Café Méditerranéo


Café Méditerranéo

Herzog Records
901007 HER

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- Café Méditerranéo

The musicians' aplomb in handling different folks' music is no accident: all three of them are accomplished experts with a lively previous history. Violinist Jana
Mishenina draws from the wells of jazz as well as eastern European and Afro‐Cuban music. She received her training at the Moscow conservatory and in Amsterdam, later she contributed her virtuoso bow stroke to the performances of the Philharmonie der Nationen and Concerto Grosso in Frankfurt. With her own
ensemble she has explored universes of sound between Georgia, Slavic countries, Latin and Modern Jazz. Jakob Neubauer was part of her band, and now he is in
charge of all bantling instruments from accordion to bandoneon. He is the second Russian soul of the trio, originally coming from St. Petersburg, where he won the Great Russian Accordion Contest three decades ago. Via guest performances on stages in London, Paris, and Berlin, his path led him to his new home  Hamburg – successfully: the Staatsoper and the Schauspielhaus are only two of his illustrious fields of activity. Bassist Henry Altmann as the third member, adds a cosmopolitan German impulse to the band. He is a citizen of the world with his family's roots in the rural German region of Allgäu, he spent years studying and living in New York and Paris, and working at Staatstheater Dresden. As a musical partner his panoply includes everything from George Gruntz to Herman & Tietjen. The three‐way companionship is refined with swift hand percussion by Yogi Yokusch and discreet string work by guitarists Werner Neumann and Harald P. Bohner.
Live performances by Trio Macchiato are unfortettable experiences for all the senses. The musicians are equally welcome guests in the famous restaurant
Esskultur in the middle of Hamburg St. Pauli and on the cruise ship MS Bremen. So it was about time to put this felicitous wedding of enjoyable music and
coffeehouse culture on CD.

Fleet‐footed and zestful, with arrangements that show a great fondness for details, the Trio takes us on a diverse and tasteful trip for the ears, from Budapest to
Buenos Aires. There are classics of French accordion literature that conjure up the golden days of Rue de Lappe and its Bals Musettes, like Gus Viseur's swinging
"Flambée Montalbanaise", there is "Rhythm Gitans", a piece written by Jo Privat, laced with Manouche sounds. "Suite Méditeranée" honors the unique French film
composer Antoine Duhamel with finesses in the arrangement, with glockenspiel and violin pizzicato. Gypsy‐style whirling flights of bows and keys elate in  "Marjanja", "Solnishka" then turns out the yearning, soulful side of this genre – here Jana Mishenina is right at home as a singer. The piece "Ausencia", co‐written by Goran Bregovic and Creole Teofilo Chantre, builds the bridge from the Balkans to the New World. Here, Mishenina again performs as a vocalist along with a sighing accordion. The Rio de la Plata sends his best wishes with Piazolla's sophisticated "Libertango", wildly interpreted by the Trio with flying sparks. The Mediterranean sun sparkles in the violin passion on "Sole, Sole, Sole" by Arturo Casadei. His compatriot Paolo Conte's "Azzurro" can be found in an arabesque‐laced version with a pensive undertone that has nothing whatsoever to do with Adriano Celentano. Mecano's hit "Hijo De La Luna" from the 1980's turns into a twinkling gem, blowing in the night's breeze.

The Trio is also glad to share its own compositions: Jakob Neubauer's "Baby Capuccino" is an amusing, almost chirpy homage to the creamy little drink and has
got what it takes to become a new standard between Montmartre and the Mediterranean. "Il Giardino Degli Aranci" is an Italian midsummer night's dream; Henry Altmann sketches a waltz pastel in the tender colors of the south. Finally, "Shalakho", written by Mishininas Georgian colleague David Malzonia, comes along
snappishly with some oriental additions.