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d'istante3

Artist: Blaise Siwula

Date of Release: 05/10/2012

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 537

Label: SLAM

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Giancarlo Mazzu, Luciano Troja

Blaise Siwula alto & tenor saxes, bass clarinet, clarinet, Giancarlo Mazzù guitar, drums, Luciano Troja piano.

“d’istante3” is a creative music project bringing together the two Italian improvisers Giancarlo Mazzù and Luciano Troja, and the New York based saxophonist Blaise Siwula.
Giancarlo and Luciano have worked together on the European jazz scene since 2002. Their music is mainly based on the search for new forms and expressions, related to tradition with a solid jazz background, mixed with folk music, classical forms and free improvisation.
Blaise Siwula has established a prominent role in the NYC music scene since his arrival there in 1989

Collaboration between the three musicians began in 2009, with their first performance together in NYC at ABC No-Rio, where Siwula is the curator of C.O.M.A. Series. In 2011 “d’istante3” performed in several venues around NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem); in April that year, in the Wombat Studio in Brooklyn, the trio decided to record their special synergy in the spontaneous session presented on this, their first CD.

 

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23/08/2013 Vittorio Lo Conte

Giancarlo Mazzù e Luciano Troja suonano insieme da più di un decennio, in particolare nel progetto Mahanada con il quale hanno ricevuto numerosi riconoscimenti (leggi le recensioni di Uno, Taranta's Circle e Mannahatta). Blaise Siwula, sassofonista e clarinettista americano, nella Big Apple dal 1989, è ormai una figura storica dell'avanguardia da un punto musicale e organizzativo.
Dopo aver iniziato a collaborare nel 2009, i tre sono tornati a suonare insieme nel 2011 per una serie di concerti newyorchesi culminati nella seduta di registrazione documentata in questo D'Istante3.
I tre sembrano complementari. L'esperienza di Siwula si adatta perfettamente alla musica di Mazzù e Troja. Insieme passano da momenti più astratti ed informali ad altri in cui la tradizione appare rivisitata spegiudicatamente, ad esempio a metà del brano finale, quando Siwula al clarinetto accetta la sfida del banjo di Mazzù.
Il disco appare guidato dall'ispirazione del momento, spesso spiazzando l'ascoltatore. In "Istante 2," ad esempio, Mazzù suona percussioni e batteria e Siwula il sax, strada abbandonata nel brano successivo in cui Siwula passa al clarinetto basso con Mazzù alla chitarra e Troja al piano che si scambiano i ruoli invitando Siwula ad un'improvvisazione complessa ed allo stesso tempo suggestiva. Scocca la scintilla e spunta un "Istante 4" sotto forma di ballad, lentissima, che è fra i momenti migliori dell'album.
I tre riescono a fare coincidere i rispettivi mondi sonori creando un'intesa suggestiva.
Vittorio Lo Conte http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=8883

TRANSLATION
Mazzù Giancarlo and Luciano Troja been playing together for more than a decade, particularly in the project Mahanada with whom they have received numerous awards (read the reviews of A, Taranta's Circle and Mannahatta). Blaise Siwula, American saxophonist and clarinetist, in the Big Apple since 1989, is now a historical figure from an avant-garde musical and organizational.
After I started to work in 2009, the three are back playing together in 2011 for a series of concerts culminating in the New York recording session documented in this D'Istante3.
The three complementary. The experience of Siwula is perfectly suited to the music of Mazzù and Troja. Together went from the most abstract and informal with others in which the tradition is revisited spegiudicatamente, for example in the middle of the final song, when Siwula clarinet accepts the challenge of the banjo Mazzù.
The disc is guided by the inspiration of the moment, often displacing the listener. In "Instant 2," for example, Mazzù plays percussion and drums and sax Siwula, abandoned road in the next track where Siwula switches to bass clarinet with Mazzù on guitar and Troy to the plan that they change roles inviting Siwula to an improvisation complex and fascinating at the same time. Sparks and check a "Moment 4" in the form of ballad, slow, which is among the best moments of the album.
The three manage to make coincide the respective worlds of sound creating an understanding suggestive.

 

01/04/2013 Bernie Koenig

According to the notes, written by Siwula, these
three have been playing together since 2006.
Siwula curates an improvised music series where these
three have played together. It is clear that they have
been playing together as the interplay among all three
is superb.
This is one of those records that illustrate that free
improvised music can be consonant and melodic,
though there are some raucous moments, especially
on “2”, where Siwula’s sax swirls with nice chordal
accompaniment from Troja and some basic drumming
from Mazzu. There is a nice, very basic drum solo on this
track as well, with Mazzu humming along. “3” features
Siwula on bas clarinet. While he does not try to play
like Dolphy, at times the influence is heard, and Mazzu’s
guitar accompaniment reminded me of what Mingus
would do on bass behind Dolphy. “4” features Siwula’s
tenor accompanied by some piano and guitar. Siwula’s
tenor has a light sound, somewhere between Pres and
Rollins, but every once in a while he gets a good growl
going. But he always seems to come back to nice long
melodic lines, on all horns, some of which sound like
old pop tunes. On the last track, on clarinet, I thought
he was going to go into a klezmer riff.
In short, a nice record that would hold up to many
plays, and that might serve as a good introduction to
free playing for people who usually do not listen to free
improvisational music.
Bernie Koenig Cadence April 2013

 

01/02/2013 Le. Lo

Jazz Colours, February 2013
Due italiani e un newyorkese uniti dalla passione
per il buon jazz e dallo studio e l’approfondimento
di forme musicali che viaggiano fuori da
qualsiasi schema. Ecco come si presenta il trio
Mazzù-Siwula-Troja, la cui musica si rispecchia
alla perfezione nelle parole usate, poco tempo
fa, dallo stesso Mazzù per descrivere il suo punto
di vista: “La musica jazz è un contenitore per la
creatività; è la capacità di improvvisazione dei
musicisti. È giusto che oggi ogni musicista porti
la propria cultura, le proprie esperienze e le
proprie influenze in questo modo di vedere la
musica, soprattutto se parliamo di improvvisazione”.
Quello di Mazzù-Siwula-Troja è un trio
che nella sua combinazione di chitarra, sax e
piano, può apparire ostico ma che, grazie all’eclettismo
dei musicisti, risulta subito piacevole.
I brani di “D’Istante3” non si discostano
molto l’uno dall’altro, per volontà stessa degli
autori, a cominciare dai titoli che partono da un
Istante 1 per proseguire numericamente fino all’Istante
7. Mazzù e Troja lavorano insieme
ormai da oltre dieci anni, e il loro affiatamento
è lampante. Un’unione nata all’insegna della ricerca
dove, sulla base di solide radici di matrice
chiaramente jazz, si innescano alla perfezione
partiture che strizzano l’occhio tanto alla musica
folk quanto alla musica europea e africana,
dando vita ad una contaminazione di generi che
ben bilanciano tradizione colta e popolare. Fin
da Istante 1 è facile notare come pianista e chitarrista
divertano e si divertano in un contagioso
alternarsi di frasi. Nell’affiatamento tra Mazzù e
Troja, si inserisce in maniera lineare il lavoro di
Blaise Siwula, esponente di spicco della scena
musicale newyorkese, che già nel 2009 si unisce
ai due colleghi italiani gettando le basi per la
nascita di un sodalizio in grado di proporre una
musica graffiante (termine che calza a pennello
per le svisate di Istante 3) che si traduce nella
realizzazione di questo Cd, del quale vanno valorizzati
soprattutto gli episodi 4 e 5, decisamente
più morbidi ma non per questo meno
incisivi delle restanti tracce dove il trio si offre
con grande disinvoltura. Difficile distinguerle,
dato che “D’Istante3” si propone proprio come
un concept, un lungo gioco di improvvisazioni da
ascoltare tutto d’un fiato._Le.Lo.

TRANSLATION
Two Italians and a New Yorker united by their passion
for the smooth jazz and the study and deepening
musical forms that travel outside
any scheme. Here's what the trio
Mazzù-Siwula-Troja, whose music reflects
perfectly in the words used, a short time
ago, by the same Mazzù to describe its point
of view: "Jazz music is a container for the
creativity is the ability to improvise the
musicians. It's just that today every musician ports
their culture, their experiences and
their influences in this way of seeing
music, especially when it comes to improvisation. "
What Mazzù-Siwula-Troja is a trio
that in its combination of guitar, sax and
plan, it may seem difficult but thanks eclecticism
musicians, it is immediately enjoyable.
The songs on "On Istante3" do not differ
greatly from one another, by the will of the same
authors, beginning with titles that start at a
One moment to continue until the time numerically
7. Mazzù Troja and work together
for over ten years, and their harmony
is obvious. Union established by research
where, on the basis of solid roots of the matrix
clearly jazz, trigger perfectly
scores that wink so much to the music
folk music as the European and African
giving rise to a contamination of genres
well balanced scholarly tradition and popular. Since
by Instant 1 is easy to see as a pianist and guitarist
have fun and enjoy themselves in a contagious
alternating sentences. Nell'affiatamento between Mazzù and
Troja, is inserted in a linear manner the work of
Blaise Siwula, a leading figure of the scene
New York music, which in 2009 joined
the two Italian colleagues laid the foundations for the
birth of a partnership will offer a
scratchy music (a term that fits perfectly
for svisate of Instant 3) which results in the
realization of this CD, which should be valued
especially the episodes 4 and 5, decidedly
softer but no less
incisors of the remaining tracks with the trio offers
with great ease. Difficult to distinguish,
since "On Istante3" aims like
a concept, a long game of improvisations
listen to all of a fiato._Le.Lo.

 

07/01/2013 Ken Waxman

After five years of intercontinental music making,
Italian pianist Luciano Troja and guitarist/drummer
Giancarlo Mazzù, plus New York multi-reedist Blaise
Siwula, have finally recorded their co-operative trio.
The wait was worth it. With interactive familiarity
engendered by time, the three easily enmesh unique
textures and timbres into a satisfying whole. Siwula is
an improviser never inhibited by fashion or genre.
That makes him a perfect foil for the other two, whose
musical explorations flow equally from so-called
classical music and folkloric suggestions as well as the
liberation implicit in free music.
As an added bonus, d’istantes3’s seven tracks are
divided in such a way that two unique trios could be
on hand. One, more jazz-oriented, usually features
Siwula playing alto or tenor saxophone in a tart,
impassioned manner while Mazzù demonstrates his
talent as a time-keeping drummer with a fondness for
shuffle beats. Here Troja’s command of blues
progressions and other swing conventions is on display
as well. With a style more akin to contemporary New
music, the pianist helps define the second trio,
alongside Mazzù’s harsh rasgueado and slurred
fingering on the guitar plus Siwula’s extended
techniques, usually expressed in the chalumeau
register of the clarinet or bass clarinet.
For instance, with Mazzù’s slaps and ruffs and
Troja’s metronomic pulsing propelling the tune
forward, “Istantes 2” finds Siwula’s saxophone lines
evolving from hesitant flutters to multiphonic, circular
smears. In contrast, “Istantes 1” could have been
through-composed in early 20th century Vienna. As
low-pitched clarinet puffs eventually sharpen, reed
lines are accompanied by harp-like strums from the
guitarist and busy piano patterns.
Divisions aren’t hard and fast, however, since
many tracks exhibit both recital- and dance-hall
characteristics. “Istantes 2” for example, has a blues
progression and drum rolls and shuffles suggesting
‘30s Swing while heavily vibrated bass clarinet slurs
are strictly modern. By the final selection the three
have managed to forge inimitable sequences, which
can call on the characteristics of other musics while
maintaining an interface strictly the band’s own.
Ken Waxman
January 2013 | THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

 

11/12/2012 Vittorio Lo Conte

l trio di Giancarlo Mazzù chitarra e batteria eLuciano Trojaal piano insieme
al veterano della musica improvvisataBlaise Siwulaè spuntato a New York, in
uno di qui luoghi in cui l´avanguardia trova spazio sul palco. All´epoca con
il gruppo dei Mahanada, i due incontrarono Siwula in un jam session e da lì
sono partite una serie di collaborazioni che finalmente sono maturate su disco,
uscito sulla meritevole Slam Productions inglese. Siwula, ai sax tenore e contralto
ed al clarinetto ed al clarinetto basso, è un ottimo partner per i musicisti italiani.
I tre riescono ad essere un collettivo molto speciale, in quanto mettono insieme il
proprio patrimonio musicale senza contraddizioni, ognuno con le proprie radici,
visibilmente molto distanti. Eppur funziona, il ponte lanciato tra gli USA e l´Italia
permette comunicazioni dal contenuto sorprendente. Emergono retaggi classici, ad esempio
nell´Istante 4, situazioni che provengono dal jazz mainstream, il tutto ormai ben
metabolizzato e ridato in forma coerente. Questa nuova via è sorprendente ed in grado di
funzionare soltanto grazie all´esperienza dei tre. Il veterano sassofonista americano
suona con molta cura, in lui si sente tutta la storia del jazz. I due italiani portano
con sè un tutt´altro tipo di esperienza musicale e di cultura. Scocca così quella scintilla
che permette ai tre di dialogare alla pari e di creare qualcosa che va al di là della tecnica
strumentale o dei generi. L´improvvisazione la fa da padrona, ma sfugge tuttavia ai moduli
tipici della musica più radicale. Un trio intrigante, fra jazz e non, fra tradizione ed
avanguardia.

The trio of Giancarlo Mazzù guitar and drums and Luciano Troja floor along with the veteran of
improvised music Blaise Siwula erupted in New York, here in one of the places where the vanguard
is space on the stage.At the time with the group of Mahanada, the two met Siwula in a jam session
and from there one game in a series of collaborations that have finally gained on record, released
on worthy Slam Productions English.Siwula, the alto and tenor sax and clarinet and bass clarinet,
is an excellent partner for the Italian musicians.The three manage to be a collective very special
in that they put together their own musical heritage without contradictions, each with their own
roots, apparently very distant.And yet it works, the bridge between the U.S. and Italy launched
allows communications from the amazing content.Emerge heritage classics, such as in 'Moment 4
situations that come from the jazz mainstream, all now well metabolized and again into a coherent form.
This new route is surprising and can operate only thanks to the experience of the three.The veteran
American saxophonist plays with great care, he feels the entire history of jazz.The two Italians bring
with them a different kind of musical experience and culture.Body so that spark that allows the three
to converse on an equal and create something that goes beyond the technical or instrumental genres.
Improvisation is king, but nevertheless escapes the typical forms of music more radical.An intriguing trio,
including jazz and, between tradition and avant-garde.
Vittorio Lo Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=10004

 

05/11/2012 François Couture

Rencontre d'improvisation libre entre le saxophoniste-clarinettiste Blaise Siwula,
le pianiste Luciano Troja et le guitariste-batteur Giancarlo Mazzu'. Belle chimie
entre les trois. Beau parallélisme entre le phrasé de Siwula et celui de Troja, ce
qui permet d'intégrer le premier à la cellule créative forte de Troja et Mazzu'. recommandé.
Free improvisation meeting between sax/clarinet player Blaise Siwula, pianist Luciano Troja,
and guitarist/percussionist Giancarlo Mazzu'. Fine chemistry between all three.
Nice affinities between Siwula's phrasing and Troja's phrasing, which makes it easy for
the former to insert himself within the strong creative nucleus between Troja and Mazzu'. Recommended.
François Couture http://blog.monsieurdelire.com/search/label/Journal%20d%27%C3%A9coute%20%2F%20Listening%20diary

 

01/11/2012 ALBERTO BAZZURRO

Tratti comuni, ma lungo percorsi stilisticamente più compatti, si ritrovano in un altro album a due,
qui però aperto a una terza voce, le ance dell'americanoBlaise Siwula, innestate sulla coppia –
ampiamente rodata – composta dal pianistaLuciano Trojae dal batterista/chitarristaGiancarlo Mazzù,
i quali, inD'istante3(Slam), praticano un'improvvisazione libera quanto sorvegliata, di tono ora
più cameristico, ora più nervoso, attorcigliato, costantemente incline alla sperimentazione.

Common traits, but along paths stylistically the most compact, can be found in another two albums,
but here to open a third voice, reeds AmericanBlaise Siwula, grafted on the couple - well-oiled -
composed by pianistLuciano Trojaand drummer / guitaristGiancarlo Mazzù, which, inD'istante3(Slam),
practicing free improvisation as lifeguard, tone chamber now more, now more nervous, twisted,
constantly prone to experimentation.
ALBERTO BAZZURRO http://www.lisolachenoncera.it/rivista/rubriche/-3/

 

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