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Kaja Draksler Octet Gledalec (March 10th, 2017)

Kaja Draksler Octet — Gledalec (March 10th, 2017)

 Kaja Draksler Octet — Gledalec (March 10th, 2017)  Kaja Draksler Octet — Gledalec (March 10th, 2017)••   Acht internationale musici uit Amsterdam komen samen in de groep van pianiste Kaja Draksler, die songs en improvisaties afwisselt met door modern klassiek geïnspireerde composities.
••   Het Kaja Draksler Octet is een kleurrijke formatie met zeer diverse musici uit verschillende landen, met Amsterdam als thuisbasis. De muziek van pianiste Kaja Draksler varieert van eenvoudige songs tot doorwrochte composities met verfijnde structuren geïnspireerd door modern klassieke muziek. De Griekse kunstenaar Andriana Minou schreef verschillende teksten speciaal voor de groep.
••   Improvisatie speelt in belangrijke rol in het werk van Kaja Draksler, die in relatief korte tijd naam maakte met een zeer gevarieerd oeuvre. Ze bracht zeven albums uit als bandleider/componist, naast haar solo~album The Lives of Many Others. Downbeat schreef daarover: ‘The young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler shows off a wealth of sturdy ideas on this stunning solo recording.’
••   The newest project of the Slovenian pianist and composer Kaja Draksler brings together a colourful group of eight international musicians, based in Amsterdam. Like in her solo performances, Draksler combines composition and improvisation, drawing from a variety of styles, places and historical periods, inspired by the large array of possibilities and talents of the ensemble. Strictly notated material meets free improvisation, singer~songwriter material is superimposed by the textures inspired by modern classical composition. Intricately structured pieces alternate with simple theme & chord~based songs that offer freedom on the level of form, instrumentation and interpretation. Several pieces feature lyrics written especially for this group by the Greek artist Andriana Minou. This group is Draksler’s attempt to realize some of the thoughts on music she collected during the years of jazz and classical composition studies, as well as her experiences as an active improviser.
••   The Octet will release their debut album under Clean Feed in March 2017.
Location: Trboje, Slovenija ~ Prins Claus Conservatorium Groningen ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Album release: March 10th, 2017
Record Label:  Clean Feed Records
Duration:     40:09 + 43:54 => 84:03
CD 1
01 Mirabile Mysterium / Births     10:57
02 Omphalomancy     6:06
03 Bîzdîbocul     5:44
04 A Carnival of Words     2:03
05 A Promise Is a Promise     6:06
06 Dulce Como un Solozzo en la Nevada     3:23
07 Omlettio Ad Absurdum     5:50
CD 2
01 Gledalec     11:41
02 (And Here Who There Who)     4:45
03 Canto XI     14:52
04 The Builder     6:53
05 Epilogue     5:43
℗ 2017 Clean Feed Records
••   Björk Níelsdóttir  voice |
••   Laura Polence  voice |
••   da Rave  tenor saxophone / clarinet (1/I, 7/I, 4/II) |
••   Ab Baars  clarinet / tenor saxophone (3/II, 4/II) / shakuhachi (6/I) |
••   George Dumitriu  violin / viola |
••   Kaja Draksler  piano / conducting (4/II) |
••   Lennart Heyndels  double bass |
••   Onno Govaert  drums / orchestral percussion / piano (4/II)
••   All the compositions by Kaja Draksler, except Mirabile Mysterium by Jacobus Gallus Petelin (1550 ~ 1591) and pieces marked with a star (*), which are instant compositions by musicians indicated.
••   Recorded at Dommelhof, Neerpelt, Belgium, November 2016 |
••   Recorded and mixed by Ted Masseurs |
••   Mastered by Luis Delgado |
••   Produced by Kaja Draksler |
••   Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul |
••   Design and artwork by Travassos
••   It’s no wonder that a pianist with such a large sonic vision of her own instrument has an orchestral way of imagining sound and sonic associations, with her dedications to both the solo and the large ensemble formats complementing each other. Unexpected could be her interest to the song imprint and the voice (here delivered to the singers Bjork Nielsdottir and Laura Polence), because the impulse to work with it comes from other concerns and interests, but the Slovenian artist values timbre and acoustic quality in a special way: her love for vocal music is understandable. Yet, there’s something else in “Gledalec” explaining this new adventure. That “something else” has an extra~musical motive: Draksler’s love for poetry, going the choices in this double album to the words of Pablo Neruda and Andriana Minou. Two horns join the two voices, but that doesn’t mean there are unisons going on. The instrumentation undergoes constant permutations, and the work done by the piano, the double bass and the drums (Kaja ••   Draksler herself, Lennart Heyndels and Onno Govaert, also playing piano when the leader is conducting) isn’t what you would expect from a conventional rhythm section. Much in the same way, violinist George Dumitriu hasn’t a fixed role. The chamber feel of the music keep the songs away from something of pop or folk manufacturing, and that’s particularly intriguing.
Label: https://cleanfeed-records.com/
Website: http://www.kajadraksler.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drakslerkaja

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