Pianist, Composer Sebastian Schunke Presents His New Album with Diego Pinera: “Elusive Beauty”

“I see Elusive Beauty as the first great work of what for me is a new aesthetic timescale and style of composition – as the birth of the fourth stream – my musical, aesthetic view of the symbiosis of Afro-Latin American Music and the New Music of the 21st century”
– Sebastian Schunke

“…that guy Sebastian Schunke is a very, very fine pianist-composer, he is very good”
– Paquito D’Rivera, 10 time Grammy Award winner, USA

“Schunke’s sound is as eclectic as it is unpredictable” – China Daily/China

“The Music is complex, sophisticated and superbly crafted” – Allaboutjazz/New York

“A great vision of how Latin Jazz is going to sound in the future” – Descarga.com/USA

“Mr. Schunke has created one of the most compelling musical suites in recent memory” – LatinJazzNet.com/Canada

Sebastian Schunke and Diego Pinera – About Elusive Beauty

What is beauty? Artists and scientists have been tormenting themselves with this question throughout the ages. Is it regularity? Naturalness? Perfection? Pianist and composer Sebastian Schunke finds an answer on his seventh album, Elusive Beauty, an answer that corresponds quite closely to the findings made by researchers into attractiveness (slight asymmetries make faces appear more attractive) – and which agrees even more with what Goethe once wrote: “Perfection is there when the necessary has been achieved, beauty when the necessary has been achieved, but is hidden.” Read More

Album cover - Sebastian Schunke | Diego Pinera: Elusive Beauty
Album cover – Sebastian Schunke | Diego Pinera: Elusive Beauty

Sebastian Schunke and Diego Pinera: Elusive Beauty – Album Review

The album Elusive Beauty by Sebastian Schunke and Diego Pinera – together with reedsmeister Benjamin Weidekamp, violist Yodfat Miron and cellist Boram Lie – takes music into a dimension that is both ethereal and otherworldly as well as penetrating the known world of sound deeply. In fact Mr Schunke in his short essay on the music of this album makes a case for what he calls fourth stream. Whether or not one is comfortable with another epithet to describe the progress of Latin-Jazz with an infusion of new European ideas, Mr Schunke’s music rhythmically entwined with Diego Pinera’s drums and percussion colouring seems to support the argument once made by Antonio Carlos Jobim that “popular and serious music should not be construed as two separate and distinct turfs especially when good pop (he was referring, of course to Jazz and Bossa Nova) is innovative and meets high musical standards it not only does it survive, but tends to be assimilated in the classical music of our time.” Read Full Review

Sebastian Schunke – piano, compositions; Diego Pinera – drums, percussion.
Guest appearance: Boram Lie – Cello; Benjamin Weidekamp – bass clarinet; Yodfat Miron – viola.

Sebastian Schunke – Artist Profile

For 15 years, Sebastian Schunke has been an energetic part of the international jazz scene. Schunke is one of the young leading Jazz composers and pianists worldwide, based in Berlin. As a soloist and with his groups he always creates a fresh new sound, unifying the modern Berlin Jazz with Latin American elements. Sebastian unites jazz musicians of international renown, coming from a variety of cultures: Paquito D’Rivera, Antonio Sánchez, Nils Wogram, Dafnis Prieto, John Benitez, Yosvany Terry, Richie Flores, Alex Sipiagin and Pernell Saturnino have all been part of his group and contributed to his unique sound… Read Complete Artist Profile

Upcoming Concerts – Germany, China, Italy, Cuba

  • Nov 13, 2018: Jazzfederation at Stage Club, Hamburg, Germany
  • Nov 24, 2018: Jazzclub B-flat, Berlin, Germany
  • Dec 1-4, 2018: Xinghai International Jazzfestival, Xinghai Concert Hall, China
  • Dec 6, 2018: Concervatirio S Cecilia, Rome, Italy
  • Dec 14, 2018: Zig Zag International Jazzclub, Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 11-19, 2019: Cuba Concerts
  • Jan 21-23, 2019: Fribourg, Germany

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Record Label: Connector
Publisher: Termidor Musikverlag
Release Date: October 2018

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