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Unique and distinctive!

Thank you Patrick Spanko from the Slovakian skjazz.sk website for your 4 1/2 * review of “Intertwined Trees”!

Here you can read the full review in English:

The Austrian saxophonist and flutist Heinrich von Kalnein certainly does not need to be introduced to the readers of skjazz.sk; he gained rich playing experience in the Vienna Art Orchestra of fond memory, also in the Jazz Bigband Graz and in a number of his own ensembles and collaborations as a sideman (such as with the formation Meretrio, most recently here). After more than three decades of active playing, he has become one of the best tenor saxophonists and flutists not only on the European continent; he is characterized by an unusual sense of melody, which he does not leave even during the freest improvisations. Sophie Min is a pianist from Brisbane and belongs to the most unique jazz musicians of the young generation not only in Australia. They had never played together until early November 2022, when they were invited to the Perth International Jazz Festival; the festival promoter got the idea that they could play a duo here. The performance was a success and the pair decided to record an album the next day in an old, abandoned cinema. It was on the day of Kalnein’s departure from Australia and they had only four hours to record. Both protagonists drew on their own repertoire, and thus eight dialogues were created with such ease, as if they had been playing together for years. They projected into them their experience with various jazz sources – from classical jazz to modern to classical music – and created a unique and distinctive musical composition with a strong emotional impact from this fusion. The title of the album Intertwined Trees means intertwined trees; it is a typical association for intermingling musical voices that complement each other, share a common space, communicate with each other. Both consider this creative meeting to be a happy one!

Hochmusikalische Einheit

Eine der Legenden des deutschen Jazz, Klarinettist Rolf Kühn, äußert sich begeistert über die neue Produktion “A NIGHT IN VIENNA” von Kalnein / López / Schwarz:

“… die mir gerade deshalb so gut gefällt, weil ganz neue Töne und Stimmungen zu hören und erleben sind – und es ist meines Erachtens eine im positivsten Sinne gute Spannung zwischen Euch Musikern vorhanden, und man wird von Nummer zu Nummer neugieriger, was als nächstes passiert. Der Umstand des Live-Mitschnitts macht diese Produktion noch interessanter, und Ihr drei bildet eine hochmusikalische Einheit. Großes Kompliment!”

Vielen Dank, lieber Rolf!