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Risberg, Mattias : Stamps (Clean Feed)

Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg demonstrates the passion he dedicates to vintage instruments like mellotron, Hammond organ, analog synthesizers, clavichord and pipe organs, here in a solo album of piano, with some light preparations, and the pedals of a Moog Taurus, in an inventive album of improvisations inspired by the vivid images of postage stamps.

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UPC: 56063004663

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF466CD
Squidco Product Code: 25636

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Kullen, in March and april 2017.


Mattias Risberg-piano, moog taurus

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Artist Biographies:

"Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg, born 1960 has collaborated with an array of great European improvisers, including Fredrik Ljungkvist, Mats Äleklint, Joe Williamson, Sofia Jernberg, PerÅkeHolmlander, Jon Fält and Raymond Strid. His otherworldly sonic explorations span jazz, improv, art-rock, and contemporary classical worlds. He grows his passion for old soulful instruments like mellotron, pipeorgans, analog synths etc., and loves to explore and create new soundscapes. Risberg's working field is often where improvisation meets composition, where old traditions collaborates with new and where music meets other forms of art. He has composed several major pieces and has his own group, Ritualia."

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track listing:

1. Vermilion 2:57

2. Cobalt 3:16

3. Emerald 5:05

4. Marine 3:11

5. Scarlet 4:45

6. Sienna 3:43

7. Viridian 4:36

8. Phtalo 3:55

9. Crimson 5:55

10. Titanium 3:52

11. Umber 3:21
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"If you're a fan of Carla Bley you already know Mattias Risberg: together with saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist he released the album And Now the Queen - A Tribute to Carla Bley (2016). Something you could expect from the keyboardist Risberg whose musical interests are deeply rooted in several music idioms, going from John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Jan Johansson and Paul Bley to J.S. Bach, Carlo Gesualdo, Igor Stravinskij and Olivier Messiaen, through the likes of John Lennon, Frank Zappa, early Genesis and Yes.

While Risberg is known for the passion he dedicates to vintage instruments like mellotron, Hammond organ, analog synthesizers, clavichord and even pipe organs, in "STAMPS" he focuses only on the piano, now and then prepared, with the sole aid of some Moog Taurus pedals. And he does it alone, in the solo format.

During the working process Risberg was reminded of his youth, how he "created" inner rooms, guided by music, books, paintings, nature. And by his small collection of stamps. The best way to return to that youthful state of mind was to improvise, as is shown in Stamps, which is the result of those six weeks of spontaneous recordings without script or overdubs. Musically you recognize all the references mentioned above, crossing stylistic borders but also recovering the inspiration of other art forms, the literary one included. Yes, there's a bit of James Joyce and Paul Klee here for you to find in the inner and outer environments of "STAMPS"."-Clean Feed

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Piano & Keyboards
Instruments with Preparations
Solo Artist Recordings

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