Mixed and mastered by Ulrich Seipel – USM, Germany, 2006. Recorded at Studio 2, Radio Svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland on November 10, 2006. A coproduction with Radio Svizzera – Rete Due (Lugano, Switzerland). Sound engineer: Gabriele Kamm. Radio Svizzera producer: Paolo Keller. Front cover painting by Petras Repsys. Trio photo made in Lugano by Ute H. Kaiser. Cover design by Andrzej Wojnowski.
Tracklist: 1. Conversation III [38:10] 2. Conversation IV [37:26]
Ganelin, Vysniauskas and Kugel
are more than just plain avant-gardists that break up all connections behind them just to pay tribute to some future aesthetic. They make use of the method of American jazz in order to listen deeply into the European musical tradition. That way, they shed light on great gestures of baroque music, they internalize the painful individualism of Romanticism and recapitulate the careless lightness of traditional folk music. It is no less than trans-European, inter-traditional and multi-sensual improvised music. What was said above about their rich musical supply is also true without exception for the pianists new formation. With Vysniauskas and Kugel, Ganelin may be less missionary and pugnacious as in the 70´s. But in an age of euphemisms where all fronts have been veiled or dissolved, precisely translatable statements make sense only for the most ardent of idealists. Today´s Ganelin Trio draws from the variety of life an even greater amount of options and perspectives. By not submitting to the worn out primacy of the moment but instead implicating the freedom of the whole process in every moment of their play the new Ganelin Trio is without comparison in European music. — Wolf Kampmann, Berlin, 2006
Vyacheslav Ganelin was born in Moscow in 1944. He graduated in 1968 from the State Conservatory Vilnius/Lithuania where he then taught composition; he subsequently became Music Director of the Vilnius Russian Drama Theatre. In 1971 he had founded the “Ganelin Trio” (with V. Chekassin and V. Tarasov) which toured most European countries durings the ‘70s and the ’80s, and had an extraordinary success worldwide. In 1987 he left Lithuania and emmigrated to Israel. In 1999 he founded the new GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY. Vyacheslav Ganelin has written compositions for symphonic orchestra, theater, chamber music, vocal ensembles, jazz big-band, two operas, three pieces for ballet and the sound tracks for more than 30 films.
Petras Vysniauskas. Something of the rugged beauty of the Lithuanian countryside and the passion of many of his fellow countrymen has been breathed into his music. The use of themes from traditional folk music is one facet of this saxophonist, who reflects both the modern development in jazz and the sound idioms of the new and latest improvised and composed music.” (Bert Noglik) Inspired by his playing, several composers of symphonic or chamber music composed pieces especially for him. Petras Vysniauskas played with Steve Lacy, Han Bennink, Jon Christensen, Tomasz Stanko, Vladimir Chekasin BigBand, Vyacheslav Ganelin, Kent Carter, Jimmy Owens, Elliot Sharp, Paul Jeffrey, the “Rova Saxophone Quartet”, Charly Mariano, Karl Berger, Bobo Stenson, Vijay Iyer, Hilliard Greene a.o..
Klaus Kugel. “Most ensembles can only wish for a percussionist with such high skill and perceptive musicianship as Klaus Kugel” – Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany Since 1989 he has been playing intensively with the lithuanian soprano-saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas in many different projects. Klaus Kugel is one of the most inventive and adventurous German drummers. He attracted attention worldwide through projects with Petras Vysniauskas, Karl Berger, Tomasz Stanko, Theo Jorgensmann, Charlie Mariano, Kent Carter, Kenny Wheeler, Bobo Stenson, Vijay Iyer, Charles Gayle a.m.o.. In NYC he plays regulary with Steve Swell, Sabir Mateen, Perry Robinson, Hilliard Greene, Roy Campbell, Bruce Eisenbeil, Robert Dick.
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