Achim Kaufmann is a player who explores new territory: the prestigious Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper called him “the most daring of the German pianists”. Kaufmann, who was born in Berlin in 1962 and currently lives in Berlin, goes exploring on his own on his new PIROUET CD. Achim Kaufmann is a musician who scans the horizon connecting diverse worlds. Pianists are not his only influences: such jazz greats as bassist Dave Holland and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy have also been inspirations. Kaufmann is not looking to make an impression through the number of notes he plays; rather, as in the present recording, he often impresses through reduction. Kaufmann draws on “an open pool of pieces that have been rattling around in my head for a long time, pieces that, for the most part, I know well through listening or playing, and feel comfortable with.