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The German/Dutch coproduction “Delirious” is a a concept CD about emotions, not about worldchampionship with its bouring football songs., but with songs about the emotions in football, about the boy deep inside a man. 8 songs plus one radio edit, intelligent and emotional brings us the heart of the game, we all love.
Delirious is the outcome of an unusual encounter between two entirely different musicians. Charles Petersohn on the one hand, a jazz DJ, electronic music producer, singer and “street poet,” Jasper van’t Hof on the other, World Music and jazz pianist, composer and arranger, internationally renowned through Pili Pili and other projects. The key to their collaboration is football in the broadest sense, because the director of JARO asked Charles and Jasper to address that theme on a joint album. The two musicians agreed from the start that the message was to be subtle, personal and associative. The focus would not be the high-polish, sponsor-cushioned side of football but its down-to-earth, nitty-gritty side: street football, as it sees itself. Musically the plan involved a suspenseful trip around the world to stage a range of variations on jazz as well as virtuoso quotations from the music styles of Central Africa, Spain, the Orient, Caribbean Calypso, Brazilian Samba and the Italian waltz. The lyrics on delirious deal with emotions which can apply to football or stand alone as poetry about the feelings that touch and move virtually every one of us throughout the game of life.
Jasper, Charles and sound engineer Lehna locked themselves up for ten days in van’t Hof’s country house in Suaucourt, near Dijon, to experience, celebrate and produce music in an intense retreat. The collaboration was characterized by endless sessions which gradually ripened into songs. Charles was blown away by Jasper’s method of layering melodies and harmonies one on top of the other in a kind of sandwich technique, then joining the mosaic pieces in a finished track – and by the impressive fund of global music Jasper has at his disposal. Jasper, for his part, was amazed at the influence DJ-ing can have on the experience and understanding of music. Here and there Charles discovered parallels and affinities that a musician might not necessarily have noticed. Again and again, these affinities led to surprising results within the context of the production. Constantly “armed” with paper and pen, Charles roamed the house writing his poetry, which leaves a big fat mark on the album. Mutually inspired by numerous rapturous discussions about the wide world of jazz, the musicians came up with eight pieces, many passages of which shine as bright as the sun. Infected by the joint vibes, Jasper likewise invested lots of very spontaneous energy into the music.
Charles’ colleague Lehna contributed infinite patience and technical sophistication to making sure the work on the album would not end in a delirium. “Dreams come true, they just have to – to prove, they’re so supreme […]”!