AMN Reviews: Sandro Sciarratta – Pietra [kmp productions cd02]

PietraSandro Sciarratta’s (mostly) solo CD Pietra reflects the diverse interests that have been part of the Sicilian double bassist’s work since the 1980s. Moving from jazz in the 1970s to improvisation and electronic exploration in the following decades, Sciarratta followed an increasingly experimental route, the essential elements of which are documented in this set of ten pieces for prepared double bass, electronics, tape and object, composed between 1997 and 2013.

The recording was inspired by the rough, igneous rock—the “pietra” of the title—so common to the Sicilian landscape. And there is a parallel between the textured, irregular surfaces of the rock and the almost tactile quality of the sound Sciarratta derives from his instrument—supplemented, as it often is, by an array of miscellaneous objects. His is a profoundly physical approach to the bass, a wrestling against the resistance of the real as this latter is embodied in wood and steel. Sciarratta’s playing is rooted in a robust, muscular pizzicato and an arco style that foregrounds the scrape latent in the meeting of bow and string. On Zubbia Sciarratta draws deep, bell-like tones from the bass; in many of the other pieces, including one dedicated to John Cage, the preparations add a layer of rattling and grinding miscellany to the underlying sound, which is then enhanced and often thickened by the electronics and backing recordings. Pietra 6 features Sciarratta’s brother Luca on live electronics while Pietra 5—itself a heavily electronically manipulated track–includes his frequent duet partner Filippo Portera on reeds.

http://sandrosciarratta.bandcamp.com/album/pietra

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From New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe:

Aug 01
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST. : MARY HALVORSON TRIO
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Chris Lightcap, bass; Jim Black, drums

Aug 02
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST.: INGRID LAUBROCK’S ANTI-HOUSE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano saxophone; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Kris Davis, piano; John Hebert, bass; Tom Rainey, drums

Aug 03
8:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST.: MARY HALVORSON AND JON IRABAGON- SOLOS AND DUOS
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jon Irabagon, tenor sax

Aug 17
8:30PM VIOLA FEST! NIGHT ONE
Alexandra Honigsberg, curator and host
Tanya Kalmanovitch; Mat Maneri; Greg Williams

Aug 24
8:30PM THE DAVID ULLMANN 8
David Ullmann, guitar ; Deric Dickens, drums; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Brian Drye, trombone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mike McGinnis, alto saxophone; Chris Speed, clarinet; Gary Wang, bass

Aug 27
8:30PM MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
Jon Irabagon , tenor sax; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums

Aug 28
8:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON QUARTET
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Luis Perdomo, piano; Luis Perdomo, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Aug 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON TRIO
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Barry Altschul, drums

Aug 30
9:00PM & 10:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON GROUP
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Michael Formanek , bass; Tom Rainey, drums; Special Guest, tba