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Italian saxophonist Edoardo Marraffa and drummer Stefano Giust meet West Coast/touring pianist Thollem McDonas for an album of focused and spirited free improvisation recorded live in Bologna.

Polishing the Mirror

MAGIMC: Polishing the Mirror (Amirani Records)
Label: Amirani Records    
Released in: Italy    

"Oustanding performers, high concentration, remarkable interplay! Awesome trio featuring the unmistakable powerful Edoardo Marraffa on tenor&sopranino saxes, the bold piano exploring of Thollem McDonas, the pushing dash on drums by Stefano Giust in a far from conventional, passionate and cutting edge concert recorded live in Bologna.-Amirani Records"

"The background of this trio is rich and varied, yet it is difficult to define their music as eclectic, because the factors that come into play in the relationship of composition, the different materials that make up the music, is developed in depth and time, in an original language. Change and transformation are under investigation, in this group: the harmonic relations, the melodic and rhythmic counterpoint always goes in different paths, sometimes evolving slowly, at times subjected to sudden acceleration, while maintaining a certain independence and complexity that allows a multi-dimensional musical journey, the trio of musicians prefer a unity of purpose and cohesion that leads them to an intense and expressive communicative. Each of the three musicians work with many international musicians, producing a lot of concerts and records through the years.

Thollem McDonas is constantly on tour as a soloist and in collaboration with various groups and musicians, has performed in theaters, art galleries, universities, elementary schools, concert halls, jazz clubs, rock clubs, festivals, warehouses, private homes, roads, forests, riots, television, radio and internet. He has performed symphony concerts for piano, has performed with groups of West African drummers, Javanese gamelan orchestras, punk bands, with hundreds of improvisational groups, and as pianist / composer for opera and modern dance.

Edoardo Marraffa devotes his attention to the transformation (acoustic) sound of his instrument, which becomes a source of polyphonic and with continuous changes of timbre and improvisation understood as collective composition. Has given rise to numerous musical projects and collaborates with international musicians. He has performed in many festivals dedicated to jazz and improvised music in Europe and America.

Stefano Giust is a drummer, electronic music composer and producer - since '93 for his label Setola Di Maiale, which produces his work as the work of many artists -. In the last thirty years his work has focused on the broad spectrum of improvised and experimental music; it develops into many different achievements, in which indeterminate music hold a central role. He collaborates with musicians, composers, filmmakers, dancers, actors, poets, visual artists. He has performed in all Europe and Brasil."-Magimc Website

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Trio Recordings
Objects and Home-made Instruments

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Product Information:

Label: Amirani Records
Catalog ID: AMRN031
Squidco Product Code: 16808

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Italy
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded live at Scuola Popolare di Musica, Bologna, Italy by Ivan Illich on May 14th, 2011.


Edoardo Marraffa-tenor saxophone, sopranino saxophone

Thollem McDonas-piano

Stefano Giust-drums, cymbals, objects

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Track Listing:

1. Polishing the mirror 16:07

2. Lucidare la lente 7:35

3. Lucidare la retina 8:12

4. Hinges 2:32

5. Ritorno 6:40

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