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Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]

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Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]

Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Label: ECM Records | # ECM 2203, 274 5621 | Time: 00:56:29
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative, World Music

This is a fascinating collaboration between lyrical Italian jazz improvisers Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura and the transfixing voices of A Filetta from Corsica. A Filetta, prize-winning vocal ensemble, internationally renowned as the standard-bearers of Corsican polyphony, make their ECM debut here. The appealing combination of sound-colours and idioms adds up to `Sketches of Corsica'. As the improvisers approach this regional music of universal appeal, Fresu's pensive, romantic trumpet inevitably brings Milesian associations to mind, and the ingenious bandoneon of di Bonaventura implies `chamber music' and `folk music' in every breath of the bellows.

Sketches of Corsica, the Mediterranean and the wider world abound in this fascinating collaboration between lyrical Italian jazz improvisers Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura and vocal ensemble A Filetta. Mistico Mediterraneo is the first documentation of an alliance that has been gathering momentum for a few years already; it is also the ECM debut of the Corsican singers.

The A Filetta group, is celebrated for its re-casting of Corsican vocal polyphony over the last three decades, and for helping to preserve a unique singing tradition, both secular and sacred, whose roots stretch back to antiquity. The A Filetta singers ("Filetta" translates as "fern" or "bracken") never lose sight of the tradition, but have kept it alive by taking it to new places, writing compositions for the ensemble and initiating meetings with musicians of other genres. The group is led by Jean-Claude Acquaviva, who was just 13 when A Filetta was founded in 1978. For him, Mistico Mediterraneo is a faithful reflection of the trajectory of the group's music: anchored in tradition but continually reaching out to other musics, "ethnic" and otherwise.

Paolo Fresu, from the neighboring island of Sardinia, which has its own special vocal tradition, could relate at once to the Corsican music with its "refined and archaic voices", its mix of contemporary compositions and its attempt to hold fast to "melodies vanishing in the darkness of time". As the improvisers approach this regional music of universal appeal, Fresu's pensive, romantic trumpet inevitably brings Milesian associations to mind, and the ingenious bandoneon of Daniele di Bonaventura implies `chamber music' and `folk music' in every breath of the bellows .

In October 2006, Fresu and di Bonaventura, along with two other jazz improvisers (saxophonist André Jaume and percussionist Philippe Biondi), were invited by stage director Francis Aïqui for a celebratory event in Ajaccio's L'Aghja theatre, establishing a basis for further collaboration. Over the last four years the musicians have fine-tuned the song cycle now known as "Mistico Mediterraneo", and di Bonaventura has gone on to work with the singers in other contexts.

Jean-Claude Acquaviva is A Filetta principal composer. His "Rex tremendae" and "Figliolu d'ella" derive from a requiem written in 2004, Di Corsica riposu, requiem pour deux regards, and first performed inside the Basilique de Saint-Denis outside Paris. "U Sipolcru" is a chant created for a Passion play enacted in Calvi at the beginning of the 1990s. "Liberata" is from a documentary dealing with the Corsican resistance movement during the Second World War. Film has been an important medium for the dissemination of A Filetta's message, and they have worked extensively with Parisian film composer Bruno Coulais on soundtracks and incidental music of a dozen films and stage works. The chant "Le Lac", based on a Tibetan mantra, was composed by Coulais for Eric Valli's film Himalaya, L'enfance d'un chef (1999), while "Gloria" and "La folie du cardinal" are from Gabriel Aghion's movie Le Libertin (2000). Three pieces here were written for A Filetta by Jean-Michel Giannelli, composer of contemporary polyphonic chant and occasional on-stage instrumentalist with the ensemble; two of his compositions set texts by Corsican poet Petru Santucci.

Paolo Fresu's recent ECM collaboration with Ralph Towner, Chiaroscuro (released in 2009), successful both with the critics and the public, figured in the quarterly list of Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Since 1990, when he swept the Musica Jazz Polls, the trumpeter has been a multiple award winner. Fresu has appeared on more than 300 albums including leader dates for EMI, RCA and Blue Note. While Chiaroscuro was his first ECM release, he can also be heard on the ECM-distributed Watt label, performing with Carla Bley on the album The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu (recorded 2007).

At a time when cross-pollination has become the new musical evolution, ECM Records remains at the vanguard. Whether blending music of Tunisian origins with European impressionistic concerns and hints of New World groove on oudist Anouar Brahem's The Astounding Eyes of Rita (2009), or marrying Persian percussion with Baroque instrumentation and Fourth World improvisation on keyboardist Jon Balke's Siwan (2009), few labels (if any) can boast such an impressive catalogue of constant innovation, where unfailing respect for tradition is matched by an equal disregard for the hard-coded conventions that seem, on the surface, inherent to its very definition.

Mistico Mediterraneo follows in the footsteps of Jan Garbarek and The Hillard Ensemble's (so far) trifecta, including Officium Novum (2010), where the saxophonist and classical vocal group turned eastward, further enriching an improvised language they've honed for nearly two decades. But as a collaboration between trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Corsican vocal group A Filetta, and bandoeonist Daniele di Bonaventura, the roots of Mistico Mediterraneo—and its ultimate destination—are inherently different. Rather than looking to an extant classical repertoire that crosses not just centuries, but millennia, Mistico Mediterraneo's song cycle is of distinctly contemporary origins, though the polyphonic tradition at its core dates back to the 9th century. The music may sometimes feel of timeless antiquity, but hints of modernity abound, as in French film composer Bruno Colais' "Le lac," where Fresu's electronically treated horn creates a near-ambient soundscape, over which di Bonaventura's bandoneon evokes a rippling, Steve Reich-ian pulse before A Filetta enters, with a plaintive chant revolving around a repetitive, descending three-chord pattern.

The bass-heavy A Filette—now led by Jean-Claude Acquaviva who, joining the group at 13, has since become its primary composer, contributing five pieces to this program—brings a different vocal tradition to the table than The Hilliards, one as steeped in the folk tradition of its locale as it is a classical one, blending sacred and secular texts sung in French, Corsican and Latin. Above it all Fresu, a trumpeter with his own deep roots in the jazz vernacular of Chet Baker and Miles Davis, intertwines with A Filette's seven voices, while engaging with di Bonaventura—surely the European answer to South American bandoneon master (and label-mate) Dino Saluzzi—on a profoundly interpretive level. This sublime combination of voice, horn and reeds is particularly effective on Jean-Michel Giannelli's "Dies Irae" which, despite its Latin text and cascading voices, somehow feels cousin to bassist Charlie Haden's often-covered "Silence."

Mistico Mediterraneo has something else that Garbarek/The Hilliards don't—a pulse. Tracks like "Gloria," with di Bonaventura's propulsive, ebb-and-flow rhythm supported by A Filette's similarly driven delivery, meet modernity with the timbral oscillations of Fresu's horn, while the all-vocal miniature, "La folie du Cardinal," would be relentless if it weren't only a couple minutes in duration. It all comes together in a recording that might be compared too quickly to Garbarek and The Hilliards' ongoing collaboration, but with music at least partly rooted in more temperate locales farther south, the superb Mistico Mediterraneo sings with a resonant collective voice all its own.

Review by John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com


Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]

Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]


Paolo Fresu (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Daniele di Bonaventura (bandoneon)

A Filetta
Jean-Claude Acquaviva (seconda)
Paul Giansily (terza)
Jean-Luc Geronimi (seconda)
José Filippi (bassu)
Jean Sicurani (bassu)
Maxime Vuillamier (bassu)
Ceccè Acquaviva (bassu)

Tracklist:

01. Rex Tremendae (5:00)
02. Liberata (5:24)
03. Da Te A Me (5:08)
04. Le Lac (6:40)
05. Dies Irae (5:15)
06. Gloria (4:25)
07. Corale (3:45)
08. La folie du Cardinal (1:47)
09. U Sipulcro (4:39)
10. Scherzi Veranili (2:54)
11. Figliulo d'ella (4:21)
12. Gradualis (2:29)
13. Sanctus (4:42)


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Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]

Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]

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