Info for UNIFONY
Minco Eggersman and Theodoor Borger started collaborating years ago. For this project they're inviting guest musicians to find the pure essence of music with them. They invited Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick for their first album UNIFONY. Together, they wander off the beaten track and rediscover purity by experimenting. They don't compose music based on musical notes but they're using carefully crafted layered sounds instead. The album has been mixed by the British studio engineer Phill Brown. He has worked with a wide range of artists like Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, David Bowie & The Rolling Stones. To top it off, the album has been mastered by none other than 11x Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig. He has worked with artists like Radiohead, Nirvana, Paul McCartney, Madonna and many, many others.
The project once started when Minco and Theodoor worked together on Minco's album 'Reservoirs' and found out they shared a love for this specific music and sound from the '80s. Later on, this album found its way to James Marsh which in turn led to Minco writing an essay for the 'Spirit Of Talk Talk' project. UNIFONY is a tribute to the work ethic of those days; being able to spend time in an inspiring studio, using great instruments and recording equipment without constant pressure.
Minco Eggersman, drums
Theodoor Borger, bass
Mathias Eick, trumpet
Started out as a drummer in his teenage years but soon began writing songs and producing albums of different bands as well as his own music. He pointed his creative energy towards production, which meant launching and running two record labels for twenty years and brewing artisanale beers. Over the last ten years creating soundtracks to international films and documentaries is what he does most and likes best.
One thing which is always clear in his creative output is the story that needs to be told. Whether it is a beer being brewed or an album to be produced, the story and concept is what makes him tick. As for UNIFONY it was the first time in Minco’s career to start off without demos or songs. This dive into the deep broke new grounds and gave room to a whole lot of discoveries. They went for the motto 'If you want to get somewhere you have never been, you have to do things you have never done before’, so he strayed off course to go somewhere new with UNIFONY together with Theodoor.
While a sound engineer for the largest part of his professional life, he had already started moving back into the creative process. Knobs, microphones and cables no longer attracted him sufficiently and he wanted to get back to where he left his heart long before he started twiddling knobs and faders: making music. For more than fifteen years he had not written any songs or compositions until Minco encouraged him to pick up playing the piano again. Being quite shy about his abilities after all these years he had spent safely behind the mixing desk, Theodoor started out on the path of discovery. He quickly caught on enthusiastically when his first notes became part of a song. Thus he discovered that the lack of (musical) boundaries and the presence of trust and kinship and absence of pressure resulted in a rich harvest during the first recording week.
Coming from the country of Norway that is known for its tales and musical improvisation Mathias immediately felt comfortable with the idea Minco told him about in Amsterdam at the North Sea Jazz club on a winter evening. Everything fell into place when he listened to the tracks he got from Minco and Theodoor. Together with musician and studio engineer Marcus Forsgren (who is actually a friend of Minco’s and was signed to one of his labels before), he caught on to the music of UNIFONY and raised the bar again. The melancholic tone and folklore melodies of Mathias Eick proved a perfect fit and this ensures that the ‘musical language’ they ‘speak’ is something special. If you listen carefully, you can actually hear Mathias singing with and through his trumpet.
This album contains no booklet.