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Setoladimaiale Unit & Evan Parker: Live At Angelica 2018

Read "Live At Angelica 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's consider the similarities of this large group improvisation to the High Renaissance frescoes. Any visit to a chapel or duomo in Italy reveals elaborate mural paintings on the walls and ceilings. These paintings were made on fresh (affresco) wet plaster eventually dyed into ornate religious scenes. Artists like Michelangelo and Raphael were required to create these masterworks in a rapid manner. The same can be said of the free improvising artists that make up the seven-person Setoladimaiale Unit assembled ...

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TAI No-Orchestra: TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)

Read "TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)" reviewed by Nicola Negri

TAI No-Orchestra is a multi-disciplinary project comprising some of the best improvisers of the Italian scene, both historical figures like Filippo Monico or Roberto Del Piano and new talents like Silvia Bolognesi and Paolo Botti. The main originators for this project are musicians Del Piano, Massimo Falascone and photographer Roberto Masotti; the name “TAI" refers to “Terra Australis Incognita," an imaginary southern continent which appeared on early maps of the world, later symbolizing unknown or unexplored territories. These starting points ...

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Éric Normand 5: Sur un fil

Read "Sur un fil" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The quintet of electric bassist Éric Normand features reed player Jean Derome and percussionist Michel F. Côté, leading improvisers from Montreal's creative scene who have developed highly original free improvisations based on graphic scores, drawings and notated melodies that include an imaginative John Tchicai cover. This excellent quintet was recorded live in 2009 in Normand's countryside hometown, Rimouski, Quebec. The compositions drift freely between ambient, often noisy textures and minimalistic chamber and free jazz attacks. The ...


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