Recently, I have been guided by my own method called «Dromus», a method based on the unity of three components: word, sound and plasticity. At a certain point, I had to look at a performative-improvisational action not as a musician, but as an actor-director and poet. The use of combinatorial poetry, the study of the poetic and performative field and active work in the drama and theater sphere helped me to develop «Dromus». I was able to achieve its universalization and find finer threads connecting diverse musical arts at the level of archetypes that go towards improvisation. The ideas of the solo release program are spread in various directions aimed at polar art dimensions. On the one hand, I decided to follow a conceptual analysis of the improvisational element, filling «Dromus» with energy and images that always inspire unusual creative solutions. On the other hand, I tried to use solo improvisation to bring to life in sound my work with an immense artistic heritage of an outstanding actor, director and teacher Mikhail Chekhov. In particular it was my work with a psychological gesture – a unique and important technique associated with Chekhov’s method which I often use when acting on stage.
For these purposes I chose a soprano saxophone – not a very characteristic instrument for me. When planning a recording, I imagined a high-sounding instrument in this project, because I wanted to raise the sound higher, guided by the psychological gesture of discovery. It is also possible that soprano saxophone here is not just a soul’s gesture, but a symbol of my attitude and perception of the present time with its strangeness and unpredictability, which inexplicably gives the artist the opportunity to find non-standard ways to realize his ideas.
In the album, a psychological gesture is introduced into “Dromus”, allowing one to explore the continuity of an improvisational stream, colored by reflection and thoughts on the current situation in the world. Permanence here is ambivalent – it is likely to create an internal eventful polyphony with its semiotic load, but at the same time tends to destroy its own smoothness, encouraging the performer to overcome artistic discreteness. The psychological gesture in this dualism can become a metaphor for the search for space. This space is where the starting point of a new and unknown, expressed in a mystical feeling, to which we aspire, following a creative impulse, opens.
Alexey Kruglov, Pavlovsky Posad, May 2020
released May 22, 2020
Alexey Kruglov: soprano saxophone, vocals
Composed by: Alexey Kruglov
Recorded by: Vladimir Kruglov, Pavlovsky Posad, May 7, 2020
Mixed, mastered by: Ruslan Zaipold
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