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Audio

Frank Paul Schubert - alto & soprano saxophone
Olaf Rupp - guitar
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

The explosive music of this quartet arises through spontaneous play. It's an in - each - other - flowing communication of concrete ideas and prudent art. The interaction between the musicians is absolutely perfect. They're successfully developing wide soundscapes, abstraction, flowing chains of melody, and metrically unattached games of sound colors. Skillfully, the group enters into suspenseful adventures of improvisation.


Upcoming concert 16th of May 2020
Muza Hyst Jazz Festival Czernowitz, Ukraine


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FRANK PAUL SCHUBERT's more recent re-definition of the soprano saxophone, together with his alto, essentially contributes to the group compositions through the control of its potential free-jazz excesses, and, rather, the development of its microtonal and multi-phonic capabilities - retaining the Schubert sound and identity in the process. There are few saxophonists with Schubert's range, flexibility and no others with his touch and it's high time we heard a great deal more of him." - Simon Rose, author of the book "The Lived Experience of Improvisation: In Music, Learning and Life"

"Schubert has appeared in the company of luminaries such as Alexander von Schlippenbach, Gunter Baby Sommer, John Edwards … and, as may be deduced from that roll call, plies his wares at the more unfettered extreme of the free jazz spectrum. Here the reedman carries most of the narrative thrust, though within the confines of a focused group ethos (...)"
- John Sharpe, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Holding his own in demanding situations by adding original variations on Free Jazz, Schubert proves himself a reed man whose every advance is worth following."
- Ken Waxman, JAZZWORD

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OLAF RUPP is like no guitarist I’ve ever heard before. (...) The music he creates from his guitar is made of many fleet notes in atonal runs, alternating with sonic clusters, as he seems to approach the guitar almost pianistically. If you have heard Cecil Taylor playing his intense brief improvisations, then you have the idea here." - CADENCE MAGAZINE

One of the most intense and focused solo electric guitar recitals that we've ever heard."
- DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY

"Rupp's brain works as fast as his fingers, and he plays with impressive precision even at the fastest of tempi, but the music never sounds like mere technical display: each piece is unique and all are equally satisfying."
- PARIS TRANSATLANTIC

"Olaf Rupp's sound world is every bit as singular as that of both Derek Bailey and Hans Reichel, and his musical personality is every fathom as deep."
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Olaf Rupp has been altering notions of what acoustic and electric improvised guitar music can sound like for more than 20 years."
- DUSTED MAGAZINE

"It harnesses the buzz of reality."
- THE WIRE

MARK TOKAR plays double bass with concentrated absorption and utter openness to the act’s contingent events, showing an unwavering focus from which the will of enclosing devotion and wisdom in a single entity transpires.“ - Massimo Ricci, TOUCHING EXTREMES

„Mark Tokar's larger-than-life tone and impeccable intonation is front-and-center …“
- John Vincent Barron, JAZZ REVIEW

„Mark Tokar is a key figure in the Ukrainian jazz scene“
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

„I’ve praised the qualities of both Kugel and Tokar before ... Both men are extremely precise instrumentalists with a shared musical vision of sculpting jazz into a more universal musical language.“
- Stef Gijssels, FREEJAZZ-STEF

„KLAUS KUGEL is one of the great contemporary European drummers, and plays all over the kit with a sharp hard pulse.“ - Carl Pearson, Jazz Director, WFHB Bloomington, IN, USA

„Kugel is a model drummer, supplying both motion and combustion without so much as implying a steady beat.“
- Francis Davis, USA

"Drummer Klaus Kugel is one of Central Europe's busiest and most articulate modern jazz drummers ... he treads the boundary between inside and outside playing in a particularly incisive way; always listening and never getting caught up in his own considerable chops."
- Dave Wayne, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

„Percussionist Klaus Kugel is a commanding force behind the drum set. He creates layers of tension drawn out from intuitive listening. There is a constant emotional swelling underlying every fill and cymbal crash.“
- John Vincent Barron, - JAZZ REVIEW


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