Release date: 29-06-2018
Cat. no.: ILK281CD
Three years after their critically acclaimed first eponymous LP, Emanuele Maniscalco, Francesco Bigoni and Mark Solborg are ready to deliver a new chapter of their journey.
Put together a whole new set of original compositions, three strong and sensitive musicians from Denmark and Italy carrying three years of focused concert activity in Europe together, the amazing acoustics of the “Ridotto” hall, in one of the best preserved opera houses in Italy, and you have FOIL.
The album is a natural continuation of the debut: the thin boundary between composed and improvised output has grown even more seamless, longer forms are preferred, together with oblique orchestrations and a somehow more raw sonic approach. Breathing and playing with the delicate room, the three musicians cherish an investigative interest in musical conversation and interplay. All staged on an almost architectural playground, infused with fertile textures and melodic landscapes for three voices.
Contemporary chamber music with room to explore musical poetics, enhanced or emphasized by contrasting motions – much like the beautiful analogue three-dimensional ceiling of the Ridotto on the front cover.
The original approach of the Danish/Italian trio has taken them to festivals and venues in Berlin, Porto, Copenhagen, London (w. the great Evan Parker as guest), Brescia, Ferrara, a.o. 2018 touring includes the Jazz d’Or festival in Strasbourg (France), Vinterjazz (Denmark), Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Italy, Germany and more.
FOIL is recorded and processed by some of the best sound engineers in Europe. A limited vinyl edition will be issued on ILK in connection with the fall tour 2018.
The debut album received these fine descriptions of the group and their music:
[...] a masterclass of texture and microtonal subtlety.
- Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal, UK
We could call it chamber music for the placidness of the sonic setting, the meticulous attention to dynamics, the absolute, never over-the-top instrumental control, the formal precision. We could, but […] it wouldn’t do justice to a work, which goes far beyond the boundaries of such a definition. - Vincenzo Roggero, All About Jazz Italy
[…] hypnotic unshakable phrases and melodies. The trio is unique in its integrity,
melodies and contemporary-poetic atmosphere. What a stroke of luck!
- Bjarne Søltoft, Jazznytt, Norway