Joseph Branciforte & Theo Bleckmann – LP1 [greyfade 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Jul 12, 2019 0

Interview with Joseph Branciforte – May 2019. LP1 is a deep exploration of the organic interaction between voice and electronics. Yet what is most astonishing is how Joseph Branciforte and Theo Bleckmann use their means, organic and eletronic, to lift their interaction to such a level of interconnection, thus making it impossible to even hear the subtle nuances each is bringing at individual level, if one does not listen to them as a whole

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