Luca Cartolari live-electronics, electric bass | Mirio Cosottini trumpet, fluegelhorn, slide trumpet | Alessio Pisani bassoon, contra-bassoon
Edition number fifteen of Amirani Records is CONO DI OMBRA E LUCE
EA Silence trio crosses dramatic soundscapes, outfiltering a nitid, spherical, dense matter. Whispering shadows gently flowing in the hidden dark space of an ancient synagogue. A morphing thunder pushed by acoustical swords, generating long distance waves and slow, inexorable tides. A stunning contemporary work deeply conceived to get perfect sounding ideas, dancing with the space around.
Tracklist: 1. After Machines 2. Medusa 3. Nuovo Topi ad Ur 4. Jaquar e Aimèe * 5. Avvio 6. Assenza 7. ExMod2 8. Si Chinerà al Vento
*Four scenes inspired to the story of Lilly Wust e Felice Schragenheim told by Erika Fischer in her book “Aimèe & Jaquar”
“… every small reverberation, every minimal alteration in tuning, every tonal movement in the doubling of space around the lyrical song of the instruments, sounds as if emerging from the background and becomes the real motor of an improvisational quest, not shy of using a score.” — Carlo Serra, Aesthetic Fellow at Università della Calabria, editor of De Musica, online magazine on musical aesthetics.
“Many have tried this approach before, and fell into the trap of syrupy sentimentalism, but this trio manages to have a consistently coherent unique musical vision, rich in ideas and tonal explorations, austere and disciplined in its delivery. Truly great.” — Stef Gijssels, Free-jazz blog
EA Silence CONO DI OMBRA E LUCE is proudly co-produced by AMIRANI RECORDS, GRIMEDIA RECORDS, MEDIADUCKS
Music _ Luca Cartolari, Mirio Cosottini, Alessio Pisani, Recording _ 2008, September 30th-October 2nd, Antica Sinangoga di Ivrea, Italy, Sound engineering & mixing _ EASilence, Mastering _ Maurizio Giannotti, New Mastering Studio, Milan, Italy, Title _ Giancarlo Majorino, Liners _ Carlo Serra, Translation _ Marco Bertoli, Photos _ Cinzia Bertodatto, Graphics _ Mirko Spino. Thanks _ Alessandro Cartolari, Sara Vittone, our families, Co-Production _ Gianni Mimmo for Amirani Records, GriMedia records, Mediaducks.
– not infrequently humorous in its transparent and ironic combinations, its modified attacks, its deformed delevopment of melodic curves – presents us with an endless transformation effected through a rumoristic double, which ends up being a real shadow of the sound, or else suddenly merges with the background, leaving the listeners at the mercy of the genuine magic of a tonal quest, of contrasting expressive climates. Therefore, every small reverberaton, every minimal alteration in tuning, every tonal movement in the doubling of space around the lyrical song of the instruments, sounds as if emerging from the background and becomes the real motor of an improvisational quest, not shy of using a score.” — Carlo Serra, Aesthetic Fellow at Università della Calabria, editor of De Musica, online magazine on musical aestethics.
or EA Silence for short, is a trio with an unusual line-up: Luca Cartolari plays live electronics and electric bass (track 5), Mirio Cosottini plays trumpet and flugelhorn, and Alessio Pisani plays bassoon and contra-bassoon. The bassoon is an unusual instrument in modern music, but on the few albums that I know on which it’s played, the quality of the music is high (see especially Kris Tiner, with an almost similar line-up, but also Wayne Horvitz and Bill Dixon). The music brought by the trio is of an extraordinary stylish aesthetic, mixing classical music, sometimes even with a medieval pre-baroque touch, modern music, jazz and electronics. The music progresses slowly, solemnly, with trumpet and bassoon acting in unison, counterpoint, echo, with the electronics repeating the sounds at times, distorting them, or just providing a textural background, dramatic effects or ambient sounds.
The music also shifts between composition and improvisation, between crystal clear tones and more diffused tonal explorations. These contrasts, including the sharp difference between the high-toned trumpet and the dark sounds of the bassoon, make for a wonderful tension and musical depth of perspective, a chiaroscuro of sound. Unlike the Tiner-Phillips-Schoenbeck Trio, the sounds here are less intimate, more emotionally distant, more dramatic, but also more magnificent in their slow forward movement, creating a feeling of immense space and beauty. Many have tried this approach before, and fell into the trap of syrupy sentimentalism, but this trio manages to have a consistently coherent unique musical vision, rich in ideas and tonal explorations, austere and disciplined in its delivery. Truly great. — Stef Gjissels, Free-jazz blog, March 09
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