Thollem Mc Donas & Nicola Guazzaloca | Noble Art | Amirani Records

Thollem Mc Donas & Nicola Guazzaloca – piano

Edition number nineteen of Amirani records is NOBLE ART. — comprovisation concert for two pianos

Outstanding live performance: two piano players dancing the self-discovering music, the self-revealing touch, the self-delivering art. Something like an elegant force, an auto-shaping sound giant, refined with mirroring nuances, dynamic climbings, extented explorations in tone deepness. Thollem and Nicola deliver a memorable “comprovisation” concert for two pianos.

  1. _ alike to me
  2. _ down twice
  3. _ on the other hand
  4. _ what a morning
  5. _ winnings for backing

comprovisers _ Thollem Mc Donas ( left piano), Nicola Guazzaloca ( right piano). recording _ 2007, July 10th, live at Scuola Popolare di Musica “Ivan Illich”, Bologna , Italy. sound engineer & mixing _ Nicola Guazzaloca. mastering _ Maurizio Giannotti, New Mastering Studio, Milano, Italy. artwork _ Nicola Guazzaloca. sentence _ Gregory Bateson. concept _ Gianni Mimmo. graphics _ Mirko Spino. production _ Gianni Mimmo for Amirani records.

“Noble Art” is a French definition of Boxe.

I’ve ever suspected about the definition of the boxe as “sport”, but this kind of practice (discipline?) has a charming call to me. Boxe comes from ancient Olympic games and it’s easy to find fighting boxers drawn or painted on ancient greek decorated pots. Ideally, Boxe could be seen as the performance of a pure challenge of style, strategy, force, class. I can remember names of boxers back to more than 50 years ago. I was, and still i am intrigued in styles, the aesthetic way one expresses himself. Greatest men have their style, closer to their inner self. “Style” is close to “elegance” and “elegance” is close to “form”. The reason of the expression “Noble Art” is due to the idea of sublimation of a basic, animal instinct, figth for supremacy coming from primitive inner pulsions to a performing challenge between pure forces, played in respect of accepted, shared ,codes, rules.

So the real challenge should be (and, sorry, no more is, today) to play the force with elegance, style. only “gentlemen” had this sublimation gift.

now, if you guys feel that image as “your” image fighting one against the other, I simply say that’s not my idea. My idea is: there’s a place where challenges are, there’s a match, could be not your match, could be “a” match (…)

‘Bout the music: I’ve just listened the recording and here we have some deep moments there. Sometimes you’re tactic and careful, then finally more bodied moments unveal your emotions and your physical attitudes take place (…). Gianni Mimmo, excerpt from e-mail “Concept of Noble Art”, April 09

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2 thoughts on “Thollem Mc Donas & Nicola Guazzaloca | Noble Art | Amirani Records

  1. “Noble Art” is a French definition of Boxing. I’ve ever suspected about the definition of the boxing as “sport”, but this kind of practice (discipline?) has a charming call to me. Boxing comes from ancient Olympic games and it’s easy to find fighting boxers drawn or painted on ancient Greek decorated pots. Ideally, Boxing could be seen as the performance of a pure challenge of style, strategy, force, class. I can remember names of boxers back to more than 50 years ago. I was, and still i am intrigued in styles, the aesthetic way one expresses himself. Greatest men have their style, closer to their inner self. “Style” is close to “elegance” and “elegance” is close to “form”. The reason of the expression “Noble Art” is due to the idea of sublimation of a basic, animal instinct, fight for supremacy coming from primitive inner pulses to a performing challenge between pure forces, played in respect of accepted, shared ,codes, rules.

    So the real challenge should be (and, sorry, no more is, today) to play the force with elegance, style. Only “gentlemen” had this sublimation gift.

    Now, if you guys feel that image as “your” image fighting one against the other, I simply say that’s not my idea. My idea is: there’s a place where challenges are, there’s a match, could be not your match, could be “a” match (…)

    ‘Bout the music: I’ve just listened the recording and here we have some deep moments there. Sometimes you’re tactic and careful, then finally more bodied moments unveil your emotions and your physical attitudes take place …

    Gianni Mimmo, excerpt from e-mail “Concept of Noble Art”, April 09

  2. Thollem Mcdonas plays the piano on the left, and Nicola Guazzaloca the piano on the right, with the title making reference to the noble art of boxing, the rules of which were laid down by the Marquess of Queensberry.The metaphor works for some pieces, on which power, skills, suppleness and rapid-speed reaction meet elegance and mutual respect, but it does not match the quieter moments, which are more like a slow dance, with the musicians circling around each other, touching once in a while, but with grace and even tenderness. And of course, the whole idea of improvising together is not to win, but to engage in great interaction, of which you get plenty here.

    Stef Gijssels, freejazz-stef.blogspot.com, oct. ’09

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