Hailed by JazzTimes and All About Jazz,
flutist Christian Artmann’s Fields of Pannonia (2015) is part
easy listening, part jazz.
Performing with Artmann are pianist Greg Kallor, bassist Johannes
Weidenmeuller and drummer Jeff Hirshfield.
The title song opens the set. It’s a tranquil, at times haunting piece.
It inspires images of a group of travelers on a long journey. Part of
that trip covers a vast, grassy plain. Occasionally, they stop for rest
or a meal, or interact with animals who call the plain home. The title
is possibly inspired by Pannonia, a territory of the ancient Roman
Empire. The region is now part of Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Croatia,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia.
“Garuda’s Song” is more melodic than other tracks. The piano, bass and
drums lay down an easygoing groove. It has just enough punch to give it
a finger-snapping, toe-tapping vibe rather than be a song meant for
listening only. The flute flows sweetly for the most part. At times, it
tweets like a bird, flitting here and fluttering there.
Artmann is a New York-based flute player and composer. He has performed
at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, the Django Reinhard Jazz Festival
near Paris, the Smetana Hall in Prague as well as clubs in New York,
Boston and Vienna. Raised on a heavy dose of Bach in Germany and
Austria, Artmann had his first solo recital at age 9 and, as a teenager,
was invited to the Aspen Music Festival. He studied at Harvard Law
School, Berklee College of Music and Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt.
Fields of Pannonia is comprised of all original music. Artmann
composed nine of the 10 tracks. Kallor wrote “August”.