Enjoy Jazz 2012, Days 1-14, October 2-15, 2012
Jan Garbarek featuring Trilok Gurtu
The air of joyful anticipation dominating the lobby-a clear sign of growing popularity-seemed to contaminate saxophonist Jan Garbarek's quartet featuring Trilok Gurtu-who, together with pianist Rainer Bruninghaus and bassist Yuri Daniel-gave a most gratifying performance. Just like things happen when two old friends meet and share old experiences, the music played was an inspired medley, bringing together the aloof nostalgic tones of the North with the natural voices of tabla and the harpsichord tonalities of the piano. Hymns of praise alternated with rhythmical tempests, melodious scores followed sophisticated classic innuendos when "It's High Time" followed "When the Rivers Meet." The sonic landscape had, in its center, a high cliff surrounded by turbulent rhythmical flows. The sound of Garbarek's saxophone rose in pensive tones like the morning sun, atomized into scintillating harmonies, progressing into vertical notes and contrasting shades, and then took a few rounds in the sunny afternoon and glided smoothly into the dusk.
Daniel escalated a theme in single steps that merged into melodic sequences with cello-like melodiousness, only to dissolve again into solitary peaks of sound. Bruninghaus deconstructed themes into minute atonalities, only to reintegrate them into the tabla's modulating harmony. The rhythmic conglomerate became a self-propelled sonic substance that moved gradually into a more abstract territory, where sound fell naturally upon sound, and music became a state of being with no direct relation to its source material.