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Open​-​Closed Principle

by Vas/Bukowski/Szmańda Trio

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Closed for modification of the source code, but open for extension.
Despite the strict structure, the written score is a sketched idea aimed to inspire the final composition and arrangement by playing it live. It allows showing the musical individualism of the trio members through creating the final form of the pieces.
Close, closing, closure, lockdown… During pandemics, we heard these expressions repetitively. While I was physically and mentally locked, I began transferring the meanings of these words to the language of music. I wanted to check if they can trigger musical associations and if so, can they work as music worth listening to.
While working on the music, I found a phrase in IT terminology: open-closed principle. Its' definition reminded me of the composition and arrangement technique of our jazz combo practices. The final shape of music is created on the spot through arrangement ideas, improvisation, and reaction to the written score. No matter how far we move in the final sound, the original concept remains recognizable. We play around with the material until we record the compositions.
Almost every piece is based on my earlier compositions or ideas. I see it as a natural creative process – some of the themes stay with us for years, as long as they have something new to tell us. It's always interesting to see how musicians deal with rigid musical structures. Sometimes they rebel and create in opposition to the score. In the luckiest of situations, the original ideas inspire them to find freedom through their variations, reactions, improvisations, and playing with musical phrases.

N.B. The recordings were realized thanks to the stipend awarded by Nemzeti Kulturális Alap / National Cultural Fund, Hungary

Closed In // decidedly enclosed, lacking space
Close Off // something is not allowed to be used for some
Close Out // an abrupt, sudden ending
Open(ed) Letter // addressed to a particular person or group of
people but intended for publication
Close Up // examination of something from a very short,
sometimes intimate distance
Memorandum // a written message in business or diplomacy
Close To // a friendly or intimate relationship with someone
Open to Close // a personal addition to the above-mentioned

Musicians: Krzysztof Szmańda – drums, Dominik Bukowski –
vibraphone, Bence Vas – Hammond organ
Recordings: Jan Smoczyński, Studio Tokarnia, Nieporęt, Poland –
25.11.2021 & 07.02.2022
Publisher: SJ Records


released November 25, 2022


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Bence Vas Poland

Bence Vas is a composer, Hammond organist, leader of Organism, Vas Bence Trio and Vas/Bukowski/Szmańda Trio and painter. He recorded five albums and performed at venues and festivals in various European cities such as Berlin, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw and played alongside some of the important figures of contemporary jazz scene such as Brian Charette and Kajetan Galas. ... more

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