Needless

by Kubikmaggi

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Indie academism. The raw meat of Russian Jazz.

Based fully on the subtlest nuances of sound-picking and dynamics, the sound of the trio makes one rediscover the interaction of the instruments present. Refused as they did the common role of arrangements basement, the bass and the drums are often the bright soloists in the songs, while the voice is only an equal instrument in the overall performance.

Keeping the best traditions of modernism, music of KUBIKMAGGI implies an essential part of reflection and interaction. The audience is often induced in the construction of this musical puzzle. Their recent release ‘Ono ne trebuetsa’ (translates as "Needless") (Ulitka Records, 2008) is a good example of this kind of interaction. Abandoning the common attempt of many jazz albums to render the music with its primeval sound, the sound producer of ‘Ono ne trebuetsa’ acts more like a crowning element in the process of music creation. Unusual mixing techniques, often based on sharp contrasts and sound effects are going to keep you amused even if you are not a big fan of jazz or avant-guard.

When asked to give an overview of their creative work, the musicians shrug their shoulders and say, "Give a listen". Being the quintessence of post-modernism, KUBIKMAGGI music is so diverse, that it’s really heard to describe it in words. Some will enjoy the echoes of Tori Amos and Fiona Apple, some will be overwhelmed by allusions on Victor Wooten and Mr. Bungle. It’s also possible that some will imagine the heritage of Auktyon. But just like in Dali’s ‘Face of Mae West’, it’s only in combination of the bright and unique artistic approach and the music itself, these details can form a wholesome image of KUBIKMAGGI. Indeed, they are the face of Russian art-jazz.

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released December 16, 2008

Produced by KUBIKMAGGI

Kseny Fedorova — vocal, piano
Vlad Avdeyev — guitar, back vocal
Max Roudenko — bass, sempler
Il’ya Varfolomeyev — drums, percussion, flute, back vocal

Texts & music — Kseny Fedorova
Arangments — Vlad Avdeyev, Max Roudenko

Recorded at St. Petersburg Recording Studio
Audio engineer — John Rips
Mastering — Leonid Fedorov (Ulitka Records)

Design — Max Roudenko
Artist — Andrey “Baron” Karlin, Kseny Fedorova

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Kubikmaggi Saint Petersburg, Russia

While the band's sound dwells within chamber music, the trio are known for breaking musical forms based on several polar music styles. Within one composition styles may vary between jazz, rock and classical music. These shifts may occur very rapidly, almost abruptly, or flow naturally into one another. Early jazz gives way to baroque-classical motifs, Russian folk is followed by prog rock. ... more

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