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Floating Orange

Artist: Szilard Mezei

Date of Release: 19/05/2017

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 578

Label: SLAM

Price: £9.99

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Jon Hemmersam

Szilárd Mezei – Jon Hemmersam Duo
"Highly unified improvised chamber music, by two unique improvisers, creating a distinct sound journey, all their own ".


Danish guitarist Jon Hemmersam’s credits include an impressive catalogue of recordings with Bob Moses, David Liebman, Evelyn Glennie and many more. ‘Floating Orange’ is the seventh SLAM CD for violist Szilard Mezei, one of the labels most highly praised artists.

Hemmersam and Mezei have enjoyed a longstanding relationship in many different musical settings, including Szilard’s CD ‘Karszt’ (SLAMCD 550), however ‘Floating Orange’ is their first duo recording. The title was inspired by the CD’s artwork designed by Erzsébet Mezei, Szilard’s mother, an established visual artist working in various materials, including ceramics and felt.

The music here is improvised - Jon Hemmersam describes it: “I feel that the music is really floating, and connecting on a very high level on this recording, and I do have images containing the colour orange when I listen to it....therefore it is floating orange to me and Szilard as well...”

 

Reviews

 

01/12/2017 Bruce Lee Gallanter

SZILARD MEZEI / JON HEMMERSAM - Floating Orange (Slam 578; UK) Featuring Szialrd Mezei on viola & double bass and Jon Hemmersam on acoustic guitar. This was recorded at Novi Sad in Serbia in June of 2013. This is the third disc featuring Serbian violist Szilard Mezei and Danish guitarist Jon Hemmersam, the earlier ones included a trio and a quartet. We list around a dozen discs from Jon Hemmersam, who has worked with Bob Moses, Dom Minasi and Dave Liebman. Even more prolific is violist Szilard Mezei who has some three dozen discs out on many labels: Leo, FMR, Not Two, Red Toucan and ARC, from solo to orchestra.
This is an all acoustic offering and it is superbly recorded. The first three pieces are entitled the “Floating Orange Suite” and are over 30 minutes long altogether. There is an bristling intensity going on here as if something is about to explode, yet eventually calms down to some sparse, spacious interplay. There is strong, spirited dialogue going on here, with both players exchanging ideas at both a furious and a calm pace. As one person solos, the other weaves a flurry of activity underneath. Even when Mr. Mezei switches to double bass, the intense narrative continues with tight lines spiraling around one another. There are those occasional magical moments where someone repeats a melodic fragment and the other answers in what sounds like a song or lullaby or sorts. When those transcendent moments appear, it is truly inspiring and makes me smile. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG 1 December 2017

 

01/09/2017 Jason Balzarano

Mezei once again indulges his penchant for aleatory technique with another accomplished recording of improvisatorial compositions. Seemingly even more ex-ploratory than on previous releases. Mezei creates some exciting new textures, such as the pseudo musique concrete elicitations on Floating Orange Suite. Hemmersam on guitar supplements the free style nature of performance expressions well and their shared cognisence allows for cohesive interactions throughout. The appeal of this album is in the captivating textures of each track and the fascinatingly unusual yet outwardly refines timbres they generate as a duo.
Jason Balzarano, Jazz Journal. September 2017.

 

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