caspar – albumNovember, 2001
I first came across the story of Kaspar Hauser in 1988, and it occupied me for the next ten years. During this time, I investigated various sound and dramaturgical aspects, while at the same time searching for and finding a language that would express my version of Kaspar Hauser’s story. For me, the story concerns the psychological and emotional world of Kaspar Hauser from his birth and imprisonment, through his release, and, ultimately, to his death. The pivotal moment in my interpretation is his release, where he initially loses himself in a world of superstimulation, before learning to decode the manifold stimuli. A situation analogous to that of someone listening to abstract music and finding a way in.
… Klaus Janek is a prime force on the avant-garde double bass scene… -Matt Shimmer/ Indieville
Janek plucks, bows, bends, and warps the bass in ways that are almost pornographic…Then, when you realize that this is not the product of effects pedals or any overdubbing, your mind is blown….It leaves you a spectator to Janek’s mastery over his instrument…- Bill Campbell / ink19
This elaborate, highly visual piece is a milestone in the doublebass repertoire. Comes with our highest recommendation. drimala records
…Janek’s work will not be a fatal waste of time, but the beautiful discovery of a passionate musician who has an innovative viewpoint on an age-old instrument’s infinite capabilities.- Andrew Magilow /splendid
This CD simply is superb…Janek’s playing deserves to be heard. Strongly recommended. – FranÁois Couture / All music guide