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Pianist Achim Kaufmann is a bold tonal explorer whose idols traverse diverse musical worlds. On his PIROUET CD Later, Kaufmann plays pieces ranging from Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan along with his own exciting compositions. There is a serenity to the music that has a magnetism all its own.
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. The results: an exciting amalgam of musical influences from Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan, with nods towards such jazz greats as Herbie Nichols and musicians such as Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett. Together with five of Kaufmann’s own compositions, there emerges an astonishing kaleidoscope of sounds providing for a profound musical adventure. Kaufman plays with an exceptional atmospheric density—an integral component of his style. This pianist’s play has an irresistible attraction, even in the slowest of ballads and the most minimalistic passages— it’s music with a built-in magnetic field.