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 GijsselsFreejazzblog. Continue reading
Asked by amirani records, many musicians, each one with their own project, are here involved in the conceptual investigation of the confictual relationship among human beings. All tracks are original compositions for this goal. Amirani’s intent is to moove or provoke artists to compose and perform around social issues. Relationships and communication with all muscians involved in this adventure has been excellent and Amirani is thinking about a second volume for the next year. Each artist/composer/performer has been requested to explain his piece, to introduce his proceeding, to describe his way to approach to concept “War”. So in the booklet one can find an explanation for each piece directly from the musician. To extend the communication, to enhance the perspective, to create more possibilities of relations each piece has been completed with a marvellous photo by Elda Papa. So be confident to find here a nice, fresh, intense Amirani style work. Continue reading
Starting from an extremely accurate recording of a performance by Gianni Mimmo, Angelo Contini and Xabier Iriondo in an italian ancient church and then working on the music as on a real storyboard, here is a thrilling, touching, exciting DVD about the tragically epic adventure of the Russian nuclear submarine, realized in an intense relationship between music and images. Drama is explored in an imaginative creative way. From launch to point of no return, Elda Papa’s photos and Agua Mimmo’s movie along with Xabier Iriondo’s sound treatments keep each tragedy step in its epic-metaphorical aspect. Don’t miss this great work! Continue reading
The output is a strange chamber music with sudden strokes of controlled (even not) violence. The relationship finds its way among oblique narrations, with lyrical and dramatic moments, and intriguing harmonic textures . In fact the woodwind-string-brass trio is a very unusual interesting tone melange and the improvisation strategies are here enahanced with subtleness and intensity. Tensive-relaxed ! sincere-cuttin edge ! sculpting light atmospheres ! Contemporary avant-jazz / experimental background and extended instrumental skills give a rich nuance palette, a multi-perspective idea of music and vivid listening experience. Continue reading
Finally on CD this magical collaboration started on winter 2002 and still alive and well! Elegant sound concept and electro-acoustical statement, BESPOKEN is a project performed by Lorenzo Dal Ri (sound treatments, live electronics & field recording) and Gianni Mimmo (soprano & bass saxes, piano & prepared piano). Old and new hits, beautifully mixed by Lorenzo Dal Ri, through inner multi-perspective sound tales. Continue reading
Three crea(c)tive musicians coming from different and sometimes distant areas meeting in a magical recording session. Unpredictable and intriguing music, never obvious, crossing avant-jazz, concrete, romantic, ever passionate and surprising. Watched Pot trio plays great, dramatic, groovin’, cartoon, keen and childish music Unforgettable!
Performance recorded early on a sunny dawn, June the 24th, 2007, in an ancient 10th century cave-church in a magic stone town named Matera, South of Italy. The church is named Santa Lucia alle Malve. Summer solstice is a holy moment in so many and various traditions. We chose there because of the sound of these alveolar stones. Not only we had beautiful reverbes and resonant echoes but the sound seemed to go into the stones themselves.
Great contemporary instant compositions from a challenging duo signed by the elegant and intense touch on piano by Gianni Lenoci and the morphing sound statement of the soprano saxophone of Gianni Mimmo. A memorable recording proudly co-produced with www.longsongrecords.com Continue reading
The duo is translucent and light formula, first communication nucleus, distance to live, exploration of a moment-built spaces. Duo is a pure modality, where catching inner voices, subtle tones moves. Sanding tones, sculpted light, earthquake’s delight. Dialogical to welcome and fuse the silences with sounds. Two instruments, a soprano sax and a trombone, without any rhythmic or harmonic support, played with a contemporary attitude, in a composed and improvised score, including originals and a couple of tunes by Steve Lacy two sounds, friends & enemies, two sides: instinctive & direct vs elegant & mindy, really blade runners. Continue reading
One way ticket is a compendium of Gianni’s quest on the soprano sax. Besides those already mentioned, there are compositions by Monk, S.Lacy, and D.Ellington. A varied and unusual repertory tackled with innovativeness and inventiveness. The use of extended techniques, the result of intense hard work on the instrument, is never “encyclopaedic”, but a function of an aesthetics that looks carefully at the relationship between monodic sound and silence. Continue reading