Gianni Mimmo & Xabier Iriondo

2008
Italy

Gianni MImmo: Soprano sax player and composer in the fields of contemporary jazz, experimentation, new music on his own original projects mainly focused on relationship among distant artistic declinations, Mimmo has built an international reputation for his unique treatment of musical timbre and his exploration of advanced techniques. His style has developed a unique blend of abstract lyricism and contemporary flavors and his productions have been excellently reviewed by international magazines and webzines.His current projects include collaboration with musicians as John Russell, Harry Sjöström, Alison Blunt, Vinni Golia, Garrison Fewell, Daniel Levin, Hannah Marshall, Elisabeth Harnik, Clementine Gasser, Lawrence Casserley, Martin Mayes, Gino Robair, Jean-Michel van Schouwburg, Nicholas Isherwood, Ove Volquartz, Gianni Lenoci , Cristiano Calcagnile, Nicola Guazzaloca, Xabier Iriondo, Walter Prati, Peter Brötzmann, Enzo Rocco, Angelo Contini, Stefano Pastor, Stefano Giust, Alessio Pisani, with dancers Marcella Fanzaga, Norontako Bagus Kentus, Sebastian Prantl, photographer Elda Papa, video artists, and poets as well. He extensively tours in Europe and USA invited by international festivals and venues and runs the indie label Amirani records www.amiranirecords.com

Xabier Iriondo, musician and composer, born in the Isola area in Milan (Italy) in the early seventies from basque father and italian mother. At the age of seventeen he began to amuse himself with an electric guitar and he still does now. Between 1992 and 2001 he made 5 albums and hundreds of concerts with the rock band Afterhours, 3 albums with the indie/rock band Six Minute War Madness and 3 albums + 2 miniCDs with A Short Apnea, and 3 album with Uncode Duello. In 2001 he started to explore the possibilities gave him by some handbuilt instruments he made and the meeting between these weird instruments and electronic music, field recordings and electroacoustic instruments. From 2005 to 2010 he opens in Milan Sound Metak, a vintage/collector instruments and musical objects shop where he organize concerts/performances.

Your Very Eyes

wal097
April, 2008
CD
9 tracks
44 minutes

Performance recorded early on a sunny dawn, June the 24th, 2007, in an ancient 10th century cave-church in a magic stone town named Matera, South of Italy.

The church is named Santa Lucia alle Malve. Summer solstice is a holy moment isn so many and various traditions. We chose there because of the sound of these alveolar stones. Not only we had beautiful reverbes and resonant echoes but the sound seemed to go into the stones themselves. It’s naked music, as we had to solve our golems there. We like to think about it as a laical psalmody.

Our equipment was light: a soprano saxophone, a couple of table strings (taisho koto and mahai metak) and a very discreet low-fi device to get some frequencies.

The output has been a great sharing and a pure communication.
Holy, sometimes.