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The finale of the Austrian Hours series at the Green Hours Club

Thursday, 18 March 2010 , ora 10.10

The recital of the Klaus Paier Trio concluded, on the evening of the 17th of March 2010, the Austrian Hours at Green Hours concert series - an initiative of the Austrian Cultural Forum and of the Austrian Embassy.

This last event turned out to be an extraordinary one. It has been a while since I saw three people with so much music running through their veins. I listened to the three barely breathing. Klaus Paier - accordion, Stefan Gfrerrer - bass fiddle and Roman Werni - drums, merged traditional jazz elements, passionate tango moments and classical music. But this is not really important.

What is really important is that after a long period I was able to see a performance characterized by an impeccable technique, not motivated, however, by showing off this technique. Their music, sometimes passionate and inviting, sometimes slow and meditation-like, reflected the casualty and serenity of the performers.

Giving a meticulous attention to blendings, both at a low level and at the level of an entire piece, and providing an incredible rhythmical diversity, the group managed to make a point but left us with the impression they had no intention of doing so. The apparently uncommon combination - accordion, bass fiddle and drums - did not appear as an experiment at all, and the solos were extremely profound. Though most of the plays were written by Klaus Paier, they also performed famous plays such as Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo a la Turk or Astor Piazzola' s Libertango.

Their music brought to mind, now and then, groups such as Portico Quartet or Gotan Project, and proved to be deep without being too heavy but remaining somewhat volatile.

Therefore, the Klaus Paier Trio and their show titled Dragonfly made a beautiful finale for the Austrian Hours concert series, as performed at the Green Hours. I hope this is but the first, and not the only edition of the mini-jazz season.

Andra Ivănescu
Translated by Oana Manuela Mihai, Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, University of Bucharest