Serenity Island (Hypnote Records – 2020) is the new release from Israeli pianist and composer Nuphar Fey and tells a story that spans a period of 8 years. The music contained on the album was written over a period of a number of years and documents the impressions of the pianist during her travels in several countries in Europe and Israel and deep life-changing experiences. While rooted in jazz the album presents a wide array of influences, tastefully combining them to capture a unique musical imprint.
The music created by Fey is multi-layered, combining surprising rhythms with spiritual depth. Free-spirited, abundant and daring in both her performance and writing, she creates her own musical space to experiment within connecting jazz with influences from post-romantic and alternative classical music, French impressionism, cinematic.
Introducing 10 original pieces, the album presents Fey’s trio in the classic format of piano, double bass and drums together with cello, voice and percussion. With extraordinary imagination and an orchestral approach, the recordings were made in several layers of piano, cello, voice and percussion over the trio, leading to surprising textures and spacious sounds. A broad collage, Serenity Island elegantly succeeds in being both personal and universal.
In the past three years, Israeli born musician Nuphar Fey has been raising interest in the international jazz scene with her crystal-like piano touch, wide range of dynamics and a rich palette of colours. Her compositions are characterized by strong lyrical themes, the richness of sound, and contemplative solo piano sections. Bringing a strong female presence to the current scene she is free-spirited and abundant, radiating charisma and ease with which she draws the listener in with both elegance and force.
Fey had a long background as a classical soloist in her native Israel and also explored flamenco, cinematic and middle eastern music before she immersed herself completely in the world of contemporary jazz. She explores the crossover by mixing the traditional jazz trio format with classical chamber music approach and long landscaped forms, playing on the line of the thoughtfully composed and masterfully improvised.
In 2016, after several successful projects in other ensemble formats, Nuphar founded her trio using it in creative ways stretching the limits of the traditional form. Exploring this format with a fresh perspective, her music seems to create the impression of sounding like far more than three instruments, as described by reviews and audience.
Release Date: 20 March 2020
Format: CD | Digital
Label: Hypnote Records
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Last modified: March 27, 2020