Toms Rudzinskis ABYSS

Toms Rudzinskis – quintet ABYSS


Toms Rudzinskis ABYSS plays jazz and improvised music exploring the possibilities of electronics. Heavily rhythmic and melodic, bending jazz, rock and contemporary music influences, the quintet paints their musical journey with expressive strokes, exciting improvisation and intense yet intricate live sound.

Having stirred up the local Berlin jazz scene and Rudzinskis’ country of origin Latvia, the project brings together some of the most exciting and fresh faces in Europe. Called “a talent in finding the unbeaten path where tradition meets extremely intellectual, free, complicated and interesting musicianship” Rudzinskis’ compositions open a musical conversation meant to be explored, highlighting all musicians’ personalities and backgrounds. Melodic, emotive and musically compelling, ABYSS is an act to keep an eye on.

Inspired by mythologist Campbell’s “hero with a thousand faces” their new self-titled album “ABYSS” tells a multi-layered story of a contemporary person’s search for meaning and answers through the abyss of the unknown, with music as one’s guide and teacher.

With their debut album ABYSS recorded in Berlin at the Soundfabrik Berlin studio (previously known as Blackbird Music Studio), with a successfully crowdfunded campaign for album release and a tour in the Baltic states in late 2023, ABYSS received the Latvian Music Records Award for Best Jazz Album of 2023 and was announced as on of top 5 best albums of 2023 on March 8, 2024.

Featured on Europe Jazz Media Chart January 2024.

Listen to ABYSS here

5/5 🌟 “…saturated, multi-layered contemporary jazz looking into the spiritual and jazz-rock directions.. music that flows through consciousness letting one get carried away.. a conceptual work that attests to Rudzinskis’ new musical horizons.

– Kaspars Zavileiskis, Music Sun

Toms Rudzinskis’ ABYSS spoke with creative imagination, emotional plasticity and intensity of the artistic dramaturgy.

– Armands Znotiņš, The Latvian Grand Music Award juror in the “Latvijas Avīze” newspaper

Album Lineup

Toms Rudzinskis (Latvia), saxophone, compositions
Igor Osypov (Ukraine), electric guitar
Povel Widestrand (Sweden), keyboards
Tom Berkmann (Germany), electric bass
Fabian Rösch (Germany), drums
Mette Nadja Hansen (Denmark), voice


Live from ABYSS release tour @ Baltics

Live session @ Funkhaus Studio, Berlin

Live @ Kuhlspot Social Club, Berlin

Live @ Riga City Festival, Latvia

Live @ Side Ways Series, Berlin

Photo: Mari Poller  |  Video: Kate Elpo

Live @ Donau115, Berlin

Secret House Show, Berlin


Album crowdfunding campaign – completed!

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