Solos and More at Studio 304

by Alex Riva

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Beedi Power 02:42


Solos are solos. On the recorders I have my own approach to these unusual instruments in experimental music. Rough and radical? Possibly. Some individual techniques were discovered during the recording session in Studio 304 in Bangalore, for example in the barking track Beedi Power. Other pieces are 'evergreens' of my solo program. In The Reincarnation of a Toe I play two high flutes in circular breathing with meandering turns.
More is more. Bindhumalini and Mikael Szafirowski are more than just sporadic companions on my artistic journey. Their personalities have catapulted me into unknown existential dimensions. At our first encounter in 2009, Bindhumalini's effortlessness, with which she abruptly emerges from the everyday world into the world of sound, had an initial effect on me. In India she is as famous for her poignant voice as she is for her film music. The spontaneously formed duo Carnatic Music Class with a Martian, a clash of South Indian classical singing with free improvisation, is unique in its kind.
Szafirowski and I are connected by the trio ZGB, which conducts a conspiratorial research between close interplay and the resolute unpredictability of the individual actors. Another facet within these two poles are Mika's Minutes. Szafirowski alienates the recorded flute tones with his sensitivity to sequences and humor. The piece seems like a concentrate of Szafirowski's mix of the album, which unites a wide range of colors and tempers.


released April 30, 2021

Alex Riva: Recorders
Bindhumalini: Voice (on track 8)
Mikael Szafirowski: Mixes and Remixes

All music by Alex Riva
except Track 3 and 6 Mikael Szafirowski and Alex Riva
Track 8 by Bindhumalini and Alex Riva

Recorded by Sridhar Vradarajan on April 15 2019 at Studio 304, Bengaluru
Mastering: Ilia Belorukov
Photos: Bindhumalini and Alex Riva
Graphic design: Sibylle Trenck-Germann

© & ℗ 2021 by Alex Riva


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