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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Franz Hautzinger, Julo Fujak, Zsolt Sörés - Live In Brussels (Hevhetia, 2014) ****

By Stef

Is it possible to create something without any reference to anything else, while still making sense? While still creating something meaningful instead of gibberish?

☠ ☮ ☯ ♠ Ω ♤ ♣ ♧ ♥ ♡ ♦ ♢ ♔ ♕ ♚ ♛ ⚜ ★ ☆ ✮ ✯ ☄ ☾ ☽ (Which means as much as : "Can something without any known context mean anything to you, even emotionally?" Or something totally different?) Can you relate to this? Can it resonate somehow?

 That is kind of the endeavor of avant-garde music. To go beyond the known, the go beyond the boundaries. But is this possible? The trio here are Franz Hautzinger on quarter-tone trumpet, Julo Fujak on semi-prepared piano, bowed bass guitar and sonic objects, and Zsolt Sörés on viola and live electronics. The three musicians manage to create something strong, powerful, coherent, while being in the beyond somewhere beyond reference frame. At least sonically. But that doesn't really alienate me, as a listener. I can relate to the haunting cry of the trumpet and the surprise in the few piano notes, the fragile sounds of the hesitating viola, the anguish in the whispered trumpet sounds, the strain in the electronics, the nervous agitation of the interaction, the emotional power of a chance meeting, the beauty of silence.

And can these sounds be beautiful too? For sure, their aesthetic is obvious: immediate, raw, sometimes colliding, sometimes repectful, yet so inpenetrable and unpredictable at times, that you want to listen to it again, also to capture the sounds, and maybe the feelings too, that you never heard before, that you want to be sure are really there, and not just as an sonic illusion, that what you heard below the surface may also be there, as an overall feeling of strangeness and appeal.

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