by Achim Kaufmann

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Bigger Tree 03:32
Complicities 03:49
Craquelure 06:02
Night Air 04:13


This is my third solo piano release, unfortunately hard to get here in Europe. By courtesy of Russell Summers and nuscope recordings, I am offering it now on bandcamp.

" of the best recordings I've heard all year.“
Art Lange

“Achim Kaufmann's 'Mnemon' is an extraordinary piece of work, which sounds nothing quite like anything else. This, as far as I'm concerned, is to begin with one of the largest compliments which can be paid to a recording. (...) I am a huge admirer of Achim's playing, and even within his output, this album feels special.”
Alexander Hawkins, pianist (UK)

"An undoubted master of the piano, he is as the same time a creator of highly inventive music, not a show-off or pretentious poser, as the present – still or once again – has quite a few to offer. (…) Bebop’s supreme pianist Bud Powell sends his far away, but clearly detectable radiations in The Temperature of Distance. Between a Window and Freedom is a juxtaposition of sound complexes of contrasting characteristics, not unlike Stockhausen’s basic concept of Gruppenkomposition first introduced in his commentary to Klavierstücke I."
Georg Graewe, Liner notes zu Mnemon

"In each of the settings, Kaufmann finds propitious inroads for his meticulous technique, fleet angular attack, and keen harmonic ear. He has a knack for building his lines out motivic kernels which he fragments and dynamically rearranges with a fluid constructivist sensibility.“
Michael Rosenstein (

"There are too many incredible moments here to do this disc justice. It is one of the best solo piano discs in recent memory.“
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery (New York)

„Kaufmann's range is broader than Andrew Hill, broader even than Cecil Taylor across early and later career. (…) Certainly this is poetic playing with a depth that repays many repeated listenings.“!
Andy Hamilton, International Piano (UK)

„Dass jeder Akkord und Anti-Akkord bei Kaufmann zählt, das bezeugt seine Soloaufnahme auf äußerst dringliche Weise. (…) Mnemon ist eine Visitenkarte des Solisten, und zugleich eine Einstiegsdroge, die den Einstieg in dessen Kosmos gewährt. (…) Jedes Stück gerät anders, wenngleich stimmungsmäßig in sich geschlossen; nichts scheint unmöglich, nur dass es langweilig wird, das bleibt ausgeschlossen.“
Gabriel Aniol, Jazz Podium (D)


released November 1, 2018

Achim Kaufmann - piano

all music by Achim Kaufmann (GEMA)

recorded at Saal 3/rbb Berlin
February 21-22, 2018

recording supervisor: Wolfgang Hoff
recording and mixing engineer: Kaspar Wollheim
radio producer: Ulf Drechsel
mastering engineer: Alan Bise
executive producer: Russell Summers
artwork by gdr guenther
musician photos: Cristina Marx

pieces 3, 4, 5 and 6 are inspired by poems by Gabriele D.R. Guenther
This recording is dedicated in memory of Ken Pickering and Wolfgang Hoff

released as nuscope CD 1033


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Achim Kaufmann / Trokaan Berlin, Germany

Achim Kaufmann is a pianist, composer and improviser based in Berlin.

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