The Gift of Togetherness

by Cristiano Calcagnile - Multikulti Ensemble

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1) The Gift (C.Calcagnile, G.Mitelli, N.Locatelli, M.Falascone);
2) Togetherness (Don Cherry);
3) Cohesiveness (P. Botti, G.Mitelli, M.Falascone, G.Evangelista);
Birds Suite
[4. The Calebasse’s Call – Theme for Migration Birds (C.Calcagnile, D.Kouaté, P.Mirra, A.Braida), 5. Birds Travelling Across the Storm (P.Mirra, D.Kouaté, A.Braida)]; 6) Brown Rice (D.Cherry);
7) Communion Suite – Live Version
[a. Awake Nu (D.Cherry), b. Happy House (O.Coleman),
c. Dewey’s tune (D.Redman), d. Symphony for improvisers (D.Cherry)];
8) At the End a Bird Singing on the Moon (P.Botti, N.Locatelli, G.Evangelista).

Recorded by Roberto Barcaro, on October 18/19/20, 2015,
at Centro Culturale Candiani, Mestre (Venezia);
mixed and mastered by Antonio Morgante and Cristiano Calcagnile, from January to July 2018, at Blue Train’s Recording Studio, Mira (Venezia).
Fender Rhodes (tracks 4/5/6) recorded by Cristiano Calcagnile on March 10, 2018, drums (track 5) by Gianmaria Aprile
on April 14, 2018; both at Nibiru Station, Novate Milanese (Milano).

Nel 2013 Cristiano Calcagnile, batterista attivo su più fronti, dal rock d’avanguardia al jazz più sperimentale, ha iniziato a lavorare intorno all’idea di un tributo a Don Cherry, folletto geniale e visionario, antesignano della world–music. Dopo aver debuttato nell’aprile 2014 a Milano e suonato in alcuni festival, l’ottetto di Calcagnile ha registrato in tre giorni a Mestre, nell’ottobre 2015, il materiale che verrà utilizzato per l’album del debutto, «Multikulti Cherry on» (2017, Caligola). Ma il gruppo non ha esaurito con questo disco il suo percorso creativo. Ha continuato a lavorare e, pur ispirandosi al trombettista dell’Oklahoma, ha proseguito un viaggio sempre più originale e suggestivo. L’esigenza di guardare avanti, anche a costo di prendersi dei rischi, senza tradire il suono degli esordi, ha reso quasi inevitabile l’uscita di un nuovo lavoro, che utilizza ancora parte del materiale di quella fruttuosa sessione di registrazione (tra cui una versione “live” della Communion Suite), ma con l’aggiunta di alcune sovraincisioni effettuate in studio. Vengono privilegiate in quest’occasione le composizioni originali rispetto ai temi cherryani. «The Gift of Togetherness» ci conferma che, sotto le ali protettive di Don Cherry, qualcosa di nuovo ha preso forma. Grazie all’empatia del gruppo, oggi nonetto con l’aggiunta del pianista Alberto Braida – qui al Fender Rhodes – le forti personalità dei suoi musicisti si mettono al servizio del collettivo, senza che per questo le singole libertà vengano soffocate. È un’urgenza espressiva, quella del Multikulti Ensemble, che si esprime in modo giocoso, a tratti irriverente, ma non priva di coinvolgente drammaticità.

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In 2013 Cristiano Calcagnile, a drummer who explores many genres, from avant–garde rock to experimental jazz, began working on the idea of a tribute to the trumpeter Don Cherry, a brilliant and visionary elf, precursor of world music. After its debut in 2014 in Milan and some festival appearances, the Calcagnile Octet recorded the material for its debut album, «Multikulti Cherry on» (2017, Caligola), during three 2015 October days in Mestre (Venezia).
However, the band did not deplete its creative path with that record. It continued to work and, although inspired by the Oklahoma trumpeter, it went on an increasingly original and evocative journey. The need to look ahead, even at cost of taking risks, without betraying the original sound, has made the release of a new work almost inevitable, using materials from that 2015 fruitful recording session (including one live version of Communion Suite), but with the addition of some studio overdubs.
The original compositions are privileged over Cherry’s themes on this occasion. «The Gift of Togetherness» confirms us that something new has taken shape under Don Cherry’s protective wings. Thanks to empathy of the band, that is now a nonet with the addition of pianist Alberto Braida – here at the Fender Rhodes – the strong personalities of its musicians are put at the service of the collective, without the individual freedoms being suffocated. That of the Multikulti Ensemble is an expressive urgency that is conveyed in a playful manner, at times irreverent, but not without engaging drama.

credits

released August 13, 2019

Paolo Botti (viola, banjo, Stroh violin, bowed psaltery, er–hu), Gabriele Mitelli (trumpet, pocket trumpet, alto horn), Massimo Falascone (alto and baritone sax, cracklebox), Nino Locatelli (bass clarinet, melodica, bells), Pasquale Mirra (vibes, percussion), Gabriele Evangelista (double bass), Dudu Kouaté (african percussion, calebasse, djembè, effects), Cristiano Calcagnile (drums, percussion, voice, arrangements).
Special guest: Alberto Braida (Fender Rhodes), on tracks n. 4/5/6.

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