Pianist Aki Takase's Planet Quartet ensemble with clarinetist Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarely on violin and Vincent Courtois on cello, a beautiful blend of improvisation and composed work that plays with time, space and sound.
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Recorded on September 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2012 at Hans Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden, Germany.
Aki Takase-piano, celesta
Louis Sclavis-clarinet, bass clarinet
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1. Into The Woods 3:51
2. Rouge Stone 0:55
3. Wasserspiegel 3:42
4. Onigawarau 2:34
5. Finger Princess 1:09
6. Morning Bell 0:51
7. Turtle Mirror 1:23
8. Reading 0:57
9. Intoxication 1:50
10. Schoolwork 2:32
11. Flying Soul 9:01
12. Tarantella 9:01
13. Twelve Tone Tales 5:28
14. Moon Cake 6:26
15. Piece For "La Planete" 9:19
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"La Planète Quartet is one of Aki Takase's newest ensembles, arising from her partnership with the French clarinettist Louis Sclavis. Right from the start Aki Takase envisaged realising Flying Soul with an instrumental palette comprised of strings and Louis Sclavis recommended two of his long-term colleagues to her, the violinist Dominique Pifarely and the cellist Vincent Courtois.
"On Flying Soul Aki Takase manages to shape the proportions in her music - of time, space and sound - with impressive ingenuity, without restraining the sounds - defying gravity, breathing freely, transforming yourself constantly: this aim has undoubtedly been achieved.""-Julia Neupert
"Aki Takase La Planete: Flying Soul Japanese pianist, composer Aki Takase collaborates with her peers on what could be considered an all-star international lineup, originating from her partnership with French clarinetist Louis Sclavis. Interspersed with several pieces, spanning one-minute to two- minutes in length, the nouveau chamber, jazz, and improvised segments are brusque, changeable and smoothly cohesive. In addition, many of these works take on the flavor of intersecting vignettes. Takase's Midas touch can be ever-so-gentle or constructed on steamy, avant-like flurries. The band conjures notions of harmony or despair via blithe unison reprises and an uncluttered musical environment, forged with great depth and compositions that don't snugly reside within one explicit genre.
The album boasts a vacillating current, featuring Takase's animated ostinatos; dainty or somber free-form cadenzas and Sclavis' carefree articulations amid the strings performers brisk unison breakouts and many other dynamics. And the quartet exercises an off- center spin on the Italian tarantella folk dance "Tarantella," spiced with frisky improvisational passages and disciplined choruses. The lone non-Takase composition is German avant-garde pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's "Twelve Tone Tales, featuring Sclavis and violinist Dominique Pifarely's mystical storylines, nestled within the pianist's pensive articulations and cellist Vincent Courtois's classical undercurrents. However, Sclavis also lightens the panorama with whimsical phrasings over-the-top. In effect, the program rings like a multipart suite, enacted with comprehensive mosaics, and offset with rambunctious exchanges and flotation-like thematic evolutions. In less capable hands, these scenarios could seem muddled or contrived, but Takase's ensemble triumphantly morphs a sense of immediacy with sheer eloquence, graceful authority and mind-bending interplay."-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
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"Aki Takase ( ) (born January 26, 1948) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.
Takase was born in Osaka and started to play piano at age 3. Raised in Tokyo, Takase studied classical piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music. Starting in 1978, she performed and recorded in the US. Her collaborators included with Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman, and John Zorn. Her first Euopean appearance was in 1981 at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. She instantly became one of the most sought after musicians, who was touring constantly the main international jazzfestivals.
For many years, she has been working with her husband Alexander von Schlippenbach, as well as with Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Fred Frith and others, and in duets with Maria Jo‹o, David Murray and Rudi Mahall.
In various projects, Takase has dealt with famous jazz musicians: Duke Ellington (1990), Thelonious Monk (1994), Eric Dolphy (1998), W.C. Handy (2002), Fats Waller (2004), and Ornette Coleman (2006).
In 2002, Takase recorded with writer Yoko Tawada. Takase had read some of Tawada's poems, and, as the writer reported, she "started composing melodies and settings for my texts. When we got together, I read my poems in the same way that I always read them out loud. Aki played, listened carefully to the poems, and started improvising." In later performances, Takase used more unconventional instruments when accompanying Tawada.
Since 1987, Takase has lived in Berlin."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Takase)
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