For 11 uninterrupted years I have had the pleasure and fortune to work with drummer Hugo Radyn. As I write this, I am sitting in the recording studios of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague. The somber weather outside suits my mood as the departure of this musical force from my life leaves me with a huge sense of loss. Naturally I am grateful for all the memories and years of shared musical experiences and know that “nobody is irreplaceable” but have started wondering…
Hugo is an exceptional drummer because of his ability to naturally grasp the musical context of any situation, be it a big band in a huge theatre or a small trio concert in exposed acoustics, where the softest and most sensitive of drumming is needed. I have often applauded him for his ability to judge situations so accurately and perform with taste and colour, never too loud and always aiding our performance with his unique artistic flair. Hugo has the ability to read well, play consistent and always allow for creativity and instinct to take over if need be.
I have seen various fans all over the world comment on this unique aspect of our trio – performance after performance. His playing being was often the main musical feat during any performance. For this reason I know he leaves big shoes to fill, but I am thankful for all the patience, experiments, knowledge and good fortune he has sent my way over all these years.
May the road rise up to meet him and Rudine, and may China treat them with kindness until our paths cross again.