Lawaai improvises acoustic stories, triggered by visual, architectonic and textural input. Extracting and deconstructing impressions from the outside world, they reconstruct their own sound universe that breathes and grows like a living organism.
Lawaai is a statement against the systematic classification of sound into noise and music. Using intuitive improvisation as a method, the trio pursues a music praxis free from expectations and intentions – free from historical and stylistic approaches. This results in a sound palette that reminds of anything but the familiar piano trio.
United by a shared interest for acoustic exploration and minimalistic aesthetics, the band played its first notes in 2017 in Copenhagen. Lawaai is the musical universe arising from the combined forces of Danish drummer Jeppe Høi Justesen, Belgian bassist Stan Callewaert and Polish piano player Kamil Piotrowicz. In 2018 they published their first release on an unlabeled, untitled cassette tape limited to 100 copies. The release tour of this album took them through Belgium, Germany and Poland, and resulted in a new recording: ‘Densities, Forces, Intensities’.
Densities, Forces, Intensities is the second album of the young Copenhagen-based band Lawaai. Recorded in one day at the Polish Radio Studios in Warsaw, the inspiration for the recording took shape during the anticipating 10-day long European release tour of their first album in January 2018. The title finds its origin in the words of French post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, who expressed the need of always painting at close range to the landscape. Close to the point where one no longer sees forms or even matters, but only the forces, densities, intensities within the landscape. The same way Cézanne made invisible forces visible in his paintings, ‘Densities, Forces, Intensities’ is Lawaai’s attempt to render inaudible forces audible.
‘Densities, Forces, Intensities’ was released in September 2019 on the Polish label Howard Records. The album is available digitally and on a limited edition 12” LP of 200 copies. The vinyl comes with digital download of the album and a handmade print.
“The musicians did not perform compositions, no one was the leader, they did not perform prepared forms. Instead, they spontaneously created meandering, growing, energetic waves of sounds that led from murmurs, knocks and beats to earthquakes and noisy blasts. Lawaai’s music is characterized by intelligence and consistency in building tension” – Maciej Krawiec (Jazz Forum, Live review of concert at Pałac Szustra)
Drummer Jeppe Høi Justesen (DK, 1988) graduated from the RMC in Copenhagen in 2017 and has been a familiar face on the Danish experimental scene for several years. His interests in timbre and circular movements have transformed his playing into a melodic and sensitive approach that can be heard throughout the various projects he is involved in. Jeppe has been playing, touring and recording with artists such as Christian Kyhl, Laura Toxværd, Hellas, Kasper Tranberg, Kristian Tangvik, Eliot Cardinaux, Mia Dyberg and Mads Egetoft.
Pianist Kamil Piotrowicz (PL, 1992) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2017 Award for his second album ‘Popular Music’ with the Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet. After finishing his bachelors at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, he moved to Copenhagen where he completed a masters degree at the RMC. He was awarded with several prizes, including the ‘Young Creator of Culture’ of the city of Gdańsk and the West-Pomeranian “Pro Arte” Cultural Award, and is composer and pianist for the Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet, Richard Limes, Wojtczak/Piotrowicz Plastic Poetry, HAŁVVA, Minim Experiment, Piotrowicz/Omino/Karch and Il Mare Mi Dice Le Cose. Kamil performed all over Europe and his approach to the piano is characterised by meticulous technique, virtuosity and immersive sensibility.
Bassist Stan Callewaert (BE, 1995) moved to Copenhagen in 2016 to study Music Performance at the RMC after finishing a master’s degree in jazz at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. With Belgian trio Donder, he released three albums, won the STORM! contest in 2017 and Jong Jazztalent Gent in 2019, and toured extensively in- and outside of Belgium. Stan shared the stage with the likes of Randy Peterson, Kresten Osgood and Lars Greve, and can be recognized by his rather unconventional, textural approach to the double bass. A first solo album is in the making.
“The seemingly chaotic polyphony of sounds formed into a unifying, engaging message. A palette of sounds rarely associated with the traditional piano trio” – Jakub Krukowski (Jazzpress, Live review of concert at Pałac Szustra)