"Robert Menzel - Alchemy"


„Alchemy is an influential tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. It is the chemistry of the subtlest kind which allows one to observe extraordinary chemical operations at a more rapid pace; ones that require a long time for nature to produce.“


„Robert Menzel - Alchemy“ is the Saxophonist‘s most recent offspring. It contours his musical coordinate system in an impressive fashion and takes the listener on to an adventurous and - from time to time - dangerous voyage in the pursuit of simple beauty.
Menzel‘s compositions as well as their interpretation describe, due to their emotional density and convincingness, a cosmos from which it is hard to escape once one has opened up to it.
Jazz - and improvised music in general - always reflects the soul and inner procedures of the performer(s). It is a collective process, that needs to be shaped with deep confidence in order to open up the space for the music to individuate.
The protagonists‘ understanding of these coherencies can be felt right away when listening to the music.

Robert Menzel - tenor sax
Clemens Pötzsch - piano
Robert Lucaciu - bass
Philipp Scholz - drums


English press info



Menzel-Pirodda-Duo´s music roams in a unique cosmos of sound. The protagonists unerringly create tableaus of captivating beauty, unsettling scantiness, of boundless scope and disturbing constriction. Their compositions are vastly open, allowing inspirations of the moment to expand freely. Thus, following improvisatory illumination, a piece may return to its origin and there be seen in an entirely new light.
Both musicians undeviatingly know how to playfully use the musical forces of tension and release in a nearly limitless flow of melodies. The intenseness of their sound creates a listening experience likely unknown to date.


Robert Menzel - Tenorsaxophone
Augusto Pirodda - Piano