - Hatching (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Being to Being (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Scorpius Rising (cd/digital download)

 
TIM GERWING - The Butterfly Effect (cd)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Higher Green Session (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Lattice (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Sound of the Cloud (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG & MATHIAS GRASSOW - Ad Lucem (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Baktun (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Chronicle 1986-93 (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Symphonic Arts (cd)

 
GLENN MAIN - Ripples (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLIESE 614 - Serenity (cd-r)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Grey Mirrors (cd)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Tomorrow’s Tuesday (cd/digital download)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - 76:14 (cd)

 
GOGOOO - Long, lointain (cd)

 
GOLDMUND - The Malady of Elegance (CD/Lp)

 
STEVE GRACE - Cobalt Blue (Digital Download)

 
STEVE GRACE - Flow (Digital Download)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & CARSTEN AGTHE - Beyond the Silence (Live at Gut Saunstorf) (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & JIří MAZáNEK - Inner Path (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & TOMAS WEISS - Farewell -In Hommage To Klaus Wiese- (cd)

 
GRASSOW / GLEISBERG / BAGHIRI - Arcanum (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Bloodmoon (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Dämmerung (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Sonnenwende (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Tamanoshima (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Lanzarote Concert (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Uttarakuru (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Wisdom of Fate (cd)

 
GREEN ISAC - Groundrush (cd)

 
GREEN ISAC - Passengers (cd/digital download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Epiphenomenon (cd/Digital Download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Source of the Hardware (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Virga (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Weather from another Planet (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Wide View (cd)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - Dark Matter (cd-r)

 
M. GRIFFIN - Sudden Dark (cd)

 
GRINDLESTONE - Tone (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Midsummer (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Visions (cd/Digital Download)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist 2010 (cd)

 
PERTTI GRöNHOLM - Winterplanet (cd)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Cassiopeia (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Prologue (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Sphere (cd-r)


JEFF GREINKE
Virga
CD, Lotuspike, 2009
"Virga" is the 18th release by Jeff Greinke, and his second one on the LotusPike/Spotted Peccary. The character and shape of the music sees Greinke return to an ambient and textural approach which applied to his ‘80s and ‘90s work.

In a way, its electronic ambient chamber music, as the outcome merges sounscape electronics with trumpet, cello and piano in which elements of harmony and drama shimmer through the pastoral interludes and expansive, melodic and overall moody ambient spheres.

At times, it vaguely remembered me of the reflective music of Paul Sauvanet or Eno/Budd ("Abandoned Place", "Contrails"), but also of music in which atmospheric conditions are a key element (such as Rich’s "Calling Down the Sky").
Or, as nicely put in the press sheet:"the mood present preceding an intense storm is similar to the subtle foreboding quality of some of the pieces on this album".

All in all, "Virga" makes a cinematic, slowly evolving set of quality ambient informed by big skies, vast landscapes and weather conditions of the American desert Southwest, in which the occasional use of trumpet is the only tricky element in my opinion.

Website: www.jeffgreinke.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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