The French quartet of Theo Ceccaldi (violin), Roberto Negro (piano), Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Adrien Chennebault (drums), mixing an unlikely set of improvised and composed styles for music that is indescribably absorbing, adventurous, sophisticated, and inspired.
Ceccaldi / Negro / Ceccaldi / Chennebault
Released in: France
"An atypical ensemble, La Scala was born nearly two years ago as a result of a commission for a theatrical production. The idea here, though, is not so much theatre as ascension ("La Scala" meaning the ladder or the stairway in Italian), a vertiginous pathway through a spiral staircase, a paper stairway, a stepladder, an ever unpredictable rope ladder, used by a sure-footed four-man roped party with a constant ear to each other's movements.
A compact formation, La Scala forges ahead, straight to the core, to the top. In this programme of original music mixing improvisation and composition, navigating between tormented contemplation and explosive lyricism, the music unabashedly allows itself to be at turns minimalistic, crazy, improbable, festive or unbridled. It's as if Bartok, Schoenberg or Stockhausen had tried their hand at blues, bop, free jazz or even rock, yet still intensely sculpting the sonic texture while letting a sense of humour sneak in. There is no elevator to La Scala - one must climb up there by their own means, and fearlessly embark on this musical adventure."-Ayler Records
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Catalog ID: aylCD-138
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Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Alhambra Colbert in Rochefort-sur-Mer,France, on March 18th. 19th, and 20th, 2013, by Mathieu Pion.
Theo Ceccaldi-violin, viola
Adrien Chennebault-drums, percussion
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