Review of How to kill complex numbers by Luca Perciballi, 2016
The first time I heard this record I was rocked. But who the hell is this Luca Perciballi? How old is he?
If the first question is trivial and easily resolved with an internet search and a visit to his website (http://www.lucaperciballi.net/) where you can read about a very interesting curriculum and the use of a Telecaster, the second question is less lazy than what one might think…
The reason is due to the thickness of the music played on this record, with the thickness I mean the amount of different styles and genres, all masterfully excelled that this young guitarist demonstrates to equalize with a really enviable ease and fluidity. Each of the nine tracks shows a perfectly balanced construction between improvisation and composition, enriched by a well-defined fantasy and style. It is easy to start looking for the quotes, here is Bill Frisell, here Marc Ducret, here Henry Kaiser … but you are lost in a hurry and you are instead captured by the structure and the size of the songs themselves, Or maybe I should say the contrast between the four Handwerk and the four Constellations, denser, structured and long the firsts, more airy, serene and stretched the seconds, with an unexpected encore in the middle where there is time to fall in love too .. .
It’s all good, this record. There is no failure, no drops in tension, no moments of boredom, nothing …. everything is perfect, but not boring, it has been repeated many times, there are always new things, you do not get tired of sound, a sound Full, swollen, dilated, dynamic, clean and saturated at the same time … and you do not even notice the technique of the guitarist because Perciballi has a good technique but has that maturity that so many musicians never reach, a maturity that allows him to put it at the service of his music and not vice versa.
One thing I do not understand: why does Perciballi want to kill complex numbers? For those who are fasting in math, I remember that a complex number is an imaginary part and a real part, and its importance in the fields of math, physics, and engineering is simply enormous. So? Perhaps because also the music of Perciballi expresses two components, a real and an imaginary? A Handwerk and a Constellation? I do not know, and in the end as this disc continues to play … do I really need to know it?