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Polish-born/German-resident , composer/accordionist Robert Kusiolek has created an arresting concept of sounds, themes and patterns for his debut as a leader. Nuntium features minimal improvisation that draws from modern contemporary and avant-garde aesthetics, as well as jazz and folk and ethnic traditions. All seven cinematic improvisations feature a clear architecture and stress intimate and receptive interplay without sacrificing individual articulation.
"Chapter 1" begins with Klaus Kugel' spare, soothing, resonant percussive sounds, but soon violinist Anton Sjarov's playing and wordless singing add an Indian-tinged element, while Kuisolek's electronics and bassist Ksawery Wójciñski's arco playing add a tension-loaded drone. The following chapter flirts lightly with Astor Piazzolla's nuevo tango, through mysterious short references that provide a lasting emotional impact. "Chapter 3" and "Chapter 4" feature Kusiolek's gift as a leader and an improviser who can convey a nuanced story through his expressive, dramatic playing. Both pieces sound sad but are still delivered with restrained elegance.
"Chapter 5" presents the tight, almost telepathic interplay between Kusiolek and Sjarvo, both of whom can move instantly between minimalist gestures to high-octane dense improvisations, while Wójciñski and Kugel challenge these flights with their own invented chaotic sounds. "Chapter 6" is less intense but still follows a loose structure that patiently accumulates and reveals its clever, minimalist architecture. The classically trained Kusiolek closes this beautifully performed cycle with another mysterious, minimalist piece, often similar in spirit to the opening, proving yet again that even minimalist expressions can tell a rich and detailed story that can linger in the mind and demand many listens.
Track Listing: Chapters 1-7.
Personnel: Robert Kusiolek: accordion, electronics; Anton Sjarov: violin, voice; Ksawery Wójciñski: double bass; Klaus Kugel: drums, percussion, sound-objects.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.