Nicole Guazzaloca | Tecniche Arcaiche / Live at Angelica | Amirani Records

We already knew the inventive freshness of this musician, but didn’t get yet the opportunity to listen him performing his solo masterpiece live. The visible secret of his music is the perfect balance between delicacy and impetus driven through a conscious journey on/outside/inside the piano. Deeply investigated in a breath-taking, brilliant live concert at Angelica Festival, the sound-elements dance is developed with un-orthodox exploration of the instrument, crystal clear storming note cascades, gentle sudden melodic flashes and textured sketches. A tasty musician, here delivering grace moments of thrilling sequences, complex designs and simple light edgy notes, that give us the idea of a marvellous sense of narration. Another great album from Nicola proudly co-produced with Aut Records. Continue reading

Dan Clucas | Mark Weaver | Dave Wayne | Hotend | Do Tell play the music of Julius Hemphill | Amirani Records

Julius Hemphill’s music is about digging under the facts, pulling out the stops, revealing the insides, telling the truth. His groove-oriented pieces (Steppin’, The Hard Blues, Otis Groove) seem to be a function of his having internalized the essence of the blues, so that the feeling, the ache of that music, is imbedded in the soul of these songs. Contrarily, his more compositional side is less about rhythm and more about sound, timbre, and tone. But always, his compositions value improvisation; even his most thoroughly notated works call for the musicians to collectively improvise within the parameters of that piece and there again lies the spirit of the blues in Julius Hemphill’s music, which is perhaps the most revealing truth of all. Continue reading

Reciprocal Uncles with Ove Volquartz | Glance and Many Avenues | Amirani Records

Reciprocal Uncles started in 2009 is already a brand for Amirani Records and delighted audiences in Europe and Usa. Started by the sparklin collaboration between Gianni Lenoci and Gianni Mimmo, the duo has performed in Italy, Germany, Uk, Belgium and in USA in two different tours. Their first album is sold out and has been widely recognized by reviewers all over the planet. Continue reading

Aldo Clementi | For Saxophones | Amirani Records

Aldo Clementi has been a central figure for the evolution of European New Music since the Fifties. A student of Alfredo Sangiorgi and Goffredo Petrassi, he began to build his own identity as a composer starting from post-Webem serialism coordinates, by elaborating the influence of both attending Darmstadt and acquiring technical skills thanks to the relationship with Bruno Madema. Deeply influenced by contemporary painting (especially by the “informal” art of Fautrier, Tapies, Tobey and Burri, but also by Perilli’s and Dorazio’s works), and by the relationship with John Cage (with whom he shared the passion for chess), Clementi has achieved, since the early Sixties, his own aesthetic, gradually shifting from the structuralist categories to a personal dimension and style. Since the Informel cycle, Clementi’s works feature complex and rigorous contrapuntal textures, resulting from graphic processes and designed to dissolve internal dialectics by saturating the sonic space. Continue reading

Dario Palermo | Difference Engines | Amirani Records

The way Dario Palermo deals with formal structures and different expressive grounds, complexity and a peculiar taste for a refined primitive touch is really remarkable. All three compositions here have been conceived as a multi-perspective field of artistic investigation: Dario Palermo RO-Premiére danse de la Lune, featuring a superb interpretation by percussionist Milo Tamez, is an astounding journey through the hybridization process of single percussive voices with electroacoustic treatments, emphasized frequencies, polyrhythmic mazes, generating a sonic organism in which ancestral and future sounds dance a beautiful interaction. Performed by the world-wide prized Arditti String Quartet and by brilliant mezzo-soprano Catherine Carter, the composition Difference Engine delivers a single movement in which several areas fluidly melt in a complex process of metamorphosis. Tasty subtleness, extremely accurate attention to detail, together with a skilled overall compositional vision, build up a macro-object that clearly reveal Palermo’s attitude to complexity and generative compositional method. A great piece. In TRANCE, biological and physical vocal characteristics, and pure singing vocal aspects, are subject-objects (material) of the work, paired in a constant fluctuant correspondence, which structure the shape and form of the work . The central role is played here by vocalist Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg whose journey in phonemes, polysyllables and physical vocal flexibilities find a perfect partner in real time electronic treatment. Continue reading

Stefano Luigi Mangia | Gianni Lenoci | John Cage cagExperience | Amirani Records

S.L.Mangia has a beautifully flexible voice: extraordinaire extension, multiphonic clearness and a strong lyrical tone that always delivers emotion and elegance. Echoing some Demetrio Stratos peculiar feautures, bending pitches and being simply intense from the sublte whisper to the open throat singing, S.L.Mangia gives here one of his best performances, opening possibilities and getting a new glance to the marvelous and unpredictable John Cage’ s compositions. The voice is supported by experience and classy touch of Gianni Lenoci, a name often appearing on Amirani Records. A nice Mesostic written by Mr. Stefano Pocci appears on the booklet and completes a beautiful record. So be sure to find here a top class Amirani records release! Continue reading