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by Melismetiq

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Jeff Kliment
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Jeff Kliment Really enjoying this record. For some reason I've been gravitating toward the trumpet lately and Mr. Kárason's playing hits the spot, along with the entire ensemble. CD arrived very quickly and it sounds great. Cheers, Arthur!
Jonathan Pryor
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Jonathan Pryor This is quickly becoming my second favorite album after the Flavian Favre' Trio's Ur. Arthurs playing is articulate and spontaneous. The musical "flow" of these albums is amazing. I'm already looking forward to the next release. I'd burned to CD and had been listening in the car for three days before I slapped on the headphones. I love it even more now. The inadequate description I give you is "captivating"...
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Co-founded by swiss drummer and composer Arthur Hnatek and icelandic trumpeter Ari Bragi Karason, Melismetiq (inspired by Melisma, from the lyrical glossary) releases their first album (featuring Shai Maestro, Ari Bragi Karason and Rick Rosato.

The quartet's improvisations and lyrical uplifting compositions mesh themselves into a beautiful, lush and soothing musical experience.

Melismetiq; a heart-felt celebration to stillness.


released August 4, 2017

Arthur Hnatek, drums, electronics
Ari Bragi Kárason, trumpet and flugelhorn
Shai Maestro, piano and rhodes
Rick Rosato, upright bass

a coproduction with RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera – Rete Due
recorded on August 17th to 19th 2015 in Studio 2, RSI, Lugano-Besso

recorded and mixed by Lara Persia
RSI Rete Due production by Paolo Keller
mastered by Martin Ruch
artwork by Marta Gawin


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Arthur Hnatek Zürich, Switzerland

Arthur Hnatek is an electronica producer who specialises in an expansive, analog-synth-driven type of dance music. His productions are rooted in a visceral dialogue between the acoustic drums and highly-reactive modulars.

The world renown drummer who travelled the world alongside prestigious pioneers delivers his act navigating between electronica beats and club textures.
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