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Biondini / Godard / Niggli: Mavi (Intakt)

Exhiliarating melodic free jazz from the trio of Biondini (accordion), Godard (tuba & serpent) and Niggli (drums & percussion) in an album referencing the clear blue color of earth as seen from space.

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product information:

UPC: 7640120192266

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT226
Squidco Product Code: 18322

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on May 23rd and 24th, 2013 by Willy Strehler at Klangdach.


Luciano Biondini-accordion

Michel Godard-tuba, serpent, E-bass

Lucas Niggli-drums, percussion

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track listing:

1. Mavì 4:04

2. Ausencia 7:26

3. Dreaming Dancers 5:53

4. Unrequited 6:25

5. Lascia Ch'io Pianga 7:19

6. The Wised Up Fanfare 7:16

7. Bluesette 4:18

8. Black Eyes 3:54

9. A Trace Of Grace 6:07
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Free Improvisation
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
Trio Recordings
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"Mavì is the title of the Biondini-Godard-Niggli trio's new CD. It refers to a clear blue, the colour seen when looking at the earth from outer space. And it says a lot about the sounds it offers us. We hear music which seems to emanate from the spheres while remaining wholly worldly, emotional and sensual. The trio formed by Luciano Biondini, Michel Godard and Lucas Niggli is unusual in various senses. Firstly the musicians' nationalities: Biondini (born 1971) comes from Spoleto in the Italian province of Perugia, Michel Godard (born 1960) comes from Héricourt near Belfort in the Franche-Comté in France, and Lucas Niggli (born 1968) is Swiss, a native of the Zürich Oberland who spent the first seven years of his life in Cameroon. So this is a meeting of various cultures and languages.

A further particularity of the trio is its instrumental make-up. Biondini plays the accordion, Niggli the drums and all manner of percussion instruments; Michel Godard plays the tuba and the serpent - an ancient, serpentine wind instrument with a mouthpiece like a brass instrument but side holes like a woodwind instrument. Sometimes Godard also takes up the bass guitar. Thanks to this highly individual and fascinating instrumental arsenal the trio has a truly spectral palette of sounds at their disposal.

The music of Biondini, Godard and Niggli thrives on its poetry, the beauty of its sounds, the depth of its ideas, and also on its tension. This is generated by the weave between composition and improvisation. Which is how they succeed in making that connection be-tween form and freedom which constitutes the core of jazz. We see the earth, clear and blue."-Intkat

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