Nature can be an inexhaustible topic for artists who derive inspiration from its elegance, devastation and connotations. Here, world-class French bassist/composer/improviser Joëlle Léandre and like-minded, futuristic countrymen, Bernard Santacruz (bass), Gaspar Claus (cello) and Theo Ceccaldi (violin, viola) seed growth, flourishment and a surfeit of aspects, pertaining to trees, leaves and flowers. With these duets occurring on a per-CD basis, you’ll be treated to concepts and musings that inhabit the lower-register musical space, gushing with meticulous phrasings, stunning arco techniques and playful exchanges, but not a syrupy ode to the creative forces of nature. Therefore, if you’re expecting a simile to Frank Sinatra’s version of “April Showers,” or Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” you’ve entered an erroneous musical space that is the antithesis to light-hearted fare, frequently coated with hummable content.
Even though Ms. Leandre often chants and dishes out emphatic wordless vocals in the backdrop, it’s more about seizing the moment, that often denotes the apex of masterful performances where—in these duets—the artists’ vast expressionism is the prevailing ingredient. However, these achievements occur within dialogues that spawn a panorama of rapidly paced psychodramas, analogous to nature’s interminable growth cycles, thriving organisms, and the prismatic characteristics of a garden. Yet the beauty of it relates to the continual reimaginations the audience will experience upon subsequent listens.
The “Strings Garden” equates to an endless curve of discovery that tantalize our perceptions, and how we interpret and handle what our senses dictate, or how the musicians’ reactions transpose into the ever-present improvisational climate. These sensations present illuminating factors in various shapes and outlooks. It’s ....... więcej