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

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

By Marcello Nardi Apr 16, 2019 0

INTERVIEW March 2019 – 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. It’s like a moving part on a world, like you have a complex music composition here on the bottom, but on top there’s a shape moving, which allows to see only some things. This is actually how Heartland was composed. It’s like a shape with holes that moved on top of a colored surface.

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

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

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

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