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Volden, Havard / Carlo Costa: In the Wake (Neither/Nor Records)

Italian-born New York-based percussionist Carlo Costa meets Norwegian guitarist Havard Volden (Moon Relay, Muddersten) for an album of water-themed free improvisations, beautifully developing with thoughtful playing using rich chord patterns and unusual sonic inventiveness in percussive objects to create a set of rich and languorous surges and pools of sound.
 

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Havard Volden-acoustic guitar

Carlo Costa-percussion


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UPC: 700261462189

Label: Neither/Nor Records
Catalog ID: n/n 010
Squidco Product Code: 26142

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, New York, on May 20th, 2016, by Nathaniel Morgan.

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"Norwegian guitarist Havard Volden and New York-city based percussionist Carlo Costa present their first collaboration on record with an album of acoustic improvisations. The music on In the Wake makes use of repetitive patterns, slow development, space, drones and varyingly layered textures through which the two forge surprisingly rich sonic realms and generate a palpable sense of expectation. With a paired-down set up and a minimalist approach Volden and Costa present a subtle yet dramatic album."-Neither/Nor Records



"How would it sound if the American primitive guitar of John Fahey met the avant-garde of abstract jazz improvisation in the wilderness? Guitarist Havard Volden and drummer Carlo Costa give the answer on their album In the Wake.

The cover by Brooke Herr is an image of an abstract seascape that resides somewhere between the referential image and a manipulation that goes beyond the image. The same thing goes for the music that uses the recognizable sounds of a strummed guitar and the unrecognizable sounds of scratching cymbals and percussion transformed into something new. The drum set is no longer there, it has disappeared in the air. Percussion plays and becomes something else.

Volden strums the guitar like a painter with broad brushstrokes on a canvas. Large, percussive strokes and delicate steel strings, almost unheard. The sound of a temple bell rings. It is a call for spirituality. Rhythm is broken up into pieces like the titles of the tracks: "Awash," "Pool," "Ripple" and "Ebb." Different movements of water, different movements of music. The sound of water and steel. Rippling, etching, marking silence. A drip, a drop. A chord is a sound is a chord and then it disappears in the waves. In the wake."-Jakob Baekgaard


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Artist Biographies

"Håvard Volden is a guitarist and electronic musician based in Oslo, Norway. In 2013 he released his first solo album "Silence, But" on Meddle Records. The album consists of a collection of improvisations recorded over four years, edited and mixed into two longer tracks. Besides his solo performances, Volden has played an important role in the music scene in Oslo and has collaborated with improv legend Toshimaru Nakamura. Current projects include the noise rock band Moon Relay, the improv trio Muddersten (with Martin Taxt and Henrik Olsson), and Nude on Sand a duo project with singer Jenny Hval. Volden has also been performing and recording with Jenny Hval's bands since 2008."

-Neither/Nor Records (http://www.neithernorrecords.com/neithernorrecords/artists.html)
2/28/2024

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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)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Awash 6:04

2. Pool 8:25

3. Ripple 9:42

4. Ebb 6:46

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Duo Recordings
Guitarists, &c.
Percussion & Drums

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