Accordion and cello. A rare combination, but no less
remarkable is the sound of the Klaus Paier and Asja
Valcic duo. Is it jazz, classical or world music? Old, new
or crossover? Whatever it is, the music is timeless,
intense, always surprising, and transcends genre
The quest for the perfect sound of accordion and
bandoneon led Klaus Paier to an entirely new, unique
playing technique that allows his instrument to breathe
and gives him the space for unrivalled stylistic and
improvisational freedom, and in no way does Asja Valcic
take a back seat. She plays her “cello, that can foot it like
a double bass” with “an incredible wealth of variations”
In combination, this dream team displays “an
unconventional beauty for which we lack any
comparison. Energetically-breathing chamber music, in
which the composition and improvisation are fascinatingly
linked” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).
On “Timeless Suite”, Paier and Valcic accentuate
their roots in occidental art music. A suite is a form of
music that contains successive pieces, mostly dances,
and here the two have brought together eleven dances
and dance related themes for the album. New
compositions and classical oeuvres are developed and
enriched with improvisation. Jazz and tango, waltzes and
baroque music mingle as if they were always meant to be
together. For “Incontro Con Stravinsky”, for instance,
Paier uses Igor Stravinsky’s ballet music “Pulcinella”,
which harks back to the Italian baroque composers
Pergolesi and Gallo.
For Valcic, on the other hand, the music of Johann
Sebastian Bach is a decisive inspiration, especially in
her interpretation of “Sarabande” from the Bach suite No.
5 in C Minor for cello. “Maestoso & Melodioso”,
composed for bandoneon and cello, and the spirited
“Saskia’s Dance”, in which part of Bach’s Toccata and
Fugue in D Minor is invoked, are also inspired by the
great German composer.
“Inside A Flower” and “Amelie’s Fairy Tale” provide
the balladesque moods between the dances of the
suite. “Vocalmente” makes sure there is also a slow
tango on “Timeless Suite”. “Green Rondo” is an original
jazz piece based on the Dave Brubeck classic “Blue
Rondo A La Turk”.
“Timeless Suite” merges the past with the present in
an unmistakable and unique way. Curiosity and
courage are the outstanding virtues here that unite these
two adventurous musicians in a congenial alliance. It is a
scintillating dance that one hopes will never end.