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.
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Catalog ID: FMR 361-0914
Squidco Product Code: 18466
Country: Great Britain
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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1. Sirens 7:10
2. Miasmata 11:47
3. The Burial of Memories 18:38
4. As the Dawn Fades 6:10
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Objects and Home-made Instruments
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"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).www.frantzloriot.com
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.seanali.com
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.www.carlocostamusic.com
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"French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot performs solo as well as in various ensembles by way of improvisation and electronics, crossroads of different musical genres: improvised music, experimental, rock, contemporary music and electronics. He has contributed to multidisciplinary projects related to dance, image and poetry.
Frantz Loriot leads two large ensembles, the European Notebook Large Ensemble, a 10 piece ensemble with Swiss, Japanese, Belgian and Italian musicians with which he released "Urban Furrow" on the Portuguese label Clean Feed (July 2015) and the NYC based 12 piece Systematic Distortion Orchestra in which Frantz reunites some of the finest NYC based improvisers and with which he released "The Assembly" on the NYC based label NowOut recordings.
Beside these projects, Frantz released his debut solo recording "Reflections on an Introspective Path" on the NYC based label Neither/Nor.
For the year 2016, Frantz got invited by the prestigious Météo - Mulhouse Music festival to be artist in residence for a new creation called Der dritte Treffpunkt. For this occasion, Frantz led and reunited a new French-Swiss quartet, Der Verboten, with pianist Cédric Piromalli, saxophonist Antoine Chessex and percussionist Christian Wolfarth.
Active in a number of international collective ensembles, his other personal projects include:
baloni - with Joachim Badenhorst (reeds) & Pascal Niggenkemper (contrabass), Natura Morta - with Sean Ali (contrabass) & Carlo Costa, duos with Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet), Christoph Erb (saxophones) & Christian Wolfarth (percussions), the project Treffpunkt around international meetings with French pianist Cédric Piromalli.
He appears as a sideman in Joachim Badenhorst's Carate Urio Orchestra, Tobias Meier's Im Wald and Silvan Jeger
This Difficult Tree.
In addition to his own projects he has also worked alongside many musicians such as (a.o.), Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, David S.Ware, Anthony Braxton & Walter Thompson Orchestra, Tony Conrad, Emilie Lesbros, Duane Pitre's ED09 ensemble, Ève Risser, Sabir Mateen, Michael Formanek, Andrea Parkins, Franck Vigroux, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Alexei Borisov, Theresa Wong, Ernesto Rodrigues, Hilmar Jensson, Kita Naoki, Simon Nabatov, Steve Swell, Yagi Michiyo, Yasumune Morishige, Mikko Innanen, Christian Weber and many others.
Frantz Loriot performs regularly in Europe, USA and Japan.
Frantz Loriot appears on CDs released on international labels such as Clean Feed, Creative Sources, Intakt, Peira, FMR, Sickcore, Impressus, Prom Night Records, Basses Fréquences, Quiet Design, Edible Onion, Komma Null, Klein, Neither/Nor, OutNow, Wide Ear etc.
Frantz Loriot studied music in Paris with several professors (Mari Yasuda-Raclot, the Pons brothers, Nicolas Dupin, Ivry Gitlis, Yukari Tate & Pascal Robault) and was brought to improvisation by Régis Huby, Joëlle Léandre, Barre Phillips, and David S. Ware.
He was initiated to soundmassage by its creator, Thierry Madiot.
While living in NYC, he created and curated Ze Couch Series in Brooklyn, NY, from 2009 to 2012. After having lived in Paris and New York City, Frantz Loriot relocated in Zürich (Switzerland)."-Frantz Loriot Website (http://www.frantzloriot.com/Bio_files/Complete%20bio%20ENG.1.pdf)
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"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 (http://seanali.com/bio)
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"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 (http://www.carlocostamusic.com/carlocostamusic/biography.html)
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