-Sealed 180 gr vinyl LP, hand-numbered, limited edition of 250 copies
-digipack cd with insert , 3 bonus tracks and alternate cover colour
Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz ,Progressive Rock , Improvisation , Psychedelic Jazz , Experimental
Free-jazz with cosmic atmosphere.
An amalgam of progressive-jazz-psychedelic-folk music, featuring freeform compositions blended with moog and brass sounds, creating a soundtrack atmosphere combining avant-garde, jazz and space elements.
Exploring facets of hyparxis with an improvisational feeling, the Zenerik project heads straight into a 70`s krautrock inspired vision of jazz delivering an impressive result!
180 gr vinyl, limited edition of 250 numbered copies
Stavros Tsaggalides – flute, soprano sax, clarinet, percussion
Sotiris Tsigaridas - alto sax, percussion, tapes
Alexandros Kritikos -trumpet
John Karatzavelos - guitar
Zacharias Kotsikis - solo guitar
Super Mario -moog synthesizer
Akis Kossivakis - drums
Antonis Papazoglou – percussion
Lina Fontara -bass
Sound engineer : Zacharias Kotsikis
Composition : Lina Fontara
Cover Design : Ioanna Myrka
Executive Producers : Yannis "sadeye" Symeonidis, Dimitris Karytsiotis, Lina Fontara
''Greek combo Zenerik cook up an avant-garde blend of minimalist jazz/psychedelia and the resulting dish is a flavoursome if perhaps acquired taster of Gong bashing out Eric Dolphy’s free jazz (anti) classic “Out To Lunch”. If that sounds a little weird then it’s because it probably is but it also works, especially “Deliverance”, the most fully formed of the five main entities here and which grooves along beautifully with a mellowing lope, the various reeds playing to subtle and quite mesmerising effect over a steady rhythm, supplemented by some gentle moog and melodic guitar. The CD contains three bonus tracks – or to be more precise, three versions of a composition entitled “Fear”, all good.'' (Ian Fraser)
iO Pages (Progressive music dutch magazine):
"Although I’ve never heard of the label “krautjazz”, that the Greek band Zenerik sticks on its music, before, it covers the content in a nice way. What they present sounds like the old work of Can and more like the ‘krautige’ (spicy herbal) German pioniers. And sometimes a bit like experimental jazz-rock as it was used to be made by Magma followers as Zao. The frequent use of the flute reminds you of the older work of Paul Horn. The amount of melodies stays limited, but the scratchy sounds are not that annoying to lead to bleeding ears. However, expect an uncomfortable sound session in the spirit of the misty seventies, with a somewhat ‘trippy’ effect. This album is quite an amusing CD for the adventurous listener, but it’s absolutely not suitable for a family birthday party."
progwereld.org Wouter Brunner:
If the music year 2015 already is something, it is for me the year of jazz rock. Having previously excellent albums by Nathan Parker Smith, Schnellertollermeier and Panzer Ballett have discussed this site, it is now the turn of the Greek Zenerik, which has been several months ago debuted with "Yenesis". If a band then also protects the qualification 'avant-garde' then worked my interest.
Yenesis, it's no surprise, is Greek for birth. A fitting title for a debut accordingly. Yet it is also a striking album title, given the names of the songs that includes: anxiety - confusion - realization - acceptance - salvation is a development cycle that I in any case not directly associate with a birth. Which themes will be hidden in the numbers, remains unknown. It may be a personal process, but for the same money will be here in 35 minutes summarized the social unrest of recent years.
What is clear is that the titles describe the music very well. After a brief sound clip (perhaps the exegetical key, but I could not make chocolate from there) opens Fear confused, menacing, ominous. Horns blowing, guitars tear, but is mostly played alongside each other and the end piece even sounds like the howling of wolves in the night. Confusion does in confusion obviously not to include, but musical sounds in a lighter stroke. Although the flute replaces the trumpet as lead blower, but remains only a primus inter pares in the attention battle of birds in mating season.
Realization can be seen as the transition number, which in the final minutes the music becoming more melodic and the album is slowly coming to rest. The contrarian disappears and the noses go the same direction. Through Acceptance we end up with the highlight of the album, Deliverance, which can safely be called exaltisch. The pace has been considerably scaled down over it and interweaving guitar and winds its way to salvation. What exactly is the salvation then, God knows, but peace and harmony are the key words of this song, mine still half an hour so had been allowed to continue.
With "Yenesis" Zenerik has shot at me in the eye. The band knows very well emotionally complex music to load and I can not remember which one record in this genre I previously took as a concept. If you must already have identified a flaw, it is the short playing that album unfortunately. For the CD buyer are then again added three variations on Fear for the pain to soften, so I can not help (and will!) Recommend this album than wholeheartedly. The album is free to listen to it on Bandcamp, so go do it especially once!