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Chaos — Tecnica Mista
(Lizard CD 0103, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-01-22

Tecnica Mista Cover artTecnica Mista is an eleven part structured improvisation for seven players that seems to wander the boundaries of the musical map between jazz, subtle psychedelic sounds, eastern and world percussive roots, and beyond. The eleven sections proper are connected by shorter interludes where the players reorganize, shift gears and change direction, often bringing different instrumentation to the fore for solos, and forming new textural backdrops as a vehicle for exploration. The group for this recording features sax and EWI player Andrea Oddone Martin, guitarist Andrea Battaglion, guitarist and bassist Michele Palmieri, keyboardist Joachim Thomas, hand percussionists Gabriele Bruzzolo and Paolo Lazazzara who also incorporate turntables, electronics, toy accordion, navajo flutes, whistles, voices and other effects into their playing. Tying everything together with live mixing and effects is Stefano Bruzzolo, as an integral part of the performance. As the players wander around, crossing through different sonic portals and continuously exploring new sonic terrain, it’s really difficult to nail this down with simple descriptives. The improvisations are inspired by the paintings of artist Gianni Ambrogio, which are also integrated into the performance. Like any improvisation, anything can happen at any time, but the players seem to find their natural boundaries within limits that retain an enjoyable musicality and groove. One might find their work comparable to classic world-improv ensembles like Embryo, Aktuala, and Oriental Wind, but generally carrying a looser, more contemporary feel.

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