Arik Strauss | Closing the Circle

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Closing the Circle

by Arik Strauss

Featuring Jonathan Robinson and Andrea Marcelli with special guests Joe Kucera and Sigal Adler Strauss the compositions on the album pay respect to the tradition while at the same time looking forward.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Closing the Circle
5:54 $0.99
2. Morning Glory
5:42 $0.99
3. For Andrea
5:22 $0.99
4. Bad Harzburg
5:28 $0.99
5. Doing It
6:42 $0.99
6. Serenity
4:46 $0.99
7. Off to Berlin
5:16 $0.99
8. Nicht so laut
3:34 $0.99
9. Song for Amy
5:55 $0.99
10. Tears of Joy
6:07 $0.99
11. Neve Tzedek
3:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
My music is a clear reflection of what is happening at a certain point in my life. Through the sounds, the melodies and harmonies I tell a story, the story of my life. In coming to Berlin, I have, in a way, closed a circle or even two. My father’s family left Germany when the horrors of the Second World War were about to break and by coming here, I feel I am closing a circle that was left open then. My own musical circle opened in Jerusalem, passed through New York – where I studied and created for 12 years – Paris, Israel and now Germany and it is not yet completely closed for as long as I keep composing and playing.

Living in Berlin made it possible for me to meet wonderful people and great musicians. Four such people and musicians have joined me in the making of this album. My trio members, my friend and partner, drummer Andrea Marcelli – for whom I have dedicated the tune For Andrea – and the bassist Jonathan Robinson. Joe Kucera added his very tender and warm saxophone to Song for Amy, which was written in memory of the so beautiful Amy, the daughter of friends, who decided to part from our world at her 16th birthday. And last but not least, my wife, Sigal, who joined my life and my music back in Israel and added her voice to some of the tracks. Without her support and help I could not have gotten to this point.

And what do I tell you through my music? I tell about my downstairs neighbor who can’t stand good music and was trying to stop me from playing and instead of doing just that, I dedicated to him the tune Nicht so laut (not so loud); about our trip to visit friends in Bad Harzburg and while there walking up their snowy mountain which made our little dog, Piwi, so happy;
about vacationing in Israel and visiting friends and family and mainly about staying in Neve Tzedek, the beautiful first Jewish neighborhood outside of old Jaffa (even before Tel Aviv was founded), which is the only solo piano piece in the album and of course about Berlin, in such tunes as Off to Berlin and Doing it, which describe my joy of returning to an environment so enhancing creativity.

In releasing this album I owe many thanks to Andrew Read for not only the design and the production of the album, but also for all he is doing to help me; to the wonderful photographer, Itzik Canetti, who took the photos for the album’s cover, Christian Duxa for the live photo’s and to Rainer Robben of Tonlabor, AudioCue Studios, Berlin, and his staff for recording
and mixing the album.



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