For her third ECM album, Israeli pianist Anat Fort augments her long-established trio with bassist Gary Wang and drummer Roland Schneider with a special guest: Italian reedman Gianluigi Trovesi.
Fort and Trovesi have made a number of appearances together in recent years (from Italys Novara Jazz Festival to the Tel-Aviv Opera House), to critical acclaim, and Birdwatching, with its lively bright music, takes their rapport to the next level.
There is an alert sense of joy in the playing. Of her albums title Anat Fort says, Many of my songs are inspired by movements of things in nature: animals, clouds, winds, water... I didnt know what this record would be called but when I listened to the finished master, I knew it had to do with the movement of birds, and with watching, listening, waiting. It is as much about bird-watching outside as about watching that inner bird, the soul.
Quartet music is interspersed with improvised solo piano as the story unfolds in a series of vignettes.
Birdwatching was recorded at the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, and produced by Manfred Eicher.