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Performart — The Art of Falling In and Out the Circle of Time
((Not on label) no#, 2014, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-04-15

The Art of Falling In and Out the Circle of Time Cover artPerformart is the Italian duo of Andrea Guariso (guitars, loops, and percussion) and Claudio Nicola (bass, double bass, and percussion loops). Both have been playing jazz and collaborating with other musicians for decades. In 2008 they joined together to form Performart to further the concept that music is the universal language that has life and an identity that you can express through yourself, risking yourself, and sharing external and intimate moments of life. Their approach is to create music instinctively and instantly, through improvisation bringing together many different influences. Performart’s first release was totally improvised by Andrea and Claudio inside the Electromantic Music studio for 14 hours and Beppe Crovella’s studio for another three days. The resulting twelve tracks document disparate situations, various moments of the day, and different musicians’ moods. There is a definite free-form jazzy vibe present throughout the disc and it takes a dedicated listener to experience it all in one sitting. Repeated loops, reversed tapes, and distortion abound in Performart’s Lo-Fi musical world. Many of the tracks are amorphous moods rather than song or melody structures. There are hints of Robert Fripp, Richard Pinhas, and possibly even Pascal Comelade. Some of the highlights are “Giaconda Folk Bottle,” “Reverse Trip,” and “Clouds’ Energy.” Overall, their random, improvisational approach can be quite introverted, making it difficult to engage this listener. But if you like experimental, free-form jazz mixed in with a bit of rock, you may find this an interesting release.

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