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Ritual Habitual (Marogna / Almeida / Ernsting): Pagan Chant (Clean Feed)

Presented as a a tribute to past jazz masters John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden, Rotterdam's Ritual Habitual trio led by double bassist Gonçalo Almeida with drummer Philipp Ernsting and Riccardo Maronga on tenor sax, bass clarinet & synthesizers, create a sense of ritual through deep repetition of modern creative jazz rooted in free jazz tradition.

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UPC: 5609063105783

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF578CD
Squidco Product Code: 31147

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded by Edwin Willemen at Sante Boutique Studio, Rotterdam. Mixed by Ritual Habitual at iii Sound Studio, The Hague. Mastered by Giovanni di Domenico, Brussels. Produced by Ritual Habitual.


Riccardo Marogna-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet & synthesizers

Goncalo Almeida-doublebass

Philipp Ernsting-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Riccardo Marogna, born in Verona (Italy), currently lives and works in The Hague (NL). His work incorporates instrumental practice with woodwind instruments, diy electronics, extended instrumental technique, free improvisation, fixed media.

He performed extensively in Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Poland, United States, playing in venues and festivals such as WORM (Rotterdam), REWIRE (The Hague), WIM (Zurich), Studio Loos (The Hague), Centro D'Arte (Padua), STEIM (Amsterdam), AUT Fest (Berlin), Experimental Intermedia (NY). His works have been also presented at NIME Conference 2018 (Blacksburg, US), MusLab 2016 Muestra Internacional de Música Electroacústica (Mexico 2016), Matera Intermedia Festival (Italy, 2017), Colloqui di Informatica Musicale (Biennale Musica, Venice, 2008).

INFERNAL MOSQUITOES is the name of his solo project for saxophone, bass clarinet, and electronics.

His musical collaborations include Sho Shin Duo (with drummer Riccardo La Foresta), Ritual Habitual (with Goncalo Almeida and Phillipp Ernsting), Organo (w/ Aurelie Lierman and Abel Fazekas), DINGEN (w/ Darina Zurkova) as well as a recent collaboration with guitarist Arvind Ganga (soon to be released on Belgian label 'A New Wave of Jazz').

He has been founder and curator of the FREE FALL! concert series in Studio Loos (The Hague), as well as co-founder and director of the Free Fall Improvisers Orchestra and the Oktopus Connection ensemble, with which he explores graphic-notation-based collective improvisation.

His music has been published by El Gallo Rojo Records, Setola di Maiale Label, AUT Records.

He holds a Master from the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, a BD in Jazz Music & Improvisation by the Conservatoire "G. Frescobaldi" in Ferrara (IT), a MD in Electronic Engineering by University of Padua (IT) and he specialized in Computer Music at IRCAM (Paris).

He is currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Sonology.

From 2005 to 2010 he has been member of the Sound and Music Computing Group at the University of Padua, focusing his research on physically-based synthesis and multimodal interfaces. He is the author and co-author of a number of papers, published by international journals and conferences such as JASA, IEEE, NIME, Biennale Musica, DAFX.

From 2004 to 2006 he has studied theatre and performing arts at TAM - Teatromusica (Padua, IT), under the direction of Michele Sambin, also collaborating in some productions as a performer and stage musician.

He has been leading workshops on improvisation and live electronics, and has a ten years long experience in teaching clarinet and computer music.

Along with (or better, as a part of) his artistic practice, he is an active maker of electronic and software instruments and any kind of weird thing which can produce sound. He likes to combine his expertise in electronic and software engineering with his artistic practice, working with simple and humble materials such as recycled wood, diy electronics, recycled circuits."

-Ricardo Marogna Website (

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"Gonçalo Almeida born in 1978 Lisbon, Portugal. Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he followed studies at Rotterdams Conservatorium, having studied with Heyn van Geyn, Stefan Lievestro, Marius Beets and Peter Leerdman, finishing his master degree in 2008.

Plays in a variety of projects that go from modern jazz, freejazz, jazzcore and free improvisation music, having shared the stage with improvisers such has Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Wilbert de Joode, Martin van Duynhoven, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, Jasper Stadhouders among others.

Also has been working in collaboration with multi media such as video artists, modern dancers, poets, and theater makers.

In the main projects that he is involved as double bass player, he has a deep input as a composer."

-Goncalo Almeida Website (

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"Philipp Ernsting is a drummer from Lünen who has been active in Rotterdam for the better part of two decades. He is acclaimed for his versatile playing in genre-defying bands such as Albatre and Doktor Schnitt."


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track listing:

1. Dionysus Carnival 7:12

2. The Eulogy 7:18

3. Pagan Chant 5:06

4. Psilocybe Cubensis 3:50

5. Rite of Passage 9:42

6. The Womb 15:44
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Portuguese bassist Gonçalo Almeida made Rotterdam as the basis of a busy activity with musicians from different geographic origins and his trio with Riccardo Marogna and Philipp Ernsting is one of the most prolific.

The name Ritual Habitual (alliterations included, we can translate it as Usual Ritual) says it all about the purposes at play: to create ritualistic music with the repetition of motives as a method, rooted in the free jazz tradition and updated with electronic manipulations.

"Pagan Chant" is presented as a tribute to the masters John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden, even if it doesn't sound as any of them. In other words, the band imagine a new kind of pagan, tribal, music with the freedom aesthetics of the "black power" period of jazz history and the 21st century colors of electro-acoustic music, in a kind of retro-futuristic approach which reminds that the present is only a construction, the result of the confluence of what comes from the past and what is beginning to happen."-Clean Feed

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