triosence: giulia – thoroughly inspired and optimistic jazz trio sound paintings
On their new album giulia (release date: 04.02. on Sony Masterworks), the jazz trio triosence around pianist Bernhard Schüler evokes the beauty of life in eleven colourful pieces that could hardly be more diverse, optimistic and virtuosic. Special guest trumpeter Paolo Fresu also contributes to the album’s sonic diversity.
An inspiring sense of “dolce vita” pervades the album, which the German-Cuban trio of Bernhard Schüler (piano), Omar Rodriguez Calvo (bass) and Tobias Schulte (drums) recorded in the picturesque Italian region of Friuli Venezia in June 2021. giulia is a musical liberation after the enforced break of the past months, full of confidence and lightness. The emphatic opposite of a time of fear, uncertainty and lethargy and at the same time a homage to the attitude to life of this picturesque Italian region, which until 2001 was still called “Friuli Venezia Giulia”.
The emotional images set to music by mastermind Bernhard Schüler conjure up the happy, carefree moments of life – the physical closeness of a loved one, a trip to Tuscany or watching squirrels transform the garden at home into a madhouse. “The whole thing has a positive sense of optimism that reflects none of the dreariness of the past year. And that’s a good thing,” says Schüler. This is also reflected in the music: giulia combines diverse jazz styles, tempos and moods. Pieces like Odd Times or Little Big Steps seem nostalgic and dreamy. Others, like Armando’s Farewell or the title track, have something boundlessly optimistic – while Squirrel’s Rock and Ambiguity seem downright rocky. Two tracks on the album (Quiet Sense and Your Nearness) are new arrangements of familiar triosence pieces. First and foremost is Quiet Sense from 2001, which now shines with Latin vibes. “It’s got a whole new intro and a completely different groove,” says Schüler, “with percussion, a bossa nova solo and an outro that really goes samba. So the theme is the same, but the approach is completely different. I’m very happy with it.” Bernhard Schüler feels similarly about his two tribute pieces: One for pianist Chick Corea (Armando’s Farewell), the other for his idol Bill Evans, to whom he dedicates Needless To Say. On the latter, his admiration for the influential modern jazz pianist shines through in every note: “I studied him like crazy. I would say he has the biggest influence on me.”
Bernhard Schüler also has the greatest respect for his guest on giulia – the legendary Italian jazz trumpeter Paolo Fresu, who plays on three pieces at once and has a decisive influence on them: “He is one of my favourite musicians,” says Schüler. “I had contacted him before, but unfortunately it never worked out. Then last year he replied to me that he wouldn’t actually enter into any collaborations, but that he found the style and vibe of triosence so great that he would make an exception. I was extremely pleased and inspired by that.”
Recorded by renowned engineer and producer Stefano Amerio, giulia was recorded in the summer of 2021 at his Artesuono Recording Studios in Udine. A place that Schüler raves about as much as the entire Friuli Venezia region. Bernhard Schüler’s compositions are also inspired by the region’s flair of harmony, warmth and confidence, and he creates shimmering sound paintings with his music, which he sometimes calls “song jazz”: “We are interested in singable melodies with song-like structures. This focus on melody and songs is what distinguishes us from other jazz trios”.
triosence will embark on an extensive concert tour in February 2022.