Pat Thomas [UK] piano
Joel Grip [SE/DE] double bass
Antonin Gerbal [FR] percussion
اسم is a name written in ink. A dash through European creative music. A round trip, Berlin – Oxford, via Paris. اسم is Pat, Joel and Antonin in a dotted silence without name. Acoustically, the trio creates abstract forms close of written contemporary music with sounds reminding us of traditional jazz trios. The groove which appears in this music is dense, extreme but always quiet. Music in a continuous flow of high voltage charges. In Arabic, اسم is a way to connect between different cultural and imaginary worlds.
[auf deutsch] اسم ist ein Name, geschrieben in Tusche, wie ein Strich durch Europas kreative Musik. Ein Round-Trip, Berlin – Oxford, via Paris. اسم ist Pat, Joel und Antonin – ein Trio in gefleckter Stille ohne Name. Ihre Musik kreiert abstrakte und zeitgenössische Formen und erinnert an ursprüngliche Jazztrios. Der Groove der Musik ist dicht und intensiv, aber immer Stille. Ein stetiger Fluss Hochspannungsentladungen. Im Arabischen steht اسم für Vorstellungskraft und die Möglichkeit zwischen verschiedenen Kulturen zu vermitteln.
(extracts from album: Nature in its inscrutability strikes back.)
Pat Thomas, a pillar stone in the creative music scene of Great Britain, keeps a hold breath on the European contemporary improvised music scene. With a touch beyond the northern hemisphere by hands reaching out from a very own mix of history of musics (jazz, classical and the West Indian), Pat has at least participated on 70 recordings and been involved in creating non-heard music with legendary musicians such as Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Evan Parker, Phil Minton.
Joel Grip continues to schlepp his double bass around the globe as if it was the ax that chops down the branch he is sitting on. A constant down-fall of music establishing a moist ground for a coming backlash of woodpeckers making those guts vibrate the way you want it. Umlaut, Umlicht and Umdicht are his ambiguous mobile homes under constant construction. Active in the groups Peeping Tom, Mirror Mind Rose, Ahmed, Borel Grip duo, Je Suis! and наказание.
Antonin Gerbal, probably the most swinging guy in Paris, never let go of the stick attached to an idea. Simultaneously making people dance, he questions his audiences in deconstructing every possibility of an obvious thought. This is the dance, the music; the in-between polarities. The balance act of keeping it or loosing it is a good reason to swing. In any case, his activities, grown from the famous Umlaut head quarters at Rue Polonceau in Paris, leaves nothing unattended. You can hear this in Zoor, Peeping Tom, R.Mutt, and наказание.