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Peter Madsen’s Seven Sins Ensemble: Gravity of Love

Pianist-composer Peter Madsen, a mainstay on the New York scene since the early ’80s, made a courageous leap into a new life in 2000 by marrying an Austrian woman and relocating to her rustic hometown of Vorarlberg, nearly 4,000 miles from the Big Apple. But rather than allowing his improv chops to atrophy, Madsen has flourished there as the head of various groups he put together with the locals. His Seven Sins Ensemble combines string quartet with a top-shelf jazz quartet featuring the outstanding trumpeter and improviser Herbert Walser, who is prominently featured throughout Madsen’s seven-movement “The Dante Suite” (based on Dante’s Inferno).

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