1. STEPS #1
2. STEPS #2
3. STEPS #3
4. STEPS #4
5. STEPS #5
6. STEPS #6
7. STEPS #7
8. STEPS #8
9. STEPS #9
10. STEPS #10
Harri Sjostrom, soprano saxophone
Andrea Centazzo, percussion, mallet kat
Sergio Armaroli, vibraphone
Recorded at Il Pollaio by Piergiorgio Miotto
Biella, Italy, December 2019
Mixed, edited, produced by Andrea Centazzo
at ICTUS Studio Long Beach, California, USA
Executive producer Sergio Armaroli
Cover photo and art by Andrea Centazzo
Inside cover notes by Sergio Armaroli
IMPROVISATION AS A PRACTICE OF CROSSING
Steps, passages and dialogues.
by Sergio Armaroli
The number three is perfect form: the trio is the condition of listening in its perfection. Circularly, step by step, the music remains suspended, cultivated in the secret of the mind until the day of the meeting.
The day has already been fixed since long time: it's the Sixth of December 2019. I meet my friend Andrea Centazzo and, for the first time, I meet Harri Sjostrom.
The art of meeting, as in life, is a slow construction and a daily exercise: a culture of respect and waiting.
Music is a life of steps, passages and dialogues in an elongated time.
For this three-way dialogue, the recording studio is the place on the sidelines, out of time, unique condition for making music together with the steps necessary to reach the recording room and hide one's sound by sharing nascent forms and dreams.
It is therefore difficult to describe this three-way meeting where the spoken language cannot translate the mystery of a sound into its nascent state.
Only the soundtrack of a constant practice of crossing unknown worlds and remains is left: Steps.
Milano, Italy October 18th 2020