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Studnitzky | KY

The music projects of Sebastian Studnitzky aka KY are minimalistic yet full of layers and diverse sounds. In a stylistic departure from his orchestral project MEMENTO which earned him an ECHO Jazz Award, KY organic takes its aesthetic influences from electronic music and is performed by a scaled-down instrumental ensemble, whilst his latest releases document his solo works. 
 

Studnitzky has succeeded in combining virtuoso yet unassuming piano playing with his unique vocal-sounding trumpet style to create light and compelling grooves, delivering strikingly emotional melodies with beautiful clarity. His open approach and eclectic background have enabled him to magically fuse a minimal techno feel with sophisticated voice leading, inspired jazz improvisations and indie pop harmonies. The result is rhythmic, aloof and romantic all at once.
 

Looking at Studnitzky’s creative output over the last few years, all his projects are clearly pursuing an artistic quest. It is the search for the perfect alchemy between different musical genres and mutual enrichment. Studnitzky has created his own distinct style, successfully finding a balance between being contemporary yet indefinably.

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Studnitzky | KY - Dusk
release: 15.04.2022

Dusk provides a transcendental breakthrough in Nocturnal, where over a meditative drone backdrop Sebastian Studintzky’s trumpet – played with a mute and hence sounding crisp – makes a mystical and heavenly appearance. Like some sort of messiah delivering an important omen, the listener is taken aback in awe, hypnotized by each and every of the trumpet’s scattered lines. The nine-minute-long song is a completely improvised, first-take jazz piece.

 

Listen to “dusk”

Watch the Official Music Video on YouTube

Studnitzky | nocturnal


release: 29.04.2022
There’s a heavy-heart feeling that touches every track on Nocturnal, Sebastian Studnitzky’s latest album. Not quite dark enough to characterize a melancholy, rather the album unfolds a gentle blend of blues and serenity that’s most common on Sunday evenings or during creative insomniac spells at dawn. “All of these songs were composed, produced, and finalized at night time,” notes Studnitzky, who for six months live-streamed midnight sessions of his improvisations to an audience of fellow night owls. Nocturnal captures Studnitzky’s solo introspection during these late sessions of playing the trumpet, piano and electronics, but more than just retaining the gloom of his surroundings, this music also expresses manyThere’s a heavy-heart feeling that touches every track on Nocturnal, Sebastian Studnitzky’s latest album. Not quite dark enough to characterize a melancholy, rather the album unfolds a gentle blend of blues and serenity that’s most common on Sunday evenings or during creative insomniac spells at dawn. “All of these songs were composed, produced, and finalized at night time,” notes Studnitzky, who for six months live-streamed midnight sessions of his improvisations to an audience of fellow night owls. Nocturnal captures Studnitzky’s solo introspection during these late sessions of playing the trumpet, piano and electronics, but more than just retaining the gloom of his surroundings, this music also expresses many of the unique feelings associated with the after-hours; haziness and obscurity dabbed with lucid insights, peaceful meditations punctured with quiet longings.of the unique feelings associated with the after-hours; haziness and obscurity dabbed with lucid insights, peaceful meditations punctured with quiet
longings.

Listen to “nocturnal”

 

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Studnitzky | KY - Omara
release: 18.03.2022

Omara is Nocturnal’s most longing track. The piece’s languid piano motif is filled with struggle and heart-wrenching pain. A stripped-down set-up explains the intimacy felt throughout the track, almost as if Studnitzky had simply pressed ‘record’ during an at-home improvisation. This lack of polishing also makes Omara an incredibly personal and relatable journey that hits the listener deep within.

 

Listen to “omara”

Watch the Official Music Video on YouTube

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Studnitzky | KY - Flusso
release 18.02.2022

...Perhaps no other track on the album best captures this polarity than ‘Flusso’, where fastpaced and intense percussion runs parallel to melancholic piano keys. Momentarily throughout the track these two universes collide, and as they synchronize the air is filled with poignancy and
momentum.
 

Listen to “flusso”

Watch the Official Music Video on YouTube

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Studnitzky | KY - Lucine
release 21.01.2022

Single ‘Lucine’ captures just how comfortable the musician has become with this grey area, starting off with familiar classical piano chords that almost feel commonplace, the track opens up to Studnitzky’s nonsensical singing, and later signature trumpet playing – so soft the tone threatens to break. On the track, voice and trumpet appear to reverse their roles; while the trumpet feels like a human voice, the vocals are used as an instrument delivering sounds rather than words. Both instruments plus the piano intermingle freely on ‘Lucine’, sometimes walking in pairs, at other times solo, one instrument picking up where the other left off playfully. It’s truly experimental but carries
none of the pretence of that word.
 

Listen to “lucine”

Watch the Official Music Video on YouTube

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Studnitzky | KY - Prophet
 

Studnitzky, the Berlin based multi-instrumentalist and producer, for his new album chose to focus on the most intimate setup and played all instruments himself. The track „Prophet“ combines a dark analog synth arpeggiator with Moroccan voodoo rhythms whilst a rural trumpet flies on top of it. Studnitzky also created the minimalistic but hypnotizing video for the song himself.
 

Listen to “Prophet”

Watch the Official Music Video on YouTube

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Studnitzky | KY - Auriel
 

"Auriel" is the first single from his new album which will be released in Autumn.

All the instruments that appear in the song I play myself (piano, analog synths, beats, moroccan drums) and I even sing a bit.
 

 

Listen to “Auriel”

Watch the Official Music Video on YouTube

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Studnitzky | KY - Live in Berlin
 

KY - Live in Berlin was recorded in January 2019 at Lido Berlin. This live-album documents the unity of this unique quartet that travelled and played intense during the last years. KY aka Studnitzky provides minimal, sophisticated but deep emotional compositions that are extended during the live performance and in songs like Organic or Egis the band dives into an intense journey of groove and sound.
 

Listen to “Live in Berlin”

Watch all the live videos on YouTube