Gianni Mimmo _ soprano saxophone | Alison Blunt _ violin
Music _ instant compositions by Alison Blunt & Gianni Mimmo. Live Recording _ St. Leonard’s Shoreditch Church, London, UK, 26th June 2013. Sound Engineering, Mixing, Editing _ Matt Saunders . Mastering _ Maurizio Giannotti, New Mastering Studio, Milano, Italy. Liner Note _ Massimo Ricci, http://touchingextremes.wordpress.com. Cover Photo _ Chiara Meattelli & Dominic Lee, London, Uk (chi-dom.com). Graphics _ Nicola Guazzaloca. Production _ Gianni Mimmo for Amirani records.Proudly co-produced with LongSong Records and Teriyaki Records. Recorded live at S. Leonard’s Shoreditch Church in London, Uk by sound wizard Matt Saunders.
Here is this fantastic acoustic soprano sax- violin duo featuring a contemporary chamber attitude improvising instant compositions, sound texture explorations and sudden lyrical flights.
Warmest appreciation and thanks to the D.C.C. of St. Leonard’s Shoreditch Church and Robin T. Hatton-Gore. Gianni Mimmo plays GLOGER HANDKRAFT saxophone neck and MASTERCLIP™ ligature
Tracklist: Side A: 1. Lasting Ephemerals Side B: 2. Elliptical Birds 3. Scherzo
Their improvisation, that has been defined “A Gentle Vertigo”
freely crosses boundaries and welcomes rich contradictions between melody and blessed chaos. Freshly started in 2013 the duo has already toured Uk, Italy, Germany, Finland and right now in the Usa with concerts in Chicago, California and NY.
Sparkling acoustic duo featuring a contemporary wild chamber attitude, improvising instant compositions, sound texture explorations and sudden lyrical flights. Their improvisation, that has been defined “A Gentle Vertigo”, freely crosses boundaries and welcomes rich contradictions between melody and blessed chaos. Experimental flavors, multi-perspective intuitions and reciprocal listening are the extremely well balanced blend of this duo that strives for an improvisation where “things happen”, able to face pulsing silences and airy architectures as elements of a sound sculpture. Relationship among inner voices, live attention to detail, lyrical declinations and violent assertive moments are on display in their performances where openess and concentration take the risky route of sailing through dynamic contrasts, tackling episodes of turbulence and tranquility, passages of great delicacy and braves hazardous balances on a music that keeps alive our attention and freshes our feeling. Freshly started in 2013 the duo has already toured Uk, Italy, Germany, Finland and right now in the Usa with concerts in Chicago, California and NY.
This is the first volume of an Amirani Vinyl LP serie and comes in a limited edition of 180 gr. vinyl LP of 250 hand-numbered copies.
Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture — Frank Zappa
Indeed, reacting to the spontaneous propulsion
of Alison Blunt and Gianni Mimmo’s artistry during this impressive exhibition – their very first public display as a duo – while they surf the all-encompassing reverberations of St. Leonard’s Shoreditch, temptations arise for a writer to underscore instant visualizations with overexploited words such as “chiaroscuro”, “shades” and “proportions”.
Nonetheless, rarely you will see a “sculpture” gently fluttering around like a marvelously colored butterfly, or compare it to the sentiment of tenderness elicited by observing a couple of adolescent lovers approaching playfully, looking at each other’s eyes and walking away hand in hand, beginning to discover much more inside themselves than physical indications can disclose, ultimately united in the purest kind of communion.
Because, when all it’s said and done, the alert gracefulness and reciprocal regard through wich Mimmo and Blunt explicit their intertwined instrumental togetherness convey the same sense of fulfillment that irradiates the most surprisingly revelatory instants of normality. Quietly peeping at a cat gleefully rolling on his back in a summer afternoon; meeting a little child who instantly welcomes you with a two-teeth grin; watching the morning dew slowly evaporate under the very first sun rays.
One’s aware that warmth and beauty can’t last forever: at times, adjacent pitches and less cordial timbral appositions in the interplay remind us that the actual reason for real progress is given by a contrast requiring resolution, closeness momentarily discontinued as the urge of a cry of despair emerges.
When the duty calls, the pair is willing and ready to show the listener how peace can be restored, nimbly sailing to calmer waters without apparent effort: a musician’s thorough control of his/her means of expression is something that can be attained only by “living” the instrument day in, day out, a principle respected as The Word by authentic improvisers.
The strength of a duo becomes palpable when innocence is detected in their way of communicating by discerning individuals, and there’s no stopping the Anglo/Italian twosome’s quest for sharing their aesthesia with audiences all over the globe.
If you’re not fortunate enough to watch the lighted particles of these fluid acoustic creations live, this album will certainly help in feeling less alone in a growingly callous world. For the sounds comprised herein will smile at whoever wants to greet them. — Massimo Ricci
Music is the healing force of the universe — Albert Ayler
“A great pairing, meshed like watch cogs, a face with 17 hours working to forgotten moons. a lesson in the creation of spontaneous sound; all you could ask for from an improvised performance. — Michael Holland, Nov 2013 Eyes4eyes.blogspot.it
“A wonderful collaboration. Both of them switching between lyricism and extended noise making fluidly, echoing each other and taking time out to listen. I spent half of their set in a semi conscious mystical state.– this place at this time
The last album in this series is not really about seasons
but also about the passing of time, or even the opposite concept, in which the most fragile and volatile and transitory, gets a timeless nature. Gianni Mimmo on soprano sax and Alison Blunt on violin treat us to some ephemeral beauty on this LP with three fully improvised pieces, recorded live at the St Leonard’s Shoreditch Church in London, in June 2013.It is hard to describe the music as jazz, and although Mimmo’s legacy is clearly with Steve Lacy, his sound and musical approach is truly his own, more abstract, classical at times in the clarity of his tone, yet audacious and explorative too. The spontaneous interaction with Blunt is nothing short of fabulous, almost organic, like birds, delivering soaring love songs, or fluttering agitatedly, or even stronger, like more intimate whispers, cautious touching of notes, moving forward gently and elegantly together. Blunt herself has the same spontaneous attitude for superb control of timbre and sound, while remaining utterly free in her inventiveness. Even in the rawest parts they find each other well, echoing improvised phrases, and creating sharp multiphonics if needed, before falling back on more gentle embraces.A marvelous duo. — Steff Gijssels, Freejazzblog.
LP version includes the MP3 album of this release. (incl. shipment cost world-wide)
CD version (incl. shipment cost world-wide)