As Goethe put it: „Everything poetic should be treated rhythmically. That is my firm conviction.“
The structure of „The Poetry of Rhythm“ is shaped by two clear-cut levels. The pure duet pieces are characterized by a genuine sound image with every compositional refinement. After a great number of concerts together the duet´s „common breathing“ can be clearly noticed. Here jazz is an attitude and not just a style.
After that are the pieces with the classical, i.e. non-improvising string quartet. They are not just used as a completion or pleasant background music, but rather in a compositional way as an active and structure-characterizing element.
Rhythmical tension in the meaning of „movement in time“ is a very important basis in the cooperation with „kaj: kaj- das streichquartett“.
But: Niescier & Nendza pragmatically avoid the infamous question „is classic able to swing!?“. There are simply no triplet feel jazz pieces.
With „The Poetry of Rhythm“ Angelika Niescier & André Nendza are walking consciously into musical no man`s land. There, where you are always falling between two stools, live can be pretty pleasant. Provided you own a map.