Mirror Mind Rose
Sten Sandell [SE] piano
Szilárd Mezei [SRB] viola
Joel Grip [SE] double bass
A trio of contemporary improvised chamber music formed by the rainfall over Serbia during a mind-blowing tour there in spring 2014. Mirror Mind Rose comprise three unique characters indulged in a continuous redefinition of music.
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Their music is an enigma inviting the listener to take part of its decryption. The sound of febrile thoughts keeping the cerebral chamber in place by guts and hammers. Mirroring a flower. There were poppies sticking up their heads through the inundation of Novi Sad and Belgrade those spring days.
Mirror Mind Rose overgrow genres, cultural and political borders and with their inhabited generation-shift they put in attention vast experiences heralding Hungarian folk music, jazz, sound and text and various contemporary composed and improvised musics. The name of the trio comes from a composition of the bebop pianist Elmo Hope.
Sten Sandell, piano, voice, electronics and composer Stockholm, collaborates with amongst others Gush (trio w/ Mats Gustafsson and Raymond Strid), Evan Parker, Lotte Anker, Nina De Heney, Sofia Jernberg, Mats Persson and Kristine Scholz. He is also very active in the solo format were the idea of the music inside the language plays a profound role. Since 2013 Sten Sandell has a PhD on the subject Inside the Silence.
Music is not only music, this becomes clear when you take a look/listen to the incredibly interesting repertoire of performances bordering with drama, dance and film. Some of which are well documented in his rooster of over 40 releases (CD/Vinyl/Book/DVD).
Engagements includes most of the major improvisation-festivals in Europe and North America, and he has during the last 30 years been touring in Europe, USA, Canada, Korea and Japan
Born 1974 in Senta, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) as a member of the Hungarian minority in the multiethnic region of Vojvodina. Completed his violin studies in Senta and Subotica and studied composition for four years at the University of Arts in Beograd under prof. Zoran Eric.
His orchestra plays contemporary improvised music, mostly performing his own compositions. As a composer, Mezei is interested in exploring the relationship between improvisation and composition (similarly to Witold Lutoslawski’s aleatoric and Anthony Braxton’s creative music methods), incorporating elements of jazz and authentic folk music as well. As a young musician he followed the path of B.Bartók and Gy.Szabados. Mezei is also very actively involved in composing scenic music (among others with Josef Nadj). He have a about 30 CD releases of His music at labels like Leo Records, Not Two, Creative Sources, Red Toucan, Ayler Records, Slam Productions. Played so far with musicians/improvisors like Matthias Schubert, Tamás Geröly, Róbert Benkő, György Szabados, Tim Hodgkinson, Albert Márkos, Peter Ole Jörgensen, Jens Balder, Joe Fonda, Michael Jefry Stevens, Joelle Leandre, Hamid Drake, Herb Robertson, Frank Gratkowski, Charles Gayle. He had almost 150 compositions for various ensembles.
His writings on music were published in many periodicals in Former-Yugoslavia and Hungary.
With an open imagination Joel Grip ambush a silence perceived by our sounding ears, and a silence introducing the image before our eyes.
For a number of years now, energetic double bassist, filmmaker and producer Grip has played an important role for the new scenes of improvised music in Europe. As founder of Umlaut Records, he opened up for creative forms of organizing collectives of musicians and promoting their music internationally. Since 2003 he has been one of the main organizers of Hagenfesten in Dala-Floda, Sweden, a stand-alone festival, and quite frankly possibly the most pleasant venue for free improvised music not only in Sweden but in the whole of Europe. Few other places offer quite the same endearing combination of sophisticated musical risk-taking, and up-beat, social get-together. Grip’s musicianship is informed by a similar knack for welding musical sophistication with social communication, often with an analog film camera at hand. With a handful of short films Joel Grip met mexican filmmaker Mauricio Hernández and shortly the film production company Umlicht was established. They are right now working on their third feature film together.