Das B quartet that involved prominent musicians of contemporary experimental scene — trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, drummer Tony Buck, pianist Magda Mayas and double bass player Mike Majkowski — was founded in 2015 in Berlin. The «Canopy» album was recorded live two years later during the Konfrontationen festival in Austria — the key event in the world of improvisational music that is held for 30 years. The record consists of the full 35-minute set and small anchor which is both a powerful epigraph and an excellent teaser of the entire album.
«Canopy» perfectly demonstrates total teamwork of four sensitive musicians within complex, multifaceted post-jazz and academic improvisation. Keeping the right distance, they change the roles of their instruments: the trumpet sounds like percussion, the drums do melodies, the piano sets the rhythm, and harmonies flow from the double bass.
Most precisely what is happening on «Canopy» was described by daughters of Mazen Kerbaj — Alia and Nour — who made the colorful foliage on its cover. This herbarium of sounds, to some extent, really resembles the breath and life of a dense mixed forest — you can hear the crowns of trees closing.