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Alessandro Bosetti: The Notebooks

Read "The Notebooks" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to the work of Alessandro Bosetti reminds me of a friend I have who suffered a lengthy bout with sleeplessness. It wasn't so much the insomnia that tormented him but a pop song (specifically Engelbert Humperdinck's version of “Quando, Quando, Quando") that was stuck in his head. Playing on an endless loop, he feared psychosis. Night after night he returned to his bed to find Humperdinck and that Italian pop song. A simple melody took on immense power. Like ...

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Alessandro Bosetti: Stille Post (Radio Works: 2003-2011)

Read "Stille Post (Radio Works: 2003-2011)" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Do you agree with Alessandro Bosetti, that there is art everywhere? A buena vista is a painting waiting to happen, the music of the wind through a stand of conifers, and even the familiar subway stops as they come past are a sort of poetry. The conductor calls out, “Montrose, Irving Park, Addison, Belmont, California, Western, Damen, Division...," and even though it's just information to other riders, you hear his song. Bosetti has been tuned into the musicality of spoken ...

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The Trophies: You Wait To Publish

Read "You Wait To Publish" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Alessandro Bosetti reshuffles the distinctions between speech and song with his repeating texts. His scripts of found words, nonsense passages, or snippets of conversations, when presented as a loop, take on new and disparate meanings. With his trio Trophies, the repetitive speech loops expand as drummer Tony Buck (The Necks) and guitarist Kenta Nagai (Laura Andel Orchestra) 'speak' instrumental lines into the vortex of Bosetti's loops. You Wait To Publish follows A Color Of A Horse (D.S. al ...

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Alessandro Bosetti: Royals

Read "Royals" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Musician/sound artist Alessandro Bosetti continues to explore the connection between speech and music, with yet another set of speech loop recordings. On Royals, like on his previous discs--Her Name (Crouton, 2007) and Exposé (Die Schachtel, 2007)--he orchestrates the tone, pitch and cadence of a speaker, talking or reading text. Much like pianist Jason Moran or drummer Dan Weiss' experiments with the articulation of telephone calls or movie scenes, Bosetti begins each of the three tracks with spoken language. ...

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Alessandro Bosetti: Expos

Read "Expos" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Music is a language. Sure, but there is also the music of spoken language. Both communicate. But beneath each, at perhaps the cellular (or bit rate) level, there is an entire universe of activity that goes unnoticed by people in conversation or during music listening.Composer, artist and musician Alessandro Bosetti, born in Milan, has been investigating this subterranean crossroads of speech and sound lately. His last project Her Name (Crouton Music, 2007), is an orchestration of found voices ...

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Alessandro Bosetti: Her Name

Read "Her Name" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Multi-instrumentalist Alessandro Bosetti's latest recording might be better-covered in the books section, because he is definitely a story teller. Her Name is presented more as a series of short stories than an improvisation.

The saxophonist, who has gained deserved attention on two Potlatch releases Places dans l'air (2003) and Phosphor (2001), moves away from his horn and into his computer. He sampled different conversations in his world travels and these “field recordings were transcribed and orchestrated for performance. ...

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Alessandro Bosetti/Michel Doneda/Bhob Rainey: Places dans l'air

Read "Places dans l'air" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You might find it odd that a concert of three free jazz soprano saxophonists entitled ‘placed in the air’ could alternatively be called ‘turn up the quiet.’ But that's exactly where Alessandro Bosetti, Michel Doneda, and Bhob Rainey are coming from.

This hushed, almost modest form of improvisation is at odds with the brash bravado of 1960s free jazz pioneers. Mssrs. Bosetti, Doneda, Rainey maintain a pastoral feel throughout this single 42-minute recording made in Toulouse on ...


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