New Journeys (2014)

New Journeys

Chris Jarrett
New Journeys
2014
CD, atrius records

"I have only very seldom had the opportunity to play the organ. Outside of two solo pieces which I performed once, and an organ part in my oratorio "Salvations 3?" I have - until now - had little contact with the instrument at all. On the 11th of July, 2014 I began a new journey, experimenting with the improvisational possibilities of the Beckerath organ in Herxheim, Germany. There was no music written on the papers in front of me - just the numbers of some of the stops I had chosen to use during the several rehearsals I had had before the concert. At least 80 percent of the music was never played before - a small part of it I had tried out on the organ during my "test-rehearsals" and decided to reuse it during the performance. Bon voyage."
Chris Jarrett (3.09.14)

"But before long, a real 'tour de force' began to develop, apocalyptical clusters of sound, musical battles - but also including highly sensitive sections. These are absolutely free improvisations, spontaneous creations, often leading to larger polyphonic structures, enriched with many quotes and allusions - and yet literally born in the spur of the moment. Musical logic flows through these 'new journeys' with endless creative energy."
Die Rheinpfalz, Ludwigshafen