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Jazz & Haiku

Geoff Goodman

Jazz & Haiku

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Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917108927
Catnr: DMCHR 71089
Release date: 07 March 2011
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Double Moon Records
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0608917108927
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DMCHR 71089
Release date
07 March 2011
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Haiku is a Japanese poetry genre, the strict structure of which contrasts to the often dreamy, often jovial contents. A Haiku is composed of 5+7+5 (i.e., a total of 17) “on”; each “on” corresponds approximately to a syllable in our language. A haiku superficially often has a statement that almost seems banal. Its philosophical significance can only be deemed when the reader or listener deals with it actively and lets his or her thoughts run freely, inspired by the haiku. Geoff Goodman has dealt intensively with haikus and converted them into songs (you might say "refined" them). Jazz + haiku present a real symbiotic unity of the language of lyrics and the language of music. "Jazz and Lyric" as a type of performance was very popular in Germany about 50 years ago. Manfred Krug was the most well known performer of this in the former East Germany, and Gert Westphal and Peter Rühmkorf read texts against a background of jazz music in West Germany. However, lumping jazz + haiku with attempts from those times would be totally wrong, because Geoff Goodman has a different approach. His music (an interesting mixture of jazz, songs, folklore and modern classical music) is unique and works precisely due to the link with haiku presentations, regardless of whether recited or sung. Simply the idea of singing Japanese haikus (in English translations) instead of reading them aloud demonstrates the song approach. Other haikus are recited by the Japanese Kiyomi in the original language parallel to the improvisation. The haikus are inspiration for improvisations on one hand here, and on the other hand they are also part of the compositions.

Excerpts of calligraphy specifically created for this project by the artist Eva Sperner are shown in the booklet of this CD. The concept jazz + haiku goes even one step further in concerts and combines the music with projections of this calligraphy.


  • Geoff Goodman: gitaar; Fjoralba Turku: vocalen; Kiyomi: recitatie; Till Martin: saxofoons; Henning Sieverts: bas; Bill Elgart: drums
  • Geoff Goodman heeft Haiku intensief bestudeerd – Haiku is een genre binnen de Japanse poëzie – en deze gedichten worden hier omgezet in liedje
  • De muziek is een interessante mix van jazz, liedjes, folklore en moderne klassieke muziek
  • Unieke muziek die helemaal op zijn plaats valt door de koppeling met Haiku presentaties, ongeacht of ze gereciteerd of gezongen worden
?Geoff Goodman: gitaar; Fjoralba Turku: vocalen; Kiyomi: recitatie; Till Martin: saxofoons; Henning Sieverts: bas; Bill Elgart: drums?Geoff Goodman heeft Haiku intensief bestudeerd – Haiku is een genre binnen de Japanse po�zie – en deze gedichten worden hier omgezet in liedje?De muziek is een interessante mix van jazz, liedjes, folklore en moderne klassieke muziek?Unieke muziek die helemaal op zijn plaats valt door de koppeling met Haiku presentaties, ongeacht of ze gereciteerd of gezongen worden

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Geoff Goodman

Geoff Goodman was born in New York City and studied music at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts. His teachers included John Abercrombie and Archie Shepp, among others. After a trip to Europe in 1979, Goodman moved to Germany and has lived in Munich since 1986. His career in music has been formed via collaboration with Mal Waldron, Tony Lakatos, Charlie Mariano and the group Embryo. He has already released 15 CDs and given numerous concerts in Germany and other countries (among others, in France, Holland, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland and Tunisia) with his jazz and world music bands ('Geoff Goodman Quintet', 'Misery Loves Company', 'Tabla and Strings', 'Curiosities of Nature' as well as the 'Hirson-Goodman Duo'). He has...
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Geoff Goodman was born in New York City and studied music at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts. His teachers included John Abercrombie and Archie Shepp, among others. After a trip to Europe in 1979, Goodman moved to Germany and has lived in Munich since 1986. His career in music has been formed via collaboration with Mal Waldron, Tony Lakatos, Charlie Mariano and the group Embryo. He has already released 15 CDs and given numerous concerts in Germany and other countries (among others, in France, Holland, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland and Tunisia) with his jazz and world music bands ("Geoff Goodman Quintet", "Misery Loves Company", "Tabla and Strings", "Curiosities of Nature" as well as the "Hirson-Goodman Duo"). He has also been teaching in Munich since 1990. In addition to the Albanian singer Fjoralba Turku (who had a successful debut with her own quartet on the label Traumton in 2010) and the Japanese narrator Kiyomi, his group "Curiosities of Nature" is composed of leading European musicians. These include Bill Elgart on drums, another US American who lives in Germany and who has accompanied innumerable great musicians from Paul Bley to Karl Berger and Marion Brown to Kenny Wheeler. Till Martin is a saxophonist with an unmistakable style who has also performed internationally many times, received many awards and can be heard on more than two dozen CDs in the meantime. Henning Sieverts is one of the best bass players in Europe, and not just since receiving the Echo Jazz award in 2010 as the best bassist in Germany.

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