Jazz gig of the week: Michael Wollny's [em], various venues
Friday 08 February 2013
Over four albums for hip German label ACT, German pianist Michael Wollny, bassist Eva Kruse and drummer Eric Schaefer have forged a reputation for thrilling live shows that few can match for velocity or lyricism.
Wollny is a master of melodic invention, moving from suspended ambience to all-out rhythmic attack with the forces of [em] around him – Krause's supple bass and Schaefer's restless improvisation.
The trio explore the unexpected, fusing European jazz, punk energy, art music, the Classical tradition, and the collision of chance events in one maelstrom. Drawing on explorations of Mahler, Schubert and Kraftwerk, plus original works, these gigs promise to be the mothers of all invention.
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