THANK YOU! Two days of shows at B-Flat-Berlin followed by two recording days Blackbird Music Studio have landed! What a journey and honour to have this opportunity – compose completely new, spaced out music & play it with an absolutely fantastic band!
A huge thanks to all the musicians who not only played every crazy idea we had but also found the best way to do it AND did it with an amazing attitude and fun. We were in awe of these cats at every rehearsal, show and session day. What an honour and pleasure ❤️
Excited to hit it tonight & tomorrow night at B-Flat Berlin Jazz Club with a great friend and musician Kenneth Dahl Knudsen premiering our collaborative contemporary jazz big band suite “SPACE BIG BAND”! Read more here.
Recently published two video memories on my social media both from playing in Riga this summer and testing the big stage waters in Latvia with ABYSS. Performing at the Riga City Festival Jazz show and Latvian National Library Centenary Gala show – a special opportunity and honour.
Looking forward to see both of the videos released in full this year!
“Pablo’s insomnia” by a dear friend and great musician Tuomo Uusitalo at National Library of Latvia 100th celebration. One of this summer’s highlights with Ilona Kudina (fulte), Tuomo Uusitalo (piano), Reinis Ozolins (bass), Andris Buikis (drums).
Thanks to Ilona Kudina, Augusts Zilberts for organising – and everybody who came out to listen, enjoy and celebrate our castle of light National Library of Latvia 100th Birthday 🙏🇱
Thanks for the video to 🎥 Edmunds Mickus! His short documentary on the show and more of music can be found here: https://youtu.be/KBLMbaFmYzE
Moment form this Summer’s Riga City Fest with ABYSS. On stage this time with Arne Braun (guitar), Povel Widestrand (piano), Josh Ginsburg (bass), Fabian Rösch (drums). Thanks to videographer Elīna Lieljukse for capturing the nicer shots!
To support ABYSS 👉 visit http://ej.uz/supportabyss crowdfunder and be the first to hear the new album and see us play in your city! Looking forward to recording this music in less than a month at the Blackbird Music Studio!
BERLIN IN FOCUS. While on tour I had the pleasure to have a quick chat with Maikol Piardi who has recently started a podcast called Music Travel Guide.
In these series focusing on the Berlin Jazz, I shared my views on the scene, audience and vibe. Made me think of curating a list of my own as well. Great to see more outlets focusing on and covering these topics.
It’s probably the most personal and resourceful project I’ve ever done and I am really looking forward to recording and sharing it with you! My biggest gratitude goes out to my musicians Igor Osypov, Povel Widestrand, Tom Berkmann, Fabian Rösch, and sound engineer Sebastian Ohmert from Blackbird Music Studio, my family, Kate Elpo and more guest musicians and artists.
“Abyss” is something endless, without a bottom or visible end, and this album will encompass it in a story of self-discovery, a “hero’s journey” we all have to go through in search of meaning and answers. Musically ‘abyss’ will manifest through the many layers of instrumentalists, vocalists, acoustics and electronics, as well as extensive post-production work.
It’s been a long time coming and I’ll be super grateful if you can support us and be the first ones to take this journey with us! If you’re still wondering what to gift me on my birthday – look no further!
Video documentary by 🎥 Edmunds Mickus on the Latvian National Library Centennary Gala show “Latvian chamber music and improvisation” held on August 31, 2019.
It was my pleasure to play the new “ABYSS” material as well as music by dear friends and amazing musicians Tuomo Uusitalo, Ilona Kudiņa, Andris Buiķis and Arta Jēkabsone. Performing with Ilona Kudiņa (flute), Tuomo Uusitalo (piano), Reinis Ozoliņš (bass), Andris Buiķis (drums) joined by Una Stade (voice), Rūta Sīpola (flute) and Grieta Sīpola (kokle).
Classical chamber music performed by Ilona Kudiņa (flute), Paula Šūmane (violin) and Ventis Zilberts (piano).
Thanks to Ilona Kudiņa and Augusts Zilberts for organising – and everybody who came out to listen, enjoy and celebrate our castle of light 🙏🇱
Video captured by a friend and great musician Ilona Kudiņa. A special feeling when friends and colleagues come to support. I’ll be returning to Riga on August 31 to play with more of the material and with great Latvian musicians at the Latvian National Library Centenary Gala. Looking forward!
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