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Your Very Eyes

Artist: Gianni Mimmo
Xabier Iriondo/Gianni Mimmo - Your Very Eyes CD
Label: Amirani
Regular Price: $16.95
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Year: 2009
Format: CD


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Performance recorded on June 24, 2007 in an ancient 10th century cave-church in the magical stone town of Matera, Italy.

Recorded in the resonant space of Santa Lucia alle Malve, this is a wide open and sat times cavernous sounding duo encounter featuring the Trevor watts-inclined soprano of Mimmo exchanging ideas with multi-instrumentalist Iriondo.

The latter gets some piano and electric guitar effects going from his koto, occasionally adding some electronic grit to the mix as well (though it’s a bit perfunctory and unispiring on “Nostos Algos”), as Mimmo patiently extrapolates ideas and hews together lines or long tones.
The contrast between studied relative cool from the saxophonist and rambunctous noise –making( string

scrapings, preparations, or even some unsetting heavy breathing on the title track) from Iriondo is a enjoyable one.
Sometimes you can hear stomps and thuds around the church interio, which makes for a nice effect, as does the bird-calls from both players on “Barn Swallows”.

Somehow, though, the quality that came through most clearly( on “Several Calls” in particular) was of an almost aquatic effect that recalls the Tony Oxley- Alan Davie partnership.

An interesting and idiosyncratic record. Jason Bivins - Cadence
Xabier Iriondo (taisho koto, mahai metak, lo-fi devices); Gianni Mimmo (soprano sax)
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