A trio headed by Admir Shkurtaj (accordion, piano) with Giorgio Distante (trumpet) and Redi Hasa (cello) with pieces guided by musical mechanisms that offer both a framework and improvisational freedom.
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Catalog ID: SLAMCD 535
Squidco Product Code: 16778
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by V. Daniele in March 2011 in Masseria S. Lucia, Alessano.
Admir Shkurtaj-accordion, piano
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1. Introduzione 1:15
2. Disegni 2:55
3. Victoria 5:18
4. Duetto 1:34
5. Gestures and Zoom 7:57
6. Danza 1:13
7. Olmi 6:46
8. Shi 4:17
9. Improntrio 5:48
10. Conduction 9:06
Related Categories of Interest:
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"The starting points for Shkurtaj's music are not themes or melodies but what he refers to as "musical mechanisms" or extra-musical ideas; frameworks to build themes on - musical series, rhythmical series, series of sounds or sonic gestures. The trio's improvisation guided or "forced" by these frames unleashes surprising freedom. Elements of traditional music, from the Albanian tradition, burst here and there more in a distant memory than a living reality. Albanian musicians Shkurtaj and Hasa crossed the Adriatic to join Distante in his home province of Lecce in that part of Italy called Apulia. Admir Shkurtaj, accordionist and pianist. Musician of Albanian origin. Trained in contemporary, classical, electronic, improvisation, and traditional Balkan music. He completed his musical studies in Tirana (Albania) - Lecce - Milan. He lives in the experiences of various types of music and combines them where possible, attracted by the sounds of the surrounding soundscape.
Giorgio Distante, Trumpet. Apulian musician. Trained in classical, jazz, improvised and electronic/electroacoustic music and studied between Bari, United States, Perugia and Rome. He sees the trumpet as an instrument of many timbral possibilities, both as a melodic instrument.
Redi Hasa, Cello. Albanian musician who lives in Puglia and Salento naturalized. Trained in classical, traditional music and improvisation, completing his musical studies in Tirana (Albania) and Lecce. He easily Combines traditional and contemporary language."-Slam