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FREE-DOT
JUST FLUX!
Antonio Cotardo – flutes, voice, bells, piano
Paolo Pacciolla - drums, berimbao, mbira, voice, Jew’s harp, bells, piano

Free-Dot project is a space in which musical and cultural boundaries are broken, and opportunities of artistic dialogue are wide open. It aims at exploring sound and its resonating relationship with silence, creating sonic landscapes and tone colours sparked by the meeting of musical instruments of diverse cultural background. Improvisation is at the centre of Free-Dot’s projects.

Just Flux!, which follows Ariband (SLAM 2010), the first recording of the duo, is a project of improvised music based on a set of musical instruments and musical objects. No scores, words or any other suggestion was definied before playing. Just flux!
Flutes (flute, piccolo, alto, bass…), drums (daire, daff, tombak, bodhran, maroccan tabla...) berimbao, mbira, Jew’s harp, a set of stones, steel lids, bells, nuts, reed and shell rattles…and the piano, played directly from the strings and used as resonant witness.

Recorded the 8th of September 2011 and mixed by P. Pacciolla and A.Cotardo at the base of the association Sutra Arti Performative.

Antonio Cotardo: flutist and tutor, got his diploma at the Conservatorio di musica ‘Tito Schipa’ of Lecce and attended the three-year course of high specialization at the Accademia Musicale Umbra taking the diploma.
In 1997 starts studying jazz harmonics and improvisation techniques with the flutist Nicola Stilo.
In 2000 starts an important collaboration with the group Ghetonia, participating at numerous festivals in Italy and abroad: Turin, New York, Boston, Frankfurt, Brighton, London e Greece. With the group he recorded the CD’s “ Krifi”, “ Terra e Sale” e “Riza”.
In 2005 he founds Photinx Quartet for which he writes and arranges music. In march 2006 the Quartet recorded the CD Photinx and played at “ La Fondation Danoise” and “L’association la Mezzanine” in Paris.

Paolo Pacciolla: pianist, percussionist and ethnomusicologist.
Teaches ‘Ethnomusicology’ at the Corso di Musiche Extraeuropee of the Conservatorio di Musica of Vicenza.
From 1995, soon after his degree in Pedagogy and diploma of Pianoforte, he spends long periods in India to study the classical Indian music and, in 1996, he receives a scholarship of the I.C.C.R. (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) to continue to study in New Delhi. He specializes in the pakhawaj, drum of the classical music of north India, in New Delhi, under the guide of one of the greatest teachers, Guru Ram Kishore Das.
He deepens the study of the daire and the tombak, drums of the classical music of the Persia, developing a personal language.
In 1999, with the Beppe Capozza Quartet, he recorded the CD “Round Circle” playing tombak, daire and pakhawaj.
From 2003 to 2006, he taught ‘Indian and Persian Drumming’ within the three-year Course of Folk Music at the Conservatorio di Musica Tito Schipa di Lecce.
Member of the Italian Association for Sanskrit Studies at whose meetings presents lectures on Indian music and instruments, he is author of the monographs "Il pensare musicale indiano” (Besa, 2005) and, together with Luisa Spagna, of "La gioia e il potere. Musica e danza in India” (Besa, 2008). He wrote also various articles and essays on music published on specialized magazines.
With the dancer Luisa Spagna, as Sutra Arti Performative, presents original productions and classical repertoire of India in festival in Italy and abroad.
In June 2011 he published “Enchanting Circles”, his first solo recording, under the label Alfa Music.
sutraartiperformative.com

Contact:
Paolo Pacciolla: cell. 380.7025709, paolopacciolla@gmail.com
Antonio Cotardo: a.cotardo@yahoo.it

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