Author: Marcello Nardi

Keith Jarrett – La Fenice (ECM 2018)

By Marcello Nardi Feb 27, 2019 0

Moving through a journey, we are now able to see the development of a language that started earlier, through Dark Intervals, Paris Concert and Vienna Concert in 80s, then via La Scala in the 90s. Time becomes more central in his playing, even though in a less apparent fashion. Through the entire show recorded at La Fenice in 2006, he draws a secret map. It’s much like what Borgues told in the epilogue of his Dreamtigers, we can read a secret trademark of the artist if looking from the above at the worlds (s)he created: if we could see a map of Jarrett‘s… Continue reading

SKE – 1001 Autunni [Fading 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Nov 22, 2018 4

When Soft Machine unambiguously claimed there was ‘a music for the body and a music for the mind’ and they steered with no regret to the second, this resulted in being one of clearest statement a rock progressive musician could do. Ever since every progger knew which side to favor. This exploitation of the musical mind against the body shaking of the commercial music made the fortune of prog and it played a role in its decay. Even today, being linked to prog, or even being linked with the most orthodox and audacious wing of rock in opposition, sounds like a declaration… Continue reading

Trio HLK – Standard Time [Ubuntu Music 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Sep 13, 2018 0

Two landmark experts of contemporary music like Alex Ross and Nate Chinen published at almost same time two stories connected by an hidden thread. The former beginning from the rapper Kendrick Lamar being awarded the Pulitzer prize, traditionally reserved to classical composers, to trigger a discussion on the status of contemporary classical music; the latter contextualizing a 2009 anecdote, the backfiring coming from Kurt Rosenwinkel in direction of Vijay Iyer as the pianist was awarded of a MacArthur grant. Apparently linked only by the fray between musical personalities theme, they are instead reflecting and discussing on a deeper level the relationship… Continue reading

Troot – Constance and the Waiting [2018] pt.2

By Marcello Nardi Aug 22, 2018 1

Like every note could bring a secret mark of how it was played, the story behind Troot‘s Constance and the Waiting is first and foremost the story of the players who made it happen. Through the shortest time this team of ten musicians, each with such a different background from each other, managed to arrange and play a complex piece of music that sits in an area between progressive, chamber and avant-garde. And the sense of fulfillment for making it happen subtly springs as the listener plays it. Constance and the Waiting by TROOT Pressure and urgency were key elements… Continue reading

Troot – Constance and the Waiting [2018] pt.1

By Marcello Nardi Aug 16, 2018 1

Some years ago I was invited by a friend at a dinner in a fancy high-profile restaurant in Milan. Purpose of the event was not quite eating, but cooking for others, even though none there was even an amateur cook. I was thrown in a company of strangers, whom I soon understood were high potential fast-riser young managers, for playing a serious game to test our skills of team working. As soon as we were divided in teams and commissioned to create a menu for guests at our own will, we were to play our management skills and show how… Continue reading

Quartet Diminished – Station Two [Hermes Records 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jun 26, 2018 0

My goal was to form a band with musicians with different backgrounds and tastes. As a guitar player progressive and metal music have influenced me most. Our drummer, Rouzbeh Fadavi, comes from more jazzy background, our pianist, Mazyar Younesi, is graduated in classical music and also a conductor, and our woodwind player, Soheil Peyghambari, has more folk music background. Ehsan Sadigh, guitarist and one of the founders of Teheran based Quartet Diminished, points very clearly in his words at what were his purposes since the start of his band. Different identities collide in four different people’ backgrounds, western and eastern… Continue reading

David Kollar/Arve Henriksen – Illusion of a Separate World [Hevhetia 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jun 17, 2018 0

Two separate worlds meet, two distant cultures cross their multiple influences finding a common ground with unexpected easiness. Several references merge into the unique sound of Illusion of a Separate World. Slovakian guitarist David Kollar and Norwegian trumper Arve Henriksen blend their playing into shimmering soundscapes, ethnic influences, electronic rhythms and post-rock riffs. They manage to go straight to the core of things since the initial notes, never adding anything more than what’s needed. Not making any useless or unselfish music, they are always focused only on unleashing the hidden meaning that everything has, quoting Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. Illusion of… Continue reading

Mark Wingfield – Tales from the Dreaming City [MoonJune 2018]

By Marcello Nardi May 26, 2018 0

When in September 2012 Steve Vai showed up on Guitar World‘s cover along with emerging shredder Tosin Abasi, it seemed like he was trying to bring some fresh air. After the golden era of the ’80s and’ 90s, the electric guitar had – according to few- lost its charm, had less appeal on new generations, despite the explosion of many shredders on YouTube, it was – arguably- less innovative than the past. Yet the Italo-American shaman had no doubts: guitar would have been the instrument of the future. When listening to Mark Wingfield‘s Tales from the Dreaming City it is easy to… Continue reading

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Awase [ECM 2018]

By Marcello Nardi May 20, 2018 0

The sign is a fracture that only ever opens onto the face of another sign (Roland Barthes) The music of Nik Bärtsch confines itself to the essential, at the moment when a sign opens and generates the next sign. Each sign contains those that will follow: a melody contains the scale it belongs to and the musicians who played it as well as a word contains the dictionary and all the people who spoke it previously; it contains all the songs that used only a few intervals that are part of it, that used part of the notes or its… Continue reading

The Outsider. Marco Machera – Small Music from Broken Windows [2017]

By Marcello Nardi Apr 22, 2018 0

In Small Music from Broken Windows bassist, singer and composer Marco Machera recreates a parallel world and shows it to us through the eyes of the Outsider. This is his third solo album after One Time, Somewhere released in 2012 and Dime Novels in 2014. It marks a discontinuity with the previous ones. In the former there were evident art-rock influences –Beatles, King Crimson, new wave. With Small Music from Bronken Windows we are witnessing a change of perspective: a concept of eleven tracks encapsulated in dark atmospheres, bloody blues shaded in contemporary psychedelia and built around the strong core of… Continue reading