CHRYSAKIS / CUNDY / SCHLECHTA / VOLQUARTZ – “Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets” (Aural Terrains, 2018)

“Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets” was released by “Aural Terrains” this year. Album was recorded by Thanos Chrysakis (chamber organ), Chris Cundy (bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet), Peer Schlechta (organ) and Ove Volquartz (bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet). Musicians ad been playing together many times. Together they are creating unusual and modern sound. Their music is based on free improvisations, but has many relations with other music styles. Free improvisations, avant-garde jazz, experimental and contemporary academical music, chamber music and academic avant-garde jazz are the main elements, which consist the main musical pattern. The music always has rich and interesting strcuture and form – it’s sompilated by various forms of chamber and academical music. The form is free  and variable – it’s changing along with the compositions and get new elements of other forms, expressions and moods. Extended playing techniques, musical experiments, free improvisation, spontaneous solos in the most extraordinary places, search and extraction of new and unusual sounds – all these elements help musicians to create extraordinary and rich musical pattern. The musical language is created spontaneously and by all musicians. The musical material by each musician is original and independent and makes an effort to musical pattern and whole sound of the album. The music by four interesting and creative musicians has modern and interesting sound.

The music of this album is based on free music form and musical experiments. The compositions are somewhere between free improvisations and contemporary academical music. The improvisation is very important part of the compositions – it also makes an effort to whole sound of the album, bring the impression of spontaneous and unpredictable sound. Clarinets melodies are based on many different music elements. It has many elements, which are related with contemporary academical music abd academic avant-garde. Extended playing techniques, vibrant and intensive sound, traditional playing techniques such as glissando, virtuosic arpeggio, vivacious and striking passages, remarkable and expressive melodic elements are connected with experimental and modern ways of playing, repetitive rhythmic and sharp harmony. The melodies have dynamic and constantly changing sound and are based on contrasting musical materials. Soft, calm and subtle clarinets solos, vibrtant and deep bass lines, quiet and peaceful solos are gently connected together with expressive, rigorous, intensive, loud and turbulent solos. Peaceful and interesting solos of clarinets usually have lyric and calm mood for the most of the time. Intensive and deep bass line formed by bass clarinet helps musicians to create firm and solid bass section. Even though, clarinets melodies have some relations with academical music, mostly is based on free improvisation and various alternative genres of experimental music. Organs melodies have bright and interesting sound. It also has bright and intensive musical pattern and huge variety of different styles and expressions. It’s highly contrasting with musical material of clarinets – especially in a way of its structure, form and style. Organ melodies mostly are based on the principal elements of contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde and experimental music. Both musicians are trying out modern and interesting ways of playing, extended techniques and expressions. This music has lyrical and soft sound for the most of the time, which is connected with loud, turbulent and powerful culminations. The form and strcuture of organ melodies is more strict than clarinets. These compositions have less place for free improvisations – musicians are paying huge attention to the search of unusual timbres, creative musical decisions and inventive ways of playing. Powerful, deep, vibrant and interesting sound of the organ is gently c onnected together with dynamic and deep melodies of clarinets. This music has modern and remarkable sound.

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Otherworld Ensemble – “Live at Malmitalo” (Edgetone Records, 2018)

Otherworld Ensemble - Live at Malmitalo

“Live at Malmitalo” was recently released by “Edgetone Records”. The album was recorded by Rent Romus (tenor recorder, e-trumpet, flutes, kantele), Heikki “Mike” Kosikinen (e-trumpet, tenor recorder, piano), Mikko Innanen (alto, baritone and sopranino saxophones, flutes, percussion) and Teppo Hauta-aho (double bass). These four musicians are the members of “Oherworld Ensemble”. The music of this ensemble is based on synthesis between free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, traditional Finland music and experimental music intonations. Musicians masterfully fuse together contrasting and colorful elements of different styles and create rich and innovative sound. The music of this ensemble is based on free structure, abstract musical pattern and not-strictly based form. Vivacious and colorful stylistic waves, dynamic changes, special effects, synthesis of electronics and acoustics, authentic and natural combinations of ethnic Finland music and free-jazz, fascinating musical experiments and huge range of different playing techniques and unusual timbres – all these elements are the main basic of this ensemble improvisations.

The music of this album has interesting and organic sound. It has all main elements of “Otherworld Ensemble” playing style and manner. All the music is based on contrasts – various contrasting and colorful episodes are gently cnnected together in one place. The episodes have their own playing style, techniques, mood and musical language. Vivacious and rigorous, cold, aggressive and sharp, or very soft and warm – each musician is revealing many different colors and unusual timbres. They are exploring the abilities of their instruments by using dozens of different playing techniques and unusual compilations of the instruments. Ethnic instruments of Scandinavian countries and especially Finland, are compilated together with traditional acoustic and electronic instruments. This interesting synthesis effects whole sound of the album – it makes it more bright, modern, innovative and colorful. The reeds section is based on flutes, tenor recorder, various saxophones and e-trumpets. All these instruments help musicians to build a solid and interesting melodic section, Soft, gentle and colorful flutes are highly contrasting with bright, vivacious, loud and passionate saxophones solos, interesting sounds of recorder, intensive, vibrant and turbulent blow outs and bright solos of trumpets. The melodies of reeds and brass are filled of vivacious, virtuosic and rapid passages, passionate and dramatic culminations, turbulent, energetic and rigorous blow outs, shrieky solos, low and separate whistles, repetitive tones, variable rhythmic and various special effects and unusual sounds. The melodies of reeds are formed by the free-jazz synthesis with traditional Finland and Scandinavian countries music – free, vibrant and spontaneous solos are illustrated with authentic and interesting melodic intonations and rhythmic elements of Finland music. Piano melodies are bright, vivacious and dynamic. It’s based on free improvisation, creative musical experiments, original and dynamic stylistic twists and vivacious melodies. These melodies are based on avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and mild intonations of experimental music. The music is full of contrasts and has rich and modern musical language – from the silent and subtle episodes it gets to turbulent, energetic, intensive and rapid culminations. Double bass improvisations reveal the other side of these compositions – it shows the subtle, silent and abstract side. Separate repetitive tones, variable rhythmic and harmony, silent and soft solos, abstract musical pattern, experimental ways of playing and huge range of strange and weird timbres – all these elements create absolutely different sound of the album, which is highly contrasting with other instruments. Double bass also keep firm rhythmic section and has very colorful, intensive, vivacious and dynamic excerpts, virtuosic solos and other elements. Percussion is based on interesting compilations of the traditional Scandinavian and Western Europe percussion instruments. This music is especially active, full of gorgeous and unusual timbres, extended playing expressions, experimental ways of playing and dynamic rhythmic. The msuic of this album is full of contrasts and have dynamic, innovative and interesting sound.

Ronny Graupe|Laura Schuler|Alfred Vogel – “KWESTIA” (Boomslang Records, 2018)

“KWESTIA” was released by “Boomslang Records” on May. Album was recorded by Ronny Graupe (guitar), Laura Schuler (violine) and Alfred Vogel (drums). The improvisations by all three musicians are full of interesting musical decisions, expressive and colorful contrasts, passionate and touching improvising and marvelous spontaneous solos. All three musicians are famous and creative avant-garde jazz masters. Their music is based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz, but also has some relations with other jazz styles. The intonations of modern jazz styles, such as bebop, post-bop, hard-bop, neo-bop, contemporary jazz or fusion are also heard in their improvisations. Expressive, interesting and original playing manner, unique sound and rich musical language are the main things of their improvisations. The elements of classical harmony, rock styles, rhythmic forms of different music styles also are the part of the improvisations. Musicians are improvising creatively, expressively and with passion. The search of new timbres and colors, expansion of traditional zone of instruments sound, fascinating musical experiments and unusual sounds – all these and recently mentioned elements make an effort to inventive and modern sound.

The music of this album has bright and dynamic sound. It’s based on free improvisations, polyphonic musical pattern, constantly changing rhythmic and musical experiments. The active, rapid, expressive and evocative mood of the compositions is heard for the most of the time. Violin melodies by Laura Schuler are based on contrasts and colorful changes of various musical language elements. Improviser shows her own playing style and unique sound. Her improvisations are based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz, Scandinavian traditional music, contemporary and modern jazz. That makes an effort to soft, remarkable, warm and expressive sound. The melodies are based on Scandinavian music melodic and rhythmic intonations, soft and lyrical mood, various chords and rhythmic compilations. The synthesis between traditional Scandinavian music and avant-garde jazz is the main element of her playing style and she keeps to fuse these different music styles organically and naturally. Her violin melodies are lyrical for the most of the time, but also filled with virtuosic, expressive and passionate solos, free improvisations and sound experiments. Ronny Graupe guitar gently fit together with violin melodies. Expressive, vivacious and touching solos, subtle and abstract musical pattern, virtuosic and rapid passages, free and spontaneous solos, dynamic rhythmic and sudden stylistic and mood changes are the main basic of his improvisations. All these elements are used for a long time is his music – musician fuse together avant-garde jazz, experimental music, the elements of various countries ethnic music, contemporary and modern jazz, fusion and even some mild and far intonations with rock music or contemporary academical music. His music has rich, colorful and dynamic sound. Alfred Vogel drums section has subtle, gorgeous and colorful sound. Musician masterfully combines together different rhythmic forms and wide range of colorful and interesting percussion timbres. Loud drum rolls, expressive and striking solos, subtle and quiet solos, unusual timbres, repetitive and monotonic tones and dozens of different playing techniques – all these elements are naturally and organically fused together. The music of this album has modern and interesting sound.

Luís Vicente|Seppe Gebruers|Onno Govaert – “Live at Ljubljana” (Multikulti Project, 2018)

“Live at Ljubljana” was released by “Multikulti Project” on May, 6, 2018. Album was recorded by Luís Vicente (trumpet), Seppe Gebruers (piano) and Onno Govaert (drums). Three famous musicians are active members of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Their music is bright, expressive and innovative. Each of them has interesting and original playing manner and unique sound. Luis Vicente is a famous trumpeter of avant-garde jazz. His music based on free improvisation, full of unpredictable, sudden and dynamic changes, schocking contrasts, changes of the moods and expressions. He had created and improved remarkable and unique improvising mannner, which is based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz and various modern and contemporary jazz intonations. Seppe Gebruers is young and talented Belgium jazz pianist. His improvisations are full of expressive and vivacious solos, rigorous and turbulent culminations, shocking and experimental ways of playing, dramatic and passionate melodies and rich musical language. Musicians playing is free, creative and spontaneous. His improvisations have active, rapid and energetic mood for the most of the time and are based on unpredictable and colorful contrasts. Onno Govaert is an avant-garde jazz drummer. He’s the master of fusing together different rhythms, timbres, extended playing techniques and expressions. The improvisations have especially rich and contrasting musical language, are based on dozens of different playing techniques, musical experiments and spontaneous, rigorous and turbulent culminations.

The music of this album has contrasting and modern sound. All compositions are based on free improvisation. The synthesis between experimental and avant-garde jazz, free improvisation are fused together with intonations of modern jazz styles. The musicians are switching between different moods, characters and expressions. Their music is very dynamic, colorful, passionate, energetic and expressive. Luis Vicente trumpet improvisations are based on his own playing manner. He masterfully connects together expressive, vivacious and marvelous arpeggios, wild fast and furious passages, remarkable and spontaneous solos and sound experiments. His musical language is wide and rich – glissando, vibrant and effective blow outs, passionate and touching vibrato, fast arpeggios, expressive and rapid passages, sharp, rigorous and turbulent blow outs, sudden stylistic turns, jumps from the highest to the lowest registres and other similar techniques are combined together with experimental ways of playing. Musician tries out new ways of playing and expands the traditional zone of sound. His music is full of different colors, tones, timbres, expressions and other elements of musical language. The improvisations have loud, vibrant, effective and expressive sound – especially passionate and touching playing style and manner makes an effort to whole sound of the compositions. Seppe Gebruers piano improvisations are based on free improvisations and creative musical experiments. Musician masterfully fuses together different musical expressions and sounds. Vibrant, touching and rigorous solos, remarkable and expressive melodies, passionate and provocative playing manner, original and interesting musical decisions, interesting musical decisions and unusual sounds – all these elements are the basements of his playing. The playing style of Seppe Gebruers is based on virtuosic, rapid and marvelous passages, dynamic rhythmic, spontaneous and free improvisation, sharp and colorful harmony. All these elements have some relations with modern jazz styles – sometimes the sound of his improvisations is similar to bebop, hard-bop or neo-bop improvisations. Especially expressive, emotional and passionate playing manner create bright, vivacious and touching sound of his improvisations. Onno Govaert drums improvisations are full of wide range of rhythms and playing expressions. Drummer masterfully fuses together different ways of playing – turbulent, loud, energetic and furious solos are connected together with dynamic and passionate melodies, quiet, peaceful and monotonic episodes, repetitive rhythms and many other elements. His music has active, interesting and original sound. Masterful, remarkable, creative and passionate improvising by all three musicians create original and effective sound of this album.

Andreae / Birchall / Nakamura / Willberg – “Live at Ftarri” (Raw Tonk Records, 2018)

“Live at Ftarri” is a new release of “Raw Tonk Records”. Album was recorded by four jazz masters – Sam Andreae (saxophone), David Birchall (guitar), Toshimaru Nakamura (no input mixing board) and Otto Willberg (double bass). All fourth musicians have interesting and evocative playing manner, they also are creative and famous members of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Sam Andreae is a great saxophonist. His improvisations are totally based on avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, musical experiments, spontaneous and vivacious solos and especially expressive playing manner. David Birchall is a guitarist. His improvisations are based on synthesis of avant-garde jazz, bebop, post-bop, hard-bop and various elements of rock styles. All these elements are gently combined together in one place. He tries out new and unusual ways of playing – original and inventive musical decisions effect whole sund of his improvisations. Toshimaru Nakamura is Japan improviser, who is active at avant-garde jazz and Japan onkyo scene. His music is based on organic synthesis of different music styles – rock, Japan traditional music, avant-garde jazz, various styles of contemporary Japan improvisation, electronics, computer sounds and many other elements are fused together. He also use a mixing board to create nusual and interesting sound, special effects and original timbres. Field recordings, imitations of nature sounds, computer and electronic devices sounds and many similar elements are used in his compositions. Musician is active at the scenes of various music styles – he plays along with rock, free-jazz, Japan onkyo and many other artists. Otto Wilberg is a double bassist. His music is based on sounds experiments, free improvisation, vivacious, dynamic and expressive playing manner and colorful changes of styles, musical expressions and other elements. He masterfully fuses together avant-garde and modern jazz, bebop and free-jazz, hard-bop, fusion, the intonations of contemporary jazz and other elements.

The music of this album has evocative and innovative sound. The musicians are trying out different ways of playing – by using dozens of different extended playing techniques they create huge variety of strange and weird timbres. The musical pattern is rich, bright, modern and expressive. It’s based on Japan and Western Europe rhythms, classical and Asian music harmonies and chords, remarkable and interesting melodies and innovative special effects. The musicians are full of modern ideas and trying inventive and creative musical decisions. Their improvising is free and spontaneous, based on colorful and unexpected musical decisions. Saxophone melodies bring expressive, loud, sharp and effective sound. The melodies are full of remarkable and marvelous solos, virtuosic and wild rapid arpeggios and passages, dynamic rhythmic, sharp, loud, powerful and turbulent blow outs, free and spontaneous solos amd unusual timbres. Different moods are fused together – after vivacious, joyful, playful and lengthy solos there comes rigorous, sharp and aggressive blow outs, shrieky solos or silent and peaceful improvisations. Guitar melodies have contrasting and expressive sound. It’s also has bright and rich sound – expressive solos, weird timbres, colorful stylistic waves, synthesis between avant-garde jazz and modern jazz, especially bebop and hard-bop, bring loud, innovative and interesting sound to this compositions. The intonations of various rock styles also are heard here from time to time, but it’s soft and mild. Guitar solos are based on free improvisation, spontaneous solos and basic elements of avant-garde jazz for the most of the time. Double bass melodies are evocative and expressive. Passionate solos, deep, rigorous or silent and soft repetitive tones, colorful pizzicatto, expressive and virtuosic solos, improvisations in the spot, dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic – all these elements interesting and vivacious sound and keep a solid and marvelous rhythmic section. Special effects by electronics and no input mixing board is the main coloristic element of the compositions. It’s highly effects whole sound of the compositions. Synthetic sounds of computer devices, special effects, sonic system experiments are highly contrasting with natural, soft and warm acoustics and create effective, interesting and colorful background. The timbres of various instruments are recorded and modified – unusual, strange, weird and interesting sounds effect whole sound of the improvisations. The music of this album has expressive, dynamic, innovative and remarkable sound.

once gravity trio – “hidden river” (Plus Timbre, 2018)

“hidden river” was released on April 29, 2018 by “Plus Timbre”. Album was recorded by “one gravity trio” – it’s Stefabo Toschi (electric guitar), Luca Borsetti (drums, selected objects) and Alen Grassi (electric bass). The music of “one gravity trio” is full of dynamic and energetic sounds. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz, rock, modern and contemporary jazz styles synthesis. Musicians like to experiment in all ways of musical language – they are trying out new playing techniques, instruments compilations, forms, extended playing techniques and inventive musical decisions. Huge variety of playing techniques, original and interesting musical pattern, unusual timbres, weird sounds, colorful tones, expressive melodic elements and fascinating spontaneous solos – all these elements are the most important part of their music. Each musician has its own way of playing, specific playing manner and unique sound. Their music is always full of interesting sounds, stylistic waves, sudden turns, dynamic changes of various music elements.

The music of this album has interesting and innovative sound. The synthesis of avant-garde jazz, various rock and avant-rock elements, bebop, post-bop and other compilatiobns of contemporary and modern jazz styles are gently combined together in one place. Album compositions have intensive, vibrant and evocative musical pattern, which is based on dozens of different musical language elements. Individual and independent melodies by each improviser, evocative, effective and vibrant solos, original and sidden stylistic waves, dynamic turns and extended playing techniques – all these elements are the main basics of the compositions. All music is based on free improvisations which are masterfully blended together with creative and innovative musical experiments, search of unusual sounds and spontaneous solos. Stefabo Toschi electric guitar melodies have interesting and expressive sound. Vivacious, touching and passionate playing blends together avant-garde jazz, especially emotional and expressive free improvisations and the elements of various rock styles. Musician masterfully tries out different expressions and combines together traditional and extended playing techniques with experimental ways of playing. The sound of his improvisations is especially expressive, energetic, active and effective. Alen Grassi electric bass melodies gently fit together with electric guitar. His music is filled with virtuosic, vibrant and striking solos, expressive and vivacious melodies, vibrant, effective and strange timbres, original musical decisions and subtle and silent excerpts. Improviser masterfully fuses together different and contrasting moods, characters, extended playing techniques and expressions. His music is totally based on main elements of avant-garde jazz and free improvisations. The melodies are vivacious and vibrant – it’s highly contrasting with electric guitar. Dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic, separate and repetitive tones, deep and static bass line create solid rhythmic section. Luca Borsetti drums section has rich and bright sound. Musician combine together traditional and unusual percussion instruments. The unusual timbres, colorful and gorgeous sounds, fascinating musical experiments, original and inventive musical decisions, loud drum rolls, turbulent and bright free improvisations, special effects and many other elements are masterfully fused together in one place. This music has expressive, innovative and interesting sound.

 

Tatsuya Nakatani|Mark Weaver – “weaver nakatani” (Plutonium Records, 2018)

“weaver nakatani” was released on April 25, by “Plutonium Records”. Album compositions were recorded by a duo – Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) and Mark Weaver (tuba, dijeridu). Both musicians are the masters of interesting and expressive improvising. Their musical language is based on modern and extravagant musical decisions, sudden stylistic turns, colorful and dynamic changes of moods and characters and other musical language elements. The music is based on avant-garde jazz and Asia countries ethnic music intonations, experimental music and free improvisation. The musicians are combining together different styles, manners, playing techniques, chords, instruments and dynamics. Both of them have expressive playing manner. They are improvising passionately, vivaciously and expressively. Music is always changing and getting new colors and tones – from the silent and subtle episodes it gets to expressive, vivid, striking and emotional solos, unusual  and strange sounds and timbres.

The compositions of their newest album are full of different stylistic waves and expressions. It’s based on many different music styles, which are the opposites to each other. The main elements of avant-garde jazz are combined together with Asian countries music intonations, rhythms and chords, Western Europe music, ethnic Japan music elements, modern jazz styles and gamelan sounds. The marvelous and organic synthesis between all these different and contrasting music styles, cultures and ways of playing make an effort to whole sound of this album. The sound of this album is especially expressive, dynamic, based on strange and modern compilations of the instruments, harmonies, chords, rhythms and sounds. Musicians are experimenting in all fields of musical language. They are trying out new and experimental ways of playing and combining them with various traditional playing techniques. The improvisations are based on abstract musical pattern and free form. Collective improvisations by both musicians are based on individual musical material by each musician. Tuba and dijeridu melodies by Mark Weaver are highly contrasting with each other. Dijaibu melodies have exotic, interesting and touching sound. Expressive, vivacious and abstract melodies, unusual and weird timbres, colorful stylistic waves, sharp chords, the synthesis between Asian and Europe music harmony, chords and rhythms help musician to create original, eclectic and exotic sound. The unusual dijaibu and tuba compilation also effects the main sound and musical pattern. Deep, subtle, solid and repetitive sounds, separate tones and weird timbres of tuba keep the main rhythmic section strong, solid and deep. Percussion section by Japan percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani has gorgeous and dynamic sound. The percussionist masterfully combines together traditional Japan and Europe percussion instruments, organically swtiches between different cultures and sounds. His music is based on synthesis between Japan, various Asian countries music rhythms, expressions, extended playing techniques and expressions, avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and other intonations of the European music. Even though, his music is the synthesis of many different music styles, the main basement of the compositions is based on free improvisation, traditional Japan music elements, rhythms, sounds and expressions. His music has exotic, passionate, expressive and colorful sound. The music of this album has organic and interesting sound – the main elements of Europe and American avant-garde jazz, Japan ethnic music, the intonations of various Asian countries, sounds of gamelan and many other intonations are gently combined together in one place. This music is organic, expressive, evocative and interesting.