Alex Koo: 'Identified Flying Object' (albumrelease)

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A jazz trip through space

Things are moving fast for the Belgian-Japanese pianist and composer Alex Koo. He is currently peaking as an emerging top talent at home and abroad. Keep your ears peeled for the new album Identified Flying Object, as a trio with the young batonist Attila Gyárfas and ECM icon and trumpet player Ralph Alessi.

The world-renowned Downbeat Jazz Magazine selected Koo's CD Appleblueseagreen in their list of 'Best Albums of 2019' with four stars and claimed it "Stunningly original". On that album he plays together with the American greats Mark Turner and Ralph Alessi. His musical chemistry with the latter did not go unnoticed.

It didn't take long for the ECM icon to join Identified Flying Object, originally a duo with Hungarian Attila Gyárfas. Now, as a reborn trio, they present their new album 'Identified Flying Object' at W.E.R.F. record.

Their music is a mix of lyrical compositions and improvisations that play along the border between film music, minimalism and soundscaping. Best described as a trip through space. Buckle up!

Belgium is too small for pianist Alex Koo

Support: Jukwaa

Since their inception in 2013, Jukwaa has been looking for the boundaries of their music and line-up. What started as a rather classical piano trio album Jukwaa in 2014, developed into the fierce successor Harbinger Of Imminent Ruin (2015, el NEGOCITO records). Before that, they were joined by Otto Kokke (Dead Neanderthals) and Jonas Vandenbossche (Kapitan Korsakov).

On Cushion (2018, Smeraldina-Rima) they returned to a meditative, quiet intensity. For this minimalist approach, they transformed into a special quintet line-up, with drummer Elias Devoldere and bassist Laurens Smet as extra sound layers.

In 2021 Jukwaa will return home as the dream trio with Thijs Troch (piano), Nils Vermeulen (double bass) and Sigfried Burroughs (drums). Their fourth record will form in the upcoming concert series and is planned for the end of December.

Resonating metal waves, muffled piano strings, a throbbing pulse, rotating surfaces and repetitive motifs are some of the ingredients used to construct a wildly varied compendium of sounds and atmospheres, swaying from the organic to the mechanical, from open to dense, from conventional use to extended techniques.

Guy Peeters on Cusion

photo (c) Trui Amerlinck


Identified Flying Object
Alex Koo (piano), Attila Gyárfas (drums), Ralph Alessi (trumpet)
support: Jukwaa
Thijs Troch (piano, banjo), Nils Vermeulen (double bass, violin, banjo, casio), Sigfried Burroughs (drums)

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