“Roots & Branches” was released last year – October 15, 2017. Album compositions were written by composer and percussionist Jonny Axelsson and recorded by “Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra”. Jonny Axelsson is an interesting percussionist and composer. Abstract and concrete music elements, different styles, moods, expressions and other musical language elements are masterfully mixed together. He try out many different playing techniques, tries to extract as many as possible unusual and strange sounds and express various emotions. The music of Jonny Axelsson always has interesting and polyphonic sound – independent melodies, individual solos of each instrument, wide range of colorful, expressive and vivacious melodies are twisted all together. Composer writes music for various ensembles – pieces for solo instruments, ensembles, quartets, trios and interesting combinations of the instruments. Contemporary academical music, avant-garde jazz, various modern jazz styles, free improvisations, expressionism, impressionism and post-impressionism, various 20th century music styles and playing techniques are organically combined together in his compositions. Jonny Axelsson can masterfully use, mix and twist together absolutely different moods and playing techniques – soft, lyric and silent episodes are twisted together with vivacious, active, speedy and expressive melodies and other elements.
This album compositions are formed by synthesis between various music styles. It’s the compositions for chamber orchestra – polyphonic musical pattern, original language, wide range of musical expressions, chords, pitches, playing techniques, form and structure make these compositions highly different from each other. Academic avant-garde, contemporary academical music are synthesized together along with the intonations of avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, expressionism, impressionism and other music styles. Composer creates interesting and evocative musical language which is very rich and colorful. Vivacious, expressive and admirable melodies, wild fast solos, repetitive and monotonic melodic and rhythmic elements, sharp harmony make an effort to dramatic and contrasting sound of this album. The compositions have two individual and independent basics – melodic, which is the most leaded and formed by strings section, and rhythmic which is made by wide range of different percussion and drums instruments. Each instrument of these improvisations have its own part, which is based on contrasts. Soft and tiny bells, dramatic and expressive strings, unusual and gorgeous sounds of percussion, dynamic, interesting and variable rhythms – all these elements are gently combined together. Acoustic instruments are the only one type of the instruments, which are used for these compositions. Along with these, composer masterfully uses electronics. Various maintenance sounds, laptop and computer sounds, strange and unusual timbres, sonic system experiments, concrete music and field recordings and many other electronic music playing techniques are masterfully combined together. All these elements create marvelous, modern and colorful background and make an effort to whole sound. Natural, warm and expressive melodies and rhythms of acoustic instruments are put together against strange, unusual and absolutely different electronic sounds. This masterful synthesis between these two absolutely different and contrasting instruments create original and evocative sound of these compositions. Soft and peaceful episodes, expressive and loud drum rolls, repetitive strings pizzicato, sudden glissando, powerful and intensive tremolos of various instruments, unusual and peculiar percussion timbres, electronic music playing techniques and experiments – all these elements are masterfully, originally and inventively combined together in one place and create evocative and innovative sound of these compositions.