Aki Takase and Ayumi Paul
Aki Takase heard Ayumi Paul perform the „Partita“ by Witold Lutoslawski in 2012 and afterwards convinced her to start improvising and to collaborate with her. They have been working together since. Both coming from completaly different backgrounds, each of them is bringing their own musical language into an expressive dialogue of sounds without any limitation of genre or style. They improvise freely but often use material of Takases compositions too. Their first album Hotel Zauberberg, recorded at RBB Berlin-Brandenburg studio was released on INTACT and received praising reviews.
“Aki Takase and Ayumi Paul’s first collaboration stands out through its light-footed intelligence as well as a sense of the abysses of the ‘Magic Mountain’, which turns into a world-theatre of love, illness and death. Thomas Mann, whose work includes music as a subject in itself as well as a language, would have enjoyed it.” (Manfred Pabst)
“I have to confess that, while all of my other Takase albums sit very comfortably in my jazz section, I felt the only appropriate place for this one was in my classical section, where she could rub shoulders comfortably with Toru Takemitsu. I was not surprised that the GRAMMY judges did not know what to make of the album; but, in my book, this was one of the most absorbing recordings of recently composed music that I encountered in 2015.” (Stephen Smoliar)
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