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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 ...

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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 ...

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Claudio Scolari Defies Expectations with "Colors of Red Island"

Claudio Scolari Defies Expectations with "Colors of Red Island"

Colors of Red Island (Principal MISV04) has what you might not expect to find. It's a disk by two drummers (Scolari and Daniele Cavalca) plus a trumpet (Scolari Simone). OK fine, you think, I can imagine what this will sound like. Well it does not, to my ears. First off, the drummers play other instruments as ...

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Claudio Scolari/Daniele Cavalca - Colors of Red Island (2011)

Claudio Scolari/Daniele Cavalca - Colors of Red Island (2011)

Usually when we're on the topic of a record led by a drummer, the story will be about a bandleader and sometimes, the primary composer, who also happens to be the drummer. The burden of carrying of melody and most of the solos usually falls on other players, that ones with the tonal instruments. Not so ...

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Claudio Scolari: Colors of Red Island

Read "Colors of Red Island" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There is a wonderful, sweeping cinematic quality to Colors of Red Island. With ghostly bass drum bombs and the clack of steady rim-shots that precedes an ethereal undulating piano lick mimicked by an equally ethereal trumpet, the music unfolds; a soundtrack that accompanies an artist's journey towards a Utopian setting, not far from earth, but at ...

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Claudio Scolari: Colors Of Red Island

Read "Colors Of Red Island" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Colors Of Red Island is a percussion-driven album--unsurprisingly, given that Claudio Scolari and his collaborator Daniele Cavalca are both drummers and percussionists of some considerable talent. Scolari and Cavalca are also talented composers, with a sophisticated ability to blend acoustic and electronic sounds in ways that emphasize the beauty of each and never risk the album ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...