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 love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.