“Divine Traces”, 2019, QFTF records.
German-Australian pianist Max Petersen takes his listeners on a transformative journey through an audacious amalgam of classical and jazz influences. His new trio explores the tension between a traditionally Western approach to performance and composition, and African American improvisational techniques and rhythmic sensibilities. This mercurial blend of influences guarantees that every single concert is unique.
In April 2020 I recorded Dmitri Shostakovich’s Trio in E-minor (op. 67) along with Violinist Cosima Bodien and Cellist Isabel Gehweiler. More to come from this group! Listen to the recording on Band-Camp.
Max Petersen’s Solo-repertoire includes a range of arrangements of songs from the American song book, original music and classical music. In 2018 he presented his so called “mixtape series” with solo piano music that was released on three limited edition cassettes.
Isabel Richiusa is a Spanish and Italian rooted Jazz singer from Switzerland currently studying with Lisette Spinnler and before with Marianne Racine. This trio project, in a chamber-music ensemble with Max Petersen on piano and Phelan Burgoyne on drums, moves between influences from different cultures and her perception of the environment’s sounds.
Lukas Mantels sextet record “Vardah”, which features Max Petersen on Rhodes, was presented on challenge records in 2019.
The uniqueness of “Vardah” lies in its archaic freedom and development of a complex structure. That is the reason why this cyclone music leaves a lasting impression and deeply affects you.