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Stagioni

Artist: Rêverie Duo

Date of Release: 21/01/2012

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 534

Label: SLAM

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Rêverie Duo is an acoustic duo - Valerio Daniele acoustic guitar and Redi Hasa cello – whose art is largely drawn from natural and ‘atavistic’ influences. The recordings on “Stagioni” were made in the atmospheric environment of a fifteenth century chapel; listening to the music it is not difficult to share the mood of such a venue.

Both musicians consciously seek to create music in what they refer to as “a non-definable zone between genres”. They go on to say “The music tends to be resonant and reverberating, independent from any genre polarization. It moves in a vacant territory, which the Duo tries to flll with spirals, cycles and imaginary memories. The harmonies lead to the dream and to irrational perception by blurring the real images to make them natural.”

Recorded 8 and 9 February 2010 in Masseria S. Lucia's ancient chapel, Alessano (LE)
Mixed and mastered at Chora Studi Musicali, Monteroni Di Lecce (LE), Italy.

 

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26/01/2012 Bruce Lee Gallanter

REVERIE DUO [VALERIO DANIELE/REDI HASA] - Stagioni (Slam 534; UK)
Featuring Valerio Daniele on acoustic guitar and Redi Hasa on cello.
George Haslam's British-based Slam label has its hand on the pulse of
a wide-ranging series of musicians in different and often unconnected
scenes in South America and Italy, as well as with dozens of
musicians throughout the United Kingdom. I am consistently surprised
by many of the level of quality from musicians I have little of no
previous information about except for the handful of bigger names
like Paul Dunmall or Lol Coxhill or Elton Dean.
Again SLAM presents two fine Italian musicians with whom I know nothing about. This is an acoustic duo featuring Redi Hasa on cello and Valerio Daniele on acoustic guitar. Although all of the pieces here were written by Redi or Valerio, there is quite a bit of experimentation going on. The balance between the deep, warm sound of the cello and the thinner, more brittle of the acoustic guitar is done quite well. While the melodies seem to to come from a more folk-like side, the music falls somewhere between jazz and modern classical. On "Il Ritorno" it sounds as if Valerio is using an e-bow on his acoustic guitar to get the strings to hum. Similar to the way Elliott Sharp or Paolo Angelini manipulate their acoustic guitars. Those buzzing strings are somewhat eerie. Redi Hasa bows most intensely for the last part of this piece, sounding as if the strings are about to erupt into a volcanic conclusion. The duo's name, "Reverie" is also a piece with an exquisite melody that recalls the golden days of Oregon or the Paul Winter Consort, those seminal acoustic avant/jazz ensembles with unique ethnic influences and instrumentation. Each piece is enchanting since of musician has found the right amount of inside and outside, warm and cool, complex and melodic streams. Rarely have I heard challenging music as charming as the Reverie Duo. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

 

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