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Echo Collective's 'Stuk' makes KCRW: Rhythm Planet - New Music Favorites

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This week's playlist features a mix of jazz, world, tropical Latin, and crossover classical new releases that I'm enjoying now. I love to feature new jazz sides in each playlist, so here is a whole bunch of new stuff. We hear an atmospheric piece called 'Stuk' composed by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, performed by the Belgian Echo Collective.

Jóhann Jóhannsson's sudden and untimely death in February 2018 put an end to his unique practice of bringing different art forms together. The Icelandic composer was known for his inventiveness in allowing music and literature, music and theatre, music and film to communicate with one another in his works, and for combining classical and electronic elements with original, profound and often melancholic results. 

British philanthropist and art collector Richard Thomas was fascinated by this process of breaking down artistic boundaries. He came up with the idea of commissioning a work that would establish a dialogue between music and the visual arts, with neither form overpowering the other, and in which the production and interpretation aspects of each would blend together to create a single entity. Thomas already had an artist in mind for his project – Berlin-based painter Thilo Heinzmann. He in turn thought instantly of Jóhann Jóhannsson. 

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