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Quinteros / Gallio / Elgier / Von Schultz: Mokita (Creative Sources)

Cellist Cecilia Quinteros formed this free jazz quartet with Christoph Gallio on soprano and alto saxophones, Alex Elgier on piano and Marcelo Von Schultz on drums, recording in Buenos Aires, Argentina for four spectacular improvisations with idiosyncratic language on their instruments and unbridled enthusiasm in their playing, even in introspective moments.

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UPC: 5609063405293

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs529
Squidco Product Code: 26082

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Estudio Libres, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 12th, 2017, by Sam Nacht.


Cecilia Quinteros-cello

Christoph Gallio-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

Alex Elgier-piano

Marcelo von Schultz-drums

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"[...] Operating as if the New Thing was still new, Mokita on the other CD attack the program like a 1960s ensemble with Gallio, best known for his Day & Taxi trios, in the lead, spewing split tones, freak notes and irregular vibrations from his horn, while drummer Von Schultz passionately chops the beat into smaller and smaller ruffs and Elgier slaps clunky cadenzas from the keyboard. Meanwhile Quínteros, who originated the quartet and has done everything from composing cello quarts to playing alongside folks like Lotte Anker and Andrew Drury, assails the narratives with seemingly limitless harsh string sprawls. Personifying the polyphonic outcome that is almost equal parts reed snarls, drum claps, cello squeaks and keyboard pumps, the band's extended showcase is the nearly 20½ minute "Persea Lingue". Starting off with cymbal resonation and Morse-code like dabs from Gallio, processional piano pacing quickly turns to dynamic glissandi to accompany spiccato string strokes and snarly saxophone trills. From then on the track unfolds in interchanging high-and-low pitches and fast and-slow tempos, swelling and deflating whether the focus is on crying saxophone trills, splintered and stopping cello sweeps or alternately a sprinkle of keyboard pushes or clunky percussion continuum. Eventually a duet of repeated reed phrases and piano tinkles is consolidated with outstanding pressurized bow sweeps from Quínteros.

While it might sound reductionist to say that the skilful improvisation exhibited on this disc would make it indistinguishable from similar ensembles recorded in North America or Europe, it shouldn't. High levels of creativity aren't nationalistic."-Ken Waxman, JazzWord

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Artist Biographies

"Cecilia Quinteros born in 1985, Buenos Aires, Argentina. she has developed her language as a self-taught improvising cello player.

Since 2007 she has co-created many experimental music projects in Argentina and worked with theater, visual artists, contemporary and butoh dancers. She also premiered cello quartet pieces at the 2009 and 2011 editions of the Tsonami International Sound Art Festival in Buenos Aires. In 2010 the Athens Arts Ensemble (meq) commissioned her to compose a piece which premiered at athens concert hall. In July 2013 she was invited by the Danish record labels Ilk and Barefoot Records to perform several concerts at the Copenhagen and Aarhus Jazz Festivals. She spent the next year and a half playing concerts in different groups at clubs and festivals throughout denmark.

She has played with the musicians: Lotte Anker, Dror Feiler, Paal Nilssen-Love, Sture Ericson, Koichi Makigami, Sabu Toyozumi, Kesten Osgood, Nils Bo Davidsen, Mary Faust, Martin Küchen, Hearn Gadbois, Among Many Others. She Performed Solo Cello Concerts In Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Austria And Czech Republic.

Her current projects include Ruido², Yas, Rhabdoviridae, Eriza, The Corporation, Haiti, And A Duo W / Alex Elgier."

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"Christoph Gallio was born in 1957 and lives in Baden, Switzerland. Self-taught, he began playing 19 years soprano saxophone. He studied saxophone with Iwan Roth at Basel Conservatory and Music at Steve Lacy in Paris. MA in Transdisciplinarity at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Gallio in 1987 received the Special Art Prize of the city of Basel and the Canton Aargau 2009 Berlin studio and 2012 a work contribution. He directs the bands DAY & TAXI (with Silvan Jeger and David Meier), MÖSIÖBLÖ (with Sylvia Nopper, Marino Pliakas and Thomas Eckert), and ROSES FOR ALL (with Jan Roder and Oliver Steidle). With the visual artist Beat Streuli him on a longstanding cooperation. The latest joint project is the interdisciplinary performance ROAD WORKS (with Andrea Neumann, Ernst Thoma, Dominique Girod and Julian Sartorius).

Since 1977, played and plays Christoph Gallio among other things with Irene Schweizer, Irene Aebi, Urs Voerkel, Peter K. Frey, Daniel Studer, Günter Müller, Stephan Wittwer, Norbert Möslang, Ernst Thoma, Peter Kowald, Alfred Zimmerlin, Matthew Ostrowski, Hans Koch, Werner Lüdi, Urs Blöchlinger, Erhard Hirt, Dieter Ulrich, Fred Frith, Phil Minton, John Russel, Lindsay L. Cooper, Peter Schärli, Bernhard Bamert, Takashi Kazamaki, Yoshiaki Onnyk Kinno, Samm Bennett, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Kazutoki Umezu, Tetsu Saitoh , William Parker, Rashied Ali, Christian Wolfarth, Martin Lorenz, Hans-Christian Sarnau, Lara Stanic, Olaf Rupp, Kazumi, Helmut Erler, Hans Benda, Sven Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Julian Sartorius. Solos and performances with the dancers Christine Brodbeck, Yvonne Meier, Tomiko Takai, Franz Frautschi and Hideto Heshiki. Cooperation including with the artists Alex Silver, Eric Hattan and writer Kurt Aebli. Since 1986 Gallio composes for himself, his band and others. Concerts and tours at home and abroad. Various recordings."

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"Alex Elgier is a musician from Argentina. Pianist and composer, dedicated to contemporary and experimental music. He formed part of the trio, Elgier-Grinenco-Sahlieh, and with them recorded the album veiled for the Portuguese free improvisation label Creative Sources. He was a founding member of La Orquesta De Improvisadores De Buenoes Aires, in which he directed as well as played piano and clarinet. He has also composed original music for various dance works. He maintains an online diary where he publishes all his electronic music productions."

-Alex Elgier Website (

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"Marcelo von Schultz (Argentina, 1976) musician, drummer and teacher. Coming from the scene of jazz and creative music from the West (Dervish, Doña Marìa, Antü) for several years is devoted to the exploration and development of improvised music and free jazz.

He has recorded two albums with Catriel Nievas, Dùo (2014) and Tùneles (2016), both edited by the Argentine label Isla Visión and by the French label Adaptador Records.

Currently he continues playing in Dervish and is part of the trio Haiti, along with Cecilia Quinteros and Sergio Merce, a duo with Hernán Samá and the Mokita quartet with Cecilia Quinteros, Christoph Gallio and Alex Elgier.

As a teacher he dictates the subject Afro-Latin Percussion of the chair of battery at the School of Art of Luján (Prov. Of Buenos Aires)."

-Marcelo von Schultz Website (Translated by Google) (

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Track Listing:

1. Prosopis Ferox 5:52

2. Tepu 4:25

3. Persea Lingue 20:22

4. Inga 15:44

Related Categories of Interest:

Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Quartet Recordings

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