SAADET TÜRKÖZ
Urumchi

AKI TAKASE / LAUREN NEWTON
Spring in Bangkok

[Intakt Records, www.intaktrec.ch]

In terms of styling and background, these three women - two vocalists and one pianist, spread over two releases - could not have been more different.
Born in Kazakhstan, travelling with her parents through Turkey, Saadet Türköz settled in Switzerland. It was in Turkey that her parents passed on the rich musical traditions of the highlands of Central Asia. As a child, Saadet wanted to be a hodscha [Koran teacher]. She developed a fascination with Arabic language and the Koran texts allowed the first opportunity for her to freely improvise without paying much attention to any "correctness" of it all. While in Switzerland, she discovered the openness and joy of improvised music. It was there that she started to improvise with people such Werner Ludi, Andy Guhl, Peter Kowald, Ikue Mori, Fritz Hauser, Fred Frith, Elliot Sharp and countless others. "Urumchi" [capital of Turkistan] is Saadet's return to form as a story teller, a weaver of tales. Her voice recalls the steppes - not unlike what Sainkho Namchylak chanted on her records from many years ago - though Saadet's voice is more subtle, sparser. The overbearing pain heard on songs such as "Tansamalim" or "Akcayik" is clear to identify. All of the arrangements on the record are bare. No more than a couple of instruments at most accompany the vocalist on any one track. Most effective is the dombra [featured on about half of the tracks] and the kilkobuz, which evokes a haunting, mountain like scenery about it. Once Saadet joins the instrument half way through on "Alis", you'd swear you were surrounded by the highest Himalayan peaks, covered with snow. In fact, "Alis" happens to be a personal favourite. A lullaby of sorts, this is where Saadet is allowed full free reign of her own voice. The way she strikes certain notes sends shivers up and down my spine. After a number of repeat plays, I still have goose bumps as proof of this woman's voice. A sign of a great record or perhaps an ominous sign of someone who was born with a gift that transcends all time and space.
Lauren Newton's vocal technique is worlds off from the steppes of Central Asia. Her main interest lies in extended vocal techniques that will allow her to spew out million-mile-an-hour phrases, spittle and gurgles across to her audience. In her duo with pianist Aki Takase, it's the clarity of the intent of expression that is at the forefront of the proceedings. With only Aki as the sole dual partner, Lauren has nothing to worry about in terms of having her voice being shrouded or misinterpreted. In fact, everything becomes clear and simplified. Recorded on one September night in 2004 at Berlin's Jazzclub A-Trane, "Spring in Bangkok" is a statement of intent. We're here to show off our vast skills as improvisers, composers and performers with utter passion and anger. We'll get pissed. We'll annoy you. We'll entertain the hell out of you. Most of all, we'll erase any and all preconceived notions you may have had as to what we're capable of. Aki Takase [who is a gifted composer in her own right - check out Berlin Jazz Composers Orchestra records] favours the improvised route this time around. Though the pieces are credited to both women, these in fact sound more like pure improvisations. I'm not too sure how much of this material was prepared or discussed ahead of time, nor is it important to question its creative birth. Takase's dissonant chords leap all over the damn map, as she assaults the piano with guttural force. She's more than willing to play a melodic passage [check out her fox-trot on "A Bis Z"] but overall, she's happy to play it free. Especially satisfying is her venture on the inside of her piano ["Afrikanische Zunge"], as the chords jingle-jungle with melodic, percussive friction. Newton breathes and lives to interact with her partner. On "Density" she's living her way through multiple orgasms, which are followed by the softest tickling, teasing call and response game she plays with herself. As you near the hour long performance, you realize these improvisers have a lot more to offer than just ballsy interplay. It's their skewed sense of humour that makes this show a winner.

- Tom Sekowski


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