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Of Mystery and Beauty

by Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer

Performing original compositions, KLARO! blends the romanticism of European classical and folk music and fuses it with the rhythmic fire and swing of the American jazz tradition together with the harmonic sophistication of contemporary improvised music.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. From Her Pale Blue Home
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
7:47 $0.99
2. Of Mystery and Beauty
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
9:07 $0.99
3. Postcard from a Quiet Place
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
6:27 $0.99
4. Fanfare from Another World
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
7:28 $0.99
5. Wandering
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
7:18 $0.99
6. Gently Spoke the Mermaid
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
6:46 $0.99
7. Four Us All
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
4:08 $0.99
8. Of Space and Rest
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
6:43 $0.99
9. Side to Side
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
5:11 $0.99
10. Cascades
Drori Mondlak
4:00 $0.99
11. Still in Her Ears
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
5:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jazz journalist and historian, Doug Ramsey writes….

"From the drama of the album’s opening cymbal splashes to the fading piano notes at its end, alto saxophonist and flutist Strassmayer and drummer Mondlak reaffirm their mastery of small group music that is as notable for strength as for intimacy. Of Mystery and Beauty is, if anything, even more compelling than their 2013 Small Moments. In no small part that is because of the support of the under sung American bassist John Goldsby and the young veteran German pianist Rainer Böhm.

Strassmayer has absorbed, internalized and personalized what John Coltrane gave to jazz and often evokes him purely on the power of her tone and inflection.

The subtlety of Mondlak’s drumming is epitomized in his unaccompanied feature “Cascades.” Pauses and silences are among the attributes of that four-minute work of the imagination, made all the more effective by Mondlak’s upwellings of contrasting intensity.
Strassmayer’s closing duet with Böhm, “Still In Her Ears,” is notable for her emotional range and the purity of her flute sound."

-Doug Ramsey - Rifftides, Arts Journal, May, 2016

With their newest recording Of Mystery And Beauty alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer and drummer Drori Mondlak continue their creative collaboration that began in New York City in 2000. In their seventh recording together their vision has crystallized into an original and deeply personal sound. Strassmayer and Mondlak consider this collection of original compositions and solo improvisations to be their most powerful recording to date.

“Beauty means different things to different people. But there is a universal truth about it, regardless of taste and aesthetic; beauty has the power to move the heart,” says Strassmayer. “I feel that it is my responsibility as an artist to search for those little melodic twists and harmonic turns that make my heart leap - in the hopes that they will touch the heart of another.”

Internationally renowned jazz journalist Hrayr Attarian writes in his review.

“Simultaneously unconventional and accessible Of Mystery and Beauty is an imaginative work. With charm and intelligence it eschews both abstruseness and banality. It engrosses with its diversity yet remains conceptually cohesive. It stimulates and moves with its ingenious complexity and fascinating fluidity. In short it is, to date, Strassmayer and Mondlak's finest disc and one that surely will stand the test of time..”
-Hrayr Attarian - All About Jazz, February 2016

This was the quartet’s second invitation from Bayerische Rundfunk/Bavarian Broadcast Company to record in co-production with BR-KLASSIK after their critically-acclaimed 2011 recording Joining Forces for BR.

Pianist Rainer Böhm and bassist John Goldsby complete the quartet.



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