Christian Alati

I Am Surprised While It Is Actually Happening...

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This recording documents unusual collaborative efforts of these four talented Italians as they map out a provocative twelve-part suite. Heavy on the strings, the group successfully explores a range of possibilities with seemingly unlimited palettes. Alati and Lelasi offer swirls of guitar, with Alati also chiming in on toy flute. Lelasi doubles on percussion, complementing the drumming of Radaele, while Sciajno displays monstrous technique on the string bass. The results stimulate as much as they aggravate, as the colors move from atmospheric balloons to thrashing strings. Snippets of melodic invention intervene, but this is mostly an adventurous improvisational gig. Emotions rise and fall, as the group navigates a consistently interesting sonic landscape. While the pings, pops, and scratches are everywhere, there is plenty of variety to reward the serious listener.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 8:21
2 9:22
3
3:44
4
2:38
5
4:06
6 3:11
7
4:06
8
5:18
9
3:01
10 7:49
11 10:56
12
1:41
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