CD "Atavistic Music" Extreme Jazz — World Premiere Improvisations

Alexander Suleiman, Cello - Yojo, Piano


Extreme Jazz - Alexander Suleiman, Cello - Yojo, Piano

CD Series "Crazy Edition"

"Atavistic Music" - Extreme Jazz... or Classical?
With Franz Hummel, Alexander Suleiman (Cello) and Yojo (Piano) have constructed a new style of improvisation that sounds like an extreme, free form of jazz but is, at the same time, related to various developments in avant-garde music.
Each piece bears a characteristic title that, by the radius of its associations, makes it quite unique.
The soloists have had sensational success with their audiences. They have christened their new "natural" style "Atavistic Music", the single pieces simply "Atavistics".
This is an extraordinary, new CD Album in the TYXart series “Crazy Edition”.

»Music and Sound: ****'* 4,5 Stars = very good/excellent«
Magazine FONO FORUM - Klassik Jazz HiFi - (August 2014)

»Interpretation: **** 4 Stars«
ensemble magazine (June-July 2014)

»CD Review & Tip!«
concerti – The Conzert and Opera magazine - (September 2014)

»CD Review & Tip!« (online September 2014)

»CD Tip!«
Stuttgarter Zeitung (14 July 2014)

»CD Tip!«
Mittelbayerische Zeitung (07 March 2014)

»CD Presentation!«
SR2 KulturRadio (27 Feb 2014)

CD programme / Tracklist:

Atavistic Music - Extreme Jazz - World Premiere Improvisations

01 Feuerwerk / Fireworks 02:54
02 Sternenhimmel / The Starry Sky 04:44
03 Schimpansenstreit / Chimpanzee Fight 03:48
04 Nachtgeister / Ghosts of the Night 05:56
05 Piano solo 05:20
06 Cello solo 05:22
07 Nirwana / Nirvana 06:51
08 Unruhige Nacht / A Troubled Night 04:54
09 Geheimnisse / Secrets 03:56
10 Tausend und eine Nacht / A Thousand & One Nights 03:10
11 Glasperlenspiel / Glass Bead Game 03:40
12 An die ferne Geliebte / To the Distant Beloved 03:18
13 Ludus tonalis 07:49

World premiere release, first recording!

» Detailed CD booklet includes further info (bios, photos, etc.)
» Total playing time: 61min 50sec | Booklet Text: DE, EN, FR, JP, CN
» Format: 1 Audio-CD | Series "Crazy Edition" | Release: ~ 04/2014
» Order No.: TXA14042 | GTIN (EAN): 4250702800422
» CD available commercially or directly via TYXart

Further information:

Further CDs with Alexander Suleiman:
TRIO ZERO: Out of the Blue - Collective Compositions
Chopin - Schumann - Atavistic Music

Further CDs with Yojo:
Yojo, 17, Piano - New CD 2013
Yojo, 15, Piano - Debut CD 2012

Atavistic Music - Extreme Jazz

A while ago, Yojo said that he wished he could draw staves in the starry night sky, so as to create a completely strange, cosmic music. This poetic metaphor inspired us to some new thoughts about the form, style and sound of musical genres.

Functional harmony, has become so engraved within us, that attempts to escape from it have, against all expectation, only laid down and cemented new rules, which ultimately once again restrict our musical freedom. The "nature" of music seems to be relentless in this respect.

In our everyday life, which is strangled by laws and orders that regulate even our most trivial decisions, and as victims of the surveillance mania that drags its poisoned paths into our innermost capillaries, we need areas of retreat, free trade zones for contemplation, emotion and unsystematic thought in order to be able to breathe.

This is why Alexander Suleiman, Yojo Christen and I have constructed a musical style for which unbounded imagination and virtuosic instrumental technique are required, but which also allows the freedom to "grasp" the instrument as if it had just been invented. Here sounds, structures and passages evolve, which are only marginally influenced by our diverse musical experience.

On the one hand, such an "atavistic" approach to music opens up a perspective onto a "chaos" of sounds and unleashes a liberating ecstasy of independence, on the other hand, it structures the unknown and new with our trained skills. All intellectual concepts are thus obsolete. It is extraordinary that our "Atavistic Music" is more satisfying and beautiful, the more imaginative and technically skilled the musicians are and the more they try to restrict these qualities. Could it be that this new style of playing and improvising already bears the cell of the human desire to structure, and is it not perhaps this same phenomenon that makes us fantasise the most incredible figures in the plaster of an old wall?

For us, one of the most important results is that it is not only the interpreter who generates the creative process but also the alert listener, and old habits only make themslves felt after one has listened to a recorded episode over and over again.

Tags: Keywords Alexander Suleiman Cello Cellist Yojo Christen Pianist Piano
New CD 2014 Atavistic Music Extreme Jazz Improvisations World Premiere
Recording GTIN EAN 4250702800422 Ordern Number No. TXA 14042
TYXart Crazy Edition Labelcode LC28001

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