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Duo (Bologna) 2018
i dischi di angelica – IDA039 CD / DL – available from April, 2020, in digital formats
and released June, 2020

Anthony Braxton: alto, soprano, sopranino saxophone
Jacqueline Kerrod: harp
Music by Anthony Braxton
premiere recording


Anthony Braxton, composer, multi-instrumentalist and true giant of creative music, in 50 years of career and with more than 300 albums in his name as part of the most diverse line-ups, had never played in an instrumental duo with a harp; it is what AngelicA festival suggested to him for his return to Bologna in 2018, which followed his concert in a duo with Richard Teitelbaum in 2006; the suggestion was well received by the musician, and the festival set up the evening to be not just a fleeting encounter, but to also be professionally recorded in view of a potential future release – and the result is indeed the CD Duo (Bologna) 2018.
Expressing himself through a wide range of mediums, from solos to large orchestras to multimedia projects, and drawing inspiration from a broad range of influences, from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen, through decades of career Anthony Braxton has created a unique music system which celebrates the concept of global creativity and shared humanity, and which, in his own words, originates from “a research on composition, a synthesis between the concept of jazz improvisation and the complexity of contemporary classical music”.
Jacqueline Kerrod, of South-African origins, has performed as part of prestigious classiccontemporary line-ups like Modern Ensemble, Talea Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound but has also experience of participating in “pop” projects as one half of the voice and harp duo Addi & Jacq. Since 2016 she has taken part in Braxton’s projects such as the opera Trillium J, the 12+1 ensemble and the sextet ZIM Music, proving to be the ideal partner for this venture where different worlds meet – to the extent that the duo born at AngelicA festival is still in high demand at numerous other festivals to this date.

Recorded on May 27th, 2018 at Centro di Ricerca Musicale / Teatro San Leonardo, Bologna, Italy, during AngelicA, Festival Internazionale di Musica, twenty-eight years, 2018
Mixed in September 2019 and Mastered in January 2020 by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées, La Borde Basse, Caudeval, France

Roscoe Mitchell SPLATTER

i dischi di angelica – IDA041 CD / DL – available from april, 2020, in digital formats – released in june, 2020, on cd

Roscoe Mitchell: soprano saxophone (tracks: 2) - alto, soprano, sopranino saxophone (tracks: 3)

Thomas Buckner: baritone voice (track: 2)

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Tonino Battista (tracks: 1, 2)

Francesco Filidei: organ (track: 3)

Music By Craig Taborn, Kikanju Baku, Roscoe Mitchell (tracks: 1, 2)

Music by Roscoe Mitchell, Francesco Filidei (track: 3)

Transcription by Christopher Luna-Mega (track: 1), John Ivers, Stephen P. Harvey (track: 2)

Orchestrated by Christopher Luna-Mega (track: 1), Roscoe Mitchell (track: 2)

premiere recording

Internationally renowned musician and composer Roscoe Mitchell, since his debut with Sound in 1966, has defined his style through an innovative approach towards composition in what is traditionally an improvised music genre, pre-empting the development of jazz and its relationship with contemporary music in the following decades.
Splatter, drawn from two concerts held at the AngelicA festival in Bologna in 2017, presents the most recent developments of this research, with two examples from his cycle Conversations for large orchestra. Started in 2016, it is based on the transcription and subsequent orchestration of what originated as his improvisations with the trio including Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku, for the album Conversations I and II which was released in 2014.
From the evening with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna directed by Tonino Battista, the CD includes the Italian premiere of Splatter and the word premiere of Distant Radio Transmission, a work which further broadens the reflections on the relationship between composition and improvisation, incorporating the contribution of two improvisers (Thomas Buckner and Mitchell himself) in response to, and counterbalancing, the “improvised/transcribed/composed” material.
The lion’s share of the CD is represented by a duet, the fruit of a proposal by the Festival, a concert with a musician that Mitchell met for the first time on the same day: Francesco Filidei. Filidei, from Pisa, is an organist and former assistant of Jean Guillou at Saint-Eustache’s Church in Paris, as well as a composer whose music has been performed at the most significant contemporary music festivals by orchestras like Itinéraire, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, Percussions de Strasbourg, Quartetto Prometeo and Klangforum Wien.
Breath and Pipes, recorded at the Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi in Bologna, is a testament to this encounter: as Joshua Marshall writes in the CD liner notes, it is “an improvisatory tour de force, demonstrating the uncanny sort of electrokinetic thrill which emerges out of the capacity of two brilliant improvisers to truly surprise one another”.
i dischi di angelica already released the CD Nessuno by Roscoe Mitchell in 2016, recorded with a quartet featuring Pauline Oliveros, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith during the 2011 edition of the festival.
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