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JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto / soprano saxophones / programs
STEVE ILIFFE keyboards / programs
STEFAN KOPINSKI basses / programs
JANINA KOPINSKA viola
After several years recording with Pinski Zoo, GHOST MUSIC includes music that Jan wrote for visual imagery, film and commissions. This CD is Jan’s most personal recording with a closed mic sound and a slower vibe. It also includes his son Stefan who was instrumental in the programming and composed Spook. He also plays in PZ.
Janina, (Jan’s daughter) is a professional viola player, and there is a strong feeling of empathy throughout. Jan incorporates elements of Eastern European influences in many of the compositions (eg House, Station), but it is the strong identity of the sax sound which prevails.
…The music mostly takes Kopinski’s ghostly Ayler-like sound at a trance-like walk, and at times it sounds like Headhunters meets free-improvisation. Terrific. // The Guardian
…Ghost Music will convince doubters that Kopinski is one of Britain’s few authentic voices on saxophone. Unfussy yet ambivalent, this music speaks a unique, pungent emotionalism.
// Hi-Fi News & Record Review
…Though this is a predominantly lyrical album, the emotional intensity and instrumental power of his work with PZ is retained. Music with this combination of earnestness, expertise and passion is a rare breed indeed. Snap it up. // The WIRE
….the textures resulting from kopinski’s saxes slowly unfurling over hypnotic backing, especially when mixed with viola, are intriguingly original and demand to be heard. // JAZZWISE
“Kopinski’s tenor has never sounded quite so polished an gorgeous” // The Wire