Plays Volans & Sharman CD (2011)
Abbey Road (Musicskins) CD music Dear listener,I have collaborated with Kevin Volans since 1997, when "Akrodha" was commissioned. Among the leading composers of the world today, Kevin Volans has developed aesthetics which makes him totally unique, and for the solo repertoire for percussion he is outstanding. The three solo pieces - "Akrodha", "Asanga" and "She who sleeps with a small blanket" - are all considered masterpieces in the solo repertoire. The music holds the listener's attention very strongly.
I performed the three solo pieces at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2004, and Andrew Clements gave me five stars (out of five!) in The Guardian: "!the Swedish percussionist Jonny Axelsson, whose lunchtime recital devoted to Kevin Volans' three solo-percussion pieces was a real triumph of stamina as well as virtuosity and concentration. There is nothing flamboyant or fussy about Axelsson, he just goes about his tasks with dazzling musicianship. His recital was also ...