Sym­me­try Pirouet

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

A palin­drome is a word or verse that reads alike back­ward or for­ward. Ap­ply­ing the for­mat to mu­sic, in terms of line, har­mony or rhythm – or all three, or com­bi­na­tions of some com­po­nents – seems like an in­ter­est­ing if fraught idea. Bassist and cel­list Siev­erts took up the chal­lenge, writ­ing for him­self, Jo­hannes Lauer (trom­bone), Chris Speed (tenor/clar­inet), Achim Kauf­mann (pi­ano), and John Hol­len­beck (drums), with mixed re­sults. Longer pieces (Luz Azul and All for One, One for All) al­low for more creative in­put by the per­form­ers. But some pieces, such as Lion Oil, Bird Rib, Dr Awk­ward and the scalar Top Spot, fin­ish be­fore much is done with them, re­in­forc­ing the im­pres­sion that, what­ever charm they pos­sess as minia­tures, this is an ex­er­cise that is un­duly con­strained by its pre­set bound­aries. www.pirou­e­trecords. com

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