Aki Takase Duo Feat. Daniel Erdmann / Jacob Karlzon Trio

Gare du Nord
© dirk bleicker
Thursday, 04 May

Aki Takase(*1948 in Osaka, Japan) is one of the most important pianists in the world. She has been living in Berlin for many years, is an indispensable part of the local scene, and freely selects her very special projects. The Takase/Erdmann duo is simply absolute world class. The beauty of the duo's music does not result from a need for harmony and a commitment to tradition, but from refinement and friction, from stubborn ways in the interaction. How nice when Daniel Erdmann roams through the articulation history of the tenor saxophone, playing through and savoring one sound after the other, not ending a phrase the way he started it—and thereby producing one closed structure after the other. Simply wonderful how Takase juggles with coincidences, slows down and accelerates, searches for and finds gaps, and then takes the initiative; how her right hand lets single notes ripple along in an angular and polyrhythmic manner and then storms away with emphasis and both-handed attack force to another shore.
The journey that Jacob Karlzon instigates with his new album begins with the title “Wanderlust”—a term made for the Swedish pianist and composer who approaches the music with great deliberation, almost humbly with each new album. The narration, the songwriting composer's handwriting, which seems to be concerned with building new links outside of its jazz homeland, is typical of Karlzon. If you ask him how he defines himself as an artist, he answers, "Alternative Musician." Karlzon plays jazz, thinks rock, grooves, plays funk, and speaks like a philosopher using the keys of his Steinway grand piano—musically sophisticated and highly inviting.
Tickets are CHF 40.20-59.60.


Gare du Nord
Schwarzwaldallee 200
4058 Basel

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