Claudio Scolari: Colors of Red Island (2010)
Improvising on the dreamy score as envisioned by its creators, the musicians take their cues from where each takes the music rather than from a written or suggested passage. Clearly the idea is to navigate a path that spells out a percussive language that is spoken by the musicians on Red Island. But there are also dreamscapes that are suggested by variations of moody trumpet and dancing rhythms produced by both trap sets (both the main protagonistsScolari and Cavalcaplay traps) and percussion that varies from metal triangles and tubes, and the more earthy batas and congas. The interplay between bass and piano, or bass and synthesizer on some tracks is interesting as it introduces an element of fluidity to an otherwise percussive soundscape.
Remarkably the music returns to the song form at the very end of the soundtrack. "Cold Landscape" is a fine 32-bar set with an emotionally charged melody that the musicians read straight before short improvisatory excursions create something of turbulence across the song's bridge. The song comes after the desolation of "Infinite Silence," the penultimate section of the itinerant suite that evolves when small hand-drums collide with the hiss and wail of bamboo flutes that appear to restore the suite to a semblance of calm after some rather stormy middle passages. It also presages the ultimate cheer of the song that carves a heart into this otherwise barren soundscape, confirming that there are real characters on Red Island, who feel the music, even in its most defiantly distant moods.
The Scolaris (father and trumpet-playing son) and Daniel Cavalca plat flawlessly, interpreting an obviously thinly suggested and difficult score with expert technique and something of an inspired reading of its hidden parts. This is a stand out project that is reminiscent of some of the best European improvised music that was first brought to North America by the likes of Jan Garbarek and Eberhard Weber. However, now it is the time of the Scolaris and Cavalca.
Track Listing: Colors of Red Island; Movement Inspiration; Variation of Movement; Dialogues Night; Earth Dances Explosions; Improvised Sentimental Song; Electric Light Over Water; Emotion Appearance; Winds of Metamorphosis; Infinite Silence; Cold Landscape.
Personnel: Claudio Scolari: drums, percussion, flute, piano, synthesizers; Daniele Cavalca: drums, percussion, vibraphone, bass; Simone Scolari: trumpet.
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Modern Jazz