Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

172

Katya Sourikova: Angels & Satellites

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Now splitting her time between London and Berlin, Katya Sourikova was born in Saint Petersburg and studied music in London and at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, the latter under the tutorship of Dave Douglas and Marilyn Crispell. Angels & Satellites—her sophomore release after Steps in the Snow (Weave, 2008), with American saxophonist Curtis Macdonald—features the pianist as a mature composer and player, who defies genre boundaries between jazz and modern music.

The ten-piece suite references the short cinematic poems inside the liner notes, which add a visual component to the music's thematic narrative in their concise description of the deeper aspects of human life: joy; inspiration; disillusion; hope; confusion; and existentialism. Sourikova chose the tracks for this suite out of many sessions that were recorded on various trips to New York and Montréal between 2006 to 2008, all captured superbly. Her quartet is augmented by partner/producer Michael Avery, who blends in subtle electronics.

As on her debut recording, the music develops in an organic manner with a fluid, almost telepathic understanding between Sourikova and MacDonald that affects the patient interplay of other musicians. But if Steps in the Snow was an extremely serene document of mutual interplay, here there is a gradual attempt to form more dissonant textures, as the suite evolves.

The suite begins with a cycle of slow, sensual and spare compositions. "Sunset in Snow," "Angels & Satellites I" and "December Sky" all possess folkloric themes, followed by a duo of Sourikova with Macdonald on the brief "Homage to Messiaen," a tribute to French composer Olivier Messiaen. On "Angels & Satellites II," Sourikova effects a change of atmosphere, her impressive intense playing, with fragmented chords and nuanced dense patterns, concluding with a simple, beautiful theme.

"I, Sputnik" and "Canopy Tale" are beautiful, abstract compositions that, again, testify to the rare musical understanding between Sourikova and MacDonald—whether alone or with Avery's eerie electronics—articulating themes from basic elements like whispering into the saxophone mouthpiece and ringing piano chords. "Angles & Satellites III" and "Angels & Satellites IV" offer dissonant rhythmic outbursts, as Sourikova leads the musicians to energetic heights. This most beautiful recording is concluded by the majestic, minimalist "Fall."

Track Listing: Sunset in Snow; Angels & Satellites I; December Sky; Homage to Messiaen; Angels & Satellites II; I, Sputnik; Canopy Tale; Angels & Satellites III; Angels & Satellites IV; Fall.

Personnel: Katya Sourikova: piano; Curtis Macdonald: alto saxophone; Rémi-Jean LeBlanc: double-bass (2-10); Rick Rosato: double-bass (1); Ivan Bamford: drums; Michael Avery: electronics.

Title: Angels & Satellites | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Weave Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Vilddjur CD/LP/Track Review
Vilddjur
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Lines in Sand CD/LP/Track Review
Lines in Sand
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It CD/LP/Track Review
Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 11, 2018
Read The Brave CD/LP/Track Review
The Brave
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Strings 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Strings 1
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Pillars CD/LP/Track Review
Pillars
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 10, 2018
Read "Es schwindelt mir, es brennt mein Eingeweide" CD/LP/Track Review Es schwindelt mir, es brennt mein Eingeweide
by John Eyles
Published: August 30, 2018
Read "The Unknowable" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknowable
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 20, 2018
Read "Postcard Collection" CD/LP/Track Review Postcard Collection
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 21, 2018
Read "Chapter 2" CD/LP/Track Review Chapter 2
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 1, 2018
Read "Subtle Disguise" CD/LP/Track Review Subtle Disguise
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 18, 2018
Read "Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet" CD/LP/Track Review Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 9, 2018