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Ganga, Arvind / Riccardo Marogna: Ballads From The Wrecked Ship (A New Wave of Jazz)

A uniquely voiced duo album from Netherlands improvisers, electric guitarist Arvind Ganga and sax & bass clarinetist Riccardo Marogna also performing on electronics, taking their dialog into unusual territory while maintaining a clear thread on jazz-influenced modes, creating an exotic combination that often takes unexpected narrative turns; fascinating.

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Label: A New Wave of Jazz
Catalog ID: nwoj0042
Squidco Product Code: 30500

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Belgium
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Helicopter, in The Hague, The Netherlands, on November 9th and 10th, 2018.


Arvind Ganga-electric guitar, objects

Riccardo Marogna-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Arvind Ganga is a guitar player from Den Haag, the Netherlands. He takes a physical approach to guitar playing, employing objects and extended techniques to explore new sonic possibilities. His music draws from influences as diverse as noise and drones, North Indian ragas, experimental rock, and everyday sounds. With free improvisation he brings these together into an intense, loosely structured, chaotic mesh that is bathing in the rays of a deep red sun. Ethereal noise with a punk-improv attitude. Arvind plays solo, improvises with like-minded musicians, and is active in music/dance improvisation. His music took him to play squats, galleries, clubs and festivals from Poland to Portugal, England to Slovenia, Turkey, Chile, Perú, Thailand and Myanmar."

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track listing:

1. Oed' und lees das Meer 8:56

2. Chozodia 3:46

3. The Limp Leaves Waited For Rain, While The Black Clouds Gathered far distant, over Himavant 8:48

4. Phantoon 5:58

5. Zeelas 5:01

6. Kzans 6:19

7. These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins 3:00
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"Ballads From The Wrecked Ship is a decidedly varied and rather wonderful improv release, which sits somewhere between sonic creativity and atmospheric moodiness. The seven-track album slides in at a concise and focused forty minutes, and I must say it certainly stand as one of more distinctive/original improv release I have heard in some time.

The album appears on the always worthy/interesting New Wave Of Jazz- coming in the labels house style mini grey gatefold packaging, which as always features a write-up about the release/artists inside from Guy Peters.

The line-up we have here is Den Haag based Arvind Ganga on Electric guitar and objects. And Verona born Riccardo Marogna on Tenor Sax, bass clarinet, and electronics. And boy do the pair cover a lot of different types of sound/composition- with it all (just about) staying in the improv bracket.

We move from hovering 'n' swarming "Oed' Und Lees Das Meer" which blends billowing 'n' honking eastern atmospherics with simmering and impassioned blues scaping. Onto the off-colour/dragged-out slide guitar harmonics meets grating horn warble of the lengthy named "The Limp Leaves Waited For Rain, While The Black Clouds Gathered Far Distant, Over Himavant". We even go textured noise bound on "Phantoon" which finds constantly rolling waves of static splutter been scared 'n' slowly bayed by dragged out pop and blips of textured. We have the sour and shrill manic-ness of "Kzans" which it is a blend of constantly picking 'n' ringing guitar harmonics, and tight compressed and looping horn wails. With the album playing out with the wonderful awkward "These Fragments I have Shored Against My Ruins" with its grainy tinkling music box-like tone battering, souring whistling horn work, and scraping texturing.

Pretty much everything that New Wave Of Jazz puts out is worth a play/listen if you enjoy any of the more abstract/daring side of the improv/modern composition. But Ballads From The Wrecked Ship is a real high watermark release- as it's so creative, distinct and wholly rewarding."-Roger Batty, Musique Machine

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