GriMedia 004/Impressus 004, 2009 (CD) Recording and mastering: Walter Neri. Recorded in Montevarchi (Italy) , July 2009.
Tracklist: 1. Vocale 2. Vento Salato 3. Radici 4. Cardinal 5. Jump-U-Funk 6. Ehe 7. Mazes Counterpoint 8. Bianca 9. Exmod 1
Directives emanate from a fixed point.
East exists only in relation to West. Can you North from the North Pole? Directions radiate, growing forever further apart from a fixed point, a center without edges. Cartographers are illusionists. They map a terrain in order to explain, to chart what cannot be seen. The world is flat and continues on the following page. Cardinal is a quartet. They are not points on a line. They are a game of four square. North, South, East and West all facing center. They do not radiate; they converge unexpectedly inward. Cardinal is the Cosottini’s trumpet and Melani’s percussion, the piano of Miano, the Pisani bassoon, divergent, in separate corners and approaching each other. They reference unusual maps, graphic scores that suggest ways they might find one another. Maps can be used to find a way to a destination; they can also be used to find a way away. A direct route is the shortest distance. A direct result has no intervening factors. The four directors of Cardinal move with a marked determinism, toward and ever-shifting middle. – Kurt Gottschalk
Cardinal is a project, like many of those relying on improvisation, that was accomplished in a three-day studio meeting. The participating individuals had previously collaborated on separate projects – (Cosottini-Miano had produced “The Curvature of Pace”, Impressus-GRIM 2007, and Cosottini-Melani-Pisani where part of the EAQuartet Electroacoustic Quartet, GRIM 2007) – but never before in this fashion. The title, in reference to the four cardinal points, was chosen to reflect a multidirectional sound, and thus the choice of a map as the cover for the album. Moreover, most compositions make use of graphic scores, some of them needing a “open” reading approach. One of them is, for instance, a labyrinth, therefore enhancing the game-like character of the experience and disengaging the performer in terms of “wanting” to go in a specific direction. Another has its theme played in retrograde at the closing, suggesting that moving forward from the point of origin can lead toward it, and so on.
Despite the diversity typical of each individual originator (composer/improviser) Cardinal seems to breathe the same air throughout, as if its four points were inherently aware of the fact that the fabric of the soundscape was constantly shifting, and were adjusting to it as to preserve an overall sense of balance. — Impressus Records
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