THE ONE ENSEMBLE OF DANIEL PADDEN X3

"The One Ensemble started as a solo recording project of Daniel Padden (of Volcano The Bear). In some ways it was a deliberate attempt to create a mythical experimental folk music that could never have existed and could never have been played live (one of the more important aspects of ‘folk’ music)."

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THE ONE ENSEMBLE OF DANIEL PADDEN 2002



About: "The One Ensemble is pretty difficult to pin down. In much the same way as Richard Youngs and Simon Wickham-Smith, or the early Third Ear Band, Padden uses traditional folk structures as the basis for much of songs here. But other, even more esoteric, influences are at work here as well: Southeast Asian traditional musics, acoustic jazz flourishes, perhaps even the mystical minimalism of Terry Riley. So what does all this mean for the listener? A strange and beautiful amalgam of (mostly) wordless vocals, stumbling piano, scurrying cello, mournful kazoo interludes, deranged waltzes, and stuff that's totally unidentifiable combined into Padden's skewed and wayward outsider music."
(Catsup Plate)

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THE OWL OF FIVES 2003



Review: "I don't think it's possible to overrate the importance of the landscape. It will always suck you in but it will affect you in different ways depending on location. I don't think it's a coincidence that a lot of the most fascinated music created today has its origin in places draped in natural beauty or which hold certain characteristics of a similar power. I'm not quite sure what's magical about the place Daniel Padden calls home but judging by the sounds presented on his second solo outing Owl of Fives there got to be something. Padden is known for his work with the indescribable and quite wonderful Volcano the Bear combo and this solo album is right up there in terms of sonic qualities. As a matter of fact I think he's actually trekking to the same valley of hidden music that the 'Bear so successfully pay a visit every now and then. It's like the music just has been hanging in the air of this specific vista, awaiting the right guy to come along and interpret it to something, which is audible for the masses. What we're served is a kind of free folk which comes packed with equal parts melancholia, dissonance and fragile beauty. No track is ever built up the way you expect them to be but there's nothing forced about these multi-instrumental folk meanderings. I am not really sure how Padden manages to be so successful at his game but there's something so natural in the way keys, strings, horns, bells, percussion merge into one united trail through the wilderness. Words like stumbling, fractured and fragmentized comes to mind but the overall impression is rather the one of seasons going by and colors changing in accordance to the sounds presented. Imagine an instrumental version of Tanakh teaming up with Kemialliset Ystavat or Tower Recordings and you're definitely in the right terrain. And what a mesmerizing terrain it proves to be."
(Mats Gustafsson)

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WAYWARD THE FOURTH 2007



About: "The heir apparant to Moondog and Zoltan Kodaly, The One Ensemble blend European folk, narrative, popular and chamber forms to create modern compositions that provide attention-grabbing hooks and thought-provoking challenges. At times formal and at others improvisational, it is difficult to pin down the One Ensemble sound. Influences range from the classic pop-psychedelia of Robert Wyatt to the deep experimental drone of Third Ear Band. Blissful free jazz, delicate acoustic out-folk, tape collages, Eastern raga and mystical modern minimalism all peacefully coexist in the One Ensemble's uniquely beautiful universe."
(Secret Eye)

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