Sketches of Seasons is a new take on the familiar 4 seasons theme by pianist Atzko Kohashi and percussionist Eddy Koopman. Improvisations driven from the moment and emotion. The direct ambient-like recording technique used in the RAR series from Sound Liaison ensures that the listener is completely absorbed in the recordings.
The musical realization of the seasons is magically portrayed. As if being in a beautiful dream. The palette ranges from the renewing, burgeoning of spring, the glorious of summer, the melancholy of autumn to the cozy embracing of winter.
Atzko Kohashi – Piano, Composer, Arranger
Eddy Koopman – Percussion, Composer, Arranger
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Total time: 00:33:11
|Analog to Digital Converters|
Horus, Merging Technologies at DXD (352.8 kHz)
Hifiman HE1000se & Sennheiser HD800S
|High-frequency Interfering Field Elimination|
TAD Compact Evolution, Zellaton Plural Evo
Michael van Polen, Harry van Dalen & Frans de Rond (DXD), Tom Caulfield (DXD to DSD)
AudioQuest & Mogami
Horus, Merging Technologies
Atzko (piano): Josephson C700S Eddy (percussion): Josephson C700S, 2x Sonodore RCM-402, Josephson C617 & Josephson C700A
The original DXD recording is mixed and mastered to 15 inch/s Analog Tape.
|Original Recording Format|
Naomi van Schoot & Charles Rademaker
Michael van Polen, Harry van Dalen & Frans de Rond
MCO Studio 2 in Hilversum, Netherlands on June 20-21, 2020
|Release Date||April 15, 2022|
Jazz pianist Atzko Kohashi is a continuing source of amazement for me—she is so versatile, so flexible! Here, she partners with percussionist Eddy Koopman to create an album of great nuance and immersive engagement. Riffing off the theme of four seasons, the artists weave a tapestry of sound across the four movements of the album. As always, Atzko Kohashi’s touch is delicate, deliberate, carefully calibrated to the emotional content she wishes to convey. Eddy Koopman brings a similar delicacy and intention with his use of bells, brushed gongs and cymbals, and drums of all types… Kohashi’s magical touch keeps all moving ahead, weaving the melody and enticing one to follow along.
The recording is filled with detail and color. One clearly hears the stroke on drum skin, the deep resonance of larger drums, the sharp percussive strikes on wood, the reverberation of piano strings above the sound board—it is deliciously close to being live. This is a tour de force in recording quality that captures the full resonance and timbre of an exceptionally wide range of both piano and percussion instruments.
Thunder and lightning, stillness and élan, heavenly and earthly, an adventurous journey to the rhythm of the tides.
These two open minds know how to enliven and musically shape the seasons in their own unique way.
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