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Ma io ch'in questa lingua

by Chant

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Libero Mureddu, Cristiano Calcignile and Antonio Borghini, who have been together since 2000, find a unique realm for their music. They go through several levels and strata, never content to dwell on one plateau for any given length of time. They formulate, shape and delve into sounds with an instant tick of the imagination. And despite the fact that all of the music on Ma Io Ch’in Questa Lingua has a composed head, each piece reacts to the impulses of the musicians.
The trio casts its lore through electronica as well as patented jazz dynamics and harmony. What makes its music stand out is the way in which the music is configured through its assemblage of instruments. All of it comes together with stunning impact as rock swerves into swing; mainstream pianism turns on the key into free ambience; and introspection careen into a volatile hotbed.
“Mach” casts a hypnotic spell built slowly, with wisps of sound wafting in. The pulse gets deeper with the bowing of the acoustic bass, the feedback of the electric bass, the pulse pounding beat of the drums and the many stringed instruments to form a vibrant and pulsating pattern. The music jumps into heavy metal, finds its comportment in funk and silence, space and trajectory, for a captivating multi-dimensional odyssey and a logical fulmination.
Volatility is calmed on “Tre vie in una stanza” but the band’s penchant for seeking the unusual is firmly in place. Mureddu brings out his array of instruments finding evocative ways of stating the melody or fragmenting it. Calcignile is both the complement and the foil with Borghini content to give the beat a steady pulse.
“The Dark Cave” suite is a cornucopia of sound and effect. The transition of styles is seamless and exhilarating as the advent of funk is met with the cool ministrations of the piano, free motifs are trenchant, and the drive and trajectory surge and ebb. It is the perfect casting for the way in which Chant stimulates and moulds sound.
Multi-sonic pulsations make for a stunning piece of work.
[All About Jazz USA, Jerry D’Souza]

Italy’s Auand progressive record label offers a study in stark contrasts due to its diverse catalogue, including American and European artists, for example. This 2010 release by the Italian threesome Chant, projects the zestfulness of New York City’s downtown scene into a program spanning avant-garde jazz, jazz-fusion, funk and more.
With Libero Mureddu’s arsenal of acoustic and electric keys, the unit delves into off-kilter, ethereal motifs via nightmarish treatments and subtle noise-shaping jaunts. Unorthodoxy serves as an underlying foundation for the wily sequence of events. Essentially, the band covers numerous panoramas, where notions of Rock In Opposition favorites, Univers Zero come to mind, partly due to Antonio Borghini’s heavy bass and sinuous cello lines. Yet the trio does profess a signature calling card throughout.
Enlivened by regimented manic breakdowns including Mureddu’s gurgling synth notes and detuning of the piano strings, the band marches to the beat of a different drummer. However, on Hold Old Wine, Mureddu leads the rhythm section through a piece that might elicit notions of pianist Bill Evans’ dabbling in the free-zone. Here, they inject quirky noises with playful exchanges, topped off by linear evolvements, as the keyboardist transforms matters into an electrifying aerial assault.
The multi-part The Dark Cave, is designed on multihued abstracts, where the musicians parallel the inferences of the title amid haunting mosaics, sparked by trickling piano notes, daunting EFX, and a mesmeric gait. No doubt, it’s an album that generates a great deal of interest to complement the uncanny twists, turns and pulsating unison choruses. Hence, the trio offers the antithesis to loosely envisioned and wantonly executed avant-progressive scenarios. These gents are most assuredly on to something with this adventurous and tremendously entertaining affair.
[Jazz Review, Glenn Astarita]

credits

released February 1, 2010

ibero Mureddu - piano, electric clavichord, harpsichord, positive organ, harmonium, synthesizers, voice on # 8
Antonio Borghini - double bass, electric bass, cello
Cristiano Calcagnile - drums, percussion, amplified metal sheet, glockenspiel, voice on # 7, 8

Produced by Chant
Executive Producer: Chant and Marco Valente
Recording: Sibelius Academy, August 2008
Engineer: James Andean, Libero Mureddu
Cover Photo: Cristiano Calcagnile

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Auand Bisceglie, Italy

Auand Records is an Italian independent label dedicated to genre-defying music, providing a home for artists who push the boundaries of improvised music.

Founded in 2001 by Marco Valente, it has quickly become a seal of warranty for the next big artists who shape the sound of the future, often introducing their music to an international audience.
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