Never thought I’d appear in French press so soon since the tour at the beginning of 2020! ????
Happy to see the saxophone sextet by Jérôme Masco and project Exchange of Happiness, led by friend Félix Robin music, where I had the pleasure to record a tune of mine “Whiskey Wine”????????, to be featured in Le Républicain – Rédaction de Langon newspaper. It was a lot of fun to record the compositions and connect with great musicians. Love the French spirit! They will always find a way to connect and celebrate that.
Can’t wait for things to settle down and us going back on road! France!
Here’s an excerpt from the article as posted by Jérôme:
“During the confinement, La Réole native musicians showed creativity”
“Musicians from La Réole region have published several must-hear projects. One of the bands, Exchange of Happiness, has published several videos inviting musicians playing from their homes. The result: thausends+ of views during the confinement. Jérôme Mascotto – also a member of the collective – did his best with the spare time. He’s published three compositions with one particularity: nothing but woodwind. No drum, guitar, nor the bass. A real challenge for composing, without rehearsal. Each musician received her/his part, combining solos and accompaniment. In the last video, musicians came from all over the world (Russia, Uruguay, Germany, Latvia and Poland). A fantastic outcome!”
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!
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!
Happy to publish to a wider audience the first ABYSS video trailer featuring
Toms Rudzinskis (LV) – compositions, sax Igor Osypov (UA) – guitar Povel Widestrand (SWE) – piano Tom Berkmann (DE) – bass Fabian Rösch (DE) – drums
Filmed at Side Ways Series, BERLIN.
Excited to continue this project, play, tour, record and more! Stay tuned for more!
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