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Trapeze — Level Crossing
(Circum-Disc CIDI2301, 2023, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2023-10-12

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Trapeze is a multinational improvising quartet that came into existence around a residency in Lille that led to a series of concerts as part of the Muzzix and Associés Festival in December 2022. The musicians are Sakina Abdou (saxophones), Peter Orins (drums), Matthias Müller (trombone), and Joke Lanz (turntables), all of whom have crossed paths many times before: Müller and Abdou have played together in pianist Eve Risser’s Red Desert Orchestra, Müller and Orins played together in Satoko Fujii’s Orchestra Berlin, as well as sharing the stage with Joke Lanz in the Butcher’s Cleaver Ensemble led by Czech trumpeter Petr Vrba, and Abdou and Orins are members of the Abdou / Dang / Orins trio with pianist Barbara Dang, their album Lescence / Gmatique reviewed in these pages back in 2020. Yes, this too is some truly wild and crazy shiz — the six tracks at hand don’t fit into any convenient boxes, other than ‘free,’ sometimes veering close to free jazz, guided there by the trombone and saxes honking and squonking, for example on “Trapeze,” but more often than not just fun romps in free-noise territory with a lot of gusto and energy to spare; the drums and percussives can go anywhere and everywhere, and the turntables offer just enough bizarro sounds to make the listener wonder what the heck is going on here. Even with all that said, everyone here plays together well and the results are nothing short of spirited and joyful, a true celebration of open-minded musical freedom on many different levels..

Filed under: New releases, 2023 releases

Related artist(s): Peter Orins, Sakina Abdou, Trapeze

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