Winter! Jazzmen, triumphant … What are they doing? Yes, like everyone else – freeze and think. And they have interesting collaborations and very beautiful, chamber works. So, once again loud archival research, unexpected duets and bold treatment of the classics.
November »The famous Polish composer, pianist and festival organizer, Krzysztof Kobylinski, collaborates with many American jazz stars: everyone is delighted with his music. This is said by Randy Brecker, and Mike Stern … It is clear that Polish jazz has deep and powerful roots – I’m generally silent about classics — history and so on. It is more important that it is completely European in spirit – coldish, melodious, academically accurate and ethnically spiritual. In this sense, Kobylinski and the Frenchman Eric Truffaz combine perfectly … he is a soloist here, which happens to him infrequently. Continue reading
Summarizing the sound quality of the audio system, our listeners are often forced to guess and speculate what the artist “actually wanted to say” on a particular phonogram. Today we have a unique opportunity. Meet the indie duo Ummagma will tell you first-hand how the music arises and the album is recorded.
Reference: Ummagma is Alexander Kretov and Shauna MacLarnon. In the project, Alexander is responsible for the iron, and Shona sings. In addition, MacLarnon is responsible for the small but agile agency Shameless Promotion, which helps with PR many musicians, including indie veterans like Christina Hersh or Stephen Laurie. The couple now lives in Canadian Peterborough, raising a child. June 21, Ummagma will be released next work «Compass». Continue reading
Let’s talk about the chamber genre. Trio, quartet, quintet – that’s all. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty in this field: Shostakovich’s canonical quintet, Yevgeny Kissin’s only recording with the Emerson String Quartet, as well as the completely non-chamber, Rabelaisian Bruckner.
Chamber music is considered the most difficult genre, and for all. The composer has to invent something to make a dense text for a small number of instruments. Musicians – to play perfectly and to the limit, because there is no one to hide behind. Listener – to follow all the lines, because here every note is like a word in a short story. But in this genre real masterpieces are born. Continue reading