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Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli: Open Border [VINYL w/DOWNLOAD] (Audiographic Records)

An incredibly exciting first encounter between Chicago improvisers Ken Vandermark on multiple reeds & Hamid Drake on drums, and Italian improvisers Gianni Trovalusci on flute & composer/electronics artist Luigi Ceccarelli, performing live at the Forlì Open Music Festival for an extended, inventive and unpredictably thrilling set!
 

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Label: Audiographic Records
Catalog ID: AGR-018
Squidco Product Code: 29122

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Music recorded live in concert at Forli Open Music, in Forli, Italy, on October 14th, 2018, by Luigi Ceccarelli.


Personnel:

Luigi Ceccarelli-electronics

Hamid Drake-drums

Gianni Trovalusci-flutes

Ken Vandermark-reeds

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"Luigi Ceccarelli (born April 20, 1953 in Rimini, Italy) is an Italian composer.

Luigi Ceccarelli completed his musical studies in the Ō70s at the Gioachino Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro (Italy) where he studied Electronic Music and Composition with Walter Branchi, Giuliano Zosi and Guido Baggiani. His career as a composer began in 1975, and was strongly influenced by digital technology and research into Sound Spatialisation. In addition to his exclusively musical work right from the start he dedicated a significant part of his professional activity to experimental theatre, contemporary dance, cinema and visual arts.

After moving to Rome in 1978 he began to collaborate with the Gruppo di lavoro intercodice - ALTRO (inter-codex work-group), an artistic association led by the painter Achille Perilli, and during this period his contacts with artists in various other disciplines allowed him to develop forms of music that were closely related to the visual arts and the theater. With ALTRO he wrote and performed the music for the performance Abominable A, which was staged at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. In 1981 ALTRO became a dance company with the name of AltroTeatro and, with the choreographer Lucia Latour, Ceccarelli wrote and performed the music for the groupÕs performances until 1994. These included the show Anihccam dedicated to the Futurist artist Fortunato Depero and staged at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, which launched CeccarelliÕs international career.

In 1994 he made the radio-film (a story told only with sounds and music) La Guerra dei Dischi (The War of the Records), which was commissioned by Rai Radio 3 and based on a text by Stefano Benni. This was the beginning of CeccarelliÕs research into the relationship between music and recited texts, which led the composer to create a series of radio plays and audio plays for Rai Radio 3.

In 1996 his work Birds for bass clarinet and birdsong was awarded the first prize in the competition of the IMEB (Institut international de musique Žlectroacoustique de Bourges - France). This institution then invited Ceccarelli to work in Bourges and commissioned various electroacoustic works from him, including De Zarb ˆ Daf for Iranian percussion instruments.

At the end of the Ō90s Ceccarelli founded Edison Studio together with the composers Alessandro Cipriani, Mauro Cardi and Fabio Cifariello Ciardi with whom he created various soundtracks for silent movies from the second and third decades of the 20th century. These soundtracks, performed live by the composers themselves during screenings of the films, have included those for four particularly important movies: The Last Days of Pompeii, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Blackmail and Inferno. The DVDs with the soundtracks of Inferno realized by Edison Studio were released in 2011 by the Cineteca di Bologna (in the series Cinema ritrovato). CeccarelliÕs particular interest in the relationship between music and film have led him to carry out intensive studies on contemporary cinema and in 2007 he published an article on Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

Starting from 2000, he realized a series of compositions for musical theater and site-specific art installations for the Ravenna Festival, including In Die Resurrectionis, for the Basilica of San Vitale (Ravenna) and Bianco Nero Piano Forte, in collaboration with the photographers Lelli & Masotti and the writer Mara Cantoni, which was located in the Biblioteca Classense.

Also beginning in 2000 Ceccarelli began an artistic collaboration with the Teatro delle Albe, culminating with two works of musical theater, LÕisola di Alcina (The Island of Alcina) and Ouverture Alcina, with a text by Nevio Spadoni in Romagnol dialect. These two creations were staged in Italy, as well as in several European cities (Paris, Berlin, Moscow) and in New York. Another work of musical theater that Ceccarelli realized in the same period was the Requiem staged by the theater company Fanny & Alexander and performed for the first time at the Ravenna Festival in 2001. For these works he received the Italian Theater Critics Award of the Premio UBU (an award where the jury consists of the reviewers in the most important Italian newspapers and magazines) in 2002 (which on that occasion was awarded to a musician for the first time), as well as the prize of Belgrade International Theatre Festival (Serbia) and that of the MESS International Theatre Festival of Sarajevo.

During this period Ceccarelli continued to compose music for dance performances, and he composed the music for Live* with the Norwegian dance company Wee/Francesco Scavetta. From 2009 to 2011 he worked with the South African choreographer Robyn Orlin and in collaboration with Alessandro Cipriani he created the music for several dance performances including Have you hugged kissed and respected your brown Venus today?, which was staged at the ThŽ‰tre de la Ville in Paris and the Grand ThŽ‰tre de Luxembourg.

In 2012 Ceccarelli met the double-bass player Daniel Roccato and with him he established an improvisational duo with the double-bass as a source for the electronic processing of sound in real time. In 2013 he returned to composing for the cinema and with Alessandro Cipriani he made the music for the film by Michel Comte The Girl from Nagasaki, a reworking of PucciniÕs opera Madame Butterfly set in the '60s, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.

Luigi CeccarelliÕs works have been released on CD by RaiTrade, CNI, Luca Sossella Editore, Edipan, BMG-Ariola, Newtone Gmeb / UNESCO / Cime and the Venice Biennale. Since 1979 he has been the head professor of Electronic Music Composition at the Conservatory of Perugia."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Ceccarelli)
5/26/2020

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"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.

Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)

He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
5/26/2020

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"Gianni Trovalusci, Flutist

Graduated in Flute at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatoire in Rome, he specialized in the contemporary repertoire with Pierre-Yves Artaud in Paris, in the Performing Practices of Early Music with Jesper Christensen and in Traversiere with Oskar Peter at the Schola Cantorum Basileensis.

He attended as well to Composition course in L'Aquila Conservatoire.

Since the 70s he has been active in the field of contemporary and ancient music, in music theatre and avant-garde performance.

He has worked with artists like Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner, Evan Parker, Hubert Howe, Bruno Battisti D'Amario, Ian Mitchell, John Tilbury, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Studio Azzurro video production, Ars Ludi, Michele Rabbia, Giorgio Battistelli, Walter Branchi, Alvin Curran, Luigi Ceccarelli, Agostino Di Scipio, Michelangelo Lupone, Walter Prati, Salvatore Sciarrino, Lidia Zielinska, Giorgio Nottoli, Simone Pappalardo, Anna Clementi, Alvise Vidolin, David Ryan, Ilan Volkov, Tonino Battista, Steed Cowart, Marcello Panni, Luca Pfaff, Marco Angius, Tania Chen, London Improvisers Orchestra, and many others.

He was invited in 2017 by Roscoe Mitchell to perform as soloist in 'Frenzy House', for improviser and orchestra, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and a Bay Area musicans large Ensemble in San Francisco.

In March 2016, in California for a tour, gave Flute masterclasses for flutists and composers in Chapman University, San Francisco Conservatoire and Mills College in Oakland, invited by Roscoe Mitchell and Luciano Chessa.

In 2015 he was 'Featured Performer' in NYCEMF New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

From the 2012 he is the main flute player in the EMUFest Electronic Music Festival "Santa Cecilia" Conservatoire in Rome.

He performed in several Festivals: Tectonics Festival Glasgow; AngelicA festival Bologna; De Young Museum San Francisco; Estonian Music Days, Tallinn; New Horizons Music Series Chapman University Orange CA; Teatru Manoel Malta; Munich Biennale; Strasbourg Opera; Roma Europa Festival, Nuova Consonanza, Museo Casa Scelsi, Musica e Scienza, Musica Verticale Festival Rome; MilanoOltre; M.A.N.C.A. Festival Nice; Rheinisch-Westfälisches Music Festival and WDR Cologne; GAS Festival Goteborg; Udine Jazz Festival; REC Reggio Emilia Contemporanea; Cafè Oto, British Film Institute London; Nancy Opera; Kettle's Yard Cambridge; Flanders Opera; Scompiglio Lucca; Ars Electronica - BrucknerHaus Linz; Neue Alte Musik Colonia; Massey College - Toronto University; Houston International Festival Texas; Festival di Musica Elettronica Italiana - Centro Reina Sofia Madrid; CCA Glasgow; Stockholm New Music Stockholm; Nits de Musica Mirò Foundation of Barcelona; etc.

He has teached in several Italian Conservatories, Rome, Latina, Napoli, Salerno, Bari and as founder and Artistic Director of the Project Musica nei Musei, creates from the year 1990 musical and cultural events in historical places, as Museums and Churches, in Rome. From 2008 to 2015 Gianni Trovalusci was a member of the Italian Jury of EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra). He's member of the Executive Committee of the European Conference Promoters of New Music (ECPNM) and for many years was responsible of the activities of Federazione Cemat, for the promotion of Italian New Music in Italy and in the International context.

He recorded for Rai Radio 3, Radio Vaticana, National Swedish Radio, West Deutscher Rundfunk, Sud West Rundfunk, BBC 3.

He's Flute Professor and Coordinator of the Progetto Musica Nazareth, a section of 'Santa Cecilia' Conservatoire in Istituto Nazareth in Rome."-NYCEMF Radio!

-NYCEMF (https://nycemf.org/giovanni-trovalusci-flutist/)
5/26/2020

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"Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990's onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy; in addition, he is the music director of the experimental Pop band, The Margots. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone. In 1999 he was awarded the MacArthur prize for music."

-Ken Vandermark Website (http://kenvandermark.com/2013/10/made-to-break-biography/)
5/26/2020

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SIDE A



1. Open Border Part One 17:51

SIDE B



1. Open Border Part Two 17:53
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"This first-time encounter was recorded during a concert at the magnificent Chiesa di San Giacomo - Complesso Museale San Domenico - Forlì, for the Forlì Open Music Festival on October 14th, 2018. The music performed has the impact of that magnificent space and, like the architecture, is both expansive and extreme. Configurations of the participants shift from passages of solo to quartet, and the improvisations move between pure texture and evolving melodicism.

Luigi Ceccarelli, who has been working with electronics since 1970, and has won numerous electronic music awards, not only creates his own incredible web of sound, but also processes the other musicians' playing in real time. Hamid Drake, one of the most respected percussionists in the world today, goes deep into free territory here, making the recording an even more unique document. The reed combinations between Gianni Trovalusci's flutes and Ken Vandermark's clarinet and tenor sax give the proceedings a unique spacial and dynamic character, one that is informed by Trovalusci's investigation of the contemporary repertoire and early music, along with Vandermark's decades-long history of collaborating with musicians from around the world.

The music on Open Border defies musical conventions and boundary lines. Instead it focuses on a search for creative ground without categories. It is a recording of improvised music invented at the highest level, spontaneous and timeless, energized and austere, always exhilarating."-Audiographic

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