Friday, June 5, 2020
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Artist: Cyril Bondi, D'incise, Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Lisa Ullén
Title: Lisboa
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
After we introduced "Seattle" which collected a couple of intriguing improvisations that Ernesto Rodrigues, Jonathan Sielaff, Vic Rawlings, Leif Sundstrom, Gust Burns and Manuel Mota made in 2006, the second release, whose title was taken from well-known towns where the involved musicians grouped together to record their improvisations, brings us in the capital city of the home country of the label, the fascinating Lisbon. Named after five differnet districts (Alcantara, Alfama, Graca, Lapa and Bairro Alto), the five tracks that this quintet, made up of Portuguese native musicians Ernesto Rodrigues (viola) and Guilherme Rodrigues (cello), noise artist Laurent "D'incise" Peter and drummer Cyril Bondi from Switzerland and Swedish pianist Lisa Ullen, recorded in a small recording studio in July 2012 could render very complex emotional medley where Ullen's piano often sound like drops of glum tears into a cauldron where resounding poltergeists from found objects filter through screeching strings, pricking frequencies, paroxysmal rubbing and menacing shrieks as if they render repressed emotional bursts, which just occasionally (in the middle of the third track "Alcantara") inundate the sonic sphere when they don't get barely quelled by occluding electronic frequencies (as it happens on the awesome tracks "Graca" and "Barrio Alto") or menacingly cavernous knells (on the final "Lapa"). The umpteenth showpiece of (truly) improvisational music by this metastatic label.