ARMAROLI SCHIAFFINI SJOSTROM

DUOS & TRIOS

This CD is an unprecedented combination of vibraphone, soprano sax and trombone. The three musicians realised they had to come up with something really original to match this highly unusual combination of instruments. Within nine duos and three trios they had to create the new language, or “the event”, which has to be improvised and reflect the richness of the musical relationship.

SERGIO ARMAROLI, HARRI SJOSTROM, GIANCARLO SCHIAFFINI

LINER NOTES by Ettore Garzia

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Quel plaisir de retrouver l’irrésistible tromboniste Giancarlo Schiaffini dans le Trio One qui ouvre ce bel album Trios and Duos. Schiaffini, le vibraphoniste Sergio Armaroli et le saxophoniste soprano Harri Sjöström jouent dans trois Trios (One, Two et Three) les deux autres étant situés à la fin du disque, entourant pas moins de huit duos Armaroli/ Sjöström. On aurait aimé entendre plus longtemps le tromboniste Italien pour chacun de ses notes, celles-ci étant calibrées chacun avec un timbre, un accent, un effet, une densité particulière comme un Roswell Rudd qui s’inspirerait de Paul Rutherford. Mais en fait nous ne perdons pas au change, les qualités d’improvisateur original de Schiaffini s’applique aussi à Harri Sjöström, un véritable orfèvre du sax soprano, élève de Steve Lacy dont il partage beaucoup de qualités au point de vue de la sonorité et de la « simplicité » complexe de son jeu. Chaque note est soupesée, travaillée, émise avec une précision remarquable comme si elle était habitée d’une vie indépendante, comme si elle paraissait être des signes visuels articulés dans une écriture mystérieuse pleine de significations. Ses improvisations développent une belle dimension narrative avec un style tout – à fait, personnel, lyrique précis et chaleureux. Son collègue Sergio Armaroli cultive un jeu aérien et délicat, toutes notes suspendues et flottant dans l’espace, le timbre des lames s’échappant dans l’infini du silence comme dans Duet Six, la plus longue des courtes improvisations. Celles-ci tournent entre deux et quatre ou six minutes et Duet Six atteint 10:43. Pour notre plus grand bonheur la dernière improvisation, Trio Two, dure 22:36 et rassemble les trois musiciens, nous permettant de nous régaler de la présence du tromboniste Giancarlo Schiaffini. En fait, je considère que le trombone était l’instrument (ou un des instruments) phare de la révolution « musique improvisée libre » européenne. Et donc en ce qui me concerne, Schiaffini (comme Rutherford, Christmann, Malfatti, les Bauer, Paul Hubweber ou encore Sarah Brand) est un pionnier incontournable. Il faut l’entendre travailler le son, ses glissandi dans le grave, vocaliser dans le pavillon, vibrer la colonne d’air, la compresser etc… Un magnifique alter-ego pour le distingué Harri Sjöström dont l’articulation fait merveille. Le jeu zigzagant et sautillant du vibraphoniste Sergio Armaroli et sa vision libertaire de l'instrument, crée une troisième dimension, un relief à la fois éthéré, transparent et substantiel, qui contribue à l’architecture des échanges, traçant des écrins choisis pour les vents inspirés. Une merveilleuse musique de chambre.

Publié par Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg à 16:16:00, orynx-improvandsounds.blogspot.com

 

ARMAROLI / SCHIAFFINI / SJÖSTRÖM duos & trios stin Leo Records Ópos o gráfei o italós dimosiográfos, perí ta mousiká, Ettore Garzia, sto mésa méros tou digipak: «Ton Dekémvrio tou 2019 o vimprafonístas Sergio Armaroli proskálese ton (sopráno & sopraníno) saxofonísta Harri Sjöström stin Italía – gnorízontas tin epitychía ton verolinézikon konsérton toú Sjöström me ton Andrea Centazzo kai ton Matthias Bauer. Oi Armaroli kai Sjöström symfónisan na kánoun éna trío stin Italía, mazí me ton tromponísta Giancarlo Schiaffini, énan statheró synergáti tou Armaroli ta pio prósfata chrónia, allá i anepárkeia tou programmatismoú ton italikón festivál den tous epétrepse na orísoun kápoia imerominía, gia live, kai, os ek toútou, apofasístike na ichografísoun sto stoúntio, kathós oi mousikoí eíchan syneiditopoiísei tis dynatótites tis diaisthitikís epikoinonías tous oútos í állos. Armaroli, Schiaffini kai Sjöström synantíthikan loipón stin Biella (VD Italía) s’ éna aftoschediastikó sésion, to opoíon apoteloúsan ennéa ntouéta anámesa ston Armaroli kai ton Sjöström kai tría kai me tous treis mazí». Aftá ta tracks, dódeka ston arithmó, synapotélesan to álmpoum “Duos & Trios” (2020), pou thétei tóra se kykloforía i gností mas, kai istorikí pia, etaireía Leo Records. Gia álmpoum-symmetochés ton Armaroli kai Schiaffini den prépei na échoume xanagrápsei sto blog, allá o Harri Sjöström mas échei apascholísei diáfores forés, kathós échoume anafertheí sta álmpoum (tou) “The Balderin Sali / Variations” [Leo, 2019], “The Treasures Are” [Creative Sources Recordings, 2019] (me Guilherme Rodrigues), “Up and Out” [Amirani Records, 2019] (me Philipp Wachsmann, Matthias Bauer, Dag Magnus Narvesen), “Aural / Vertigo” [Amirani, 2017] (me Sestetto Internazionale) kai “Live at Bauchhund, Berlin 2010” [Amirani, 2011] (me Gianni Mimmo). Fysiká kai oi Armaroli kai Schiaffini den eínai tychaíoi mousikoí –to akrivós antítheto tha légame– kathós o prótos échei ichografísei me diáfora «prosopiká» schímata (trío, kouartéto, kouintéto), échontas synergasteí me tous Riccardo Sinigaglia, Walter Prati, Andrea Centazzo k.á., enó o défteros diaprépei apó ta sixties ídi, échontas ypárxei mélos dekádon schimáton mésa sta chrónia (nai, kai ton Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza apó to 1972 méchri to 1983). Treis mousikoí loipón me megáli istoría kai «chiliómetra» sta chéria tous sto chóro tou free-improv den tous eínai dýskolo na synypárxoun se ntoúo í trío (éna trío stin archí, ennéa ntoúo sti synécheia kai dýo trío sto télos symplirónoun tin ichografikí dodekáda) prosférontas alithiná xechoristés stigmés dimiourgikoú aftoschediasmoú. Ópos gia parádeigma sto 11lepto kommáti “Duet six”, sto opoío oi Sergio Armaroli vimpráfono kai Harri Sjöström saxófona proteínoun mian entyposiakí synomilía, pou akoúgetai san... san léme... na symmetéchoun ki álla órgana sto setting kai di ilektroniká, me to 23lepto “Trio two” pou oloklirónei to álmpoum na férnei dípla-dípla kai tous treis mousikoús, oi opoíoi synypárchoun díchos synkekriméno prógramma kai me monadikí pyxída to na parachtheí mia mousikí me xekáthari synáfeia, kai óchi káti periptosiologikó kai anermátisto. To katorthónoun, vasiká epeidí kai oi treis tous (Armaroli, Schiaffini, Sjöström) xéroun na diacheirízontai ton chróno. Xéroun diladí pós na tmísoun aftó to megálo diástima ton 23 leptón, óste kai isodynámos na symmetéchoun sto telikó apotélesma (mésa apó tis synodoiporíes, tis kóntres, ta sóli kai ta «gemísmatá» tous), kai i mousikí pou telikós parágoun na akoúgetai díchos tin aísthisi tou katakermatisménou. Gia tous réktes tou free-improv aftó to álmpoum eínai ó,ti prépei. Epafí: www.leorecordsmusic.com

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ARMAROLI / SCHIAFFINI / SJÖSTRÖM duos & trios in Leo Records

As the Italian journalist writes about music, Ettore Garzia, in the middle of digipak:

"In December 2019, vibraphone player Sergio Armaroli invited (soprano & soprano) saxophonist Harri Sjöström to Italy - knowing the success of Sjöström's Berlin concerts with Andrea Centazzo and Matthias Bauer. Armaroli and Sjöström agreed to form a trio in Italy, together with trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini, a regular collaborator of Armaroli in recent years, but the lack of planning for Italian festivals did not allow them to set a date for live, and, therefore, it was decided to record in the studio, as the musicians had realized the possibilities of their intuitive communication anyway. "Armaroli, Schiaffini and Sjöström met in Biella (NW Italy) in an improvisational session, which consisted of nine duets between Armaroli and Sjöström and three and three together."

These tracks, twelve in number, constituted the album "Duos & Trios" (2020), which is now released by our well-known, and now historic, company Leo Records.

For Armaroli and Schiaffini albums we should not have rewritten the blog, but Harri Sjöström has occupied us several times, as we have referred to (his) albums "The Balderin Sali / Variations" [Leo, 2019], "The Treasures Are ”[Creative Sources Recordings, 2019] (with Guilherme Rodrigues),“ Up and Out ”[Amirani Records, 2019] (with Philipp Wachsmann, Matthias Bauer, Dag Magnus Narvesen),“ Aural / Vertigo ”[Amirani, 2017] ( with Sestetto Internazionale) and “Live at Bauchhund, Berlin 2010” [Amirani, 2011] (with Gianni Mimmo). Of course, Armaroli and Schiaffini are not accidental musicians - the exact opposite would be said - as the former has recorded with various "personal" bands (trio, quartet, quintet), having collaborated with Riccardo Sinigaglia, Walter Prati, Andrea Centazzo and others. a., while the latter excels in the sixties already, having been a member of dozens of bands over the years (yes, and the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza from 1972 to 1983).

So three musicians with a long history and "kilometers" in their hands in the field of free-improv are not difficult to coexist in a duo or trio (one trio at the beginning, nine duos then and two trios at the end complete the recording dozen) offering truly special moments of creative improvisation.

For example, in the 11-minute track "Duet six", in which Sergio Armaroli vibraphone and Harri Sjöström saxophones suggest an impressive conversation, which sounds like ... as we say ... other instruments to participate in the setting, especially electronically, with 23 minutes "Trio two" that completes the album to bring side by side all three musicians, who coexist without a specific program and with a unique compass to produce music with a clear relevance, and not something casual and unrelated. They do it, mainly because all three of them (Armaroli, Schiaffini, Sjöström) know how to manage time. In other words, they know how to divide this long period of 23 minutes, so that they can equally participate in the final result (through their accompaniments, fights, solos and "fillings"), and the music that they finally produce can be heard without the sense of fragmented.

For free-improv fans this album is a must.

Contact: www.leorecordsmusic.com

 

Duos and Trios by vibraphonist Sergio Armaroli, trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and soprano and sopranino saxophonist Harri Sjöström is a free-ranging set of improvised music for small groups made in Biella in Italy at the invitation of Armaroli. A frequent musical partner of Schiaffini’s, Armaroli called Sjöström in from Berlin to join him and Schiaffini; these three trios and nine duos were the result. The duos are framed by the trios, which make up the opening track as well as the final two tracks. It’s the duos that provide the album’s backbone and aesthetic as well as literal center. Armaroli and Sjöström may have been new to each other, but their chemistry is unmistakably good and consequently their interplay is assured and coherent. Armaroli is quick to respond to Sjöström’s fleet, fragmentary lines with single-note runs in parallel rhythms, or to set out a foundation of restlessly moving chords. When Schiaffini joins them, the addition of his voice rounds out the collective sound with a robust presence in the lower register and a layer of contrapuntal complexity. Like Sjöström, Schiaffini makes liberal use of extended techniques; his brassy timbres complement Sjöström’s own sharp-edged tone in an unexpected family resemblance.

Daniel Barbiero, AvantMusicNews

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Armaroli, Schiaffini, Sjöström: Duos & Trios.

Leo Records

Free expression explores not only previously inexperienced musical structure, but also new instrumental sound combinations. The vibraphone, trombone and soprano saxophone are traditional jazz instruments but Sergio Armaroli, Giancarlo Schiaffini and Harri Sjöström place them in a fresh context. With the album Duos & Trios, the musicians probe the sound sphere with two and three.

The album began in December 2019 when Armaroli invited Sjöström to Bella, Italy, to carry out an experimental project together with his longtime playing partner Schiaffin. The three-day sessions resulted in a total of nine Armaroli – Sjöström duets and three full-length trio theses.

The central effect of improvisations is revealed by surprise: splashes often intensify into sonic fireworks as musicians listen to each other with a sensitive ear. The calls also convey an impressively wide range of tones, modes and textures. They take shape here and now, and the images they ignite curve from folk music and Steve Lacy’s boldest detachments to Steve Reich’s Dadaist Drumming / Percussion series.

 

MATTI KOMULAINEN

Turun Sanomat

La musica improvvisata ha ancora qualcosa di speciale che non è soltanto la radicalità con cui è stata definita in passato. C’è anche un approccio “soft” al dialogo, quasi passionale, come dimostra questo trio costituito daGiancarlo Schiaffini al trombone, Sergio Armaroli al vibrafono e

Harry Sjöström ai sax soprano e sopranino. L’idea di coinvolgere il musicista finlandese, ma da tempo residente a Berlino, è stata di Armaroli, che lo registra in nove esecuzioni in duo, le altre tre, per oltre mezzora del lungo disco, settanta minuti, sono in trio. È un suono molto speciale che si staglia contro il silenzio, fra le note metalliche del vibrafono e il sax di Sjöström, poetico, sognante, anche quando va a cercare le note più acute del suo sopranino. È un dialogo che funziona, che coinvolge proprio per questo aspetto tranquillo, a modo suo sentimentale, che procede avvolgendo l’ascoltatore attento. Quando arriva Schiaffini, all’inizio e poi nei due brani finali del disco, la musica si arricchisce di un nuovo elemento che però non altera gli equilibri di base, i tre sono perfettamente in sintonia su quella che è la direzione da prendere. Ne spunta un bel disco, maturo, che non vuole spaventare nessuno bensí farsi ascoltare, comunicare, lasciare una traccia sentimentale anche nei momenti in cui il dialogo si fa più serrato, in quella che è la musica improvvisata in Europa.

by Vittorio, MusicZoom