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“John eats Bacon with Francis in the Cage”

Artist: Perlin Noise

Date of Release: 28/02/2020

Catalogue no: SLAMCD2111

Label: SLAM

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Perlin Noise: Irene Kepl – violin, Stephanie Schoiswohl - alto sax, Villy Paraskevopoulos – piano, Alessandro Vicard – contrabass, Mark Holub – drums.Recorded at Marinegrau, Vienna 4rd - 5th January 2019Perlin Noise is an algorithm which allows computer graphics artists to represent the complexity of natural phenomena in visual effects and is often used in the creation of computer-generated visual elements. Through the composition of Alessandro Vicard, THE PERLIN NOISE QUINTET translates this idea into acoustic terms, the sonic results expressed in composed and improvised music.Tracks 1Barocco 6.462Il moto die corpi 6.473Cellula 5.584John eats Bacon with Francis in the Cage 6.515Melodia 10.09

 

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15/04/2020 Ken Waxman

Futurist takes on the violin-reed-rhythm section paradigm that has been used by canny improvisers since the Hot Club of France expanded and fiddlers like Eddie South or Stuff Smith organized combos. Not that Irene Kepl of Perlin Noise or Clément Janinet is an ace string wizard like Stéphane Grappelli, Smith or South. But the nonpareil urbanity each brings to John Eats Bacon with Francis in the Cage or DANSE posits distinctive comportment for the string player during the program. Kepl’s manifold skills join with the five players of Perlin Noise in creating expansive orchestral colors, while Janinet’s O. U. R. S. contributions add an overlay of dervish-like abandon to the other disc.
Modernism could be the key description of Perlin Noise, for as early as “Barocco”, the first track, Baroque inflections are quickly superseded by a polyphonic pulse including swing-Jazz piano riffs, emphasized string sweeps and swirling horns. A Vienna-centred aggregation with EU-aspirations, all the quintet’s tracks were composed by Sicilian bassist Alessandro Vicard, who moves among noted , Pop and improvised music, with the likes of Michael Fischer and Didi Kern. Pianist Villy Paraskevopoulos has transplanted himself from Athens to the Austrian capital, which is where Austrian violinist Irene Kepl who plays with George Cremaschi as well as this group’s drummer Mark Holub, a Led Bib member, also resides. Alto saxophonist Stephanie Schoiswohl is also part of the Grazias Saxophone & Flute Quintet.
Despite these notated music credentials and in spite of euphonious motifs in some of John Eats Bacon with Francis in the Cage’s five tracks, this is no Third Stream attempt. Instead melodic underpinnings snake through the tunes while concurrently the soloists’ breaks and detours move the sequences into the realm of pure improvisation and/or reflections of other sounds. For example Holub’s dramatically shaped patterns and pulses on “Melodia” give way to a low-pitched violin-piano showcase that could be a mini-concerto. In contrast the title tune’s exposition is scattered among Rock, Swing and march inferences that ratchet at 78 rpm of silent-movie-frame speeds. Most characteristically, Vicard’s walking bass thumps contrast enough with Kepl’s high-pitched spiccato stops on “Cellula” to suggest both gypsy Jazz and layered ensemble coloring until the tune climaxes with downward sliding concurrence.
As erudite as they are entertaining, these bands have convincingly positioning this instrumentation within the creative music framework.
—Ken Waxman http://www.jazzword.com/one-review/?id=130198

 

09/04/2020 George W. Harris

Perlin Noise is comprised of Irene Kepl/vi, Alessandro Vicard/b, Villy Paraskevopoulos/p, Stephanie Schoiswohl/as and Mark Holub/dr. The material includes some elliptical Bartokian strings juxtaposed with bright alto work on the askance “Barocco” to some flailing strings and sticks on the ten minute “Melodia”. Breathy mouthpiece pants and rustling percussion comprises the title track and scratching bows and jagged chords grind during “Cellula” with a mix of thrash and crash for “Il Moto Dei Corpi”. Spontaneous combustions?
George Harris Jazz Weekly 9/4/20 https://www.jazzweekly.com/2020/04/grand-slamhoward-riley-more-listening-more-hearing-perlin-nose-john-eats-bacon-with-francis-in-the-cage-locked-locked/

 

01/03/2020 Ken Cheetham

Curious as to the origins of this band’s name, I went browsing and discovered that Perlin Noise is an algorithm which allows graphics designers and gamers to imitate the complexity of natural phenomena in computer-generated visual effects. It is often used in the creation of such visual elements, for example in the synthesis of the appearance of fluids, but this is just one of many applications.

I was able to realise, after listening to the album a couple of times, that this was perhaps the process, developed acoustically, by which Vicard’s compositions were expressed in sound. The music fluctuates between free improvisation and compositional structures and these vicissitudes are pretty random. Alto, piano and violin execute taut, knotty, composed sections in between solo instruments’ segments. The randomness at times may distance the music, but it is, nonetheless, a warm, highly-flavoured sound, strewn with articulate dialogues and astonishing experimentations.

This is a contemporary, classical/improv ensemble, whose five musicians share elements of an innovative musical background which ranges through classical, experimental, improv, jazz and ‘world’ music. They create some monstrously challenging music to play, in part because they each contribute their proclivity for creation and improvisation. Their combined experiences in playing such diverse music and performing on stage, in the studio or orchestra pit, means that they know how to do it and the do it with aplomb.

We have a part to play too: we need to listen – it’s marvellous.

Ken Cheetham https://www.jazzviews.net/perlin-noise---john-eats-bacon-with-francis-in-the-cage.html

 

20/02/2020 Bruce Lee Gallanter

PERLIN NOISE - John Eats Bacon with Francis in the Cage (Slam 5526; UK) Featuring Irene Kepl on violin, Stephanie Schoiswohl on alto sax, Villy Paraskevoulos on piano, Allesandro Vicard on double bass & compositions and Mark Holub on drums. The Slam, FMR and Leo labels seem to consistently release discs from dozens of musicians, many of whom are relatively unknown. Perlin Noise is a quintet who I think are based in Vienna, Austria. I am previously familiar with just 2 of the 5 members, violinist Irene Pepl, who has played here at DMG a couple of years ago and who has a duo disc out with Mark Holub. Drummer Holub is also the leader of the UK progressive band Led Bib, who have a half dozen records out, including a newer one from 2019 on Rare Noise. The leader here is bassist Alessandro Vicard, who is all the main composer. The opening piece, “Barocco”, seems to mix intensely free sections with tight blasts of conducted or written episodes. Mr. Holub is a strong and is featured on “Meloda”. The violin, alto sax and piano play some challenging, tight, written passages throughout most of this piece, in between interludes for just one instrument to play its written part. It is an odd way to balance things and takes some time to get used to since the changes are mostly unpredictable. When things become minimal in certain sections, we start to slow down and listen closer. I like when the piano, bass & drums play one repeating line while the violin and/or alto sax play another intersecting line, with short blasts of solo bits interspersed. I had this disc on in the store then other day when a composer/musician friend commented that he thought it was one the better discs he had heard recently. Good news and he did buy a copy. Time to play it again and listen closer so that there magic is revealed further. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG February 2020

 

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