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MP3 Kneer/ van Veenendaal - The Munderkingen sessions, part 1
Contemporary duo improvisations within the European tradition. In his review Luca Canini came to the conclusion: "At this point we can dare to say: European improvised music has found a new referring point."(see: https://www.tradebit.com)
18 MP3 Songs
AVANT GARDE: Experimental, JAZZ: Free Jazz
Meinrad Kneer: double bass
Albert van Veenendaal: (prepared) piano
In the very moment Meinrad Kneer and Albert van Veenendaal begun their musical co-operation, they knew that their ideas about interplay and improvisation are very close. In this new duo (the recordings were made in september 2004) the two musicians dare to go near original compositions and free improvisation without being prejudiced in any way. Alternate techniques used by both instrumentalists add an innumerable number of colours to the already very varied sound spectrum of the duo. Led through intuition and a perfectly matched feeling for form and timing with each other, their improvisations time after time lead into breathtaking soundscapes, wherein listeners loose their sense of reality and are tempted to dream away into visual ‘hallucinations‘.
... "The recordings from the German town with the same name are crystal clear and show how crafty Kneer and Van Veenendaal treat dynamics. Their improvisations are soft as whispers at times but a piece like “Oscar & Willi” will roar out of the speakers. Even though neither of them will have their instrument fit into its respective traditional role the music displays no clichés whatsoever. Also during the open improvisations and sound explorations the music will maintain its core and remains exciting and unpredictable..."
Jazzflits nr 3, 11 february 2007, Herman te Loo
translated by Anna Feilchenfeldt
"after having surprised and delighted us with the thrilling "predictable point of impact", once more the label evil rabbit and his eclectic founder albert van veenendaal make us talk about them.
on this occasion the dutch musician leaves the formula of the classic piano trio and performs a series of duets together with the loyal double-bass player meinrad kneer (cofounder and moving spirit of the "cattivo coniglio= evil rabbit").
so they change the formula but, above all, the substance. in fact the proposed music, without pulse and rhythmical support, moves definitely towards expanded and suspended as introspective and dense atmospheres.
put aside the brilliant compositional vein shown in the previous work with such a genius (which might be an overused and abused term, but this time it is really worth using it), the two fellow-travellers indulge in widely improvised conversations, played on the economy of harmonic tools and the obsessive research about timbres: delicate crystal architectures in which every note is chosen, evaluated and distillated with extreme care and cold sobriety.
the result is a record which is floating, atmospheric, made of tiny details, carved (chiseled) in a refined way and obviously close to suggestions which are obliquely contemporary (cage for all and not only for the prepared piano used in several occasions but also for a certain percussive taste of the duets and some space-interpretation of the sound).
clear, furthermore, the consonance with the work of the "amm" and with the elegant, essential touch of the great john tilbury, appreciated interpreter of the repertoire of cage and cornelius cardew (an other composer often evoked by the dutch couple).
we certainly miss the dazzling ''epiphany'' of the trio record but who was searching confirmations about the weight of the characters involved will not be disappointed.
at this point we can dare to say: european improvised music has found a new referring point."
all about jazz - italy, luca canini, 11 september 2007, translated by sara ercoli,
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