Month: January 2019

Stephan Thelen – Fractal Guitar [MoonJune, 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 23, 2019 0

Quando vado a un concerto mi piace ascoltare le idee dietro la musica che sto ascolando e come queste idee si dispiegano e si evolvono nel corso del tempo. In altre parole, sono sempre interessato a un processo basato su un’idea valida e interessante presentata in modo molto chiaro e trasparente. L’idea stessa può essere molto semplice, ma dovrebbe avere il potenziale di creare risultati complessi e interessanti. Con i Sonar spesso creiamo molto lentamente un pezzo in cui uno strumento inizia a guidare la musica e poi altri si uniscono. In questo modo, puoi sentire chiaramente gli elementi del… Continue reading

Stephan Thelen – Fractal Guitar [MoonJune 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 23, 2019 0

When I go to a concert I like to hear the ideas behind the actual music and how these ideas unfold and evolve over the course of time. In other words, I’m always interested in a process that is based on a good and interesting idea which is presented in a very clear and transparent way. The idea itself can be very simple, but it should have the potential to create complex and interesting results. With Sonar we often very slowly build up a piece where one instrument starts and then others join in. In that way, you can clearly… Continue reading

Preston Glasgow Lowe – Something About Rainbows [Whirlwind, 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 10, 2019 0

La definizione di “trio” jazz cambia in maniera radicale a seconda del punto di vista da cui la si guardi. Si può partire da formazioni cameristiche, che prestano maggior attenzione alle sfumature fino ad arrivare ad altre, più aggressive, magari dotate di strumentazione elettronica, tanto che ormai il trio è diventata una formula misteriosa nella musica jazz. Se la line-up più conosciuta, allora, é il piano trio, i gruppi elettrici nel jazz e nella fusion sono stati spesso etichettati come “power trio”, indicando così una categoria diversa dalle altre che si pone dalla parte opposta dello spettro: fragorosi, pompati, ricchi… Continue reading

Preston Glasgow Lowe – Something About Rainbows [Whirlwind 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 10, 2019 0

The definition of ‘trio’ spans such distant extremes, from nuanced, chamber derived line-ups to rave, aggressive, even electronic outbursts, to have become such a mysterious formula for success in jazz music. Giving the most iconic trio line-up is the piano trio, electric trios in jazz and fusion have been often labeled as ‘power trio’ thus indicating a different league of their own and placing them on the other end of the spectrum: thunderous, driving, rock-oriented grooves and the prejudicial belief electricity brings less attention to detail. Preston Glasgow Lowe trio is exactly undermining this opposition between the two ends of… Continue reading

A meeting of Spirit Fingers

By Marcello Nardi Jan 5, 2019 0

We reached a point of history -explains Spero- when mass audiences weren’t willing to put any effort to understand as music as deep as Weather Report and the fusion dance of the 70s we all know and love. People were making complex jazz music that was incorporating pop. That was like a fringe thing. I was doing it, like 12 years ago, with Makaya in Chicago. When I came back to Chicago, Makaya and I were playing in tiny jazz clubs every single night. We were playing the same type of music we just played in London in front of… Continue reading