“North Of North” was released by “_offcompass_” label on April. Album was recorded by “North of North” trio – it’s Anthony Pateras (piano), Scott Tinker (trumpet) and Erkki Veltheim (electric violin). Three great musicians had been playing together many years. The main part of performances and compositions, which are played by this trio, are original compositions and free improvisations. The trio plays masterful and vivacious interpretations – it’s full of life, energy and have vivacious and innovative sound. The music by “North of North” always is full of contrasts – musicians masterfully twisting together wide range of music styles. Cornetic music, modernism, eclectic stylistic combinations of traditional Australia music and Western Europe music basics, various composing techniques of 20th and 21th centuries – all these elements are twisted together with free improvisation, electronic music elements, electroacoustics, avant-garde jazz, experimental music, academic avant-garde and many other similar elements. Their music is very interesting and extraordinary in many aspects – especially in form, structure, harmony, composing style, playing techniques, stunning and modern instrumentation and other things. Various forms of jazz, free improvisation and basic elements of Western Europe music contain the basics of the compositions. The form of “North of North” trio compositions is constructed from the open and free forms of avant-garde jazz, difficult and strict mathematical formulas, classical forms of Western Europe music and various modernism elements. As a result, free and constantly changing form is created – it’s the main element of their compositions. The authentic synthesis between various sounds, music styles, modernism and post-modernism, expressionism, free improvisations, experimental music, avant-garde jazz and various hybrid forms and styles of music are gently fused together in one place. It makes an effort to effective, expressive and modern sound.
The music of this album is constructed from many different pieces, which are highly contrasting with each other. The musical material is individually created by each musician. It has its own style, playing manner, composing techniques and other similar elements of musical language. The composition “Church of All Nations” is recorded in this album. It has 3 different parts, which differ from each other. The music is full of sudden and drastic stylistic changes, virtuosic and expressive solos, passionate and spontaneous free improvisations and organic synthesis of various music styles. Scott Tinker trumpet melodies are bright and vivacious. The most effective and important elements are expressive, vivacious and passionate melodies, wild fast, furious and rapid solos, colorful and vibrant passages, roaring, harsh and extremely loud blow outs and unusual timbres. Musician is trying out new ways of playing – his music is full of contrasts, free improvisations, fascinating musical experiments and innovative instrumentation. His music is suggestive, effective, vibrant, energetic and expressive. Anthony Pateras piano solos also are especially expressive, bright, vivacious and striking. Pianist is fusing wide range of different playing manners and extended techniques. The traditional playing manners of contemporary academical music are fused together with free improvisation, turbulent and spontaneous solos, vivacious and harsh melodies, sharp dissonance harmony, dynamic rhythmic and expressive melodies. The music has rich and bright musical pattern, which is is based on contemporary academical music, modernism, expressionism and free improvisation. The relations with avant-garde jazz and various intnations with bebop, post-bop, hard-bop ans other modern jazz styles also are heard in this album. Erkki Veltheim electric violin melodies bring electroacoustic music elements. His music is active, full of stunning musical experiments, modern and innovative instrumentation, special and unique sounds, colorful and extended playing techniques. Traditional playing techniques are synthesized together with new and unusual ways of playing. Dramatic and expressive violin solos, modified and alterated sounds, special effects, the elements of electronic music, eclectic combinations and dozens of different moods, characters and playing techniques- all these elements are gently combined together in electric violin improvisations. The music is the marvelous synthesis between many different music styles, expressions and playing techniques – by switching between contrasting moods, extended playing techniques, forms, free improvisation, avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music, trio creates innovative, interesting and original sound.