Tag: prog

Ghost Rhythms – Live At Yoshiwara [Cuneiform Records 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 29, 2019 0

Live at Yoshiwara is like a kaleidoscope: simple, yet complicated; intuitive, yet brainy; rejoycing, yet haunting. Classical cadences, jazz brass energy, proggish breaks, afro and folk influences all cooperate around catchy melodies. The audience discovers new feats under the surface of every bar turning into another. A manifesto of non-existent places of music in the fictionary universe of Ghost Rhythms

Samuel Hällkvist Dekorum – Live [Boogiepost 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 6, 2019 0

Conscious I am liable of that concise flattery typical of many magazines reviews, I can’t escape calling Samuel Hällkvist Dekorum live album as the perfect example of what would happen if “Bill Frisell played King Crimson’s Frame by Frame“. Boldly mixing americana flavors with flamboyant interlocking guitars within the framework of a raw and aggressive energy, the Swedish guitarist and his quartet Dekorum craft a piece of music that is way more intricate than it seems

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

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