“Toms Rudzinskis’ ABYSS spoke with creative imagination, emotional plasticity and intensity of the artistic dramaturgy”
– Armands Znotiņš, The Latvian Grand Music Award juror, “Latvijas Avīze” newspaper
About the project ABYSS
Toms Rudzinskis ABYSS (LV/DE) is the Berlin-born electro-acoustic project by Latvian jazz saxophonist and composer Toms Rudzinskis. Heavily rhythmic and melodic, bending jazz, rock, contemporary music influences and exploring the possibilities of electronics, the quintet paints their musical journey with expressive strokes, exciting improvisation and intense yet intricate live sound.
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.
The new self-titled album “ABYSS” self-released on November 17th, 2023, 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. The album release tour in the Baltic States will feature double bill show with Danish trio “Kemaca Kinetic” and special guests – vocalists and brass bands – in each of the locations.
Latviešu džeza saksofonista un komponista Toma Rudzinska kvintets ABYSS piedāvā avantgarda un džeza saplūsmi ar elektronisko mūziku. Klausītājus gaida izteiksmīgas melodijas, spēcīgi ritmi un spilgta mūziķu saspēle – džeza mūzika, kas dodas ārpus kluba pie plašāka klausītāju loka, līdzi ņemot džezam raksturīgo bezbailību eksperimentēt ceļā pēc pilnīgas muzikālās brīvības.
Koncerttūrē Baltijas valstīs no 17. līdz 24. novembrim tiks atklāts mitoloģijas un mūsdienu cilvēka meklējumu iedvesmotais jaunais albums “ABYSS”, katrā koncerttūres vietā piedaloties īpaši uzaicinātiem viesiem.
About the musicians
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
About the album
Composed and produced by Toms Rudzinskis. Recorded at Blackbird Music studio and various home studios, Berlin, 2019-2021 Recording engineer Sebastian Ohmert, Tonstudio Sonic-Impulse Mixing by Charis Karantzas Mastering by Doug Henderson, micro-moose-berlin Cover photo by Shannon McInnes Band photo, design, lyrics by Kate Elpo
Supported by Latvian State Cultural ministry, Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation, The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia, SIA “E.G.I.”, Hugo Pāvuls.
Special mention album crowdfunding supporters: Inese Upe, Pekka Pylkkanen, Paula Lazdina, Marc Schreiner, Daiga Muizniece, Ronja Burve, Alessandro D’Anna, Connie Nicklaus, Eric Pan, Yannik Sieburg, Gerhard Ornig, Mariya Yaskorski, Baron Arnold, Aengus Hackett, Rayub8, Marta Zīverte, Elīna Viļuma, Malcolm Roberts, Kaspars Ansons, Jānis Bižkovskis, Krišs Veismanis, Jakub Doležal, Kari Antila.
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