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by Arthur Hnatek Trio

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27 05:26
Brew 08:21
Nine B 07:45
In Three 04:40
Static 06:00
Cinque 03:08
The End 00:47



Arthur Hnatek - drums
Francesco Geminiani - tenor saxophone
Fabien Iannone - double bass


Recorded at Suburban Sound, Winterthur, Switzerland
Recorded and Mixed by Valentin Liechti
Mastered by Matt Colton
Produced by Arthur Hnatek
Executive Producer - Michael Janisch
Album Artwork by Studio-Bollo


released January 22, 2021


Zurich based musician Arthur Hnatek is one of a new breed of players who see their music as a continuum stretching between genres, always thinking in terms of links rather than boundaries, possibilities rather than limits.

His time spent playing drums with similarly adventurous and unclassifiable artists Tigran Hamasyan and Shai Maestro opened his ears to the possibilities of rhythmic variation: his immersion in electronic music production and the motorik tradition of Jaki Liebzeit alerted him the possibilities of repetition. Now, with Static, he presents his first trio record: joined by his equally fearless bandmates Fabien Iannone on bass and Francesco Geminiani on tenor sax, this is music created by a classic jazz line-up and steeped in improvisational facility, yet simultaneously utterly unlike anything in the standard jazz tradition.

The bulk of the album was written by Hnatek, paying close attention to the details and textures, and drawing a range of different sounds from the drum kit: ’I like the idea that you can have very complicated rhythms, but played in a repetitive way that sounds natural, and where the binaries of ‘written’ and ‘improvised’ aren’t too clear’. ‘Monotonous’ features the thick, punchy tones of Iannone’s bass, like mountain peaks rising through clouds of ambient electronics, as the kit clatters and Geminiani’s saxophone soars overhead. ’27’ marries plangent bass double-stops with synthesised textures and enigmatic saxophone statements from Geminiani - “He’s a great jazz player, and also a great software programmer and coder - he manipulates the electronics in real time - a rare combination!” - who also contributes the percussive, urgent composition ‘Brew’. ‘MIDI Sans Frontières’ is a ballad from an unusual source: written by Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher as a post-Brexit lament. ‘Nine B’ is a maze of multi-metric complexity with all three players combining into a single many faceted gem, hard and glittering. ‘In Three’ foregrounds Hnatek’s studio creativity, using complex microphone and triggering techniques to capture an array of industrial sounds from the kit under squalling, electronically morphing saxophone. Title track ‘Static’ is a simple two-bar melody that provides a pool of limpid stillness and was almost completely improvised in the studio. ‘Cinque’ is another composition by Geminiani: “I love that he could write such a beautiful melody over such complex drum patterns! This one was fun to play.”

Alongside the written tracks, the trio created a wealth of spontaneous improvised music in the studio, and Hnatek has hidden snippets of these soundscapes into parts of the album for the listener to discover. ‘The End’ is a brief extract to close the session.

This is a unique record, at once spacious and complex, full of light and shade, elusive but direct. “To me, the process of making this record was dictated by the jazz tradition of improvisation, and even though it’s inspired by the sounds of minimal electronic music, it still feels to me very much like a jazz record: we improvise with rhythmical structures and texture as much as notes and chords. I’m really proud of this record.”


"Richly nuanced music... the trio deliver a remarkably wide array of sounds and ideas."
★★★★ The Jazz Mann

"Each of the pieces has a life of its own which gives the impression of the trio wrestling with living forms."
Jazz Views

"Ephemeral moments of beauty."
Bebop Spoken Here

“A superb cohabitation, where alchemy creates perfect cohesion.”
Radio REC

"Subtle but brilliant drum patterns make every song fall into place... A promising debut."

"Static is a must if you want an adventure in jazz."
★★★★ Written in Music

“A timely reflection on reduction and humility with a mindfulness that is on point right now.”
Jazzwise Magazine

"Richly nuanced music... the trio deliver a remarkably wide array of sounds and ideas."
★★★★ The Jazz Mann

"There is a deep sense of humanity at work and play here."
Free Jazz Blog ★★★★

"Static shows the great potential of the trio, a balancing act between dreamy, gentle sounds and rhythmic variations."
★★★★ Drumheads

"Fearless... a classic jazz line-up permeated with improvisational possibilities."
Rhein Main Magazine

"Hnatek is of course part of the Swiss drumming tradition, but his references are closer to Aphex Twin or Squarepusher."

"A very special kind of jazz-grounded fusion."
Music an sich


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Hnatek's compositions show that jazz can exist between the lines of metal, ambient electronic and breakbeat. Recognised as a sideman for Tigran Hamasyan and Erik Truffaz. ... more

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