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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jacaszek & Kwartludium - Catalogue Des Arbres (Touch, 2014) ****½

By Stef 

Minimal jazz and minimal free improv and electro-acoustic music and modern classical at times merge into some beautiful results. This one is a true gem. It is beyond genres, and of a subtlety and fragility that is beyond words, that can, actually, only be reflected by the sounds themselves.

The 'composer' is Michał Jacaszek, who tries to sonically evoke the sound of trees : "their forms, atmosphere and mystery", and in order to do so he first recorded the actual sound of the trees, turned them into a background drone, for Kwartludium, a Polish ensemble, to improvise on. The quartet are Dagna Sadkowska on violin, Michał Górczyński on clarinet, Paweł Nowicki on percussion, and Piotr Nowicki on the piano. After the improvisation, Jacaszek rearranged the sounds into its current collage.

The end result is absolutely stunning: surprising, moving, vulnerable, solid, vibrating and incredibly dynamic, and all this with an incredibly musical vision and sense of coherence.

No more words: listen to the music