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Album εβδομάδας στο birdistheworm.com

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‘Guitarist Ehsan Sadigh’s quartet isn’t hesitant about tackling a range of expressions with their mix of modern jazz, hardcore folk, avant-garde and psychedelic jazz-rock fusion.  Somehow, this delirious mix of expressions all seem to snap into place, which is a hell of an accomplishment considering the diversity of sound and conversation styles employed.  Ehsan Sadigh on electric guitar, Peter Soleimanipour on bass clarinet & saxophones, Mazyar Younesi on piano and Rouzbeh Fadavi on drums offer up a sharp tunefulness from within the panoramic view.  It’s a nice look at music coming out of Tehran.  It’s also a very exciting, very cool album, and you can expect I’ll be writing more about it here on this site.  For now, just go buy it.’

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Κουαρτέτο από τα λίγα…

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‘Το κουαρτέτο Diminished αποτελείται από τους Ehsan Sadigh ηλεκτρική κιθάρα, Peter Soleimanipour τενόρο, σοπράνο, μπάσο κλαρίνο, Mazyar Younesi πιάνο, φωνή, Rouzbeh Fadavi ντραμς και ηχεί… όπως ίσως δεν φαντάζεστε! Εννοώ πως έχουμε να κάνουμε μ’ ένα… progressive κατά βάση σχήμα, ένα σχήμα που ανακατεύει jazz/improv, folk, rock και avant μ’ έναν αναπάντεχο –γιατί όχι;– τρόπο. Συγκροτημένοι σε σώμα στις αρχές του 2013, οι Quartet Diminished είναι ολοφάνερο πως είναι μια μπάντα «διαβασμένη». Γνωρίζουν τα τερτίπια και τις διαμορφώσεις ποικίλων δυτικών ηχοχρωμάτων, και πάνω σ’ αυτό το πλαίσιο, που εμπεριέχει και αυτοσχεδιασμό, προσθέτουν διάφορα δικά τους παραδοσιακά μοτίβα, δημιουργώντας μακρόπνοες όσο και «προχωρημένες» καταστάσεις. Γιατί ειδικώς στα μεγάλα σε διάρκεια κομμάτια, το σχεδόν 13λεπτο “Station one” και το 11λεπτο “Speechless rhythm”, οι Ιρανοί «ξεφεύγουν». Με την κιθάρα να δημιουργεί συχνά ένα διαρκές, αλλά ευμετάβλητο ηλεκτρικό υπόστρωμα, με το πιάνο να εμφανίζεται πολλάκις ως ρυθμικό όργανο, με τα πνευστά να κάνουν την περισσότερη μελωδική δουλειά και με τα κρουστά να «γεμίζουν» αναλόγως με τις ανάγκες, οι συνθέσεις των Quartet Diminished απογειώνονται μ’ έναν τρόπο που μπορεί να φέρνει στο νου πολύ συγκεκριμένα και ειδικά δυτικά projects – όπως τους Ελβετούς Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin για παράδειγμα (που ηχογραφούν για την ECM). Απολαυστικά ηλεκτρικά τα “Turned out to be”, “Tehran” και “Yelemsi” δείχνουν και αυτά πως οι ιρανοί μουσικοί δεν είναι απλώς «μάστορες» (κάτι αναμενόμενο, καθότι η μουσική στο Ιράν αποτελεί πολύ μεγάλη αξία), αλλά και κύριοι πλήθους αλλότριων ηχοχρωμάτων με τα οποία συνδιαλέγονται από θέση ισχύος.’

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Τζαζ ροκ, φολκ, οριενταλ τζαζ και ψυχεδέλεια…

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Από το http://www.thenational.ae:

‘Quartet Diminished are a band keen on tackling different genres and musical styles.

Formed in Tehran in 2012 by the quartet’s guitarist, Ehsan Sadigh, they released Station One earlier this year and are now presenting it on a European tour. It’s a fascinating mix of jazz-rock, folk, Oriental jazz and 1970s-influenced psychedelia.

A good example of how this works is the track, Yelemsi. Jagged riffs from the guitar introduce the piece, while in the middle-section, the soprano saxophone and the drums sound like the fast part of a Persian traditional musical suite.

The name of the group refers to differences in pitches between western and Oriental tuning, and the band sometimes purposefully move between the two.

Another of the album’s tracks, Tehran, is an ode to and a nightmarish evocation of the musicians’ hectic but also vibrant capital. The song mixes delicate sounds that reflect the legendary splendour of the city, along with growling clusters that mirror the industrial noises of a crowded metropolis.

In the opening track, Allegro Per Il Re, we hear a bass clarinet reminiscent of jazz-giant Eric Dolphy, and Miles Davis 1970s experimentalism, as well as the use of this instrument by Richard Wagner or Sergei Prokofjiev, expressing a sometimes brooding, sometimes melancholy mood.

It is such moods that Quartet Diminished explores, but they then swiftly rock everything up again with guitar and drums. The band also easily switches from high-energy jazz-rock to the delicate voice of pianist Mazyar Younesi, who pays tribute to the classical Iranian singing tradition. Then it diverts to free-jazz-like improvisation, while closing with just a simple beautiful duet between guitar and saxophone in the track Act VII.

The album appears on the Iranian label, Hermes Records, known for its adventurous high-quality recordings. These range from renowned classical Persian music masters, 20th century Iranian music in the western classical tradition and art-rock.

Neil van der Linden curates music events in the Middle East and North Africa, is editor of the online Gulf Art Guide and writes about Middle East music for Songlines.’

 

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