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Poesias (vinyl)

Fiona Grond

Poesias (vinyl)

Format: LP 12inch
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427974518
Catnr: ACTLP 97452
Release date: 25 August 2023
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Label
ACT music
UPC
0614427974518
Catalogue number
ACTLP 97452
Release date
25 August 2023
Album
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

"It has always been really important for me," says Fiona Grond, “not just to be the singer with the melody while the other musicians are doing everything else." So, on her ACT debut album "Poesias", the Swiss-born vocalist's voice functions as one of three instruments acting as equal partners, her singing closely intermeshed with Moritz Stahl's tenor saxophone and Philipp Schiepek's guitar. The trio first met in Fiona Grond's adoptive city of Munich, where the local scene has been steadily gaining profile and visibility for a few years now; this trio counts as a significant new discovery on the Munich scene.

Fiona Grond's music draws the listener in with its hushed tones, its awareness of the spaces between the notes, its contrasts and frictions, and the way it both defies expectations and breaks with convention. The charm of this music only really reveals itself when one lets it work its magic, when one listens carefully and most importantly of all, truly feels it. There is a saying that people from the coast tend to look into the distance whereas people from the forests and mountains turn their gaze inward. In this respect, Fiona Grond's Swiss origins seem to have been formative for the narrative perspective: "Poesias" - meaning ‘poems’ in Switzerland’s fourth national language, Romansh - is an inner search for thoughts and feelings, sometimes with, sometimes without words. "When something affects me, and I find the right words and phrases for it, then I write them down, says Fiona Grond. “But if the music doesn't want any lyrics, then it doesn't need any." Furthermore, she reflects, "I try, especially at the beginning of the composition process, to let myself drift and not to judge, but rather to let the music simply happen."

This process of listening to the music and reflecting on it continues in the interplay with Moritz Stahl and Philipp Schiepek. It can be heard very clearly that here are three people playing together who are very close to each other both artistically and personally: guitarist Philipp Schiepek proves once again quite how versatile and stunningly musical he is, whereas saxophonist Moritz Stahl - otherwise to be found in rip-roaring jazz-with-electronica settings such as "Ark Noir" or the "Jazzrausch Bigband" - impresses with how subtle and delicate his sound can be, with a particularly fine feeling for colour and texture.

Grond, Stahl and Schiepek form a trio which interacts naturally and organically. The depths of concentration which they find are as unusual and original as their voice-saxophone-guitar ensemble. The music which they explore also covers a wide musical field - from Fiona Grond's own compositions to a piece by the duo of Sidsel Endresen and Bugge Wesseltoft, which, she explains was especially influential for her, to arrangements of folklore from the Graubünden region, and the"Sarabande" from Johann Sebastian Bach's B minor Partita for solo violin.

Hearing this group live in concert, one often has the impression of eavesdropping on their creative process as it happens. So, what producer Andreas Brandis wanted from the sessions at the renowned Artesuono Studio in Udine was to distil the experience, to capture a concentrated form of its essence. Although the trio, through the experience of performing the material live, know every twist and turn of the pieces on the album, there was practically no piece that was not re-evaluated and focused on its core during the production process. Fiona Grond remembers: "Andreas and I talked a lot beforehand and exchanged demos again and again. And also during the recording session we revisited everything and changed quite a lot, especially in the arrangements. In the end we had often gone quite far from the original versions, but all these changes felt organic and logical. Most of the tracks on the album are first takes of the new versions."

This remarkable recording is particularly touching and affecting for its depth, warmth and transparency, and for its glorious sound. This is almost spiritual music, and listeners who allow themselves to enter this magical world will find that spaces open up that they will be keen to explore again and again.

Artist(s)

Philipp Schiepek (guitar)

“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...
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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.

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Moritz Stahl (tenor saxophone)

Composer(s)

Fiona Grond

Fiona Grond is a sough-after young vocalist and composer on the young German jazz scene. With her trio “Fiona Grond / Interspaces” she released her debut album in 2021, which was equally well received by the public and the press. With said project she was the winner of the Women in Jazz Next Generation competition and the Jazz Prize of the City of Halle, as well as a prizewinner at the international Jazzbeet competition at the Jazzfest Bonn. In 2020 she received the Leonard and Ida Wolf Memorial Prize for Music from the City of Munich. She worked with the award-winning Svetlana Marinchenko Trio, with whom she toured in Russia, among other places. Furthermore she has been working with other bands...
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Fiona Grond is a sough-after young vocalist and composer on the young German jazz scene. With her trio “Fiona Grond / Interspaces” she released her debut album in 2021, which was equally well received by the public and the press. With said project she was the winner of the Women in Jazz Next Generation competition and the Jazz Prize of the City of Halle, as well as a prizewinner at the international Jazzbeet competition at the Jazzfest Bonn. In 2020 she received the Leonard and Ida Wolf Memorial Prize for Music from the City of Munich.
She worked with the award-winning Svetlana Marinchenko Trio, with whom she toured in Russia, among other places. Furthermore she has been working with other bands such as the Jazzrausch Big Band and the Christian Elsässer Jazz Orchestra and was selected by the New York Voices as a scholarship holder for the New York Voices Vocal Camp in 2019.

Born and raised near Zurich, Fiona Grond showed great interest in music from an early age and initially received lessons in transverse flute, guitar and classical singing.
In 2014 Fiona Grond moved to Munich and studied jazz singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Sanni Orasmaa and Anne Czichowsky and later jazz composition with Gregor Hübner and Christian Elsässer. So far she has studied and collaborated with various international musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, The New York Voices, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Monder, Diana Torto, Jen Shyu and many more.


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