Arik Strauss’s new release “Closing The Circle” once again see’s the pianist in a trio setting. Recently the Israeli ex-pat relocated to Berlin in effect closing a circle and it is this concept that is the red line throughout this recording.
In the albums liner notes Arik stated “My father’s family left Germany when the horrors of the Second World War were about to break and by coming here, I feel I am closing a circle that was left open then.” However this aspect is not the only Circle that is related to this album, Arik went on to say “My musical circle opened in Jerusalem, passed through New York – where I studied and created for 12 years – Paris, Israel and now Germany and it is not yet completely closed for as long as I keep composing and playing the continuum continues.”
Recorded in 2018 in Berlin the Album features Arik’s current working trio with Jonathan Robinson on Bass, Andrea Marcelli, drums and special guests Joe Kucera – Soprano Saxophone (track 9) and Sigal Adler Strauss – vocals (tracks 5, 9 and 10). Featuring eleven original compositions, all composed by Arik, stylistically the album is full rooted in the tradition forged by the great piano trios of the 1950’s and 60’s.
Release Date: 19 April 2019
Format: CD | Digital
Label: Independent Release
Last modified: March 20, 2020