Andrew Pokaz piano
Vitaliy Fesenko double bass
Yakov Taruntsov drums
Release No: LOS 224-2
All compositions by Andrew Pokaz except track 1, by Vitaliy Fesenko
Recorded & mixed 2017 by Max Gladetsky at Muzichi Studio, Kiyv, Ukraine
Mastered 2018 by Leon Galperin at SoundPro Studios, TelAviv, Israel
Special thanks to German Safronov
Produced by Anastasiia Pokaz & Alex Gogokhia
Front cover photo by Tanu Muino
Band photo by Oksana Kanivets
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All of jazz can be heard in the exceptionally versatile combination of the piano trio. It provides wide pitch and dynamic range. It is all encompassing, all embracing, and all-inclusive, it is complete. No matter what genre or style, this perfect permutation provides a pathway for some of the most elegant, expressive and communicative music we know of. In our times, just think Bill Evans, think Keith Jarrett, think Brad Mehldau!
This format proves to be an ideal vehicle of expression for the Ukrainian trio led by virtuoso pianist, Andrew Pokaz. From bar to bar, Kintsugi manages to be intense, yet comforting, reflective and continually passionate.
The three musicians are equally comfortable performing orchestral classical music as they are with jazz. Multi prize-winning pianist, composer, musical academic, and widely travelled performer, Andrew comes from a long lineage of musicians. His great grandmother taught piano at the renowned Stoliarsky Music School in Odessa. Bassist, Vitaliy Fesenko is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Music Academy in Odessa. He has performed with numerous combinations of musicians playing jazz and jazz-related styles throughout Europe. Drummer Yakov Taruntsov also has an academic background, in both piano and percussion. He graduated from the Variety Department of the Odessa Musical College and has since toured and recorded with an impressive array of bands and orchestras.
In a journey through Kintsugi, a delicate song may feel as though the trio are breathing together, whilst a fleet-fingered romp may seem as though they are pursuing one another. But always there is a universal sense of harmony, synchronicity and coherence
Andrew guides us through the tracks with endearing descriptions:
We wish to display here the interaction of Slavonic folk music with the culture of Bessarabia – hence the use of 5/4 time and extended seconds.
The title track demonstrates the philosophical subtext that we infuse into this album. It is about the trip of humanity through time and dimension.
This track concerns the inevitability of time, which we tried to show with a uniformity of bass riff and regularity of pulse.
The tune represents my personal sense of gratitude for existing in this world.
Here, we offer a symbolic representation of the impetuous tempo of contemporary life.
We present an outside view of Earth; the perception of self’s insignificance in a universal scale.
An odyssey from Odessa, Kintsugi is a most praiseworthy addition to the great tradition of great piano trios.
Pokaz Trio – a unique project for the Ukrainian music industry, a new word in it’s contemporary instrumental music. Pokaz Trio is a pianist and composer Andrew Pokaz, drummer Yakov Taruntsov and bassist Eugene Myrmyr. Founded in 2016 in Odessa, the band goes beyond any stylistic frames and has no content and sound analogues on the territory of Ukraine. Their music is always a story where the listener is co-author. Their performance is always a trip through dimensions and time. The band successfully combines jazz, classical and ethnic music with electronic complements.
Pokaz Trio is the first Ukrainian band to be released on “Losen Records” with their debut album “Kintsugi”.
Prize-winning classical pianist, laureate of international music awards Andrew Pokaz dives into experiments with contemporary jazz – it’s form, rhythm, melody to bring it new sense, while composing the album «Kintsugi». As told by author, this album is a reflection of interaction between human and surrounding world.