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Eberhard, Silke / Celine Voccia: Wild Knots (Relative Pitch)

A sax & piano duo from German saxophonist Silke Eberhard and French pianist Céline Voccia, recording in the studio in Berlin as they draw from free jazz and contemporary compositional sources in quick-witted exchanges of powerful technique and creative drive, or contemplative environments of unusual concepts; an extremely well matched and complementary pair.

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UPC: 5904224871819

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1165
Squidco Product Code: 33536

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Borne 45, in Berlin, Germany, on May 16th, 2021, by Roy Carroll.


Silke Eberhard-alto saxophone

Celine Voccia-piano

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"The album contains seven pieces that are completely freely improvised and show the broad spectrum of their musicianship.

Silke Eberhard's saxophone sometimes sounds seductively airy, reminiscent of Stan Getz; at other times she lets it squeak and whistle like the free jazz master Ornette Coleman at his wildest. She uses all registers, happily clatters her alto keys and lets her instrument hiss and breathe, while every now and then melodic phrases from imaginary standard themes flash up in her playing.

Celine Voccia also uses a variety of sound generation techniques in addition to traditional performance methods. Percussive bass sounds with muted strings alternate with sophisticated reverberation effects, generated by the right pedal. The French pianist also likes to be active directly on the strings, thus adding new aspects to the conventional piano sound. She responds to Silke Eberhard's musical statements, sometimes with crystalline chords reminiscent of Messiaen's piano works, sometimes with powerful clusters a la Cecil Taylor or jangling phrases in the treble register. Her piano tone is robust and clearly contoured, so it is not surprising that she admires Martha Argerich just as much as Paul Bley."-Relative Pitch

Artist Biographies

"Silke Eberhard is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in Berlin. In addition to her long-standing trio with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke she leads her wind quartet Potsa Lotsa that interprets the compositional work of Eric Dolphy and her septett Potsa Lotsa Plus. She works with many collective ensembles including a duo with Ulrich Gumpert, a duo with drummer Alex Huber, the trio I am Three. She performed and/or recorded with numerous musicians of the international jazzscene such as Aki Takase, David Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Zerang, Hannes Zerbe a.m.o. CDs on record labels like Jazzwerkstatt, Not Two, Leo, INTAKT, Intuition document her work. Her album Potsa Lotsa Love Suite Plus plays by Eric Dolphy was awarded the Prize of the German Record Critics 2015/1."

-Silke Eberhard Website (

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"Céline Voccia is a french pianist, composer and improviser in the Free Jazz scene in Berlin. She studied classical piano at the Geneva Conservatory and jazz music and improvisation in Paris and Berlin. Her music is a fusion of the jazz vernacular with classical piano technique, thus culminating in an abstraction of contemporary music with Free Jazz. Having been influenced by the likes of Olivier Messiaen and Toru Takemitsu, Céline Voccia belongs to the circles of New European Improvisation."

-Celine Voccia Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Exuberance 05:19

2. Indecision 09:58

3. Paradoxe 09:46

4. Gemini 09:24

5. Renaissance 05:44

6. Melancholy 06:41

7. For Uli 06:24

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