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Klaus Paier, austrian accordionist and composer, studied accordion, jazz and composition at Klagenfurt conservatory. He quickly turned his attention to other genres, from tango and world music to jazz, in order to fuse them into an unmistakable, personal style. Always searching for the greatest possible freedom of expression, he has continued to do this in the most diverse lineups and accentuations: especially in his own trio since 1997 with Stefan Gfrerrer on bass and Roman Werni on drums, in duo with the croatian cellist Asja Valcic and saxophonist Gerald Preinfalk as well as with the radio.string.quartet
Klaus Paier has long been a solitary figure in the accordion scene. The Austrian, living in Carinthia, has
explored the sound of the accordion from the very beginning and has attempted to expand the borders of the instrument both in terms of technique and composition - after all, he remains fascinated by the openness and freedom of music.
The new double album, Solitaire, is virtually a quintessence of this work. For the first time, solo
recordings without multi-track technology move the pure Klaus Paier into focus. Paier's indefatigable
melodic ingenuity and that typical Paier style, pregnant with tension, creating space through pauses,
both achieve more dynamism and tonal colour than ever on Solitaire
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