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This Brooklyn-based trio for viola, bass, and drums is dedicated to exploreing musical structures and relationships through collective all-acoustic improvisation, with recordings on Prom Night, Edible Onion and FMR records.

Natura Morta (Ali / Loriot / Costa)

Natura Morta (Ali / Loriot / Costa): Decay (FMR)
Label: FMR    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Natura Morta is a trio for viola, bass, and drums dedicated to exploring musical structures and relationships through collective all-acoustic improvisation. The Brooklyn-based ensemble creates acoustic sound-sculptures and sonic landscapes through the use of nontraditional techniques and instrumental preparations. The musical range of the trio stretches from heated silences to relentless drones to frantic hyperactivity.

Natura Morta released its eponymous debut recording in March 2012 on the Brooklyn-based record label Prom Night Records. The band performed several concerts in New York City and toured the East Coast/Midwest of the US twice that year. In October 2012 Natura Morta released a live recording on a split tape with guitarist Nick Millevoi on the Philadelphia-based label Edible Onion."-Natura Morta website

French-japanese violist Frantz Loriot performs solo as well as in various ensembles ranging from rock to contemporary music by way of improvisation and electronics. Besides Natura Morta his current projects include: Viola Two Viola - with Cyprien Busolini (viola), baloni - with Joachim Badenhorst (reeds) and Pascal Niggenkemper (double bass), and a duo with Denman Maroney (piano), a duo with Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) and treffpunkt with Mikko Innanen (saxophones), Cédric Piromalli (piano) and Christian Weber (double bass).

Bassist and composer Sean Ali from Dayton, Ohio has been living in New York City since 2003. Here he participates in the city´s avant-garde and experimental music scene. Besides playing with Natura Morta he currently performs in a diverse group of ensembles, including Fester with David Grollman (percussion), LathanFlin&Ali with Lathan Hardy (sax) and Flin Van Hemmen (drums), Hag with Brad Henkel (trumpet) and David Grollman (percussion), PascAli with Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), the folk band Household Tales, the Mudbath Orchestra (a large ensemble), and occasionally performs solo.

Drummer Carlo Costa, was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. Since 2005 he has been living in New York City where works as a leader or sideman of various projects. He currently leads or co-leads Minerva (w/ bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and pianist JP Schlegelmilch), Natura Morta (w/ bassist Sean Ali and violist Frantz Loriot), the Carlo Costa Quartet (w/ saxophonist Jonathan Moritz, trombonist Steve Swell and bassist Sean Ali), a trio with trumpeter Joe Moffett and tubist Dan Peck, a duo with guitarist Ryan Ferreira, the large ensemble Acustica and a solo drums project.

"Bassist, composer, and improviser Sean Ali from Dayton, Ohio has been living in New York City since 2003, where he participates in the city's vibrant experimental music scene both as a performer and curator. His current projects include: Fester, Hag, LathanFlinAli, Mattrey.Bordreuil.Ali, Natura Morta, PascAli, Phantom Circuit, While We Still Have Bodies, and solo performances. He is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records. He is co-founder and former curator at 65Fen Music Series. Sean Ali performs regularly in New York City and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe."

-Sean Ali Website (

"Percussionist and composer Carlo Costa was born in Rome, Italy. In 2001 he moved to Boston to study music. Since 2005 he has been living in New York City where he regularly performs as a leader and co-leader of various projects, as well as a sideman. Carlo is currently primarily involved with experimental and improvised music and is an active composer for his ensembles and ad hoc projects. He has performed throughout Europe and the US in a wide variety of contexts.

Carlo currently leads or co-leads Natura Morta (a trio with violist Frantz Loriot and bassist Sean Ali), the Carlo Costa Quartet (with trombonist Steve Swell, saxophonist Jonathan Moritz and bassist Sean Ali), Earth Tongues (with trumpeter Joe Moffett and tubist Dan Peck), the large ensemble Acustica, the trio Ancient Enemies (with alto saxophonist Nathaniel Morgan and violist Joanna Mattrey), and a solo percussion project. In November 2014 Carlo launched the record label Neither/Nor Records which is dedicated to experimental and improvised music."

-Carlo Costa Website (

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Improvised Music
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Product Information:

UPC: 0616932200557

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 361-0914
Squidco Product Code: 18466

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Aaron Nevezie at the Bunker Studios, Brooklyn on March 30th, 2012.


Frantz Loriot-viola, objects

Sean Ali-contrabass, objects

Carlo Costa-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Sirens 7:10

2. Miasmata 11:47

3. The Burial of Memories 18:38

4. As the Dawn Fades 6:10