Reviews that mention Antonis Anissegos

January 11, 2016

GRIX

Penetralia
Creative Sources CS 292 CD

Despite its recent political and economic problems, apparently there still exists a hard-core of committed Greek free music improvisers. However like the proverbial canary in the coal mine warning of impending disaster, the members of GRIX, who are experienced timbre investigator, now all live in Berlin.

Recorded five years after its first CD, the trio spreads its music over one dozen selections with added momentum, having become even more familiar with what each can do. Multi-reedist Floros Floridis is the veteran here who has recorded in the past with the likes of drummer Günter Baby Sommer and vocalist Savina Yannatou as well as composing film sound tracks. Pianist Antonis Anissegos spends much time on the notated side of the divide, while drummer Yorgos Dimitriadis is part of bands with the likes of saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert and bassist Miles Perkins. MORE

April 17, 2015

The Alliteration

The Alliteration
Creative Sources CS 265 CD

Gimmicky, in that that each of the seven track titles on the CD is alliterative as are the names of the seven performers, but The Alliteration band members prove their seriousness performing carefully balanced Jazz-based instant compositions. Such is the looseness that the seven bring to the interpretations though, that the polyphonic results relate as much to the free-for-all of a Dixieland party as the arch seriousness of Ascension.

Berlin-based, each band member is part of that city’s cross-cultural gestalt. At least four countries are represented as well. Trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, saxophonist Manuel Miethe and drummer Maurice de Martin are German; trombonist Gerhard Gschlössl Austrian, bassist Akira Ando Japanese and clarinetist Floros Floridis and pianist Antonis Anissegos, Greek. Each has played with several of the others in many contexts and because of this brings to the mix their experience with film-scoring dynamics, formal notated music and folkloric explorations. Segues are as frequent as they are unexpected. Often reed choruses of yelps, clips and flutters are succeeded by stentorian string motifs that could add ballast to a philharmonic recital, with those motifs then followed by go-for-broke extended techniques invested with deadly seriousness. Other times the interface opens up into near-hedonistic swing as joyful and heedless as fanciful rhythm exercises. What cements the parts together however is the perceptive interlocking of theme with invention. MORE

November 6, 2012

Label Spotlight:

Gligg Records
By Ken Waxman

Perhaps Martin Schmidt could be thought of as a Mark Zuckerberg with improvised music cred. A German mandolinist and electric bassist who has been gigging since the ‘80s, he was able to start gligg records and the Spielraum recording studio because his love for advanced mathematics plus the growth of social networking presented a unique opportunity.

In 1996, Schmidt, who had previously been a full-time musician, usually in groups with trombonist Christof Thewes, decided to pursue a long-time ancillary interest in physics, mathematics and computer programming. In 1999 he helped create a comprehensive, world-wide social network for scientists using a system he invented and patented. By 2009, when the network was sold to Elsevier Science, B.V., the world’s leading science information provider, it had registered more than 400,000 scientists and had 1.8 million scientific profiles MORE

April 8, 2009

Grix

Sweet, Sour, Sharp & Soft
Booklet notes for JazzWerkstatt JW 041

Motivated and resourceful, saxophonist Floros Floridis is arguably Greece’s most accomplished improvising musician. A world traveler, he’s best known in the jazz world for his collaborations with like-minded experimental musicians, most notably the late Wuppertal-based bassist Peter Kowald and drummer Günter “Baby” Sommer of Dresden. At the same time Thessaloniki-based Floridis – who with pianist Sakis Papadimitriou recorded Greece’s first out-and-out Free Jazz session in 1979 – has always made a point of encouraging other Hellenic players along the path to Free Music. “Free Improvisation is my favorite method of creating music,” he says. “It’s the one I respect and believe in the most.” MORE