FACING INFINITY
CD 594
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FACING INFINITY SLAMCD 594  Barcode 5028386710127

ON Duet 

Nikolas Skordas soprano sax, tarogato, traditional flutes.

Alexandros Aivaliotis shakuhachi, hocchicu.

With guest Sophia Koroxenou, voice track 12.

 

This second SLAM CD by Nikolas Skordas (see SLAMCD 582 Ships and Shepherds with Alex Maguire) features him with fellow original improviser Alexandros Aivaliotis in the duo ON, creating an intriguing and beautiful combination of textures and voices from a mixture of international cultures.

 

Nikolas and Alexandros write:

The musical interaction between the mellow, inner, simple sound of the Japanese vertical flute, the shakuhachi, and the sharp, but also sweet sound of the soprano saxophone, the most wildcat of the sax family, creates an untold journey to unconventional places and times of the human experience.

Regarding the name of the duet,  we underline the multidimensional meaning of the word "on", (Greek: sentient being), the human entity, the concept of "is-be", inside us. The same phonetic sequence "on", in Japanese stands for "sound", as the original form of the frequency creation through air. The above ideogram consists of two others, meaning "stand up" and "sun", as "the rising of the light".

Those two denotations present the concept of sound as something vivid, fresh and authentic, beyond the boundaries of common  knowledge and views about music.

East and west, together present a new musical proposal through a rare duet!

On the one hand, we have the soprano sax, an instrument capable to produce different voices, hard to play, weird and inexplicably indomitable but beautiful, a tool that requires full commitment and patience.

On the other hand, the old meditation tool of ancient Japan, a root end bamboo made flute with only five holes, one of the hardest traditional flutes to master, vibrates the atmosphere in a unique way, imitating even the human voice and producing sounds from the depth of the human existence. Listen!

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TRACKS:

1              Birds interactions           3:01    Nikolas Skordas: traditional flutes -percussion Alexandros Aivaliotis: shakuhachi   

2              Monologue of duality    5:27        Nikolas Skordas :Tarogato   Alexandros Aivaliotis : shakuhachi 

3              Beyond the skies             7:12        Nikolas Skordas : soprano sax Alexandros Aivaliotis: shakuhachi                

4              Tsu-Re expansion            9:28        Alexandros Aivaliotis: shakuhachi Nikolas Skordas :soprano sax

5              Facing Infinity    5:41        Nikolas Skordas: soprano sax Alexandros Aivaliotis : shakuhachi                

6              Cosmic sources ii              8:06        Nikolas Skordas: soprano sax Alexandros Aivaliotis : shakuhachi                

7              The joy of loneliness      4:15        Alexandros Aivaliotis : solo shakuhachi  

8              Ja(zz)pan bonding           4:42        Nikolas Skordas : soprano sax Alexandros Aivaliotis:  shakuhachi               

9              ON         9:33        Nikolas Skordas: Tarogato Alexandros Aivaliotis: shakuhachi          .

10           Moon sonority  9:47        Nikolas Skordas:  soprano sax Alexandros Aivaliotis  : shakuhachi

11           Listen! Cliff echoes          3:49        Nikolas Skordas:  soprano sax - Tarogato Alexandros Aivaliotis: shakuhachi

12           Farewell               5:21        Nikolas Skordas:  soprano sax Alexandros Aivaliotis: shakuhachi Sophia Koroxenou: Voice               

                                               

RECORDING DETAILS:

Record Mixed and Mastering by Konstantinos Fragkopoulos at Shellac Recording Studios, Thessaloniki

6 February 2018


 
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