Synchronicity (Part 2)

In 2010, I embarked on a life-changing journey through the entire ECM catalogue. Five years later, I reached synchronicity when I reviewed every album on the ECM, ECM New Series, and JAPO imprints. In the wake of that milestone, my attentions were pulled in many different directions, as I was simultaneously raising a new family, earning a Ph.D., teaching, publishing as both author and translator, sharpening my skills as a traveling music journalist and photographer, and pivoting into newfound spiritual awakenings. Consequently, my ability to keep step with ECM’s unflagging release schedule—which now averages one new album per week—waned in the light of these and other commitments. And so, imagine my (lack of) surprise when, upon deciding to resume this project in earnest, I realized that I had fallen behind by about 200 albums. On this, the 14th day of November 2019, I can humbly say that synchronicity has been restored. Whether by coincidence or unconscious design, just as my final “catch-up” release in 2015 was Keith Jarrett’s Creation, this time around it happens to be Jarrett’s Munich 2016, released only two weeks ago. The significance will hardly be lost on you, my dear readers. And how fortuitous, too, that I should arrive at this point in the heart of ECM’s 50th anniversary. Going forward, I aim to be your go-to source for the most up-to-date reviews and will be unveiling a few surprises, so stay tuned. The extent of my gratitude may just be bigger than the influence of the label to which I offer it. My deepest thanks to you for continuing to share it with me.

10 thoughts on “Synchronicity (Part 2)

  1. Amazingly incredible work done! Congratulations!
    Sorry for having mistakenly pressed 4 stars instead of five on my smartphone.

  2. Thank you, Tyran, for being such an incredible guide through the wonders of the ECM catalogue, nay world. I have been a fan of the label, its artists and its distinctive sound and aesthetic over the last 20 plus years, and use your guidance frequently. I am trying to catch up on listening to many of the releases of recent years…You have my admiration and gratitude for reviewing them all. Thank you.

  3. Wow. Incredible. As related to Tyran Grillo’s Synchronicity project, dare we ask, should you have time to reflect, what your top 3-5 are and why? 😀

  4. Hi Tyran! Congrats on both your Ph. D. and catching up to the ECM catalog! Hoping and praying that a health condition I have clears up quickly, my wife and I are still on for Flagey in Belgium next week.

    Questions….did the NY festival sell the new releases and did they sell any of the Touchstone releases? Did the artists autograph the CDs?

    Did they have any sales of the new French label they are distributing?

    Thanks for all the reviews and your support for the label we both LOVE!

    Marc Andren ________________________________

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