Soul Jazz are releasing a new collection of work by Florian Fricke, the late leader of German kosmische unit Popol Vuh
Soul Jazz are releasing a new collection of work by Florian Fricke, the late leader of German kosmische unit Popol Vuh. The first disc of Kailash is dedicated to solo piano recordings, fulfilling an ambition of Fricke's which went unrealised in his lifetime. Fricke played Moog synthesizer on the group's first album Affenstunde, but moved to acoustic piano on their next album In Den Gärten Pharaos, and continued to explore the limits of the instrument until his death in 2002. The recordings here are drawn from the early 1970s to late 80s, five of them previously unreleased, and some were sketches for compositions realised on Popol Vuh’s studio records.
The second part of the collection comprises a DVD of the film Kailash, along with a CD of Fricke’s soundtrack. The documentary was self-released in the mid-90s and is long unavailable, and documented Fricke and film maker and former group member Frank Fieldler’s spiritual journey to the mountain in West Tibet. Soul Jazz’s Kailash collection is released on 16 March.