Intervista di Antonio Rugolo di Andrea Aguzzi (Settembre 2009)

VisionaryGuitarsIntervisteLa prima domanda è sempre quella classica: come è nato il suo amore e interesse per la chitarra?Mio padre ha sempre suonato per diletto la chitarra e quindi in casa ci sono sempre state chitarre con cui giocare, dallo strimpellare alcune canzoni popolari al decidere di studiare la chitarra classica il passo è stato breve.Lei…

Meltframe di Mary Halvorson, Firehouse 12, 2015

“Everyone plays the guitar . It’s a great instrument to play because it is not genre-specific, it can be heard in context from classical to folk, to jazz, to rock, and beyond. One’s options are wide open when playing the guitar, which has been crucial in my search for creative self-expression because I don’t feel…

Solstice by Ralph Towner, ECM 1975

Ralph Towner is great man. Great in everything: composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, pianist, guitarist, band leader. Just think about that legendary group called Orengon which anticipated that at least twenty years, the fashion of the music crossover, a versatile group, with a sound immediately recognizable, ranged between genders, targeted mainly on a melodic, enjoyable and maturefolk-jazz,…

Singularity by Joe Morris, 2001 AUM Fidelity

  Review of Singularity by Joe Morris, 2001 AUM Fidelity Joe Morris, American, has begun to play the guitar in 1969, 14 year-old age. He did the usual autodidactic training: playing in different groups, listening to so many records and concerts. Otherwise from others his contemporaries, more interested to the rock and blues, Morris chooses as his…

Italians by Marco Minà, Novantiqua

VisionaryGuitars Reviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni We begin the listening of this cd with a reflection: does the music anticipate, does it suffer or does it follow history? What I want to say, I mean is it possible following the historical thread of the music to reconstruct or however to give a sense of belonging…

Sculpting the Air, Navona Records, 2011

VisionaryGuitars Reviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni It may be a little strange for an Italian to discover that a label of music classical call Navona Records exists, that is a division of Parma Recordings and to discover that it doesn’t deal with an Italian company but it’s a U.S.A. label with base in the New…

Guitar, Drums N’ Bass by Derek Bailey & DJ Ninj, Avant, 1996

VisionaryGuitars Reviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni I still remember the first time that I have listened to this record. It was 1996, one Tuesday evening, I was in radio. A friend arrives bringing the masterised copy (the cd was done by Avant, the Japanese recording label of John Zorn, in limited edition and at those…

Spirito di una Sonata by Pierluigi Potalivo

VisionaryGuitars Reviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni The repertoire of the classical guitar is a great source for a long time animate discussions: it’s criticized for its small dimensions compared to the musical scores avaible for other classical instruments as the violin and the piano, but it’s however appreciated for the quality and the cleverness of…

Push The Triangle by Repush machina, D’Autres Cordes, 2007

VisionaryGuitarsReviewsBlog Chitarra e Dintorni French trio Push The Triangle (alias Stephane Payen (saxophone), Franck Vigroux (guitar, guitar fretless and turntables) and Michel Blanc (drums)) is one of that groups that know how to stir in the avant-rock landscape, moving away from certain mannerisms connected to vicious virtuosities or to noise / industrial exhibitionisms whose frequencies don’t…

Skinshout & Xabier Riondo, Altai, ImprovvisatoreInvolontario, 2010

VisionaryGuitarsReviewsBlog Chitarra e Dintorni Do you remember “concepts albums”? Do they still exist? Records created with an history at thei bases, a long run which to make music moving and flowing, searching for something that is not pure and simple musical talent and grey cerebral subject? It seems I can give an affermative answer listening to…

Spinoza by Girardi, Senna, Recchia, Burk, ImprovvisatoreInvolontario, 2011

VisionaryGuitarsReviewsBlog Chitarra e Dintorni Spinoza and the jazz. Well .. it may seem a little curious that some jazz players keep themselves busy with one of the most interesting philosophers of 1600 using him and his ideas as source of inspiration to create the relationships and the symbioses among their musical instruments, but reflecting bout it…

In Praise Of Shadow by Chicago Underground Duo, Thrill Jockey, 2006

VisionaryGuitars Reviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni Premise. In this record you won’t even find a guitar. Percussions, electronics and trumpet yes, but no guitar at all. So why is it on this blog? First because sometimes is interesting to get further in the “borderlands”, second because sometimes is good to listen to something away from…

Les Nuages En France by Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio, Mode Records, 2011

VisionaryGuitarsReviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni Marco Cappelli strikes again. After the exceptional EGP in 2006, still branded Mode Records, Mark returns with a new project and a new album by the magical and cinematic atmosphere like a black and white film by Louis Malle. The new CD came out with an unusual formation of a…

Diwan Suite by Yaron Hasson, ZuTa Music, 2000

VisionaryGuitars Reviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni Yaron Hasson is an Israeli classical guitarist with a solid cultural and technical training. His discography includes recordings of music by Bach and traditional Spanish classical. On this cd he discexplores his origins playing Yemenite Jewish devotional music derived from tradition. All songs on this fashinated CD have been…

The Ominous Corner by Marco Oppedisano, OKS Recordings of North America, 2008

VisionaryGuitarsReviews Blog Chitarra e Dintorni Musically, how it “plays” a threatening, dangerous corner ? Most likely playing the guitar with the “drones” space background. The drone seems to have been a key element in the experimental scene since La Monte Young and the early minimalists investigated the its possibilities and potential, in recent years, a…