|A genre is a set of tendencies, of rules within music that arent always followed but are always at least acknowledged by the players. So when composing for a genre that rebels against even the necessity for rules, a composer has a bewildering array of decisions to make, each of which can make or break a composition hence the difficulty of writing avant-garde music. And yet when it works, it simply soars.
Giulio Corini (bass), Francesco Bigoni (sax), and Nelide Bandello (drums) have created a collection that takes flight early, and, with few dips, remains firmly aloft throughout the CDs 8 tracks. Highlights include the beautifully crafted Tari Bari, which plays with all the eloquence of a great three-bodied animal telling a traditional heros tale. Starting with a unison line set against a drum part that pulses without establishing a beat, the tonal instruments wander away from each other, to suddenly find themselves face to face once again in an occasional, startling rhythmic unity.
Habitat is a wild space of sounds that evokes the dense, close paths of many predatory animals weaving around each other. The bass anchors the sounds in the dark, deep end of its range, while the sax plays a sinuous game with its mid-range resonance and the drums subtly but certainly regulate the tension throughout. Gatnegher and Affetti are more recognizably song-like. While Gatnegher emerges from a meandering bass solo with a shockingly funky groove, Affetti actually draws tears with its melodic beauty.
Diverse enough to hold interest for many kinds of listeners, Libero Motu delivers on its titles promise: free emotion. While I cant say that all the compositional decisions were equally good, this is music for the serious listener and offers rich rewards for those who engage in the tonal universe it creates.
by Tova Kardonne August 2007