Label: A New Wave Of Jazz
**300 copies** "Another special such place, situated in Holland, but only a few hundred meters from the Belgian border, is JazzBlazzt. It is as homely as can get - basically a garage turned into a small concert venue - but at the same time a miraculous place, where many artists that have appeared on this label have performed." - Guy Peters
"Dirk Serries, still on acoustic guitar, meets again violist Benedict Taylor, and pianist Martina Verhoeven (she plays only on the second set) in a live performance at the free music haven JazzBlazzt in June 2019. Serries and Taylor already recorded a debut duo album, the studio Puncture Cycle (A New Wave of Jazz, 2019), and, obviously, Verhoeven is a close collaborator of Serries. The live setting offers a more raw, immediate and turbulent encounter of Serries and Taylor. Both sound as if they are jumping from one sonic collision to another, maneuvering and teasing each other in a tense and muscular game. The addition of Verhoeven, with her inside-the-piano extended techniques, changes the dynamics into more thoughtful and conversational ones, sometimes as of an experimental, chamber string trio. The patient but still intense modes of interactions gently explore and stimulate timbral contrasts, fascinating palette of colors and challenging dynamics." - Free Jazz Blog
Both sets performed live at Jazzblazzt (Neeritter, The Netherlands) on June 8th 2019. Recorded and mixed by Mike Kramer. Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium).
Dirk Serries: acoustic guitar
Benedict Taylor: viola
Martina Verhoeven: piano (on set 2)