Album Title: Repose Artist: Jiri Slavik & Fred Thomas Catalogue no: F-IRECD27 Date of Release: 06/04/2009 Price: 9.99 GBP
Repose is the first album of Jiri Slavik and Fred Thomas, an acoustic duo (double bass and piano) of two musicians, who met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Inspired by the artistic approach of people like Benoît Delbecq, Mark Dresser or Peter Herbert, their work exhibits a vast degree of influences, ranging from Gamelan and African Music to modern Jazz, Ligeti and Messiaen. In order to enlarge the possibilities of their respective instruments and hence to enrich the sound of their ensemble as a whole, both players use unconventional techniques or physical preparations, which modify the final sound production to a considerable degree and thus create textures of a multi-instrumental nature.
Jiri Slavik: double bass
Fred Thomas: piano
”The textural range of the duo is impressive, and Slavik's arco playing inparticular is exemplary; this is music requiring patience and application, but it is rich and original enough to reward both.” - Chris Parker
“Repose is the debut CD of Jiri Slavik's music with the fine pianist Fred Thomas who, together, are in sync with a clear multiple vision of sonic beauty.” Mark Dresser
“Composition and Improvisation exquisitely merge as these two young masters converse, creating dramatic musical landscapes of extraordinary colour and dynamic contrast. At once intense, primal and highly sophisticated, this is contemporary music at it's most inspiring best. A visionary work made by great artists with a lot to say.” Oren Marshall
Cancion (sumergida) para mi abuela
Stationary observations of motion
All compositions by Jiri Slavik, except for Cancion (sumergida) para mi abuela by Fred Thomas.
Recorded on the 7th-9th July 2008 in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK.
Engineered and mixed by Alex Bonney.
Mastered by Peter Beckman.