Acclaimed swiss pianist and composer stefan aeby presents with his trio his debut on intakt records as a bandleader. his excellent new album "to the light" with bass player andré Pousaz and drummer Michi stulz has a clear, unique identity. the trio follows a free vision of minimal sound art, leaving space and time to react to each other, and to revel in the sounds.
Florian Keller writes in the liner notes: "to build their multi-layered sound architecture, these three music fanatics avoid the weight of the monumental, instead using their atmospheric musicianship to create a soundtrack for the poetry of the unobtrusive. the magic of this expansive music lies in a courageous aesthetic of modesty, which favours fine-fingered sensitivity over the muscular gestures of musical high-performance sport, and thus a statement against the thundering excesses of spectacle. yet this graceful sonic art is indeed spectacular in its filigree way. Unpretentiously, the trio have cultivated a kind of gallant tiptoe. the principle is to play softly and generate tension walking on velvet paws. this urgent ensemble music often creates its magic through a calmness bordering on silence."
released October 10, 2016
Stefan Aeby: Piano
André Pousaz: Double Bass
Michi Stulz: Drums
supported by 4 fans who also own “to the light (24bit 96khz)”
What a gorgeous album! In a Brad Mehldau tradition with hints of Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens but very much its own beautiful thing. Stellar from start to finish over an astonishing 74 minutes. citysavage