“Toward The Unknown” is the newest release of “Pirouet Records”. Album was recorded by Christian Weidner (alto saxophone), Robert Landfermann (bass) and Kathrin Pechlof (harp). These three musicians also are known as “Kathrin Pechlof Trio”. The music of this trio has colorful, modern and innovative sound. The compositions are based on rare and unusual instrumental combination – alto saxophone, bass and harp, which is very rarely used in avant-garde jazz music. Extraordinary combinations, eclectic and sudden changes of styles, exceptionally wide and great variety of strange noises and sounds – all these elements are created and produced by all three musicians. Each of them has original and bright playing style. It’s based on expressive, hot, thrilling and bright improvising. Musicians like to travel from the one mood to another, make outstanding and marvelous musical experiments and twist together absolutely uncompairable music styles, sounds, moods, characters and scales. That makes an effort to remarkable and exceptional sound.
“Toward The Unknown” is full of interesting and original compositions. It’s based on free improvisations, experimental and avant-garde jazz. The compositions also have an influenze of various modern jazz styles – progressive, bebop, post bop, hard bop and others. The music is filled with bright and rich musical language, expressive and innovative sound and dynamic stylistic changes. Musicians are playing with wide range of different playing techniques – all kinds of moods, expressions, rhythms, chords and other elements are inventively and creatively combined together. Eclectic combinations, drastic and provocative turns, contrasting and bright melodies, gently blended together – all these elements are very important to all musical pattern. Musicians are the masters of improvising – they masterfully fuse together absilutely different and contrasting musical language elements and styles. Thrilling, wild, charming, honest, hot and expressive – all these words are suitable for free improvisations of this album. Exceptional sound of this music is created by eclectic and extraordinary instrumental combination, especially – harp melodies. Kathrin Pechlof harp improvisations bring colorful and interesting sound to this album. Improviser has remarkable and fresh sound, the music is filled with bright, creative, inventive and evocative musical decisions. Innovative instrumentation is the most important element of the musical pattern – improviser uses wide range of different playing techniques. Traditional playing techniques, usual ways of playing by harp are gently and organically connected together with sound experiments, innovative, specific and fascinating ways of playing. Expressive melodies gently go along together with aggressive episode, sharp tunes, harsh and turbulent pieces, dramatic culminations, silent pauses, abstract and free improvisations or passionate solos. Kathrin Pechlof certainly knows the best and the most effective way how to blend together this huge range of moods and characters. Especially great range of different expressions and sound is used here – despite of that, improviser founds suitable and effective place for each element of musical language. Because of expressive, passionate, provocative and thrilling improvising, harp improvisations sometimes are similar to real explosions of energy with dramatic culminations and extremely virtuosic solos. Roaring and harsh solos, turbulent, vibrant and bright blow outs, expressive and passionate melodies, mediative, subtle and slow excerpts – these are the main and the most gorgeous elements of alto saxophone improvisations. It forms the main basic of the melodic section – brings firm, energetic, effective and innovative sound. Christian Weidner is a marvelous improviser – he masterfully fuses together many different expressions, playing manners, sounds and other elements of musical language. He also has its own and original playing manner, unique sound and uses dozens of specific and experimental playing techniques. His improvisations mood mostly is active and energetic – saxophone solos are especially bright, energetic, sprakling and charming in this album. Robert Landfermann bass melodies have engaging and evocative sound. Monotonic and firm bass line is based on repetitive tunes, which are repeated without stop all the time. Hard, effective, solid and deep bass line is fused together with passionate solos, bright, wild rapid and expressive melodies, gorgeous, innovative and charming musical experiments and dozens of strage sounds. Bass improvisations are constructed by many different pieces – it’s highly contrasting with each other. The music of this album is a n interesting fusion of avant-garde jazz, experimental jazz, free improvisation, contemporary and modern jazz styles. Modern, engaging, evocative and innovative improvising creates bright, effective and passionate sound of this album.