Feature/Interview

Vladyslav Sendecki and Jürgen Spiegel (2nd album for release later in 2021)

Sebastian writes: The Hamburg-based duo of pianist Vladyslav Sendecki and drummer Jürgen Spiegel will following up the success of their Two in the Mirror (2019 – reviewed here) with a new duo album which has just been recorded.

Sendecki is best known for his 25 years as pianist of Hamburg’s NDR Bigband. Spiegel is a long-standing member of Trio Tingvall.

The recording took place on the weekend of International Jazz Day and May Day 2021. The recording venue was the newly equipped Jazzsaal at Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

A good friend of LJN, photographer Kat Pfeiffer was there, and spoke to Sendecki and Spiegel about their forthcoming album- and took this picture:

Vladyslav Sendecki (left) and Jürgen Spiegel (right). Photo by Kat Pfeiffer

Kat Pfeiffer writes: While both artists set their store by simplicity and emotional authenticity, they both see their work on the new album as going in the direction of a production which will be much more interlinked and thought-through and mature. The musical conversation is at the same time very personal and very open.

Sendecki is a piano virtuoso, has a strong sense both of the compass of the keyboard and of creating a quasi-orchestral sound. This leaves Spiegel free to create a surrounding texture and also to punctuate and interact rhythmically with Sendecki’s melodic flow.

Rather than exhaustive pre-planning and rehearsing, freedom in the moment is important. As Sendecki says: “I am free in my mind, heart, soul and body. The moment of playing is leading the composition into what it becomes. My whole life I’ve been working on playing what I am just feeling in a moment.”

The new album is currently expected to be released towards the end of the 2021.

LINKS: Vladyslav Sendecki’s website / Interview with Sendecki from 2018

Jürgen Spiegel’s website

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