Arik Strauss’s second piano trio album – In Spite of All – presents ten new compositions and two free improvisations. Following on the success of his first trio album, Mostly Ballads, these original compositions express a more upbeat atmosphere. Joined again by bass player Tal Ronen and for the first time by drummer Gasper Bertocelj, Arik, through the lyrical and thoughtful melodic structure of his song, captures our undivided attention again and shows us the joy and determination of his musical soul.
Arik shared that “Each composition tells the story of my struggles to achieve freedom and peace in my life…” “The compositions on this album were created In Spite of All the many distractions and difficulties that I had experienced in the last few years. It is an expression of courage and freedom from all that is holding us back from achieving all our dearest aspirations, a determination to go on, a struggle for peace for all and a tribute to those whom I live.”