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Melting Mind (Genta / Mazzani / Vanzan / Poggi): At Grnd Zero (Relative Pitch)

A brutal and complex concert of processed sopranino saxophone, electric guitar and electronics from the long-running Italian quartet Melting Mind of Virginia Genta, Michele Mazzani, David Vanzan and Matteo Poggi, recorded during a 2019 tour of France at Grnd Zero in Lyon, a 33 minute performance of thick noise & feedback layered with inexplicable detail.

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UPC: 5904224870973

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1147
Squidco Product Code: 33270

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Grnd Zero in Lyon, France, on October 3rd, 2019.


Virginia Genta-processed sopranino saxophone

Michele Mazzani-electric guitar, electronics

David Vanzan-electronics

Matteo Poggi-electronics

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"This recording comes from a memorable show the band performed during their first (and so far last) tour in France. The concert had been a heavy mass of around 90 minutes, of whom only a part was caught on cassette, as nobody remembered to flip side when it was time. Anyway what got recorded is here, and it's still enough to dig the psychoactive multitude of sound informations Melting Mind delivered in Lyon that night. A hypnotic vortex of multi-layered dimensions. Italo-noise at its best, as in the old times."-Relative Pitch

Artist Biographies

"Born 1984 in Italy, Virginia Genta is self-taught and plays all saxophones (tenor, soprano, baritone, alto), flutes, clarinet, plus some percussion and keyboards. Since 2003 she's been working with drummer and percussionist David Vanzan in several projects such as Jooklo Duo, Neokarma Jooklo Trio (or Sextet, Octet, Experience), Golden Jooklo Age, and the Jooklo Finnish Quartet. She started playing music from improvisation while quite young, and has always been moving in the music cosmos with a deep, natural and spontaneous approach to creation, constantly working to find the highest way of expression connected to the oneness of universe. Besides this, the devotion of Virginia finds freedom also through drawings and illustrations. A restless activity during the past few years (about 400 concerts and a countless amount of recording sessions, some of those released on labels like Qbico, Conspiracy, and her own Troglosound), brought her to collaborations with musicians like Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, Bill Nace, Sonny Simmons, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, John Blum, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Takehisa Kosugi (Taj Mahal Travellers), Sonic Youth, Hartmut Geerken, Famodou Don Moye, Makoto Kawabata, Andrew Barker, Muruga Booker, Raymond Strid, among others. She's also a music collaborator of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company."

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"Michele Mazzani is one of the purest representatives of the Italian underground music scene. He has been organizing concerts for some time, which have now become cult, in atypical and isolated places, such as bivouacs lost in the mountains and ruined houses. His dj-sets are mainly made with cassettes recovered from various organizations that empty houses and cellars, while the farmhouse where he lives is also the headquarters of Lonktaar, his label, which produces very varied works: from the most extreme noise to field recordings of oriental travels, in the most radical way."

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"Born in Italy on 1984, multi-instumentalist and mainly percussionist and drummer of the new avant-garde generation, self-thaught, active since 2003 with saxophonist Virginia Genta on several experimental music projects such as Jooklo Duo, Neokarma Jooklo Experience, trio, Golden Jooklo Age and the Jooklo Finnish Quartet. Pretty much involved in mixing up jazz with free music, and picking up knowledge in sound from ethnic cultures all over the world, he explores multi-rythms and sheets of sound, with a high attention given to natural and electronic sounds, including hand-percussions, gongs, cymbals, bells... A work mostly oriented on sound research and exploration, which is eventually leading him to the preparation of a new solo project for 2010, based on drums.

A restless activity (about 400 concerts) during these last six years, brought him to collaborations with people like John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Takehisa Kosugi (Taj Mahal Travellers), Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Hartmut Geerken, Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), Andrew Barker, Muruga Booker, among others.

In the past 3 years, Vanzan has also recorded a countless amount of sessions which has been released on vinyls, cds, and tapes as gorgeous, rare, limited edition, already become collectors' stuff after only two years distance from their issue for record labels such as Qbico, Conspiracy, Troglosound.

Massively toured Europe, United Kingdom and U.S.A, plus opened concerts for bands like Sonic Youth, Borbetomagus, saxophonist Sonny Simmons and many others."

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Matteo Poggi electronics is an Italian sound artist, known for the groups Gelba, Melting Mind, Suburban Howl, and Surava.

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1. At Grnd Zero 31:33

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