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Joyce, Director of Publicity & Promotion
Cuneiform Records / 301.589.8894

The Kandinsky Effect Take Their Electronic-Tweaked Jazz on a Widescale Europe & USA Tour
November / December 2013


Conceived on Paris’s cosmopolitan jazz scene, forged on the road in America, and informed by international currents in electronic music, The Kandinsky Effect is a jazz power trio for the 21st century. Now based in New York City and Paris, the band makes its Cuneiform debut with Synesthesia, a roller-coaster ride of an album marked by fierce grooves, subtle electronic textures, intricate metrical shifts, and a commitment to empathic group interplay.

Featuring Warren Walker on saxophone and electronics, Gaël Petrina on bass and electronics and Caleb Dolister on drums and laptop, The Kandinsky Effect avidly explores a vast sonic territory, including some too seldom associated with jazz. They are searching for new ways to work within the jazz idiom by blending the borders of jazz, rock, electronica, hip-hop and experimental sounds.

Steeped in improvisation and various post-bop vocabularies, the trio has honed a sound described by the Los Angeles Times as “bracing, electronically tweaked jazz.” It’s an approach that erases distinction between front line and rhythm section, as all three musicians constantly direct the music’s flow, changing arrangements and musical movement on the flying by employing several dozen hand cues and other methods. As the group states, "Our music doesn’t have to be harmonically complex to be interesting. The effects are almost a separate instrument. We think of ways to shape the effects around the tune. It’s never ending. Every gig is different and an experiment. The risk is what makes it happen."


Nov 1
London, England
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ
Nov 3 Chachan, France Track n' Art
66 rue Camille
Desmoulins 94230
Cachan, France
Nov 4 Paris, France L'Improviste
34 Quai de la Loire
75019 Paris
Nov 5 Zagreb, Croatia KSET
Nov 6 Cakovec, Croatia Podroom
Nov 7 Ljubljana, Slovenia Gala Hala
Nov 8 Murska Sobota, Slovenia Mikk
Trubarjev drevored 4
9000 Murska Sobota
+386 2 534 98 90
Nov 9 Rijeka, Croatia TBA
Dec 4 Portland, Oregon Lewis & Clark University
Dec 4 Salem, Oregon Willamette University
WU Campus - Rogers Music Center
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 370-6300
Room: Rehearsal Hall
Dec 5 Portland, Oregon The Goodfoot
2845 Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-9292
Cuneiform Night!
with Blue Cranes and Dylan Ryan's Sand
Dec 6 Reno, NV Biggest Little City Club
188 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509
with Yelsa
Dec 7 Truckee, California Moody's Bar and Beats
Dec 8 Sacramento, California JB's Lounge
Clarion Hotel Sacramento
1401 Arden Way, Sacramento
Dec 10 Los Angeles, California Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 620-0908
Dec 11 Fresno, California Tokyo Jazz
Dec 12 Nevada City, California Stonehouse
Dec 13 Oakland, CA Duende
Dec 14 Sacramento, California CSUS Sacramento Jazz Festival
Capistrano Hall - Music Recital Hall Stage
($10 General Admission - Available online at the Door)
(916) 278-7987

The Kandinsky Effect - Synesthesia
Genre: Jazz / Alternative

Synesthesia opens with the rough and tumble “Johnny Utah,” which has little to do with Keanu Reeves’ surfer/FBI agent in the beloved 1991 film “Point Break,” except maybe a brooding sense of momentum, a relentless drive enhanced by clattering percussion breaks. Like several of Walker’s tunes “M.C.” moves sleekly through a series of sections, each built upon a different rhythmic theme or motif. In the same way, “Walking…” sounds more like a series of helter-skelter sprints over broken ground than a leisurely stroll.

While the band excels at acceleration, The Kandinsky Effect also knows how to slow down, playing melodies that ooze and saunter. On Walker’s “Cusba,” the band displays a knack for mysterious balladry, with a coolly disquieting theme. The atmosphere gets thicker on “WK51” with the clattering march-time snare chatter building cinematic tension, the coiled calm before a deadly confrontation. The album closes with “If Only,” another ominously serpentine line with subtle layered effects that make it clear the trio has absorbed lessons from Bjork, Squarepusher, and Aphex Twin in developing a lapidary but spacious sound.

Over dozens of shows performed in North America and Europe, the well-travelled trio of Walker, Petrina and Dolister had honed their collective sound to a fine polish. The transatlantic met in a studio mid-way between New York and Paris - in Rejkavik, Iceland! - to record their new album. The result was Synesthesia, The Kandinsky Effect’s second release, and the group’s first recordings on American-based, internationally-distributed Cuneiform Records. Featuring 11 captivating tracks that are simultaneously rhythmically gorgeous, groove-laden, compositionally interesting and immediately accessible, Synesthesia promises to spread the sensory magic of The Kandinsky Effect’s transatlantic jazz worldwide.

"Johnny Utah" (mp3 download) stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

The Kandinksy Effect

"Synesthesia is an inventive album, a relatively rare example of an egalitarian mix of acoustic and electronic sounds. The Kandinsky Effect manages this tricky combination with confidence, crafting music that stimulates the brain and the dancing shoes simultaneously."
- AllAboutJazz

"Walker and company vary the program considerably from track to track, sometimes giving the electronics a prominent role and other times using effects to color rather than dominate the music, and also applying treatments in a way that paints compositional changes in bold relief."
- All Music

"If you like jazz trios but are looking for something new and different from the standard piano trio, this is definitely worth a try. If you love different styles such as electronics, jazz, rock and hip-hop beats melded together in a fresh way, check this one out!"
- Geardiary

"Surging forward with fierceness, groove and trickiness, Synesthesia is a mind-bending, eclectic and challenging sonic stream that doesn’t contain even a shred of pretentiousness, but is full of creativity, individuality, expressivity and outside of the box thinking. An ambitious album that will appeal to fans of Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada."
- Igloo Magazine

"Few trends in popular music have made such an indelible impression on modern jazz as ‘90s innovations in drum-n-bass. The fragmented, lightning-paced beats of Squarepusher and Aphex Twin have been gleefully appropriated by today’s generation of percussionists and the proliferation of effects pedals have made it possible for single-line instruments to create the same electronic soundscapes once the signature of analog synthesizers. Paris/New York trio The Kandinsky Effect takes this approach, firmly grounding their electronic and rhythmic ideas in solid musicianship..... There is a fundamental expectation that a jazz record will be a document of a performance, as opposed to a sonic construction unto itself. The Kandinsky Effect does an amazing job of creating something that satisfies a listener’s expectations for both."
- The New York City Jazz Record

"Synesthesia is one hell of a ride that shows the strength and innovations left in jazz music and all the new styles of music created in the 21st century. A must hear experience...
- Sound Colour Vibration



If you would like to interview The Kandinsky Effect or request a promotional copy of Synesthesia, please contact:

Cuneiform Records Publicity & Promotion (director, press & foreign radio)

tel. 301-589-8894 
P.O. Box 8427
Silver Spring, MD 20907-842
[Washington, D.C.]

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