Philipp Schiepek & Walter Lang

Cathedral

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Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427963222
Catnr: ACT 96322
Release date: 30 April 2021
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ACT music
UPC
0614427963222
Catalogue number
ACT 96322
Release date
30 April 2021
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“An insightful and versatile guitarist” (All About Jazz), “he has found a sound that is his own – and is always imbued with both beauty and excitement” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Philipp Schiepek has started to receive the media attention he deserves. Born in Dinkelsbühl in Southern Germany in 1994, Schiepek first played piano and accordion before taking up the guitar at the age of 12. He has that most important attribute of a musician, his own individual voice. The word about quite how good he is started to get around fast: he had only just completed his studies at the conservatoires in Würzburg and Munich when he played with bands such as Mulo Francel’s, and also alongside internationally known artists like Richie Beirach and Klaus Doldinger. In early 2020, he won the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award. With “Cathedral” he now makes his debut on ACT. Alongside him is pianist Walter Lang. Originally from the Stuttgart region and based in Munich, Lang, 59, has been called “the poet”, “the romantic” among German jazz pianists. He grew up surrounded by classical music, folk music and the Beatles. Chance led him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and into jazz. The constants with Lang are a love of melody and a remarkable economy of expression, and it is a shared instinct for the power of simple melodies which brings the two musicians together on “Cathedral”. They complement each other ideally, with Lang’s delicate touch and the range of his pianism enhanced by Schiepek’s refined technique and frequent ornamentation, evoking the world of the Spanish classical guitar.

“Cathedral” is a touching and enchanting dialogue between piano and guitar, between young and old, classical and jazz, form and freedom. We eavesdrop on a musical conversation which through its depth and intimacy speaks directly to the times we live in. It can sometimes be sustained and calm, with hints of oriental meditation – as in the opener, “Sumniran” or in “Kamo”, evoking a time-honoured river which flows gently through the Japanese city of Kyoto. Or hymn-like as in the title track, or expressing the allure of a setting off on a long walk – as in “Pilgrimage”, composed by Schiepek. Or melancholic, as in “The World Is Upside Down”, which feels like an ode to the sorrow and sadness of the pandemic. But we find comfort and consolation too, as in the final track “The Encourager” ...finally, “Cathedral” is an album which lives up to its name: as an act of devotion, as sounds that rise into hallowed space.

Artist(s)

“An insightful and versatile guitarist” (All About Jazz), “he has found a sound that is his own – and is always imbued with both beauty and excitement” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Philipp Schiepek has started to receive the media attention he deserves. Born in Dinkelsbühl in Southern Germany in 1994, Schiepek first played piano and accordion before taking up the guitar at the age of 12. He has that most important attribute of a musician, his own individual voice. The word about quite how good he is started to get around fast: he had only just completed his studies at the conservatoires in Würzburg and Munich when he played with bands such as Mulo Francel’s, and also alongside internationally known artists like Richie Beirach and Klaus Doldinger. In early 2020, he won the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award. With “Cathedral” he now makes his debut on ACT. Alongside him is pianist Walter Lang. Originally from the Stuttgart region and based in Munich, Lang, 59, has been called “the poet”, “the romantic” among German jazz pianists. He grew up surrounded by classical music, folk music and the Beatles. Chance led him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and into jazz. The constants with Lang are a love of melody and a remarkable economy of expression, and it is a shared instinct for the power of simple melodies which brings the two musicians together on “Cathedral”. They complement each other ideally, with Lang’s delicate touch and the range of his pianism enhanced by Schiepek’s refined technique and frequent ornamentation, evoking the world of the Spanish classical guitar.

“Cathedral” is a touching and enchanting dialogue between piano and guitar, between young and old, classical and jazz, form and freedom. We eavesdrop on a musical conversation which through its depth and intimacy speaks directly to the times we live in. It can sometimes be sustained and calm, with hints of oriental meditation – as in the opener, “Sumniran” or in “Kamo”, evoking a time-honoured river which flows gently through the Japanese city of Kyoto. Or hymn-like as in the title track, or expressing the allure of a setting off on a long walk – as in “Pilgrimage”, composed by Schiepek. Or melancholic, as in “The World Is Upside Down”, which feels like an ode to the sorrow and sadness of the pandemic. But we find comfort and consolation too, as in the final track “The Encourager” ...finally, “Cathedral” is an album which lives up to its name: as an act of devotion, as sounds that rise into hallowed space.

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