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    Mathias Schabow /Klavierstücke /Schabowmusic 1003
    "Dieser Pianist aus dem Mecklenburgischen mit Wirkungskreis im Hessischen präsentiert sich traditionsverbunden und doch modern zugleich. Mathias Schabow entpuppt sich durchgängig als lyrisch beeinflusster Pianist der Bill-Evans-Schule. Dichtes, interaktives Agieren, dominiert vom differenzierten Anschlag und den variationsreichen Klangfarben des Mannes an den Tasten, kennzeichnet die selbst komponierte Musik. Schabow vermag extrem melodische Linien auf einem gewissermaßen schwebenden rhythmischen Hintergrund zu kreieren, die viel Raum zum Atmen lassen, in der Artikulation jedoch sehr pointiert, präzise und logisch erscheinen. Es ist eine ruhige, dezidierte Art, mit Musik umzugehen, ohne Stress, aber trotzdem sehr aussagekräftig."
    Tom Fuchs / PianoNews 1/2014

    Mathias Schabow
    2013 / Schabowmusic
    53 minutes
    Review by Kathy Parsons
    Klavierstucke (“Piano Pieces”) is a fascinating collection of fourteen original piano solos by German composer/pianist Mathias Schabow. With extensive training in both classical music and jazz, Schabow’s music is distinctive and personal - sometimes lyrical and graceful and sometimes a bit more abstract and discordant. Klavierstucke offers a sophisticated listening experience that can be enjoyed as background music as well as more active, focused listening. I see that iTunes has this album classified as both Jazz and Classical, further indicating that this is not easy music to categorize. I love when that happens! With experience as a church organist, vocal and piano studies, composing for musical theater, music director for musical productions, performance with his own jazz trio, and pianist for large companies and hotels, it is no wonder that Schabow’s music has such a richness and variety of approaches. He also lectures on jazz piano, piano and keyboard at the Frankfurt School of Music.

    Klavierstucke begins with “Ausruhen” (“Rest”), a slow, leisurely piece with a repeated rhythmic pattern and a simple, uncluttered melody that would feel at home in a classical, jazz or new age setting. “Ruckblick” (“Review”) has an easy rocking rhythm on the left hand with a playful, jazzy right hand - a favorite. “Am Meer” (“Seaside”) is a relaxed and peaceful jazz piece with a strong melody as well as improvised passages that keep it fresh and spontaneous. “Kastanienallee” (“Chestnut Avenue”) is free and unhurried. “Ohne Titel 4” (“Untitled 4”) goes a bit darker as an unstructured jazz improvisation. “Entwicklung 1” (“Development 1”) is a bit more classical, strumming the piano strings as well as playing them from the piano keys. “Angekommen” (“Arrived”) is another favorite. This slow, graceful piece with its dreamy, reflective mood is gorgeous! “Nachstuck 2” (“Nocturne 2”) is another evocative beauty. “Das Hundertprozentige Madchen” (“The One Hundred Percent Girl”) is certainly an interesting title! Distant and melancholy, it could be a late-night of soul-searching at the piano by the light of a single candle - haunting! “F 96” brings the album to a close with jazz musings that drift off at the end.

    I have really enjoyed my introduction to Mathias Schabow and his music! Klavierstucke is available from mathiasschabow.com, Amazon, and iTunes. Recommended!
    November 16, 2013

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Ausruhen 04:47
Rückblick 03:47
Am Meer 03:51
Ohne Titel 4 03:02
Angekommen 02:58
Am Fluß 04:05
F 96 03:05


recorded, mixed and mastered by Mathias Schabow
rec. 29./31.05./ 01.06.2013

released 01.07.2013 on schabowmusic


released July 1, 2013

Mathias Schabow - piano, composition, improvisation


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Mathias Schabow Landshut, Germany

Solo Piano and nice stuff with Flute, Cello and Piano, called Trio Lumimare
Mathias Schabow - his piano studies at the universities in Weimar and Cologne provide the basis from which he draws his fusion of jazz and classical music. He works compositionally and improvisationally.
His music is strongly influenced by German romanticism, but also does not hide the harmonic
Modern jazz processes.
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