Beautiful music centered around the warm voice of Tali Atzmon (wife to notable reed-player Gilad, who is part of the band, too). The unusual instrumentation (well, bass clarinet or soprano sax don't come that unexpected if you know Gilad, but ever heard of a Viola de Gamba?) fits the melancholy nature of the compositions (7 originals, 3 covers) very well, as does the excellent sound quality.
Favorite track: Invitation.
"Talinka - such an evocative name - wittily appropriate for this intimate set so sensitively arranged around Tali's straight from the heart, true and soulful voice. Since hearing Ms. Atzmon's discrete contributions to records by Gilad Atzmon and friends I've long wished she would make a record revealing her own deeply personal approach to music, and here, at last, is that record." - Robert Wyatt
Led by vocalist Tali Atzmon, the group Talinka creates a new distinctive sound that explores the diverse musical journeys of four British musicians, each already distinguished in their fields. Tali Atzmon was a renowned actress and singer in Israel; Jenny Bliss is a baroque virtuoso artist who plays viola da gamba, baroque violin, flute and sings on the album; Yaron Stavi is one of the leading double bass players in Europe and Gilad Atzmon* is an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, performing here on bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and accordion.
Talinka transcends boundaries creating a natural continuum between folk, jazz, tango and early music. The unusual choice of instruments and combination of personalities create an amalgam of past and present, East and West. The album features seven original compositions, including Tali Atzmon’s soulful songs ‘Losing Vision’, ‘When You’re Gone’ and ‘Every Now and Then’. “I wrote the song ‘Losing Vision’ in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, she says, “The bass clarinet together with the viola da gamba create a primordial auditory realm that evokes a deep sense of Sisyphean existential struggle yet a cry for a change.” The album also features unique interpretations of the classic songs from The Great American Songbook ‘Don’t Explain’ and ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’.
“For us, the love of music extends beyond style and genre. We believe in songs and beauty being vital forces of nature. We adhere to simplicity, harmony and warmth. The outcome is a natural breathing, deep and spacious sonic adventure,” Tali Atzmon.
released June 15, 2017
Tali Atzmon - Vocals
Jenny Bliss Bennett - Viola de Gamba, Violin, Flute, Vocal
Gilad Atzmon - Bass Clarinet, Soprano sax, Accordeon
Yaron Stavi - Double Bass
Frank Harrison - Piano
Enzo Zirilli - Percussion
Produced by Gilad Atzmon.
Recorded by Ben Lamdin at The Fish Factory Studio, London, November 2016. Mixed by Ben Lamdin at The Fish Factory Studio, London, December 2016. Mastered by Andrew Tulloch.
Cover image by Tali Atzmon.
Band photos by Chiara Ceolin.
Cover design by Mai Atzmon.
Wonderful live recordings by the Belgian singer/pianist mostly just herself and her piano with tasteful additions of cello, bass &drums. Check the video clip and You can stream the full album as well. Gilad Atzmon