Reviews that mention Vyacheslav Ganelin

April 3, 2008

Ganelin Trio Priority

Live in Lugano 2006
NotTwo Records MW 783-2

By Ken Waxman

Successor to the now-defunct Soviet trio of the 1970s and 1980s, celebrated for its individualized adaptation of Russian sensibility to contemporary improvisation, this threesome uses a thickset of instruments to multiply the pulsations and textures available on two extended pieces.

A colorist of the first order, Lithuanian-born, Israeli-based keyboardist Vyacheslav Ganelin manipulates triggered sound waves from his synthesizer to comment on, and amplify, his dramatic piano forays. These range from tight, pared-down jazz licks to slabs of overpowering chords, as impressionistic as Tchaikovsky’s. Synth loops provide such add-ons as walking bass lines, calliope rhythms or bell peals as needed. Ganelin’s perfect foil, Lithuanian soprano saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas is a reed stylist whose tonal vibrations are lullaby-like muted or alternately keen nosily and powerful. Whether funneling thick snorts from his horn’s nether regions or arching flat line trills, Vysniauskas’ tone is never pinched. Limiting himself to cymbal pokes, paradiddles and ruffs, German percussionist Klaus Kugel keeps the beat moving without resorting to heavy handedness or foot dragging. MORE

March 20, 2008

Slava Ganelin-Ned Rothenberg

Falling Into Place
Auris Media Aum 007

Slava Ganelin-Vladimir Volkov

Ne Slyshno

Auris Media Aum 012

Various

White Nights Festival Tel Aviv 2006

Kadima Collective KCR 11

Shibolet/Josephson/Baker/Looney/Smith

Untitled (1959)

Kadima Collective KCR 09

Secure in its position as the one true democracy in the Middle East, cosmopolitan elements in Israel have long encouraged the growth of an indigenous jazz scene. Only in the past decade-and-a-half however, have improvisers on the Israeli scene elicited more than local interest. At the same time, associations between many Israelis and musicians in other countries has meant that a Diaspora of improvisers from the Jewish state has set up shop – and garnered fulsome praise – in jazz capitals such as New York. MORE

March 20, 2008

Slava Ganelin-Vladimir Volkov

Ne Slyshno
Auris Media Aum 012

Slava Ganelin-Ned Rothenberg

Falling Into Place

Auris Media Aum 007

Various

White Nights Festival Tel Aviv 2006

Kadima Collective KCR 11

Shibolet/Josephson/Baker/Looney/Smith

Untitled (1959)

Kadima Collective KCR 09

Secure in its position as the one true democracy in the Middle East, cosmopolitan elements in Israel have long encouraged the growth of an indigenous jazz scene. Only in the past decade-and-a-half however, have improvisers on the Israeli scene elicited more than local interest. At the same time, associations between many Israelis and musicians in other countries has meant that a Diaspora of improvisers from the Jewish state has set up shop – and garnered fulsome praise – in jazz capitals such as New York. MORE

March 20, 2008

Shibolet/Josephson/Baker/Looney/Smith

Untitled (1959)
Kadima Collective KCR 09

Slava Ganelin-Vladimir Volkov

Ne Slyshno

Auris Media Aum 012

Slava Ganelin-Ned Rothenberg

Falling Into Place

Auris Media Aum 007

Various

White Nights Festival Tel Aviv 2006

Kadima Collective KCR 11

Secure in its position as the one true democracy in the Middle East, cosmopolitan elements in Israel have long encouraged the growth of an indigenous jazz scene. Only in the past decade-and-a-half however, have improvisers on the Israeli scene elicited more than local interest. At the same time, associations between many Israelis and musicians in other countries has meant that a Diaspora of improvisers from the Jewish state has set up shop – and garnered fulsome praise – in jazz capitals such as New York. MORE

March 20, 2008

Various

White Nights Festival Tel Aviv 2006
Kadima Collective KCR 11

Shibolet/Josephson/Baker/Looney/Smith

Untitled (1959)

Kadima Collective KCR 09

Slava Ganelin-Vladimir Volkov

Ne Slyshno

Auris Media Aum 012

Slava Ganelin-Ned Rothenberg

Falling Into Place

Auris Media Aum 007

Secure in its position as the one true democracy in the Middle East, cosmopolitan elements in Israel have long encouraged the growth of an indigenous jazz scene. Only in the past decade-and-a-half however, have improvisers on the Israeli scene elicited more than local interest. At the same time, associations between many Israelis and musicians in other countries has meant that a Diaspora of improvisers from the Jewish state has set up shop – and garnered fulsome praise – in jazz capitals such as New York. MORE

April 24, 2006

Michel Pilz Trio

Arbor
Shaa Music

The Ganelin Trio Priority
Live in Germany
Auris

Stefan Heidtmann
Hay Que Salir Andelante
Shaa Music

By Ken Waxman
April 24, 2006

Distinguished by his rhythmic sensitivity in outside contexts with Manhattan experimenters such as trombonist Steve Swell and guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, Cologne-based drummer Klaus Kugel’s profile is more catholic in Europe.

Part of the co-op Syntopia Quartet, he’s also a go-to percussionist for many far-sighted band leaders, since Kugel can be counted on to complement other players’ work and the leader’s vision. Consider these disparate CDs on which the percussionist assumes disparate identities. Versatile, he’s equally at home with the cubist grisaille of Luxembourg-based bass clarinetist Michel Pilz’s project; the Baltic-Jewish phantasm of keyboardist Vyacheslav Ganelin’s CD; and the freebop allusions of Cologne-based pianist Stefan Heidtmann. MORE