is a young quintet from Germany, Austria and Italy, founded in 2017 by Richard Köster. The ensemble’s music is inspired and powered by a very particular phenomenon.
The coastline paradox is the name given to the observation that the coastline of a landmass has no clearly definable length. The length instead depends on the method used to measure it. Due to its fractal nature, the length of every coastline diverges in ever-smaller measurements to infinity.
On every coastline, the different and the distant merge into a mixture which can only be found exactly there. The more closely you examine this area, the more wondrous nuances you find. Coastline Paradox’s music moves in exactly this liminal area between different worlds, focusing on a love of detail. It becomes exciting at the point where a musical sea of possibilities meets the culture of the mainland. The point where sand and sun or sea spray and storm are found. A place where sometimes you want to listen quietly, and sometimes you are overwhelmed with wonder.