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Variations On No Particular Theme - Part 1

by Maneri / Kalmanovitch / Jacobson / Osgood

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Perhaps for the first time in the history of music, here is two violas, double bass, and drums quartet featuring the New York-based Mat Maneri & Tanya Kalmanovitch, and Copenhageners Tomo Jacobson & Kresten Osgood. Calling their music chamber free improv gives some clues about the sound world you are entering, but it also falls very short in the face of the multitudes presented here. ‘Variations On No Particular Theme’ is a pregnant name in which we can look for the key to this album. Of course, it brings to mind the classical tradition, yet with a twist. Free improvisation might be understood through the prism of the title as an act of constant variating on being-playing in that act itself, with no particular theme nor agenda other than doing it. 'Non-particularity' on the other hand (with 'particularity' defined as “the quality of being individual”) brings forth an idea of leaving the individualistic tendencies in order to together reach for 'wholeness', which the Oxford dictionary defines as “the state of forming a complete and harmonious whole; unity”, or “the state of being unbroken or undamaged.” And indeed, there is something very 'now' and very 'together' about this spacious music, that might give you a sense of time stopping.

Mat Maneri needs no introduction, he is probably the most respected and celebrated jazz and improv string player alive. Tanya Kalmanovitch is a Canadian violist, ethnomusicologist, the Associate Professor at The New School in NYC. She and Mat released in 2016 an insanely beautiful highly acclaimed duo album ‘Magic Mountain’. Kresten Osgood is one of the most versatile drummers we know, who played with pretty much anybody from Roscoe Mitchell, and Paul Bley, to Brad Mehldau, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Last but not least, Tomo Jacobson, the youngest of the four, with over 30 albums to his credit has proven himself to be an adventurous improviser on numerous occasions over the years.

See the music videos:
Variation no. 5 : youtu.be/Gw6g9mTIgt4
Variation no. 13 : youtu.be/lol6GtI0dSM


released September 30, 2021

Mat Maneri - viola
Tanya Kalmanovitch - viola
Tomo Jacobson - double bass
Kresten Osgood - drums

All music by Maneri / Kalmanovitch / Jacobson / Osgood

Recorded at The Village Recording by Thomas Vang
Mixed and mastered by John Fomsgaard
Cover art by Mi Jacobson-Grabowska
Layout by Tomo Jacobson

This album was supported by Koda’s Cultural Funds

Released by Gotta Let It Out in 2021

Album reviews:

"One of the most fascinating assemblies in a long time"
(New York City Jazz Record #12, 2022- Tyran Grillo - USA)

"A mode of collective expression in service of finding a unified voice."
(BBC RADIO 3 - Corey Mwamba - UK)

"Extremely intriguing music characterized by absolutely unconventional instrumentation and virtuosic performance."
(JazzPress #12/2022 - Maciej Krawczyk - Poland)

"A delightful string play, contrapuntal, abstract, and especially vivid."
(Jazz Special #11, 2021 - Allan Sommer - Denmark)

"This multinational group may be an atypical string-oriented quartet, yet the multiple textures offered for sound explorations push aside any ambiguity about its role."
(Musicworks Magazine #141 - Ken Waxman - Canada)

"An interesting study in bold, yet even-tempered music making."
(All About Jazz - Mark Corroto - USA)

"Four beautiful and exceptionally well-listening voices that intuitively know when to say something and when to shut up."
(Nettavisen - Tor Hammerø - Norway)

"Unquestionable Masterpiece"
(Maciej Lewenstein - Polish Jazz Recordings and Beyond - Poland)

"Original and fascinating."
(Salt Peanuts - Jan Granile - Norway)

"It is curly, messy, cosmic, intuitive, and challenging at a high level."
(Jazznyt - Niels Overgaard - Denmark)

"Surprises keep coming and coming."
(Spontaneous Music Tribune - Andrzej Nowak - Poland)

(A Closer Listen - Canada)

'Best of 2021: Honorable Mentions' & featured in 'Picks of the Week'
(Avant Music News - USA)

'Album of the Week'
(Donos Kulturalny - Poland)

"A non-particular whole with conscious selflessness (...) music that shies away from feeling."
(Bad Alchemy #116 - Rigobert Dittmann - Germany)

'Tune of the day' : Oct 28, 2021
(A Jazz Noise - Dave Foxal - USA)


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