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Stellari String Quartet: Vulcan

Read "Vulcan" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


A dieci anni esatti dal precedente (e fin qui unico) album Gocce stellari, uscito sempre su Emanem, il quartetto d'archi capitanato da Philipp Wachsmann, settantacinquenne violinista ugandese di nascita e inglese d'adozione, torna alla carica con questo nuovo capitolo (incisioni, peraltro, del 2016), fondato come il precedente su un'improvvisazione di gruppo a cavallo fra avanguardia jazzistica e contemporanea (diremmo più la seconda della prima). Il clima è in effetti cameristico-contemporaneo, praticando un minimalismo, un'essenzialità (chiamiamola così) fatta ...

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Album Review

Stellari String Quartet: Vulcan

Read "Vulcan" reviewed by John Eyles


Despite the years that have elapsed since Stellari String Quartet's first album, Gocce Stellari (Emanem, 2009), right from the opening notes of this follow-up, Vulcan, there is not a shadow of a doubt that it is by the same group, with the same members and ethos. The combination of Philipp Wachsmann's violin, Charlotte Hug's viola, Marcio Mattos' cello and John Edwards' double bass is uniquely different to any other string quartet, as is its use of free improvisation. As Emanem ...

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Stellari String Quartet: Gocce Stellari

Read "Gocce Stellari" reviewed by John Eyles


Over the years, Emanem has nobly championed the cause of improvising string players. Back in 2001, the label released the groundbreaking triple CD Strings with Evan Parker on which the majority of tracks actually featured strings without Parker's sax. Before that came Kent Carter's's string trio of bass, violin and viola. More recently, Emanem has released Arc, the trio of violin, cello and double-bass, and Trio of Uncertainty, consisting of Veryan Weston's piano plus cello and violin. So ...


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