is a project by three Italian musicians (Mirko Maddaleno, Lorenzo Cappelli, Alessia Castellano, that have been playing for several years in the italian underground music scene with different bands. The project was born in summer 2017, and in December of the same year Serpentu recorded their first album. In this range of time the band has been working both on the arrangements of the songs and on improvisations that deeply influenced the final form of the album.
The album has been recorded and mixed on the Tuscany hills, and the whole process has been handled completely by the band. After the live recording of every song, the second step of has been all about recording and manipulating sounds; lately these sounds have become a kind of texture that connects the songs to the fragments of the improvisations. Eight raw, slow and obscure songs that follow one another as different ambients shift on the background. While Alessia Castellano’s cello swings between dark drones and romanticism, the two guitars sound as two different instruments: one is big, rich and liquid, the other is percussive, skinny and repetitive. The three voices define the shape of the songs and form a single sound wave that goes from whispers to screams, from sweet melodies to dissonance. After the release of the album, the band has been working for the Festival delle Colline on a live soundtrack for the Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 masterpiece “Vampyr”. https://serpentu.bandcamp.com/
present „The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog“ Pierre Borel – alto saxophone Louis Laurain – trumpet Antonio Borghini – double bass Hannes Lingens – drums After devoting their debut to the concepts of Anthony Braxton and Ornette Coleman and inventing the collective alter ego Alvin P. Buckley as the mastermind behind their second album, Die Hochstapler (The Impostors) have with their third release officially declared Alvin P. dead and arrived at a music entirely their own. Based on questions of language and communication, their music is developed collectively in extensive rehearsal periods. Card games, alphabets, mathematical structures as well as texts from Beckett to Kerouac form the basis for radically free discourse. Four independent voices, free to suggest, pretend, agree, disagree or ignore at any time of the game, collectively build up a rhetoric full of hints and references, playful and ever changing. Active since 2010, Die Hochstapler have played at venues and Festivals such as Météo Mulhouse, Jazz d‘Or Berlin, Cable Festival Nantes, Hagenfesten and Umlaut Festival Berlin. The “extensive aesthetics” (freiStil) of their “excellent album” (Citizen Jazz) “The Braxtornette Project” (Umlaut Records 2013) has been perceived as “sensational” by austrian magazin skug and its successor “The Music of Alvin P. Buckley” (Umlaut Records 2015), according to allaboutjazz, “swings as hard as early Ornette and Don Cherry’s interlocking horns mashed up with the radicalism of Jimmy Giuffre’s ensembles”.
Szilard Benes (HU) – Klarinette/Bassklarinette Christof Ressi (A) – Elektronik/Video Die beiden Musiker verbindet die Lust an der Grenzüberschreitung. Während Szilard Benes sich auf der ständigen Suche nach der klanglichen Erweiterung seines Instruments befindet und Inspiration vor allem aus der Neuen Musik und dem Free Jazz, aber auch aus der Klezmer-Musik schöpft, bastelt Christof Ressi, wenn er nicht gerade komponiert oder arrangiert, an live-elektronischen Setups und Computerprogrammen, die ihm einen spontanen und direkten Umgang mit Klang und Bild ermöglichen. Gemeinsam suchen sie nach neuen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten im Aufeinandertreffen unterschiedlicher Medien und vertreten dabei einen möglichst offen Begriff davon, was (noch) Musik sei. Bei den Stücken handelt es sich meist um Konzeptimprovisationen – darunter die audio-visuelle Performance “Borderline”, eine Studie über das expressive Potential psychischer Ausnahmezustände.