Martin Schlumpf composer
Karolina Rojahn piano
Rane Moore clarinet Rafael Popper-Kaiser cello Cory Smythe piano
Krypton Quartet | Alexandra Osborne violin Joel Fuller violin
Abigail Evans viola James Lee cello
Swiss composer Martin Schlumpf is a man of many talents. From his early practice of jazz bass and classical cello to academic writings on composition to formal education on clarinet, piano, conducting, theory, and composition-not to mention the decades of experience as a perform across a variety of genre – Schlumpf proves that the jack of all trades can be the master, as well. With SUMMER CIRCLE, Schlumpf combines his myriad influences to craft expressive, complex chamber pieces that marry the sophisticated intricacies of jazz with the studied nuance of modern classical. These three pieces-December Rains (Karolina Rojahn, piano), Trio (Rane Moore, clarinet; Rafael Popper-Kaiser, cello); Cory Smythe, piano), and Summer Circle (Krypton Quartet) – blend Schlumpf’s traditional experiences with his penchant for the post-modern and improvisational, painting him as a composer who knows the strengths of his instruments and how they bring the notation to life.