Robert Balzar Trio (Vít Křišťan piano, Robert Balzar double bass, Kamil Slezák drums)
Painting silence with sound is like painting water with fire, dancing the stillness of stones. And yet this is what trumpeter and composer Kornél Fekete-Kovács is attempting now on his Different Aspects of Silence album, together with the Czech Robert Balzar Trio and vocalists Veronika Harcsa and Dan Bárta. Six musicians seek notes played with responsibility and contemplate the concept of silence. Kornél Fekete-Kovács, artistic director of Modern Art Orchestra, met the Robert Balzar Trio three years ago and has been collaborating with them regularly ever since. Their musical reflection was rounded out with two very different vocalists, who nevertheless easily found a common thread. The multifaceted Veronika Harcsa, with her supple mezzo soprano voice, is joined by highly popular and charismatic tenor Dan Bárta, who started out as a rock singer. Their explorations offer 21st-century listeners, alienated from the experience of silence, a nuanced musical insight into its different aspects.