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Reinventing pop through jazz and world rhythms

 "(...)Janke’s project is ambitious. Balancing the piano/bass/drums lineup of a jazz trio with singer Shishani Vranckx’s dancing voice, while a string quartet moves in and out of the palette, ought to be a challenge. Yet Janke holds his concept together and makes it work with confidence from the kit. Utilizing a mix of originals and ’80s/’90s pop tunes, the album has an organic, unified sound and approach. While each element of the group gets their moment to shine, Janke’s playing is of note. Creative punctuations, rapid tom fills, and world-beat grooves abound. A pop tune such as “Take on Me” or “Dancing in the Dark” might not seem like obvious choices, but as Janke’s syncopated groove picks up and tom/cymbal accents accumulate, his vision becomes clear. Original songs continue the aesthetic. Sensitive and dramatic, Janke is a drummer with chops, feel, and vision."

 - Martin Patmos, Modern Drummer (December 2020 Issue)

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Bodek Janke

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2020, Dreyer Gaido

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Bodek Janke

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2020, Dreyer Gaido

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Bodek Janke

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2018, Dreyer Gaido

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Bodek Janke

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2018, Dreyer Gaido

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SONG2 (CD)
  • SONG2 (CD)
  • SONG2 (CD)
  • SONG2 (CD)

SONG2 (CD)

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2020, Dreyer Gaido

This is the physical copy of an album - let me know at the check-out if you wish to have it signed.

With this production you´re going to experience the continuation - or so called next step - of my current, very personal project: SONG. Like on the previous record, I´ve chosen some of my favourite tunes (or: least favourite tunes, some of which have been haunting me for decades, like nightmares...) from my childhood, youth, and present time, and mixed them together with originals by singer-songwriter Shishani, plus a couple of my own tunes.

And with a nice group of brilliant musicians - some of my favourite artists on this planet - we´ve created something new and powerful. I´m more than happy to share this music with you today! Sit back, remember some of the good old times, but get ready for the present moment, and enjoy SONG2...

  • Shishani Vranckx – vocals & guitar
  • Kristjan Randalu – grand piano
  • Phil Donkin – acoustic bass
  • Bodek Janke – drums & percussion

featuring:

  • Bill Evans – soprano & tenor saxophones
  • Gilad Hekselman – electric guitar
  • Sebastian Studnitzky – trumpet
  • Atom String Quartet
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SONG (CD)
  • SONG (CD)
  • SONG (CD)
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This is the physical copy of an album - let me know at the check-out if you wish to have it signed.

The production of SONG has been a rather spontaneous, emotional response to an unusual and - let´s call it mysterious - encounter: The collaboration of a singer-songwriter from the USA and a drummer-percussionist from Europe. A clash of musical and personal cultures, very different habits, melodies and rhythms. In saying that however, the mutual curiosity and sympathy gave us a fruitful foundation for working on these songs, both originals and well-known tunes from different eras.

It was always my wish to create music which connects with people who might not be professional listeners, or musicians. I think that the format of "the song" per se is, globally speaking, the most accessible kind of music to everybody. I would like to dedicate this album to all those who have experienced (or are experiencing) the feeling of being in the moment, being unconditional, being here and now. That´s what I´ve been experiencing when arranging and recording SONG. Hope you´ll enjoy listening to this album.

  • Melissa Mary Ahern – vocals & guitar
  • Kristjan Randalu – grand piano
  • Phil Donkin – acoustic bass
  • Bodek Janke – drums & percussion

featuring:

  • Kinan Azmeh – clarinet
  • Sebastian Studnitzky – trumpet
  • Andy Stack – guitar
  • Atom String Quartet
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SONG2 Artwork
  • SONG2 Artwork
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€79.00

This illustration was originally created for SONG2 album cover by Joanna Wizmur, 10/2019. High quality archival print.

50x70cm (19,7x27,6")

NOTE: the image itself is smaller due to white borders. You will receive the print ready to put in a frame, no passe-partout needed.

More sizes upon request.

About the print: FineArt inkjet printing on Hahnemühle Fine Art Papier - Photo Rag® 180 g/m² Colors on the print may differ slightly from what you see on your screen.

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