Jazz Festival Basel 2022:
10.5.2022 Dorfkirche Riehen
20.00h Paier/Valcic Trio (Vienna) "Fractal Beauty "
Klaus Paier accordion, bandoneon
Asja Valcic cello
Gerald Preinfalk soprano sax, clarinet, bassclarinet
The Austrians Klaus Paier and Gerald Preinfalk and the Croatian Asja Valcic have formed a highly exciting trio as a new creative field of activity. The kaleidoscope of sounds created on the new album "Fractal Beauty" is in its dynamics, virtuosity and fragility a courageous design on the way to perfect sound, offering a balance of form and freedom, complex music and compelling melodies, tension and relaxation and above all pure poetry.
For more than twenty years, accordionist Klaus Paier has been playing in a duo with saxophonist/clarinetist Gerald Preinfalk and since 2009 with cellist Asja Valcic, with whom he has released four excellent albums on the ACT label. The idea of combining these two duos into a trio was naturally obvious, especially as the three virtuosos have "a kind of identical pulse, the same feeling and the same energy", as Paier emphasises.
Indeed, the 12 pieces on the debut album - produced by the Hamburg jazz and world music label Skip Records - add up to a breathtaking firework of chamber music jazz. Each of them has contributed four original compositions with a wide variety of moods and colourings, which call for playful triologues, but also leave plenty of room for breathtaking solo statements. Asja Valcic's opener "Trismo" rises from outlandish sound ideas to a driving, oriental-inspired par force ride, "Into The Spring" mutates from a wonderfully melancholic mood to a lively swing. The title track "Fractal Beauty" and the longing closer "Gaia's Prayer" shimmer in manifold broken beauty. Klaus Paier invites us to the lively "MajorWaltz" and the passionate "Remember The Tango", explores the manifold sound possibilities of the accordion in an experimental way on "Mosaic" and - no less impressively - those of the bandoneon on "Just Wonderful". Gerald Preinfalk demonstrates his stupendous technique on "Main Street", which could well be interpreted as an expressionistic depiction of a busy street. He moves even more experimentally in the direction of new music on "3 Views", while "Not Larsson" resembles an excursion into early music and "GeoGeMa 08" sets thoughtful accents. This album resembles a musical panopticon full of different stylistic references and ethnic influences. In addition, the musicianship is highly inspired, with great passion and virtuosic skill - it is sure to find an enthusiastic audience across all genre boundaries.
Wheelchair users need a normal ticket, the location is wheelchair accessible.
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