Reviews that mention Antonis Anissegos
May 15, 2022
Trouble in the East Record TITE REC 026
Having proven herself as a soloist, composer and member of many-sized ensembles, Berlin alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard augments her Potsa Lotsa band to probe an exclusive musical challenge. Gaya’s five tracks place the angled vibrations from Youjin Sung’s 12-string Korean plucked zither or gayageum within the saxophonist’s uniquely constituted Jazz tentet, with the blend an augmentation of both traditions.
Blending results as much from Eberhard’s arrangements as Sung’s playing. However Sung, who has improvised with Simon Rose, fits ball-and-socket into this criterion. The gayageum’s bent note twangs and frails are distinctive on their own. However like the brass and reed vamps and Taiko Saito’s vibraphone pops they’re integrated as accents within the evolving sounds, not as exotic extras forced into the presentation. MORE
March 23, 2021
Open Form for Society Live
Recasting his Open Form for Society in a live setting, German drummer Christian Lillinger does more than open up the compositions for elaboration by 11 musicians. Instead time the nine re-imagined and one new tune are so concerned with idiophone-like collisions and swipes that the international ensemble could be a bizarre variant of Les Percussions de Strasbourg or a similar assemblage.
In truth besides Lillinger’s drums only the vibraphone, marimba and glockenspiel of Germans Christopher Dell and Roland Neffe are percussion instruments. However the idea of treating piano patterns as the equivalent of tuned drums is expressed vigorously by Slovenian Kaja Draksler, Greek Antonis Anissegos, Austrian Elias Stemeseder and Americans Cory Smythe and Ron Stabinsky. Additionally bassists Petter Eldh from Sweden and Robert Landfermann from Germany and British cellist Lucy Railton emphasize their instruments’ thick pizzicato strokes. MORE
November 26, 2020
Silk Songs for Space Dogs
Leo Records CD LR 878
While the name of Berlin alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard 10-piece ensemble comes from an Eric Dolphy composition, listening to this finely wrought CD suggests more antecedents. While George Russell and Charles Mingus –who both employed Dolphy – may have directed the best-known little-big-bands, other US east coasters like Teddy Charles and Oscar Pettiford led similar-sized groups in the late 1950s. Consciously or not those influence are suggested here.
The creative approach displayed from some of the German capital’s top players relates to that progressive genre because of the sophistication of the alto saxophonist’s compositions and arrangements and the interpretations that balance swing and exploratory motifs. Someone who has worked with Ulrich Gumpert and Gerry Hemingway among others, Eberhard has no trouble negotiating novel stylistic approaches. MORE
July 9, 2019
Open Form for Society
Plaist Music 004
Having demonstrated his ingenuity as one of the most capable percussionists on the Jazz-Improv scene, German drummer Christian Lillinger envisioned this suite to show off his compositional skills. Played by a hand-picked trans-European octet of strings, electronics and percussion, the 18 (!) tracks of Open Form for Society certainly does that. Developed with echoes of Thriller-Horror movie soundtracks, a New music recital and the preciseness of the Modern Jazz Quartet, it’s an insightful demonstration of Lillinger’s musical development. However the percussionist does fall victim to the first effort’s handicap. By attempting to shove everything possible into the program, at 76 minutes the CD ends up overlong and with some repetative themes. Astute editing could have produced a superior product. MORE
January 11, 2016
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
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
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
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