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Claudio Scolari: Synthesis

Read "Synthesis" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When the personnel credits on an album list more than four times as many instruments as players, it's almost certain that said recording will be an interesting ride; it's also likely be met with pre-listening scepticism by those who question the wisdom, cohesiveness and musicality inherent in we-play-everything outings. The “everything but the kitchen sink" path is fraught with peril, but drummer/percussionist/conceptualist Claudio Scolari has figured out how to make it work, survive and thrive. Scolari and ...

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Claudio Scolari: Synthesis

Read "Synthesis" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Synthesis unites two Italian drummers-the leader, Claudio Scolari, an educator whose background is in classical music, and the younger Daniele Cavalca. Both complement many other instruments, including Scolari's son, trumpeter Simone Scolari, for a musical journey that seeks to find new melodic textures. This project continues the work of the trio that began on Colors of Red Island (Principal, 2010), but with new instruments and sounds. All the compositions were written by the two drummers in a ...

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Claudio Scolari: Dreams And Emotions Of City

Read "Dreams And Emotions Of City" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Dreams And Emotions Of City is drummer/percussionist Claudio Scolari's third release in as many years, showing a deepening exploration of the intersection of music and emotions. 2005's Reflex and 2006's The My Fourteen Songs, both also released on Principal Records, were primarily music as emotional expression, sound painting in the abstract. Dreams And Emotions Of City falls in between the sound worlds of the previous two albums. Reflex was on the more abstract side with much layering, ...

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Claudio Scolari: The My Fourteen Songs

Read "The My Fourteen Songs" reviewed by Budd Kopman


The My Fourteen Songs is Claudio Scolari's first release since 2005's Reflex (Principal). That album used many different sounds, textures and ambiences through electronics, drums and voices in order to explore the emotions that could be induced in the listener. Scolari's current effort is a much more stripped-down affair with only drums, synthesizer, electric guitar and some voice. The complexity and layering of Reflex has been replaced with simplicity and directness. Each track has a different vibe, ...

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Claudio Scolari: Reflex

Read "Reflex" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


Using only voice, percussion, and synthesizers, Italian composer/percussionist Claudia Scolari blends ambient, darkwave, and world music textures to create an album of dramatic musical landscapes. Heavily minimalist and more organic than most ambient electronica, this music will tip those familiar with O Yuki Conjugate, Main, A Small Good Thing, and other similarly texture-oriented bands to the roots of Scolari's experimentation. Those unfamiliar with this heritage will be stepping into foreign realms far removed from mainstream--and even most ...


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