Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič dedicates his new recording “Sound Fields for T.S.” (“Zvočna polja za T.S.”) to music writer Tomaz Simon who was also the motivation for several of the improvisations. Featuring a number of Kaučič’s students in addition to special guests Herb Robertson on trumpet and Bruno Cesselli on piano, “Sound Fields for T.S.” has a world music fare integrating classical and jazz-inspired elements to make for a dynamic repertoire.
Arranged by Kaučič and Cesselli, the compositions cultivate spontaneous fluctuations as percussion tools such as the vodja, djembe, bobni, and tolkala support the slinking strokes of violins, violas and cellos ruffled in the melodic tones of the guitars and the deep swells of double bassist Jošt Drašler. Cesselli’s piano and Andrej Frančeškin’s keyboards stimulate melodic themes along the tracks such as the crazed flailing of the keys in “Sound Pasture #3” embellished by crashing cymbals and squeak-toy sounding percussions. The blazing flares of Robertson’s trumpet rise and fall in intervals along “Sound Pasture #5” cushioned by taut strings and clicking percussions. Beads of dissonant chords in the guitars broaden the texture of the track as the improvisations create a churning chain reaction.
The angular trajectory of the guitar chords in “Sound Pasture #4” are wrapped in symphonic strings as the palliating drum sticks in the undertow produce a staccato sharpness. The dreamy guitar riffs of “Dawn” are twined in the melodic ripples of the strings, and ventures into exotic terrain with Asian-tinged accents bending and shimmying to sculpt malleable movements, which ignite into unexpected twists and occurrences along “Sound Pasture #6” buoyed by the undulating waves of the strings and the melodically rung keys.
A gifted composer, arranger and percussionist Zlatko Kaučič continues to demonstrate his ability to adapt to changing conditions and to make compositions that mirror life’s struggles and triumphs. The dynamic repertoire of “Sound Fields for T.S.” exhibits the diverse voicing fostered under Kaučič’s leadership. Facets of autonomy and harmony can be recognized in the assembly’s soundscapes as they alternate naturally between individuals paving their own trails and working in unison.
Sound Pasture #1, Sound Pasture #2, Sound Pasture #3, Sound Pasture #4, Sound Pasture #5, Sound Pasture #6, Sound #7, Dawn, Rare Flower
Zlatko Kaučič – vodja, Marko Lasič – bobni, Vid Drašler – bobni, Gal Furlan – djembe and tolkala, Vitja Baržalorsky – guitar, Jan Jarni – guitar, Peter Šavli – guitar, Andrej Frančeškin – keyboards, Jošt Drašler - double bass; Orkester RARA ROŽA: Dorđe Berak, Marija Šimec, Peter Jud, Eva Dukarič, Barbara Danko, Tina Sekula, Tonka Pogačnik, Nejc Avbelj, Lucija Krišelj – violin, Natalija Šimunovic Cilenšek, Špela Pirnat, Eva Koprivšek – viola, Katja Buguš Bobek, Barbara Jager, Lucija Grošelj – cello; Special Guests: Herb Robertson – trumpet, Bruno Cesselli – piano