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The restless experimentation and creativity of Manuel Zurria (of Alter Ego fame) has resulted in a brilliant series of collaborative works with legendary composers such as Luc Ferrari, Alvin Lucier, Arvo Part, John Cage, Morton Feldman, László Sáry, Louis Andriessen, Aldo Clementi, Zoltan Jeney, Stefano Scodanibbio, Salvatore Sciarrino, Jonathan Harvey and Kevin Volans. A truly stunning mixture of electronic and longform electro-acoustic pieces, repetitive ethnic rhythms, drones and delay, field recordings, flute and the human voice.

Repeat is the diary of an obsession that has been accompanying me for four long years. Alighiero Boetti, one of the fathers of Italian conceptual art, had fit out along a wall of his house in Rome his most introspective work: The Wall. On this wall he showed, continuously modifying their choice and position, objects and works belonging to his own production or to the one of other artists friends, together with objects he found by chance on the street, family pictures and drawings of his children. In other words, his own world. During the realisation of this project I have been reading “Difference and Repetition” by Gilles Deleuze, which gave me the occasion to ponder on the involvements that bring back to the principle of repetition in music of our time. In a certain sense, Deleuze’s writing allowed me to focus on the importance of repetition as a perceptive fact, and as an experience of listening in accumulation. In the same time, I thought of repetition as difference, as a minimal fact, as trance. This element has been determinant in my activity and allowed me to collaborate during the years with musicians who look at repetition as an exciting experience, both physical and mystic.

GENRE: minimalism, electro-acoustic
FORMAT: 3xCD digipack
DESCRIPTION: Triple CD Multi-fold deluxe digipak + 16-pages booklet
PRICE:
30 euro



TRACKS
CD 1 - 57’44”
1- László SARY Pebble Playing in a Pot (1980) versione per 4 flauti (8’01”)
2- Arvo PART Pari Intervallo (1976 -1980) (4’23”)
3- Luc FERRARI Madame de Shanghai (1996) per 3 flauti e nastro (15’17”)
4- Louis ANDRIESSEN Lacrimosa (1991) (9'05”)
5- Salvatore SCIARRINO Immagine Fenicia (2000) per flauto amplificato (5’18”)
6- Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel (1978) (9’37”)
7- Louis ANDRIESSEN De Lijn (1986) per 3 flauti (0’38”)
8- Laszlo SARY Canon (1978) versione per 6 flauti (4’53”)
CD 2 - 55’17”
1- Tom JOHNSON Kirkman’s Ladies – Rational Harmonies in Three Voices (2005)
2- Kevin VOLANS Walking Song (1984) per flauto, clavicembalo e due battimani (5’28”)
3- John CAGE Ryoanji (1984-6) versione per 4 flauti bassi, percussions + tape (17’27”)
4- Morton FELDMAN Trio for flutes (1972) (4’26”)
5- Alvin LUCIER 947 (2001) per flauto e pure wave oscillators (7’42”)
6- Tom JOHNSON 32 Breaths (2000) per versione per flauto in sol (5’40”)
CD 3 - 61’14”  
1- Stefano SCODANIBBIO Ritorno a Cartagena (2001) (9’14”)
2- Aldo CLEMENTI Canzonetta (2005) sol (2’32”)
3- Viktor EKIMOVSKY In Canes Venatici (1986) per 3 flauti e nastro magnetico (7’58”)
4-Jonathan HARVEY Ricercare una Melodia (1987) flute + digital delay system (5’31”)
5-Zoltan JENEY Landscape ad Hoc (1980) flute, bird voices + synthesizer (12’07”)
6-Aldo CLEMENTI Parafrasi 2 (2004) per flauto in sol e nastro magnetico (11’09”)
7-Stefano SCODANIBBIO Voyage Resumed (2005) (12’17”)

 

 

 

Blow UP - March 2008 review

Ordine o incitamento? Questo triplo CD del flautista Manuel Zurria sembra rispondere con decisione alle grandi leggi delle lente trasformazioni dei materiali musicali e l'esemplificazione di presupposti e dirczione appare chiaro fin dal titolo. Certo, produrre una raccolta cosi ingombrante per flauto può forse intimidire molti. Non possiamo invece che constatare quanto un formate così ampio sia assolutamente consono alla ricchezza delle musiche proposte da Zurria. Innanzitutto un seducente ventaglio di compositori che affianca nomi molto noti come Cage, Sciarrino, Feldman, Clementi, Lucier, Ferrari, a seconde fila come Viktor Ekimovsky, Zoltan Jeney o Kevin Volans. Poi la grande stratificazicazione timbrica con cui si è scelto di rivesti reopere nate per altri organici. Oltre a quelle espressamente per flauto :flauto ed elettronica o nastro magneticvo ci sono molte trascrizioni che ricontestualizzano opere nate altrove (come la ormai celebre Spiegel im Speigel di Part). Su tutto domina un gusto produttivo molto raffinato che sa trovare le giuste soluzioni e determinare la necessaria varietà nel rapporto tra fonte analogica e fonte sintetica nesso che viene esaltato da composizioni come 947 di Alvin Lucier per flauto e oscillatori. (8) Michele Coralli
Mimaroglu

an impressive, triple-disc recital-set from alter ego flautist manuel zurria, featuring a hand-picked selection of pieces by alvin lucier, luc ferrari, salvatore sciarrino, morton feldman, john cage, lászló sáry, arvo part, louis andriessen, tom johnson, kevin volans, stefano scodanibbio, aldo clementi, viktor ekimovsky, jonathan harvey, and zoltan jeney. much emphasis on psycho-acoustic interference (listen to the clip of the lucier piece), live-electronics & delay-lines ...