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Kazda & Indigo Strings
The Music of Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin redefined

From Frank Becker

The bassist Jan Kazda is a border crosser who is difficult to categorize. Rooted in jazz and free jazz as well as rock music (Das Pferd, Armutszeugnis, Kazda, Coração, »3«), in demand as a stage musician and arranger (including dance theater Pina Bausch), successful as a film composer ("Tatort") , celebrated for weeks on tour in China and with ambitious projects beyond commercial considerations, he is also a man of daring and successful experiments. In the text accompanying his latest, sensational album "The Music of Led Zeppelin", Kazda confesses that he is ready to take risks with his music. For this project he has made sure that the harmonious collaboration with the Indigo String Quartet has proven itself over the years.

The result of this musical merging is now an album that is convincing in every respect, to which Kazda has given a special element in addition to its extraordinarily captivating musical quality and homogeneity: it touches deeply emotional. He puts the music of the legendary rock band of the 70s in a completely new context, assigns them a place that is naturally appropriate for the music of Jimmy Plant, Robert Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones: almost an hour of Led Zeppelin chamber music.

Jan Kazda has rearranged ten Zeppelin classics for this ("... this time it took a lot of writing and rehearsal work"), doing without a drum kit and a singer - how is that supposed to work ?, some skeptics will ask - and two own compositions ("Lakehurst" and "After All") seamlessly inserted. "Yes, it works, it even works fine.", one can quote Kazda again here and hardly anything else to add to this statement, except perhaps to reinforce it: it not only works well, it works very well.

Kazda and the Indigo ladies manage to translate both the heavy metal elements of pieces like "Whole Lotta Love" and the force of Black Dog ", as well as the poetry that Led Zeppelin almost tenderly distinguishes in" Stairway To Heaven ". With their concept, Jan Kazda and the Indigo String Quartet make the soul of Led Zeppelin audible and tangible.

With "Lake Hurst" Kazda created a piece of the highest drama at eye level with Kurt Weill and put all its poetry and lightness in "After All", with which the album ends magically (and ends abruptly). Kazda himself excels in all tones and variations on the 6-string electric bass, lets the instrument sing and whisper, hum and chat, elicits percussive and melodic sounds, replaces guitars and drums, sitar, hamonica and the seemingly impossible - text and Voice. If you didn't know Led Zeppelin, you will want to get to know the band now. And those who already liked Kazda's music will appreciate it even more now. Led Zeppelin was not copied here - here Led Zeppelin was redefined in Kazda's original musical language.

This soulful, chamber music masterpiece deserves the highest attention and a recommendation.

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Cover design: Klaus Untiet

Kazda & Indigo Strings
The Music of Led Zeppelin
Heike Haushalter - violin
Gesa Hangen - cello

All arrangements: Jan Kazda

© 2010 Warner Chappell
Produced by Jan Kazda

1. Kashmir 4:57
2. Heartbreaker 4:37
3. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 5:51
4. Whole Lotta Love 4:19
5. Lakehurst 4:57
6. The Rain Song 5:15
7. Black Dog 4:19
8. Houses Of The Holy 3:18
9. Communication Brakdown 4:07
10. Immigrant Song 4:05
11. Stairway To Heaven 4:58
12. After All 3:57

Total time: 54:24

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