by Blaise Siwula, Luciano Troja & Giancarlo Mazzù

Released 2012
Released 2012
This cd contains music in a contemporary jazz style. Spontaneously composed in a free flow of ideas resulting in a something new and something older from jazz history.
Blaise Siwula alto & tenor saxes, bass clarinet, clarinet.
Giancarlo Mazzù guitar, drums.
Luciano Troja piano.

“d’istante3” is a creative music project bringing together the two Italian improvisers Giancarlo Mazzù and Luciano Troja, and the New York based saxophonist Blaise Siwula.
Giancarlo and Luciano have worked together on the European jazz scene since 2002. Their music is mainly based on the search for new forms and expressions, related to tradition with a solid jazz background, mixed with folk music, classical forms and free improvisation.
Blaise Siwula has established a prominent role in the NYC music scene since his arrival there in 1989

Collaboration between the three musicians began in 2009, with their first performance together in NYC at ABC No-Rio, where Siwula is the curator of C.O.M.A. Series. In 2011 “d’istante3” performed in several venues around NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem); in April that year, in the Wombat Studio in Brooklyn, the trio decided to record their special synergy in the spontaneous session presented on this, their first CD.

Giancarlo Mazzu/Blaise Siwula/Luciano Troja (SLAM)
by Ken Waxman

After five years of intercontinental music making,
Italian pianist Luciano Troja and guitarist/drummer
Giancarlo Mazzù, plus New York multi-reedist Blaise
Siwula, have finally recorded their co-operative trio.
The wait was worth it. With interactive familiarity
engendered by time, the three easily enmesh unique
textures and timbres into a satisfying whole. Siwula is
an improviser never inhibited by fashion or genre.
That makes him a perfect foil for the other two, whose
musical explorations flow equally from so-called
classical music and folkloric suggestions as well as the
liberation implicit in free music.
As an added bonus, d’istantes3’s seven tracks are
divided in such a way that two unique trios could be
on hand. One, more jazz-oriented, usually features
Siwula playing alto or tenor saxophone in a tart,
impassioned manner while Mazzù demonstrates his
talent as a time-keeping drummer with a fondness for
shuffle beats. Here Troja’s command of blues
progressions and other swing conventions is on display
as well. With a style more akin to contemporary New
music, the pianist helps define the second trio,
alongside Mazzù’s harsh rasgueado and slurred
fingering on the guitar plus Siwula’s extended
techniques, usually expressed in the chalumeau
register of the clarinet or bass clarinet.
For instance, with Mazzù’s slaps and ruffs and
Troja’s metronomic pulsing propelling the tune
forward, “Istantes 2” finds Siwula’s saxophone lines
evolving from hesitant flutters to multiphonic, circular
smears. In contrast, “Istantes 1” could have been
through-composed in early 20th century Vienna. As
low-pitched clarinet puffs eventually sharpen, reed
lines are accompanied by harp-like strums from the
guitarist and busy piano patterns.
Divisions aren’t hard and fast, however, since
many tracks exhibit both recital- and dance-hall
characteristics. “Istantes 2” for example, has a blues
progression and drum rolls and shuffles suggesting
‘30s Swing while heavily vibrated bass clarinet slurs
are strictly modern. By the final selection the three
have managed to forge inimitable sequences, which
can call on the characteristics of other musics while
maintaining an interface strictly the band’s own.
For more information, visit Siwula is at
Spectrum Jan. 3rd and ABC No-Rio Jan. 20th. See Calendar.


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