Out of the ordinary: An unusual set-up leads to jaw-dropping inventiveness.
„Invisible Man“ is like a single film, a road-movie full of atmosphere, in which strong characterful melodies determine the plot. Whether being entertaining and exciting, or profound and contemplative, Avara definitely stirs the big emotions.
Out of the OrdinaryThe first thing one notices about Jukka Perko's instrumental trio Avara is its unusual set-up: saxophone, acoustic guitar and electric guitar. While that might seem an outlandish combination, the harmonic inventiveness and the lyricism on the album “Invisible Man” are often so completely jaw-dropping, one has to ask why it hasn’t been tried more often. The sound of the group is surprisingly dense for just three players, with each of the constituent voices supporting and complementing the others. Elegiac soundscapes reach out into the distance, evocatively shot through with sudden momentary flashes. The prevailing mood might be Finnish-melancholic; but there is always a glimmer of hope. Rather than needing to be loud to establish its presence, this music defines itself with a quiet strength which is all its own.Jukka...line up
Jukka Perko / alto and soprano sax
Jarmo Saari / electric guitar
Teemu Viinikainen / acoustic guitar
Recorded by Klaus Scheuermann
at Hansa Studios, Berlin, November 19 & 20, 2015
Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Produced by Siggi Loch
Cover art by Antony Gormley, DOMAIN LV, 2005, with the kind permission of the artist