w/ Lisa Wulff and Silvan Strauß
For Peter Materna, the early morning is the best time to compose. It is when his thinking is at its clearest, when feelings are at their most genuine and reliable, before the pressures and stresses of daily life have set in. It is a time of day when the saxophonist from Bonn is often to be found in his small composing room, poring over manuscript paper, sketching out elements of new music which at some later stage will either be recorded in a studio or performed live.
There was one daybreak in particular when he was going through his normal process of fine-tuning a piece, changing a phrase in the melody here, shifting the rhythm a little there, dropping another note into a chord...when, suddenly, the door opened. Materna's wife came into the room and gave her husband a good morning kiss. The intimacy of that moment, the naturalness and tenderness of the gesture touched Materna deeply. In that instant, he not only knew what the piece he was working on was going to be called, but also realised he had the title of the full album for which it would serve as the opening track: "The Kiss".