Akşak is the exciting encounter of two exceptional musicians from different generations: legendary drummer Jaki Liebezeit (Can, Depeche Mode, Chet Baker) and percussion wizard Holger Mertin (Drums And More). Like a zen master of the minimal, repetitive beat, Liebezeit - famous for his hypnotic precision - creates with only few sound colours the perfect matrix for Mertin’s unleashed playing on any imaginable percussion instrument. The result is a mighty, complex pulse - the groove of a better world.
On the basis of that musical matrix, sound magician Joseph Suchy has produced a jaw-dropping album which defies any categorization. Even if other instruments like violin, guitar, brass or electronics sometimes seem to take the lead, the compelling pulse is always in the center of this swinging music. Liebezeit, Mertin and Suchy have created a timeless masterpiece which despite its complexity always stays melodic and danceable. That’s how modernity sounds (and swings) !
Jaki Liebezeit plays: World Drum Kit, Hand Cymbals, Dholak, Tambourine, Bongos and Onestring Percussion Instrument.
Holger Mertin plays: Hang, Hand Cymbals, Gongs, Modulationsscheiben, Cymbals, Tubesticks, Framedrum, Snaredrums, Melodic and Metal Percussion, Helix Bowl, Tambourine, Spoons, Singing Bowls, Kalimba, Marimbula, Waterphone, K.G. Sound Sculpture and Overtone Drum.
Jaki Liebezeit (born 26 May 1938 in Dresden, Germany) is a drummer best known as a founding member of Can, who has been called "one of the few drummers to convincingly meld the funky and the cerebral“. In the mid-1960s, he was part of Manfred Schoof's quintet, who were early exponents of European free jazz. He subsequently moved towards the new possibilities being opened by psychedelic music as a member of Can. His drumming was prominent in the band's sound, particularly in his much-admired contribution to the side-long "Halleluhwah" on Tago.......