Georgi Kornazov's Horizons Quintet - Viara (CD)

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Horizons is the new band of Georgi Kornazov, together with the soprano saxophonist Emile Parisien, the guitarist Manu Codjia, the double bassist Marc Buronfosse and the drummer Karl Jannuska. The disc bears the title Viara which in Bulgarian means hope, faith. Faith in one's art. Faith in art. Art, not as a response to death, as Malraux (a French writer and minister of culture) said in his time, but, today, a struggle for life. Whom to struggle against, whom to assault when injustice haunts the air in our lungs, the space in which we think, and the silence and stupor of the stars? Our revolt is just as badly conceived as the world that evokes it, wrote Cioran. So, despite everything, resistance if not revolt. And hope. This music called jazz dwells in a place of resistance to the mechanical usage of music. What distinguishes jazz from the machine music that surrounds us is that jazz, rightly, awakens us, shakes us in the midst of sound.
The music of Georgi Kornazov attempts a great density of ideas and sounds. He dreams of new horizons, of new surprises, tinted with wise interplay, with nuanced feeling and unheard sounds. His quintet masters all the dynamics of jazz, fiery tenderness, intelligent interjections, dovetailed virtuosity and lyricism, a collision between tradition and improvisation, always animated by a persistent freshness, a structure that never bores, allowing us to discover surprises at the turning into each sidestreet and other lightened pathways taken. With compositions of sophistication, iridescence in the timbres, a collective power in their playing, an orchestral dynamic, and a fluidity of architectures, this is a group of extreme musicality, mobility and plasticity. This powerfully lyrical music arrives naturally; it never strives, being strictly a function of the forces generated between the five musicians and through them, to us. It pours forth with the abundant clarity of something indispensable. (Franck Médioni)

Track Listing

    • Veronique
    • Testament
    • Sianie (Radiance)
    • Oblatsi (Clouds)
    • Viara (Hope)
    • Na mama (To my mother)
    • Lune (Moon)
    • Souvenir des Balkans
    • Pessen (Song)

    Additional Details

    Label: BMC Records

    Genre: Jazz

    Run Time: 59 mins

    Release Date: 10/09/08

    UPC: 5998309301452

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