20 – Unsaid
- Manuel Caliumi – sax alto
- Giulio Gentile – piano, fender rhodes
- Davide Paulis – double bass
- Luca Di Battista – drums
EmAb Connection, “Unsaid”. The first 2021 Album by nusica.org
Coming out on Thursday March 18th,, 2021 “Unsaid” is the nusica.org signed Album.
nusica.org is a cultural association and a record label engaged in the spreading of contemporary jazz and always paying particular attention to new productions while supporting new emerging artists. A round figure that is added to a special date: the tenth birthday of nusica.org, that will reserve many surprises throughout the year.
EmAb Connection is the new recording project of the Venetian label: a surprising debut born and moving between the Italian regions of Abruzzo and Emilia Romagna. The first encounter between Manuel Caliumi (sax) and Luca di Battista (drums) was in Chicago in 2015, thanks to a scholarship won by the College of Columbia – Jazz Department. Once returned to Italy, since 2018 they have been undertaking the project of a quartet able to represent the musical ensemble among the two regions.)
Giulio Gentile (piano) and Davide Paulis (double bass) also joined the project, as friends and musicians.
What blooms on this transregional axis is a unique musical and human undersanding, that immediately took shape with the drafting of new passages co-written, in which it’s possible to recognize the musical identities of each of them within formation.
The Quartet has started working on the repertoire since 2019, and after less than a year, the new first album recording was released : Unsaid, a tribute to everything that in music remains unexpressed, silent, unsaid.
The compositions extend from different energy and atmosphere, with a common denominator: the total freedom of expression, a free instinctive and spontaneous approach. The intent of EmAb Connection is to make the most of the potentials of every single element trying not to set any limits to the creativity while searching for a personalized cohesive sound. And this is the central idea that links the 7 tracks of Unsaid, between intimistic reflections, moments of wide creative freedom, a mix of styles, soft atmospheres, and unexplored soundscapes.
As any other release of nusica.org, the album Unsaid is available on all the streaming platforms. The track ”Inhabitants” is available in preview starting from Friday March 5, on every digital stores.
a quite complex track, enveloped by an unusual sound. This atmosphere is produced by the ensemble of melodic-harmonious elements taken from the Augmented Scale, mixed in more familiar modal settings. This multiplicity of acoustic “characters” originates the title of the track: “Inhabitants”.
represents, as suggested by the title, a dialogue between yourself, particularly during the time when we feel “aliens” compared to the world around us. It’s a track with a relaxed but tense pace.
o3. Take a breath
… and look ahead. The track presents an initially very relaxed and enjoyable rhythm that is about to change and intensify as the track unfolds itself.
o4. Shipping Cattle
a mix of styles different from one another, linked by a common thread. The track presents sharp melodic and rhythmic changes that feed the listener’s curiosity and at the same time establish the experimental nature of it.
o5. Forma Mentis
an ambivalent track that links together dense and structured writing with moments of radical improvisation. The fundamental component of the piece is the unpredictability of the free section at the end of the main theme, where “the unspoken” between musicians leads to a palette of colors always different when approaching any “take”: this choice has certainly to be considered the most impetuous and rude one.
o6. The Lift
was born as a ballad but soon takes on a different color. The incipit describes a suffused and gloomy atmosphere introduced by the wail of a piano and a whispered song that gradually changes into a growing dynamic tension to culminate to an intense melodic climax.
initially shows its enigmatic nature but soon reveals its real one: a relaxed and solar piece that paints the colors of the morning mist, and the derived sense of ease and calmness.
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Take part in the project with a donation of 13 euros and you will receive the CD as a gift.