release date: 18th October 2019
About two years ago, the debut album of this Austrian All Star band appeared, whose sound is at least as individual as the unusual list of instruments promises. With Tales Of Herbst in 2017, the musical storytellers left a deep impression on audiences and international media.
“… a genre-spanning music of delicate sounds and subtle developments. Jazz idiom, improvisation, folklore and Ethno combine these three experts to create their own world music. – Jazz Podium
“ The album has a darkly electronic atmosphere reminiscent of Nils Petter Molvar and Marilyn Mazur. The live performance brought the subtle melodic beauty of the composition and gave an extended insight into the delicacy and restraint of the trio’s richly layered unity of improvisation. It’s fascinating to see how a modern sound is created with these instruments. ” – London Jazz News ( Live concert review)
Well then Tales Of Wanderlust. Title and cover photo suggest it, the band was on the way. They performed throughout Europe, including the Glatt & Verkehrt Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Warsaw Philharmonic. During the concerts, hurdy-gurdy revolutionary Loibner, trumpet avant-gardist Hautzinger, and percussionist globetrotter Rosmanith made their delicate interactions ever more intuitive. In September 2018 they were able to approach the new recording sessions completely free. “On the first CD, there were topics that each of us brought into the studio and later served as anchors in the improvisations in concerts,” says Peter Rosmanith, describing the development. “But even then we often moved spontaneously in completely different directions live. That’s why we have completely renounced such anchors. “
The recordings for Tales Of Wanderlust took place in Morvan, Burgundy, France. A pretty deserted area and for some time the adopted home of the native Burgenlander Franz Hautzinger. In addition to small-scale agriculture, there is above all an unimaginable peace, which is interrupted only every three days by the horn of a moving baker. For a week, the trio quartered themselves in a barn, a total of four days was recorded. In addition, the musicians enjoyed the French lifestyle while cooking together, eating, drinking wine. It looked like a movie from the seventies, the band tells. Even if occasional critical discussion, the atmosphere remained extremely relaxed, almost paradisaical.
Unlike usual sessions, where clearly outlined pieces may be recorded in several takes, the music did not emerge until the process. You could call it instant composing, especially since the result of the trio is quite harmonious. Bread and stars avoid too bulky notes, their transparent music rather develops a soft, enticing glow, even in the somewhat shaded or mysterious passages. Subtle melodies and rather restrained grooves enrich the poetic, sometimes almost trance-like charisma. “After each take, we talked a long time about where we might have gone wrong on the way,” Rosmanith explains, “but next time we will not go back to that spot, but continue with the new insights.”
Of course, the three tone painters have everything on Tales Of Wanderlust can be heard, played live and without overdubs. Franz Hautzinger is not by chance one of the most innovative trumpet virtuoso of at least Europe. Airborne sounds, quarter notes and micro-tones, imaginative advanced playing techniques: his courageous creative will has been for over two decades by ensembles of New Music (for example Zeitkratzer, London Improvisers Orchestra), jazz lateral thinkers (Derek Bailey, Keith Rowe) and pioneers of electronic soundscapes (Christian Fennesz). Matthias Loibner, sometimes referred to as the hurdy-gurdy due to his progressive style of playing Jimi Hendrix, left behind striking soundtracks such as the Jazzbigband Graz (JBBG), world music projects with musicians from the Balkans, but also idiosyncratic Schubert interpretations or an appearance with two DJs at the Roskilde Festival. Peter Rosmanith’s solo percussion setup shows that he thinks well beyond beats and odd meters. He used to play medieval and world music, then accordion free-thinker Otto Lechner. Today, Rosmanith brings Arabian frame drums and darbukka, tabla and tone vase, cajon and the advanced, carefully tuned steel drums Hang out of their typical context to use for his personal ideas. The instruments open up countless possibilities for the well-travelled artist to simultaneously create grooves and sounds of great suggestive power.
Even before the founding of Brot & Sterne, Hautzinger and Rosmanith had worked together in various projects, such as the oud player Marwan Abado. Hautzinger then had the groundbreaking idea to start a trio with Matthias Loibner. “At our first rehearsal we experienced a spontaneous mutual agreement, without having previously discussed much,” recalls Rosmanith. After that, there were extensive conversations and reflections about where to go together and how to achieve the stated goal of developing complex music out of improvisations. Since then, the trio understand themselves as a collective. “There is no hierarchy, we listen to each other and leave room“, Rosmanith describes the band feeling. For the first time in the limelight Bread & Stars, as they made the music to the radio play The Wechselbälgchen designed by Christine Lavant with Sophie Rois. The Ö1 production was voted the Radio Play of the Year in 2015 by the audience of the station.
Not only the last title of the new album, La forêt du Morvan , refers to real places and events related to the music of Tales Of Wanderlust . Erdberg’s opening is a humorous homage to the 3rd district of Vienna and Joe Zawinul, who once was at home there. The following horse head nebula means the eponymous galaxy and reflects the breathtaking night sky over Hautzinger’s adoptive home. The at least in the title cryptic Ksf (at night) comes from Peter Rosmanith. “I was born in the Waldviertel, where it is half the time winter and the rest of the year cold. The plateau with its many snow has something of the Siberian or Canadian expanse. Through the cooperation with Marwan Abado I travelled in many deserts and Abado said at some point: ‘the separation of sand and snow is only an illusion’. In the meantime, there are llamas in the Waldviertel, so it is not far to go on a camel sleigh ride. ” The present is behind the scallop path , where the improvisation emanates from the groove. In fact, the famous Way of St. James leads through the area in which the trio stayed; for its identification, the mussels of the same name are embedded in the ground. Without location reference is against who asks a lot is wrong, The Austrian proverb adorns a piece with many sections that musically take different directions.
Ultimately, the album title Tales Of Wanderlust not only plays on the journeys of the musicians, but also on the music itself. “When we listened to the recordings, we saw a constant movement in the pieces,” explains Peter Rosmanith. Advance is essential for the philosophy of the band. “Things happen when you start,” says Rosmanith, “we pick up on what we’ve encountered, what we’ve encountered by meeting people.” Anyone with open eyes and ears has something to tell afterwards. The unusual trio Bread & Stars uses nuanced sounds to suggest multifaceted images among its listeners. Whether it’s subtle and floating or pointedly roughened: this atmospheric music conveys its very own power of imagination.
Franz Hautzinger: trumpet, electronics Matthias Loibner: hurdy-gurdy, electronics Peter Rosmanith: percussion, hang
- Erdberg 5:25
- Pferdekopfnebel 8:22
- ksf (bei Nacht) 7:41
- Silbersee 3:51
- Jakobsmuschelweg 6:07
- Uman Vulkan Umaduma 5:20
- Ständchen für Habibi 5:49
- Wer viel fragt geht irr 7:08
- La Foret du Morvan 6:11
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