|Home / Künstler / Ayse Tütüncü/ Press voices|
Ayse Tütüncü Quartet - Press voices
About: Ayse Tutuncu - "Carnivalesque"
Tutuncu's unusual group is a vehicle for her own eastern/western compositions,
and for the conversations of two excellent reed players - clarinetist
Oguz Buyukberber and saxophonist Yahya Dai. Buyukberber sometimes suggests
John Surman in the power, speed and drama he brings to the bass clarinet;
Dai is a fluent exponent of styles as diverse as 30s swing or Gato Barbieri's
fire. Carla's Second Tango is an explicit reference to Carla Bley's Reactionary
Tango (a trickling upper-register piano melody reprises the original theme);
the horn dialogue on the free-rolling piano vamp of Zeynep's Spitting
Image turns into free-improv; Astor Piazzolla's Soledad gets a tender
tenor-sax treatment; and there's a jam on a Debussy piece.
Tantalising, very tantalising! While so many musicians are content to
trundle along the same post-bop furrow, the Turkish pianist Ayse Tutuncu
applies her precise technique to some eye-catching material, including
a Cretan melody, a composition by the tango master Astor Piazzolla and
an extended flurry of Free-ish improv on an old piano teacher's warhorse
by Debussy. The unusual instrumentation, pitching clarinet against saxophone,
gives the group an added facet. Inspiration falters over the 10 tracks,
but you hear enough individuality to want to seek out the trio next time
they come our way. ***
On hearing this album one feels peaceful and happy as though having returned
from a trip to the carnival.
In the piece Carnivalesque sadness, joy, jazz, turkish music, improvisation,
taksim and many other things come together like on a canvas. Another thing
that makes Tütüncü special is the childlike quality of
her music. She makes music like a child at play. In all her high sophistication
she is always pure and clear, always understandable[...] With words or
without, her music always tells a story.
Of the two woodwind instruments set up in front of the piano, one is
dealt with by bass clarinetist Oguz Büyükberber, who knows well
how to transform a John Surmanesque phrase into Anatolian motifs with
a single clause, and the other by soprano saxophonist Yahya Dai, who performs
northern and western improvisations with an uzun hava (a lengthy, semi-improvised
eastern Turkish folk song) flavour.
Three intriguing individuals sweep you off to a far-away land of gladness.
Let it be known by all, go out and buy this fascinating album, friends!
Read the letters inside and write your own. Revel in solitude and let
go your inner child. Munch chocolate-colored songs at life's carnival
and come back to everyday life as an enlightened Golliwog.
made by jazzdimensions