You can already hear the first notes of 'Speaking Sound': With German piano great Joachim Kühn and Mateusz Smoczyński, the violinist of the highly acclaimed Polish "Atom String Quartet", two musicians have come together who, without many words, click in a real magical way and inspire each other to explore the full range of their musical possibilities - from rich and beautiful melodies, to free outbursts of energy. Chamber jazz without borders.
There is serendipity about Joachim Kühn and Mateusz Smoczyński having combined as a duo. Their musical conversations tend to be sparked off by catchy little themes or motifs. Dialogues evolve freely, but also have a real sense of focus. Their pulse and their breathing seem to be as one. The pair have the courage to set off wherever their combined fantasy and imagination will take them, finding all kinds of moods and emotions along the way.On “Speaking Sound”, the sounds do indeed speak for themselves. Jazz has always been about what musicians have to say through their the instruments and about developing a personal sound. Joachim Kühn and Mateusz Smoczyński do this in a way that is not just congenial but also completely enthralling. Both have roots in classical music: the pianist grew up in Bach’s town of Leipzig, and the violinist, fo...line up
Recorded by Gerard Guse at Salinas Studio, Ibiza, Spain, 24. - 26.4. 2019
Mixed by Jan Smoczyński at Studio Tokarnia, Nieporęt (Poland)
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Steinway C tuned by Antonio Perez de Olaguer
Cover art by Wojciech Fangor, E 9, 1966, oil on canvas, 127 x 127 cm © courtesy of Fangor Foundation