Hannes De Kassian's music is a process of continual discovery and reinvention. For the Austrian-born, New York-based guitarist and composer, making music is the ongoing search to mine the spiritual, to delve deeper and deeper into our humanity, especially in the face of an overwhelmingly technological world. On his new album, Hannes De Kassian Trio "3," De Kassian has stripped his music down to it's bare essential, emerging with a work that is authentic, complex and original. About Hannes De Kassian Trio "3" Released in 2009, the aptly named "3 " is Hannes De Kassian's third CD, and his second foray into a trio. Featuring Gene Torres on bass and Joris Dudli on drums, the self-produced album is a product of De Kassian's sharpened vision a fusion of his European roots with funk-infused jazz. That fusion is present in the album's opening track, "125 Jive." De Kassian's guitar weaves masterfully with Torres's bottom-heavy bass. Dudli punctuates the music propulsively, pushing the action, a heady dose of jazz and funk. "I live in Harlem," De Kassian explains, "and I wanted '125 Jive' to have that kind of energy and buzz." "Undercurrent" has an off beat sensibility - ethereal in tone, the song shows De Kassian's comfort in playing with more open forms. "It's not your regular spin of eight bars to a melody," De Kassian says. "It's more like painting a soundscape." For De Kassian, music has always been a search for something more. "The thing about music," he declares, "is that it's more a life philosophy than anything else. Some are lucky enough to make a living off of it. But usually, the reward lies in making the music and getting deeper into it." Hannes De Kassian Trio's "3" is the sound of that philosophy; rewarding for the skill, heart and spirit with which it has been conceived and recorded, and continually fulfilling for those willing to get deeper into it's grooves. All compositions and arrangements by Hannes De Kassian Produced by Hannes De Kassian and Gene Torres Cover Design by Georg Egger.
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