Recorded in October 2001 at the Co-Lab Festival in Porto, Portugal, this meeting between violinist Carlos Zingaro, and the Swiss electronics duo Voice Crack unfolds like a roller coaster ride. It is filled with luminous passages and infuriating moments, as if the improvisers were having a hard time coming up with enough ideas to keep the music afloat, but the little ideas that did come to them were all brilliant. Zingaro is the most inventive member of the trio, his gestures on the violin witty and light. He uses a lot of quick yet delicate touches of the bow to answer Voice Crack's pulsating textures. But his computer treatments of the violin are often trite, far from the resourcefulness displayed on his previous release on Sirr, the solo CD Cage of Sand. In the group's last few months, the music of Voice Crack had turned into an endless textural flow of barely controlled clicks and beeps, like background transmissions from outer space. In this session, they do their own thing, existing within the low range of the sound spectrum, like someone quietly living in his own apartment. Their music doesn't grab the attention, but it is there and it changes slowly, occasionally answering Zingaro's shifts between acoustic violin, treated violin, and electronics with shifts of their own. And at times they do find each other, and the music becomes brighter. But for the most part, Ba Kagipa is a mitigated affair, and the last ten minutes of the single, 53-minute track are downright uninspired.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture