[ |at fǝ:st| at the beginning, in the initial stage or stages: ]
On August 25-26th of 2012 the 'Gemmer-Toivanen-Fryland-Møllehøj' quartet recorded ten original composition near Osnabrück, Germany. The recordings will be released on CD and digitally - iTunes and spotify - as the group leader/main composer debut of Søren Gemmer on February 18th of 2013 on the highly acclaimed label for adventurous music, 'ILK'.
[ |at ru:t| basically; fundamentally: ]
The album features original material, ten songs rich in ideas and ingenuity. The majority of the eight pieces composed by the group leader expresses the intention of merging the love and awe of late-romantic and modern classical music of such composers as Prokofiev and Shostakovich with the sound and formal concepts of modern jazz. A musical field where the love of clear-cut, yet at times highly chromatic melodies and ambiguous harmony sets the scene and mood for expressive improvised efforts, collective as well as individual, so central to the modern jazz idiom.
The inclusion of compositions from Per Møllehøj and Andreas Fryland, respectively, is a testament to the fact, that 'at first' is indeed a group effort. The evocative, highly song-like guitar feature 'Mellemrummet' and the cryptic beauty of 'Dear W.' sit very well with the works of Søren Gemmer.
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The quartet went out of their way to record this music as best possible, namely at Fattoria Musica, Osnabrück, at the hands of legendary Dutch sound engineer, Chris Weeda. The optimal conditions and the isolated location of Fattoria Musica made for spirited playing, heated arguments as well as a sense of things coming together. The music was mixed by Chris Weeda and mastered by Darius van Helfteren an has obtained a sonic clarity and finesse on a very, very high level.
Nominated 'Best New Danish Jazz Artist' at Danish Music Awards Jazz 2013
An equally frank and pondered work, which turns on the spotlights on Gemmer and his excellent collaborators.