Angelica Releases Reviewed

Source: The Wire.

Formed in 1991, the same year as the festival which gives it its name and most of its source material, Bologna, Italy’s i dischi di angelica has provided a steady assortment of high end experimentation and improvisation for three decades. Early on, the imprint served primarily to document festival performances via annual anthologies, but over time the label has expanded into a fully fledged concern. In 2020, the year it launched its 30th anniversary celebrations, the label released seven albums – by legendary figures as diverse as pianist Cecil Taylor, Austrian actionist Hermann Nitsch, composer and reedist Anthony Braxton, and Art Ensemble Of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell – increasing its catalogue to 45 titles.