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BolZagO (Andrea Bolzoni / Francesco Zago): Music from the Lounge (Creative Sources)

Since 2016 pianist Francesco Zago and guitarist & live electronics artist Andrea Bolzoni (The Night Watch, Stormy Six) have collaborated, focused on guitar improvisation, proposing a dialog between lyricism and psychedelic music, here in a 10-part work of fluid & ethereal sounds informed by contemporary music and creative improv, a unique journey presenting a strong narrative sense.

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UPC: 5609063407655

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs765
Squidco Product Code: 32977

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Salotto in Prova, Milan, Italy, on January 30th, 2021.


Francesco Zago-piano

Andrea Bolzoni-guitar, live electronics

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"Don't be fooled by the title. The aforementioned lounge does not refer to any refined chill-lounge music, aimed at relaxation, or to a more chic easy listening. The lounge in question is the "Salotto in prova", a place dedicated to contemporary music in Milan, where the two authors, Andrea Bolzoni and Francesco Zago, recorded this CD just over two years ago, on January 30, 2021. We were still in the total absence of concerts, in the midst of the Covid emergency and this CD seems to be the result of this period of lack of communication between artists and the public. I think that the musicians' impossibility to perform, to be able to play together, to carry out their normal activities, has generated a creative growth, accelerated by forced inactivity and forced self-isolation by the virus. Each artist reacted in his/her own way, there were those who published a new song on Bandcamp, a new improvisation with an almost obsessive cadence, as if to exorcise their forced isolation with a bulimic activity, others took advantage of this period to begin to elaborate, in silence as loud as possible, new projects, new ideas, arriving only now to publish an album, the result of a very careful work of elaboration and revision. I think this is the case with this CD. Music from the Lounge, released by the Portuguese independent label Creative Source Recordings in December 2022, made by Andrea Bolzoni and Francesco Zago.

Their duo project, Bolzago, is not something that arises in an instant. It is a project that has had a long temporal gestation, as already demonstrated by this video made on October 10, 2020 which already provides us with some anticipations on a music and, above all, a musical dialogue, which is fully implemented in the twilight tones that emerge in this CD. "Music from the Lounge" expresses, in a flow characterized by ten tracks with titles such as "Feldman", "Hypermurmur" and "This night wounds time", a sense and a taste for small things, abandoned tones, a veiled melancholy almost always present. The music of Zago and Bolzoni is expressed through the dilated dialogues between their piano and guitar, and shows a twilight, apparently simple and poetic language that contributes to the expansion of the musical lexicon, creating a sort of space for reflection and thought. A space of contemplation and remembrance, to which is added a sort of epiphany where music becomes a mirror of the outside world, at the time frozen by the fears of Covid, which still mark the soul and emotions of the society in which we live. Music from the Lounge is an intimate and deeply delicate album, listen to it at night, trying to come to terms with yourself."-Andrea Aguzzi, NeuGuitars

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Artist Biographies

"Francesco Zago (Milan, 1972) is a guitarist, composer, arranger and record producer. He has made fifteen CDs as composer, guitarist or producer, as well as other collaborations. From 1993 to 1999 he was a member of the progressive rock group The Night Watch with whom he released the CD Twilight in 1997. In 2005, together with Marcello Marinone, he founded the Altrock Label to promote unconventional music. In the same year he founded Yugen, an ensemble with which he has recorded five albums. Other projects are Kurai (2009) and Empty Days with the American singer Elaine di Falco (2013). With the Swiss saxophonist Marcus Stauss he founded the free improvisation duo Zauss and released five CDs for the Fazzul Music label. In 2012 Francesco Zago joined the historic Rock Band of Stormy Six. 2013 saw him engaged in the creation of the CD "Benvenuti nel ghetto" with the Italian actor Moni Ovadia. From 2013 to 2015 he played and released two albums with the rock band Not a Good Sign. Zago collaborated with the Repertorio Zero ensemble until 2008. In 2013, with his Maestro and Conductor Renato Rivolta, he founded the electro-acoustic ensemble Off-Topic. In 2016, with Elena Talarico, he founded Kubin. The duo offers 20th century and contemporary music. In the same year, he produced I Dream Awake, a CD with songs by the American composer Bill Whitley, for Ravello Records. Since 2009 he has worked for the online literary magazine Quaderni d'altri Tempi and written musical and literary articles on David Bowie, Ferdinand Céline, Alien, King Crimson, Michele Mari, Dino Buzzati and PJ Harvey. Interested in the relationship between sound and images, he has worked for commercial video clips, museums and installations (Barbican Theater and Studio Azzurro). In recent years he has collaborated with Carla Della Beffa in the creation of sounds and music for the artist's videos. Blister is their first project; the music was produced by Tommaso Fiori."

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"Andrea Bolzoni studied improvisation with Alberto Braida and Stefano Battaglia, also attending workshops at the School for Improvisational Music in New York and Oslo, and at the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam. He obtained the first and second level academic diplomas in Electronic Music at the Milan Conservatory. He is a member and co-founder of Raw Frame and Swedish Mobilia, with whom he has released for Leo Records, Auand, Naked Tapes and dEN. He has also played in Hellenic Alley (Setola di Maiale), Dialvogue (Setola di Maiale and Bunch) and Consulting the Oracle (Bunch). In 2015 he released the solo CD "amI?" (Bunch)."

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Track Listing:

1. Storm. Tide 4:33

2. Foreground Shadow 4:28

3. This Night Wounds Time 2:38

4. Hypermurmur 3:51

5. Stringed Bells 3:35

6. Rough Tightrope Walker 2:39

7. The Ring And The Tower 4:52

8. Jump, Jump, Roll, Dive 6:02

9. Feldman 6:28

10. Ice Nails In A Purple, Scratched Sky 9:57

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