Category: 2019

Markus Reuter – String Quartet No.1 ‘Heartland’, Matangi Quartet [Solaire Records 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Apr 16, 2019 0

At the start of our chat, Reuter says: I just remembered that when I started composing last summer, a friend asked what kind of techniques I am using. I tried to explain. I remembered a game child play: there’s this technique where you take this white piece of paper, you use colored wax and then you put thick black wax on top. Then you take something like a knife, you cut away the black and you see underneath the color. Stencil, it’s the word. It’s like a moving part on a world, like you have a complex music composition here on… Continue reading

Luca Sguera – AKA [Auand 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Mar 24, 2019 0

AKA is a work that shows a clear intention, a deep and layered sound and a incredibly developed approach at interplay. Mixing the languages of the 60s free jazz together with the contemporary, the quartet holds a very distinctive approach. The title is inspired by the words of Simha Arom in regards the African population: AKA’s music is collective and everybody joins it; roles are not divided according to a specific hierarchy; everyone seems to enjoy freedom; voices grow in every direction. The researcher, who inspired among the others composers like Steve Reich and Luciano Berio, was a source for the collective approach… Continue reading

David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith – Sun of Goldfinger [ECM 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Mar 7, 2019 0

David Torn and sax player Tim Berne about their upcoming ECM release, in a trio completed by drummer Ches Smith, as they both mentioned a feeling of being outside of their comfort zones as the fertile ground for this recording, similarly to what Miles wanted (who really knows?) to do with his musicians. This ground fertilizes a mixture of alien guitar loops, wails by the alto sax and percussion soundscapes that swirl in prolonged and hypnotic improvisations. Sun of Goldfinger is an artwork of outside playing, where outside has no connection with harmonic concepts, but, instead, hints at creating a zone of discomfort, capable… Continue reading

Anton Eger – Æ [Edition Records, 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Feb 12, 2019 0

Æ is a displacement of a billion forces collapsing one on each other, heading in multiple and unique directions. When you might be tempted to call it chaotic, it becomes intensely pop, when disco synths take the lead, then the drummer adds an array of incredible odd measured patterns. Nothing is ever stable, but the work is definitively unique. Pointing in a direction where others are indicating as well, at the junction between electronic, jazz, progressive and math-rock, yet it proves to be really a one of a kind -genre-defying- listening experience. Anton Eger Æ 1 HERb +++ gA 2… Continue reading

Francesco Diodati – Never the Same [Auand, 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Feb 2, 2019 0

Yellow Squeeds are shifting ahead their level of interaction, with an unique voice between those bands reinventing post-rock influences within jazz realm, bringing innovation at harmonic and rhythmic level. The band shows a deeper level of interaction, yet retaining the different sides of the musicians: I am looking for putting myself in a state of listening to the others – he says. I no longer have the need to express myself and to make evidence I need to protect my own ground. Being open to others is like playing a game, a risky game of course, because it depends on whom… 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