Indian-born percussionist Trilok Gurtu pays homage to avant-garde trumpeter Don Cherry with 2013's Spellbound. As a member of Cherry's band from 1976 to 1978, Gurtu experienced Cherry's cross-cultural approach to music firsthand, an approach that greatly influenced his own musical direction. Bookended by two tracks Gurtu recorded with Cherry prior to the pocket trumpeter's death in 1995, Spellbound picks up on Cherry's mix of groove-oriented sounds from Indian to Afro-Cuban music to funk, free jazz, classical, and ambient improvisation. Spellbound is an engaging, stylistically varied album that truly evokes the magic of Cherry's music.
"…2002 rief er das eigene Sinfonieorchester, die K&K Philharmoniker, ins Leben. Sein Debüt als Dirigent gab er 2004 im Leipziger Gewandhaus. Als Komponist machte Kendlinger mit der sinfonischen Dichtung "Der verlorene Sohn", dem "Marsch Kaiser, Wilder Kaiser", seiner ersten Sinfonie "Manipulation" und meditativen Dichtung "Heilung" sowie dem seiner Frau Larissa gewidmeten ersten Klavierkonzert auf sich aufmerksam…"
An unusual meeting of minds: German jazz pianist Matthias Frey and Indian pioneering world music percussionist Trilok Gurtu. Surely this is going to be an ethno fusion album then? No, not at all! Seems like Herr Frey had been listening to a lot of John Cage prepared piano works, or maybe Peter Michael Hamel, and Trilok also tends to do as much noise and clatter as he does rhythms! As with "Ohrjazzter" this is Matthias Frey trying to be anything but a jazzer.
Not 'just another Schubert recording, but a major artistic achievement’ [Christian Girardin, harmonia mundi] Matthias Goerne is totally invested in the recording and editing process. Vol. 9 (the last one in the series) is due out towards the end of 2014. Future recordings will include Brahms with Christophe Eschenbach and Mahler (arr. Berio) Early Songs to be recorded in September 2014 with Josep Pons and the BBCSO.