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RDC 5047

Newtone Records

1 CD

The reissue of the essential ICTUS catalogue now reaches its thirteenth instalment. The label, founded during the mid 70s by Andrea Centazzo to combat the "deafness of the mainstream music market towards radical improvisation, continues to throw up too-long-forgotten gems of rare beauty that even in those days then rarely won the esteem they merited. Twenty years on, the reissue of this recording is as much a duty as it is a pleasure. The sonorities and situations on this live album once again testify to the contemporary relevance of Centazzo's musical thinking.

Drummer and percussionist of the first rank, on a par with the giants of US and European free improvisation (Lacy, Zorn, Parker, Favre, Chadbourne, Bailey, Curran, Coxhill, Cora…), Centazzo was also instrumental for his cultural agit-prop and tireless organisation of events whose aim was to deprovincialise some of the dustier sectors of Italian cultural life.
The tracks on this live album, two of which are previously unreleased, throwl light on the essential characteristics of Centazzo's musical sensibility (incessant research for new timbres and chromatic nuances, fluidity of expression, energy in execution) applied and transferred to a large group boasting eight excellent soloists, including Rava, Koglmann, Trovesi, Zingaro, Ottaviano, Actis Dato, who needed no prompting to take the plunge.
The Mitteleuropa Orchestra came into being at the beginning of the 80s. It was Centazzo's idea to bring together acclaimed improvisers and emergent new talents. A combination that as the disc's six tracks show, functions perfectly and that particularly in a live context manages to come up with a unique sound, punctuated by felicitous solo intuitions. The group blazed a ten-year trail and was an incendiary presence at numerous international festivals, recording three LPs along the way.
Over the years some of the top names in improvisation (Albert Mangelsdorff, Mark Dresser, Martyn Mayes, Paolo Fresu) would hitch a ride on the Mitteleuropa express. Their contributions were by no means casual and helped to generate interest in the ensemble which without doubt left its mark in the world of improvised music. Both as a musician and organiser of musical minds, Centazzo was to experience in the Mitteleuropa project one of the most interesting moments in his career and this splendid live album will doubtless find its place among the essential documents of free improvisation in Europe.




1- 4
enrico rava trumpet
franz koglmann flufelhorn, trumpet
gianluigi trovesi bass clarinet, alto sax
carlos zingaro violin
roberto ottaviano tenor and soprano saxes
sauro d'angelo clarinet, alto sax
roberto manuzzi alto and soprano saxes
andrea anzola french horn
roberto bartoli bass
stefano ferri bass
bruno cabassi xilophone, percussion
gianpaolo salbego vibes, percussion
andrea centazzo drums, percussion
andrea centazzo conductor
recorded live by radio sata at teatro testoni, bologna, italy - 11th december, 1980 in the occasion of a benefit concert for the hearhquake victims in irpinia, italy

5 - 6
f ranz koglmann, gino comiso trumpets
andrea anzola, silvio stagni french horns
carlo actis dato, theo jorgesmann, roberto mannuzzi, gianluigi trovesi, roberto ottavaniano clarinets & saxes
piero bertelli, aurelio corradini, guido vianello, paolo zanella percussion
franco feruglio, federeico passera double bass
stefanio bencivenga, lucianmo bolzon, giorgio fava, roberto frisone, marco macorigh, marco paladin, mario paladin violins
franca macuz, lorenzo nassimbeni violas
luca fiorentini, carlo teodoro cellos
andrea centazzo conductor
recorded live at xx century museum, wien, austria by orf - 12 june, 1983
andrea centazzo's assistants marco dal pane, marcomaria tosolini

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