in Switzerland, the band known as Akku Quintet are busy redefining
the course of progressive jazz fusion music. With the bands
second CD, entitled Molecules, Akku has recorded
a kind of masterpiece of 21st century instrumental jazz-rock music.
The bands drummer Manuel Pasquinelli continues making
waves with the Swiss fusion band Sonar and, with Akku he assumes a
unique role of guiding yet another band to international acclaim.
Assisting Manuel are a group of excellent musicians, including guitarist
Markus Ischer. The sound is not unlike Sonar, yet theres
also a kind of free form, blissful chill-out groove sound similar
to late period Gong, when yet another drummer, Pierre Moerlin, led
that band. That percussive, highly rhythmic, super charged energy,
that Moerlin brought to Gong, is also in abundance, in its own unique
way, on Akkus 2015 Molecules CD. Not only does Pasquinelli
excel behind the kit, but, as the CD proves, hes also an excellent
composer and band leader. On their 2015 CD, Molecules, Manuel
Pasquinelli and company demonstrates the power and the glory of artistically
composed and performed instrumental jazz-rock fusion. www.facebook.com
mwe3.com speaks to Manuel
Pasquinelli about AKKU
mwe3: Tell us how the Akku album Molecules took shape.
Manuel Pasquinelli: After playing some concerts in the beginning
of 2014 with new band member Andi Schnellmann, it felt like a good
moment to do a new record. The energy in the band was good, and it
was time for a next step after our first album Stages Of Sleep.
The album Molecules was developed and emerged in a short, but
intense time. In August 2014 we started rehearsing, and after a few
tryout gigs and a three-day studio session end of September, the record
Despite the tight planning, the rehearsing, recording and also the
mixing process felt very relaxed and natural. Not every musical detail
was fixed when we started recording. Especially concerning sounds,
and how to get from one section to the next. We were well prepared,
but we hadn't played the songs to death. Although the compositions
are very structured, we didn't only try to reproduce something we
rehearsed, but we rather had to create a mood and suspense out of
the moment. That was very inspiring and a creative process. The songs
were written, but only in the studio did they become, what they are
now. At the moment we are working on new material, which we expect
to record in the end of 2016.
mwe3: How would you compare your work in Akku with your work
in the band Sonar?
Manuel Pasquinelli: Its difficult for me to compare Akku
Quintet and Sonar. Common things are, that in both bands, virtuosity
is not the highest priority, and the focus is on rhythmical and repetitive
elements. So the two bands could be categorized in a similar genre.
Also mood and energy are very important in both bands. Despite that,
Akku Quintet and Sonar are two very different bands. The approach,
the compositional structures, the musical background of the members
and of course the instrumentation are different.