Katya Sourikova | Ivan's Dream

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Ivan's Dream

by Katya Sourikova

This beautifully crafted album contains many compositions from Sourikova's live repertoire and appeals to a very broad jazz audience. With a superb sonic quality, this is a landmark recording. A must have!
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1. In the Dark
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2. Off the Beam
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3. Twilight
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4. Queen Maud Land I
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5. Ivan's Dream
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6. December Sky
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7. Queen Maud Land II
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8. Hagakure
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9. Switchblade
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10. For Love Once More
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Recorded in Berlin in 2010, Katya Sourikova’s beautifully crafted third album ‘Ivan’s Dream’ appeals to a very broad jazz audience. Containing many compositions from her live repertoire, this is the record her fans have been waiting for.

Each track tells a story about a particular experience in Sourikova’s life, carefully woven together to form an inspiring musical journey. A very melodic album, many of the tunes are so strong they will likely become part of the wider jazz repertoire. The arrangements have a timeless quality - Tunes such as ‘In the Dark’, ‘Twilight’ and ‘Off the Beam’ seem as if they could have been penned by the likes of Bill Evans or Wayne Shorter. But we must remind ourselves that this is a fresh and exciting new composer at work - Sourikova draws from a deep well of more than 20 years as a classical pianist and combines her unique Baltic roots with a lifelong exploration of both American and European jazz.

As with her earlier albums, Sourikova’s playing is once again fluid, sensual and unique - she continues to evolve her lyrical, melodic soloing with rich harmonic language.

Some tracks are fast and furious, notably the album’s namesake ‘Ivan’s Dream’, played with incredible precision by Sourikova and an amazing group of Berlin jazz musicians. Drummer Brendan Dougherty provides a solid and yet highly sensitive percussive framework, while Bassist Simon Bauer plays with extraordinary lyricism and depth. Tenor Saxophonist Oliver Fox emphasises the melodic strength of each tune with thoughtful phrasing, shifting colours and beautiful arching solos. Other tracks are reminiscent of the slow, sensuous material found in Sourikova’s earlier albums - such as ‘Queen Maud Land’, where an exquisite flugelhorn played by Norwegian trumpeter Gunhild Seim adds a deep moodiness to an icy Antarctic landscape.

By blending additional melodic lines into to this and other tracks such as ‘Hagakure’ and ‘For Love Once More’, Sourikova creates a variety in colour that keeps each track moving forward. Played by Seim and/or guest guitarist Johannes Haage, the rich textures allow the album to be heard over and again while always sounding fresh and new.

With a superb sonic quality that is the hallmark of Weave Records, this is a landmark recording. A must have!


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Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz
The third release of Berlin-based pianist and composer Katya Sourikova looks and sounds like something fitting the ECM catalog—the beautiful cover, the pristine and rich sound of the recording, and, obviously, the genre-binding beautiful, lyrical and nuanced music that moves freely and organically along the spectrum of jazz, both American and European, as well as folk music and classical music, all without subscribing fully to any genre but embracing it all.

Sourikova has collected ten self-penned compositions, all written when she began to explore the harmonic and melodic possibilities of the new language of jazz, as well as its boundless energy, after finishing her classical music studies. All the compositions have been rearranged, but all still capture their innocent freshness, clarity and their warm, melodic, cinematic narratives.

The opening soft ballad, "In the Dark," references Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett's lyrical playing, but Sourikova enriches the simple, fluid structure by adding a Bach-ian counterpoint. "Off the Beam" features the sensitive interplay of the core quartet, with short, well-articulated solo parts by bassist Simon Nauer and tenor saxophonist Oliver Fox, all thoughtful and opinionated.

"Twilight," Sourikova's first jazz composition, sensually weave the modal innovations of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock with an impressionist harmonic language, reminiscent of the works of French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Norwegian trumpeter Gunhild Seim contribute warm and soulful playing to this memorable composition. "Queen Maud Land," in its two parts, stresses the ECM aesthetic, with its cinematic, dreamy narrative of a distant, chilly journey.

The title piece is a successful exercise in integrating the improvised, energetic syncopated lines, influenced by such innovative saxophonist as Charlie Parker with the analytic exploration of folksy, pulsating rhythms by composer like Béla Bartók. Sourikova present her disdain with the politics of war on two compositions. The lyrical "Hagakure" draws its inspiration from the book The Way of the Samurai, and attempts to touch this sore issue from the perspective of the consternation of the women of the samurais preparing for another war. The more whimsical "Switchblade," originally titled "Puppet Tango," is Sourikova's sinister response to the futile war in Iraq. This impressive album is concluded with the optimistic, rhythmic "For Love Once More," another beautiful and arresting melody, that convinced Dave Douglas after hearing it, that he needed to drink vodka.“