Enrico Merlin is one of those unusual cases of an accomplished musician and composer who is at the same time an acclaimed expert on the subject of 20th century music. These two worlds which rarely come together in a single person, have infused the artist with an exceptionally creative and expressive performing talent and at the same time have inspired numerous successful literary publications. As a musician he has played on more than 35 different recordings alongside artists such as Steven Bernstein, Giorgio Gaslini, Michael Manring, Markus Stockhausen, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, to name but a few, and has also performed at numerous international Music Festivals together with artists such as Carla Bley, Mederic Collignon, Garrison Fewell, Paolo Fresu, Mark Baldwin Harris, Lee Konitz, Boris Savoldelli, Maria Schneider, Giovanni Sollima, Elliott Sharp, John Surman, Steve Swallow, Henry Threadgill, Tino Tracanna, and many more besides. He also writes music for the theatre and for documentaries and promotes, together with Andrea Brunello, an innovative form of interaction between words and sounds which they call “Jazz Teatrale” (Theatre Jazz). At the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh in 2013, Enrico performed for an entire month in the show “The Principle of Uncertainty”. In 2015 he was elected one of the 10 best Italian guitar players by Jazzit Magazine readers.
It’s About That Time by Enrico Merlin & Pierpaolo Martino, BandCamp, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog #EnricoMerlin
Starting from the iconic Miles Davis’ album, In a Silent Way, the Italian guitar-bass duet crosses space and time in a psychedelic unbelievable trip, paying tribute to many leading figures, from Pat Metheny to Charlie Haden, from Robert Fripp to John Zorn, from Eberhard Weber to Leonard Bernstein, from Igor Stravinsky to Fred Frith and Bill Frisell, from Miles to to Joe Z…
released April 9, 2022
Enrico Merlin (electric and hollow-body guitars, live electronics, loops)
Piepaolo Martino (double bass, live electronics)
Enrico Merlin plays through Fattoria Mendoza (by Maurizio Beltrami) sound devices and D’Angelo Amplifiers
No overdubs, except for ambient sounds added in post-production.
Recorded by Mimmo Galizia at Waveahead Studios, Monopoli, Italy, on December 2, 2019
Editing by Enrico Merlin and Marco Ober
Mixing, sound morphing and mastering at Artifact Studio, Trento, Italy, by Marco Ober, 2020 – April 2021
Graphics Design by Francesco Franz Longhi
Liner photos by Paolo Lograno and Giuliana Petronella
Artwork by Fannny Cavone
Artistic producers, Enrico Merlin and Pierpaolo Martino
Executive producer, Nicola Battista
Production note: Marco Ober’s work cannot be considered “just” a mixing work. During the post-production he acted as a member of the band, suggesting and creating incredible ambients and soundscapes, amplifying the work Pierpaolo and Enrico did in the studio. The process was in the pure spirit of the man, Teo Macero!
Thanks to Paola Giordano, Fanny Cavone and Sveva Martino for their love and support
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