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...

19

Avi Darash: Impermanence

Mark Sullivan By

Sign in to view read count
Composer/pianist Avi Darash brings both his Israeli heritage and life in Amsterdam into a musical blend which features new compositions and improvisation in equal measure. He was a finalist in the All Around Rome-Jazz Awards for ensembles in 2010, a finalist in the MIMC 2014 for classical Improvisation, and won second place at the Leiden Jazz Awards 2014. His band includes drummer Ofri Nehemya (Avishai Cohen Trio, Omer Avital, Eli Degibri, Aaron Goldberg Trio), double bassist Avri Borochov (Yama Ensemble, Yemen Blues, Itamar Borochov) and a string quartet from the Grammy winning national orchestra of the Netherlands "Metropol Orkest."

The opener "Happiness" establishes that this will not be business as usual. It may be a piano trio, but the arrangement is extremely conversational. The bass and drums don't just react to the piano, they come in and out over the course of the track. Happiness finds expression in a bright, upbeat feel with distinct rhythmic shifts in the different sections. "Lullaby for Bendavid" follows on solo piano, emphasizing Darash's composer side. He returns to solo again on "The Shepherd of Dreams" and "Morenica." "Nothingness" goes through similar shifts, opening with rubato arco bass and moving into fast-paced material (with a clearly composed bass ostinato), then back again to rubato to close.

The entry of the stings in "Power to the Peaceful" demonstrates Darash's compositional approach. They play unaccompanied for the first two minutes, and when the trio enters they play the theme instead of receding into accompaniment. They are an integral part of the arrangement—although they do not improvise—instead of the typical "jazz with strings" approach. They also close the album, playing the closing "Impermanence" alone.

Darash says that the title Impermanence "derives from the Buddhist teaching of reality being in a constant state of flux, change that is inevitable and consistently moving." That's a good description of the composition and performance here as well.

Track Listing: Happiness; Lullaby For Benedavid; The Day After; Nothingness; Power To The Peaceful; A Three Day's Journey; The Shepherd Of Dreams; Spiritones; Morenica; Mahumudra; Impermanence.

Personnel: Avi Darash: piano, composer/arranger; Avri Borchov: bass; Ofri Nehemya; Arlia de Ruiter: 1st violin (5, 11); Sarah Koch: 2nd violin (5, 11); Norman Jansen: viola (5, 11); Jascha Albracht: cello (5, 11).

Title: Impermanence | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Self Produced

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.

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Impermanence

Impermanence

Self Produced
2016

buy

Related Articles

Read Pillars CD/LP/Track Review
Pillars
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk CD/LP/Track Review
Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious...
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Pardes CD/LP/Track Review
Pardes
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Strings 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Strings 1
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Music for a Free World CD/LP/Track Review
Music for a Free World
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Rats Live on No Evil Star CD/LP/Track Review
Rats Live on No Evil Star
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 9, 2018
Read "Nomadic Treasures" CD/LP/Track Review Nomadic Treasures
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 28, 2018
Read "Strings 1" CD/LP/Track Review Strings 1
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 10, 2018
Read "Is That So?" CD/LP/Track Review Is That So?
by Jerry D'Souza
Published: April 9, 2018
Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" CD/LP/Track Review Random Dances And (A)Tonalities
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 8, 2018
Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" CD/LP/Track Review Random Dances And (A)Tonalities
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 27, 2018
Read "Close Your Eyes" CD/LP/Track Review Close Your Eyes
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 1, 2018