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Oskar Aichinger: Elements of Poetry

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On Elements of Poetry, pianist Oskar Aichinger, heard with bassist Achim Tang and drummer Paul Skrepek Jun, builds his performances from multiple musical materials. Their performances are less about composition than group dynamics, and Aichinger and company deliver polished introspective realizations of the various sets of nuclei brought into play. Aichinger makes grand use of color, without expressionistic excess. He brings many classical techniques, including prepared piano and working directly on the strings, into the sonic sphere. The trio creates wide open spaces, in which the concept of pulse seems to curl back on itself. Tang merits special mention for his big sound, which, from time to time, shows an awareness of Charlie Haden.