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Georg Graewe, Ernst Reijseger & Gerry Hemingway: Sonic Fiction on Hatology 638

SOURCE: Published: 2007-04-10
Georg Graewe -piano, Ernst Reijseger -cello & Gerry Hemingway -percussion

This trio's music is easier characterized than described, since the wealth of colors, moods, textures, and melodies is fluid enough to shift not only from piece to piece, but moment to moment. There is, for me, a European aesthetic at work here, a blend of modern and historic sources with the added bittersweet spice of folk elements from the soil. It's a delicate, demanding juggling act, drawing on past experiences while remaining alert and honest to the immediacy of this particular moment. Their intuitive tactics are frequently mesmerizing, as they simultaneously shadow each other's moves, suggest spontaneous new directions, and sustain individual perspectives; Reijseger etching deft melodic contours out of the merest effects, Hemingway exhorting and embellishing, Graewe - with a crisp clarity of articulation, an ear for piano sonorities, and a resolute insistence on building block foundations - instilling structural support and lyrical alterations. - Art Lange


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