There are numerous ways to tell stories; from mouth to mouth, recited and sung, through the written word, carved in stone, penciled with quill and ink, thrown by an artist colourfully onto canvas…
Marcus Klossek reaches for his guitar, and we listen spellbound to the rhythms and melodies that he and his Electric Trio (including Roland Fidezius – bass, and Philipp Bernhardt – drums) develop in front of us.
Whether chapters of a novel or complex verses of poetry, the composer and guitarist Marcus Klossek manages with his playing to allow an intensely vivid and heartfelt story structure to emerge in our mind’s eye.
As though sketched by a light hand, aural images of a captivating density emerge; powerful like “Into The Storm’, wildly swinging like “Overground” and full of subtle tension like “On Your Way”.
At the very end, he dedicates a guitar solo to the unforgotten H. Knef on “I’m too tired…”. Written by Charly Niessen in the ’60s, it can almost be regarded as a German jazz standard, and offers the perfect ending alongside “Now & Again”.
“I don’t need to show anyone or prove that I can play guitar” said Marcus Klossek about the intentions behind his compositions and his playing.
He continued: “I’ve been writing pieces for twenty years and it has always been important to me that the story is heard first and then the guitar…”.
Shrouded in modesty, he has toured countless clubs and festivals since his music studies at the University of Arts in Amsterdam. He has also for a longtime been an instructor for guitar and ensembles in Berlin.
Incidentally, his virtuoso guitar playing has made him one of the busiest musicians on the german scene.
The really good stories don’t need to be flashy and loud in order to lodge themselves firmly in our hearts…
- INTO THE STORM
- EASY FOR YOU
- IT’S TIME
- NOW AGAIN
- SHORT YEARS
- OPEN COUNTRY
- ALL AT ONCE
- ON YOUR WAY
- ICH BIN ZU MÜDE
Released by Mons Records.
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