The command must have been "make it new," and the trio of Axel Dorner (trumpet & electronics), Agusti Fernandez (piano), and Ramon Prats (drums & percussion) wholeheartedly agreed. Venusik is one of several recordings made under the Spontaneous Music Tribune Series for the parent label Multikulti Project.
The newness focuses on original music and, maybe better yet, original sounds. With this trio, "original" is interpreted to mean unpredictable. Dörner's trumpet plus electronics are often mistaken for a machine language or wind drafts. Fernández prefers to act as a mechanic, working diligently under the hood of his piano as opposed to sitting at the keyboards. Prats' percussion approach offers an overwrought busyness that would be at home in an ant hill or bee nest.
The music is, by its charge, free improvisation but not free of patterns and outlines. Sounds, though, are encrypted and, without a close listen, unavailable to the ear. "AEM" pulverizes metallic objects as if titrating sound. You may initially believe this is a field recording at some factory instead of a performance by piano, trumpet, and drums. The musicians ask you to unleash your imagination. With "SSO," instruments are recognizable as trumpet, piano and drums. It's just that they are caught in the turbulence of a river's rapids, a sort of speed freak's free jazz. Deeper into the session "SRON" and "SUPARCO" decelerate the music-making to allow an insight into their process. Deconstruct becomes a construct of creation and traditional instruments become machines.
Track Listing: AEM; SSO; SRON; SUPARCO; SNSB
Personnel: Axel Dörner: trumpet, electronics; Agustí Fernández: piano; Ramon Prats: drums, percussion.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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