204

Nacho Arimany and World-Flamenco Septet: Silence-Light

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Nacho Arimany and World-Flamenco Septet: Silence-Light The mysterious and beautiful art-form of Spanish Flamenco music is re-interpreted in composer/percussionist Nacho Arimany's, Silence-Light, a unique listening experience that features the Madrilenian and his World-Flamenco Septet. The genre has been covered before within various idioms, and while the sounds are familiar (precision handclapping and foot-stamping) there is more than what is heard as Arimany states that "The music isn't an esthetic end, but rather a channel to generate movement or communication."

This is articulated by Arimany's inspired performance and direction of exceptional musicians representing the fundamental links of Flamenco music including guitar, vocals (featuring Antonio Campos), and dancing (performed by Concha Jareno). Add well-crafted contributions by bassist Massimo Biocalti, pianist Pablo Suarez, and rising jazz/world players—guitarist Lionel Loueke, and saxophonist Javier Vercher—and the result is a mesmerizing project.

The music indulges many sounds and influences including spirituality, folk, dance, and poetic forms that smoothly flow between each other. This is most evident on larger pieces like the commencement call of "Origen" which contains the sounds of percussion, running/splashing water, woodwind instruments, and chant-like voice, all moving into different compositional sections. Recorded live, the recording feels episodic with sections described by instrumental, dance, or vocal movements similar to a live theatrical work.

Each member of the septet provides excellent performances. Arimany's passion is heard in his playing, painting each piece with ethnic drum-set (which includes exotic percussion) as well as guitar and voice. Discriminating lines are also drawn by Loueke's acoustic or synthesized guitar and West African vocals on "3 Angels" mixed with Arimany's percussion to create a peculiar new world sound.

Along with Arimany, the intricate workings of Biocalti's bass and Suarez's piano provide more than just a jazz trio foundation but also acts as a conduit between the various changes. Saxophonist Javier Vercher makes his presence felt by adding contour texture and mood in depending upon the mood—sometimes primitive ("Below The Sea Level") or jazz-oriented ("Soleá Del Viento"). The spirits of dance and song are always present and Concha Jareno's footwork is an added percussion instrument on "Meeting Point," while Antonio Campos' remarkable vocals are playful and romantic or haunting on "One Old Song."

As the recording began, it ends in mystery and expectation with "Kyrie-Luz," as Arimany plays an affecting solo piano. Jazz and flamenco may have crossed paths before but Nacho Arimany brings a fresh approach with ideas that have yet to be discovered.

Track Listing: Origen; Homenaje A Morente; Below The Sea Level; One Old Song; Silence;Meeting Point; 3 Angels; Sole� Del Viento; Kyrie-Luz.

Personnel: Nacho Arimany: ethnic drum-set, spanish guitar, piano (9), vocals; Javier Vercher: saxophones; Lionel Loueke: guitar, vocals; Pablo Suarez: piano; Antonio Campos: flamenco singer; Massimo Biocalti: bass; Concha Jare�o: flamenco dancer.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent


Shop

More Articles

Read Overseas V CD/LP/Track Review Overseas V
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 30, 2017
Read Salão Brazil CD/LP/Track Review Salão Brazil
by John Sharpe
Published: March 30, 2017
Read Overseas V CD/LP/Track Review Overseas V
by Troy Collins
Published: March 30, 2017
Read Behind The Mist CD/LP/Track Review Behind The Mist
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: March 30, 2017
Read Sedimental You CD/LP/Track Review Sedimental You
by John Sharpe
Published: March 30, 2017
Read Disappeared Behind the Sun CD/LP/Track Review Disappeared Behind the Sun
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 29, 2017
Read "The Linda Sessions" CD/LP/Track Review The Linda Sessions
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 30, 2016
Read "Repeater" CD/LP/Track Review Repeater
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "The Picasso Zone" CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 24, 2017
Read "El Barranco" CD/LP/Track Review El Barranco
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Strunkin'" CD/LP/Track Review Strunkin'
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 18, 2016
Read "Peace" CD/LP/Track Review Peace
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!