Category: prog

PoiL – Sus [Dur et Doux 2019]

By Marcello Nardi May 3, 2019 0

Sus is a show of force, an aggressive mixture of weird elements that PoiL craft with masterful skill. They never juxtapose different styles for the sole purpose of creating explosive effects, while they want to create a narration, connecting distant elements, that might range from math rock, to folk, to extreme metal, showing a virtuoso playing together with a virtuoso writing

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

Playlist 2018

By Marcello Nardi Dec 22, 2018 0

Playlist 2018 Antonio Sanchez & Migration – Lines in the Sand David Lang – The Day Michael Gordon and Kronos Quartet – Clouded Yellow Nik Bartsch’s Ronin – Awase Dinosaur – Wonder Trail David Kollar Arve Henriksen – Illusions of a Separate World Quartet Diminished – Station Two Perfect Beings – Vier Trio Heinz Herbert – Yes Ingrid Laubrock – Contemporary Chaos Practices – Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings Syndone – Mysoginia Xavi Reija – The Sound of the Earth Mark Wingfield – Tales from the Dreaming City Dominique Vantomme – Vegir Dwiki Dharmawan – Rumah Batu John… Continue reading

Antonio Sanchez – Lines in the Sand [CamJazz 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 5, 2018 0

When in 2005 Pat Metheny Group released The Way Up, a monumental almost 70-minutes suite made of 4 tracks crossing so many genres that would be hardly filed only in the jazz label, it became an instant success and a recording appearing in most of the best-of-the-year lists. Summoning one of the best creative and pushing forward moments of the long-living band, it resulted a redefining footstep of how an unexpected epic narrative could be developed by a jazz artist. Looking back at the past, I personally felt like a bridge was made between my jazz and progressive rock listenings:… 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

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

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