Billed as ‘music like you have never heard before’, pianist Anders Helmerson leads bassist Lukasz Chula and drummer Juan Meija as the Anders Helmerson Trio to present ‘the world’s first opus in the key of i’.
To my unsophisticated ears, the lead track at least is a glorious mix of piano-led jazz fusion with elements of prog rock, though the publicity also points out that Opus i, their second album, is also intertwined with classical music, folklore, and much besides.
It’s certainly different, as you can judge from that lead track iScherzo, with its pulsating bass and ever-changing drums that Anders’ masterful piano dances across.
It’s a fascinating and multi-layered blend that should appeal to a wide audience, from those who lose themselves in its musical complexities to those of us who just enjoy a rewarding piece of music.
As the publicity puts it: “These intricacies of composition are where the Anders Helmerson Trio set themselves apart. Compared by a Spotify curator to the complex movements and layering of a 3D geometric puzzle, and the paintings of Picasso, Opus i embraces the influences of our technologically rich world.”
And from Anders Helmerson himself: “The concept of the letter i stems from a train of thoughts of random words starting on i as; infinity, improvisation, imagination … where ideas are flowing in a constant stream. My music is conceived in an iworld. The technology support my creative flow, helps me organise my ideas, combining them in different ways, to see it in its entirety, and to define its emotional meaning”.
If you like the sound of it asmuch as I do and want to find out more, here’s the website, with links to all the social media too.