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Take Five with Boris Savoldelli

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About Boris Savoldelli: Boris is a vocal performer with a brilliant personality. He's always been in love with his “vocal instrument" and its extraordinary possibilities. He loves to find different original ways of singing, due to his eclectic background, from classical studies to jazz singing (thanks to his mentor Mark Murphy), passing from funk-rock to avant-garde experimental approaches. Boris Savoldelli has performed solo and in various projects all around the world, with over 250 performances in over 120 ...

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Boris Savoldelli: Biocosmopolitan

Read "Biocosmopolitan" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The polyphonic vocal expertise of Italian artist Boris Savoldelli alters implications for the proverbial one-man band format. Although he receives assistance from revered session bassist/solo artist Jimmy Haslip, and some additional help from trumpeter Paolo Fresu--both appearing on selected tracks--it is Savoldelli who propagates the mesmeric performances. The vocalist uses electronics and voice overlays, and abides by a strong rhythmic process throughout Biocosmopolitan's sixteen pieces, spanning one to four minutes in length. He also benefits by possessing near ...

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Boris Savoldelli: Biocosmopolitan

Read "Biocosmopolitan" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

What a contrast Boris Savoldelli's Biocosmopolitan is to the vocalist's predecessor, Protoplasmic (MoonJune Records, 2009), which featured guitarist Elliot Sharp as his chief collaborator. While Protoplasmic was a brave dive into the experimental, Biocosmopolitan is a bright, infectious and singable work. The right balance of passion, delivery, and technology come together for 16 enjoyable tracks with brevity a main device, employed by Savoldelli, that helps maintain a constant sense of movement and flow. The style is a ...

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Boris Savoldelli / Elliott Sharp: Protoplasmic

Read "Protoplasmic" reviewed by Nic Jones

Boris Savoldelli doesn't even occupy the same rarefied territory as Phil Minton when it comes to free vocalizing. Instead, he carves out his own niche through his use of various electronic manipulations. However, it's guitarist Elliott Sharp's input that makes all the difference on Protoplasmic.

“Prelude To Biocosmo Pt. One" could almost be a comment on these media-saturated days. Savoldelli takes language, and doesn't so much manipulate it as deconstruct it, stretching syllables so they're eventually overcome by the ether. ...

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Boris Savoldelli / Elliott Sharp: Protoplasmic

Read "Protoplasmic" reviewed by John Kelman

In the realm of free improvisation and even more structured pursuits, the limits of the human voice are being tested and expanded more than ever before by artists including Norwegians Sidsel Endresen and her groundbreaking One (Sofa, 2007), and Maja Ratkje with her equally innovative River Mouth Echoes (Tzadik, 2008). Italian singer Boris Savoldelli may have been mentored by Mark Murphy, but his approach on Protoplasmic--a challenging series of free improvisations recorded without overdubs with free-spirited guitarist Elliott Sharp--owes more, ...


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