Fabian Dudek Quartet
Fabian Dudek – Saxophone, Compositions
Felix Hauptmann – Piano, Synthesizer
David Helm – Bass
Fabian Arends – Drums
„Meisterwerk“ (Kölner Stadtanzeiger über das Album „Creating Meaning“)
„Die herausragenden individuellen Qualitäten der vier jungen Musiker und Fabian Dudeks spannende Kompositionen weisen dem Jazz eine Zukunft“ (FAZ)
„I’ve never encountered the same ideas twice, never realized that this recording has preconceived ideas that will never change.” (Fotis Nikolakopoulos (Freejazzblog) about Creating Meaning)
„Neben Jurys kann Fabian Dudek aber auch das Publikum begeistern. Obwohl sein virtuos-expressiver Stil auf Alt- und Sopransaxophon eher intensive Erlebnisse statt leichter Kost verspricht.“ (FAZ)
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General information about the series:
The title, “Creating Meaning”, comes from a small plaque about the artist Sherrie Levine in the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. I visited the Broad during my first visit to the US in the summer of 2018; this time frame marks the beginning and first inspirational period for “Creating Meaning.” While in California, I stayed in Anaheim, where I first drafted my ideas that eventually became 4-5 pieces. All of these compositions have since been omitted from the series, except for one, Part 1. Nevertheless, the discarded pieces were important and necessary to build the structure of the series.
The title is open for interpretation. Generally speaking, it deals with the questions: To what extent does one need or want to assign meaning to a work of art? How does one achieve a satisfactory product? How does one continue after that point? These questions relate to finding one’s own identity, as an artist. What is the standard? Does the standard even exist and is it attainable? And if so, what is the value of comparison to other people and other art?
This series does not seek to be categorized. The term “genre” is rejected because knowledge of this label often biases a listener’s first encounter with the art. When the music stands alone, this encourages consumption and absorption of the art in a different way. It should not be boxed into a category or role that could create an assumption before the viewer’s initial experience.
My creative process was strongly influenced by everyday life. Experiences, persons, objects, states, the good, the bad. A majority of the events, visuals, sounds, experiences of everyday go unnoticed. Things that seem normal can, under a magnifying glass, unfold differently, perhaps with beauty, perhaps with uniqueness.