Boomkat Product Review:
Here comes a welcome digital release for another gem from the Confront catalogue, this time capturing a 2002 concert in Lodi, Italy performed by improvising trio Rhodri Davies (harp), Simon H. Fell (double bass) and Mark Wastell (violoncello). Lodi documents these musicians at their stealthy, furtive best, navigating their way through near-silences and deftly underplayed gestures over the course of three incredible pieces. The first finds the group incrementally stirring into life, setting remarkably abstract acoustic textures against one another in a fashion that utterly obscures the timbral range expected from these instruments. The second performance is no less adventurous and after several minutes of minuscule, detailed performance you start to hear the dynamic range expanding to incorporate noisy exclamations. The level of nuance and discipline is absorbing throughout, and by the time we make it to the later passages of the third and final track, you can just about detect a purposeful, committed sense of rhythm as plotted out by a closing pizzicato sequence. Right at the end, between these ponderous pluckings you can make out a clock chiming somewhere in the distance - and this tiny incidental moment only serves to underline how powerful the music is, momentarily breaking the spell these three musicians have been casting over you for the past forty-five minutes; you'll find you've been totally immersed in their world. Very highly recommended.
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