Dudek, Hauptmann, Goller & Berger
Spotlight on Germany
”The compositional framework is built only to use it as a starting point, towards complete ecstasy.”
– Fabian Dudek
The second artist from Thursday’s Germany concert, saxophonist Fabian Dudek (b. 1995), says that he likes jigsaw puzzles – at least when composing for his own bands. So you should not be startled by the collage-like structures of his compositions – even more so if there are hints of saxophonist Maceo Parker, saxophonist Henry Threadgill or trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in the works you hear. In addition to jigsaw puzzles, Fabian Dudek likes “the dualism of emotion and intelligence” and is fascinated by “the creation of meaning”, as can be deduced from the name of his first record (2019) and its five-part suite, Creating Meaning.
By the time of his appearance in Tampere, Dudek will have managed to bring out three albums of his own, the latest of which is Protecting A Picture That’s Fading, scheduled for mid-October release and arranged for the sextet. However, its pieces will not be performed at the Club: not even those that Dudek composed for his previous quartet-based recording, Isolated Flowers (2022). The concert material is quite new and has been presented only once before Tampere, in Cologne in August.
PHOTOS © Niclas Weber
Fabian Dudek – sax, composition
Felix Hauptmann – piano
Ruth Goller – bass
Leif Berger – drums