Wozzeck: Act III: Comics (2012)
Improvisation can be fun and imaginative if the musicians key into each other as they do here on Act III: Comics, breathing life into each short vignette. Everyone has individual space to set up the moment and another to complement it. The dialogue between bass and electric guitar is a bow to electronica, but the canvas is wide enough to harbor careening rock guitar motifs, breathy invocations from the saxophone as well as a welter of squiggles and the forlorn cry of taut violin strings. Space is also ushered in, and despite the framework, time is not a luxury. They use it well to strike up conversations and soliloquies with equal eloquence.
All of this music is mixed down to 10-plus minutes by violinist Arturas Bumšteinas and clarinetist Piotr Kurek, who also add a looper, synth and laptop for their ministrations. The linearity is seamless underscored by a melodic vein from the sweet tones of the clarinet. The simulation breaks out of the body of the original fragments not only to shape a whole but a different tangent as well.
The package is done up in comic book-style from the cover to the insert, which is a great idea. With the music casing a spell of its own, this turns out to be an entertaining CD.
Track Listing: Act III: Comics; Act III: Remix.
Personnel: Ilia Belorukov: alto and baritone saxophones; Mikhail Ershov: bass guitar; Dmitriy Vediashkin: electric guitar; Dmitriy Krotevich: trombone; Mikhail Tsypin: voice; Maria Grigpryeva: violin; Remix by: Arturas Bumsteinas: violin, synths, looper, laptop; Piotr Kurek: synth, electric organ, laptop.
Record Label: Intonema Records