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Paraskevopoulos, Villy / Uli Winter / Fredi Proll: Live at artacts `19 / St. Johann (Creative Sources)

Austrian improvisers Ulit Winter (cello) and Fredi Pröll (drums) meet Greek-born pianist Villy Paraskevopoulos at Artacts '19, in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria in 2019 for these two superb extended free improvisations with a chamber/non-idiomatic approach, Paraskevopoulos performing inside and out of the piano, in technically impressive and well-balanced dialogs.
 

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Villy Paraskevopoulos-piano

Uli Winter-cello

Fredi Proll-drums


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UPC: 5609063406221

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs622
Squidco Product Code: 28207

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Live recording at Artacts '19, in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria, on March 15th, 2019, by Karl Wienand and Markus Massinger.

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"[...] Another instance of tripartite experimentation in pure improvisation but with a cello in the place of the double bass is Live at artacts '19 St. Johann. The cellist is Uli Winter and the drummer Fredi Pröll, both Austrian and both of whom have built up an unbeatable rapport playing together for many years, backing the likes of Tanya Feichtmair and Udo Schindler. The pianist is Athens-born Villy Paraskevopoulos, who has worked with Thomas Berghammer, Irene Kepl and others. The disc consists of a near recital-ready exercise in quiet expression of deliberate string strumming, cymbal emphasis and deconstructed keyboard variations. While the emotional momentum is present throughout, palpitating and breath-taking sounds characterize "There And Back", the nearly 32½-minute opening salvo. Driven forward with squeaking sul tasto runs from the cellist and a popping broken beat from the drummer, the introduction quickly evolves with wriggling power pushes from the pianist that reveal new variations as they thicken into an exposition. Pushing and plinking inner piano strings soon afterwards slows the forward motion at mid point but with no loss of power. Eventually keyboard pseudo-impressionism gives way to modal Jazz scene-setting that establishes a narrative. Taken out with lug-loosening and tightening plus percussive plunks from Pröll and woody col legno sweeps from Winter, the piano-cello-drums sound fluctuations settle into a collaborative finale. [...]"-Ken Waxman, JazzWord


Artist Biographies

"Villy Paraskevopoulos, piano

1990 - 2001 studied Classical Piano, Conservatory Anagennisi, Athens
2001 - 2005 studied Jazz Piano at the Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz under Dejan Pecenko and Christoph Cech, graduated with honours
since 2006 Jazz Piano teacher for the Musikschule der Stadt Wien, Vienna
2012 Master of Arts in Piano, Institut für Popularmusik at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, graduated with honours

Compositions for Hypnotic Zone

Performances with various artists in Austria, Greece, Italy and Germany including Uli Winter, Alessandro Vicard, Thomas Berghammer, Mark Holub, Trevor Brown, Claudia Cervenca, Dine Doneff, Agamemnon Moustakas and many others

Workshops with David Liebman, Chick Corea, Burkhard Stangl, Manon Liu Winter, Christoph Cech"

-Hypnotic Zone (http://www.hypnotic-zone.com/about/villy-paraskevopoulos/)
7/10/2024

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Uli Winter: cello, Austria.

From 1983 to 1995 saxophonist in various jazz bands and improvisation ensembles.Cellist since 1994.

Noise, sound surfaces, clusters are used as equal means to create music and lead to a very sensitive internal and external tension, [...]"

-VA SERVITO BEN FRESCO (http://www.vaservito.at/?page_id=86)
7/10/2024

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"Fredi Pröll: drums, percussion, born in 1969, Austria.

The merging of percussive expressions with the timbres of other instruments.The orientation towards the atypical, the other, the addition of different materials to develop the noise boundaries. Breaking away from conventional ways of playing and venturing into your own worlds in order to accept the endless offer, implement it and get rid of it in improvisations with other musicians.

born 1969 - lives in Ulrichsberg

Member of the Ulrichsberg jazz studio for 30 years. Drumming training

at the Schlägl music school.

Participation in various traditional jazz formations.

Since 1989 participation in various workshops and concentration on improvised music."

-VA SERVITO BEN FRESCO (http://www.vaservito.at/?page_id=84)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. There And Back 32:24

2. Dig A Hole 13:56

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Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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