An unusual piano trio from Italy plays imaginary films!!!
We are happy to present our just released CD "Improvised Music for Imaginary films" (I.I. 003). Have a "listen" with the sample tracks on this page and make your own movie in your mind listening to our music! We hope you like it!
Every song on the CD is a freely improvised soundtrack for a specific type of film. In the recording studio we thought for example of cartoons and with this idea in mind we just counted off and started playing. The track "That's all folks!" was the result. Also the other titles of the CD, like "Le Rohmer du Chabrol", "Evità de romperte el Peròn" and "Spike strikes black" easily create lively associations with certain film genres, especially in combination with the imaginary film poster images on the CD cover.
The music comes in a beautiful and original so-called digipack with great graphics by Raffaella Piccolo and paintings by Suisse Marocain, an artist from Paris. Our philosophy is that not only the music is important, but also what’s around the CD should be a little work of art in itself, instead of a boring piece of plastic!
For further information on the music and musicians see the excerpts from reviews and our bio’s down below.
Finally, we warmly recommend a visit to the website of "Improvvisatore Involontario", which is our independent record label in Catania, but at the same time a collective of musicians and visual artists (www.improvvisatoreinvolontario.com).
CIAO from Italy by two crazy Sicilians and a Flying Dutchman!
Mauro Schiavone, Marko Bonarius, Francesco Cusa
What the critics said about this CD!
»… Mauro Schiavone manifests himself with the amplitude and intuition of a great performer, capable of lively “free falls”, but without showing virtuosity as a means in itself. Each phrase, each note, is supported by a mature and conscious compositional facility, combined with a remarkable sensibility. But Bonarius and Cusa are not at all mere accomplices, but capable to participate in every single and pulsing intuition. Definitively a contemporary project, but without following the repeated and, for me, obsolete canons of the Free jazz of the 60’s and 70’s. One hears a pleasant and interesting reference to the great classical culture, but also the freshness of improvisation, full of great and amusing elegance and expressive vividness. Unpredictability hand in hand with a solid knowledge of the history of music, in an atmosphere of exciting positivism. Maybe the best pianistic expression I’ve heard in the last months, supported by an intuitive and professional rhythm section that sustains the lively but solid compositional structures.«
Bruno Pollacci, Anima Jazz, 10-06-2006
»… There is an immediate and strong association with childhood: not only in the name of the group, or in the reminiscence of tedious piano exercises at young age that has influenced the song “I soldatini passano”, but also in looking at the world of sounds with mocking and merciless enchantment (we know very well that the innocence of youth is an old myth for old aunts!). A particular strong point of the record is that the musicians have been able to evade incoherence of expression or letting the playful character overwhelm other forces: this led for example to the inscrutable funk of “Spike strikes black”, the dramatic build-up in “La casa di Rosa Maria”, the perfumed dance of “Evita de romperte el Perón”, an enshrouding drawing in which it is difficult not to be touched by lines and colours. And so it happens that we imagine these films together, or maybe we have already seen them somewhere, or maybe we have always wanted to see them; they made us laugh, cry maybe… or dream?«
Enrico Bettinello, All About Jazz, 09-28-06
»… Imaginative imprinting where the creative mind has encountered the universal world of films, a bringing to life of “small” imaginative soundtracks of surrealistic films. Compositions that, by means of mysterious titles, remember and honour a pleasant and singular part of the history of the celluloid. Also when observing the layout of the CD cover the mind recalls cinematographic elements, like the sketched images in Warner Bros style that result everywhere, serving as background for delicious and surreal art-deco film posters for the compositions or, more correctly, imaginary films.«
Sergio Eletto, Sands-zine, 09-10-06
(The translations of the reviews are by Marko Bonarius)
Short biographies of Nursery Four’s musicians
Pianist and composer, born in Palermo (Italy) in 1975. He graduated with distinction at the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory of Palermo in piano in 1995. He has received many awards in piano contests, first of all the "Prokofiev award" of the International Piano Competition Ibla Grand Prize 1992. During his academic music studies he developed interest in other forms of musical expressions, like jazz, rock and world music.
Since 1995 he has joined the Orchestra Jazz Siciliana, which gave him the opportunity to play with internationally well known musicians like Michael Torke, Michael Mantler, Toots Thielemans, Diane Shuure, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Russo, Miky Howard, Bob Mintzer e Jack Walrath. Schiavone played in many jazz festivals: Umbria jazz 2004, Montreal jazz festival 2006, Siena jazz 2005, Zsàmbeck jazz open 2003 and Baku Jazz Festival 2006. He has played with: Dave Liebman, Dusko Goycovich, Brad Wheeler, Joy Garrison, Pietro Tonolo, Gianni Basso, Gegè Telesforo, Maurizio Giammarco, Marco Tamburini, Gigi Cifarelli, Pietro Leveratto, Fabrizio Bosso, Rosario Giuliani, Jean-loup Longnon, Gianluca Petrella, Francesco Cusa, Cristoph Monniot, Rosario Giuliani, Enzo Randisi, Stefano D'anna, Gianni Gebbia, Giuseppe Milici, Pavel Smetacek. His actual main projects are: ACCABANNA (with Olivia Sellerio and Pietro Leveratto), NURSERY FOUR and COLLETTIVO CUPER SANTOS.
Double bass player, born in 1971 in Groningen (The Netherlands). He studied jazz bass at the Groningen conservatory with Jan Voogd, but left the conservatory to finish his degrees in psychology and law at the universities of Groningen and Amsterdam. In his university years he played a vast symphonic repertoire with various Dutch symphony orchestras, playing all over Europe: Amsterdam, Vienna, Barcelona, Helsinki, Rome, Krakow, Prague, Oxford and St. Petersburg. Since 2002 he divides life and work between Holland and Sicily, playing in various musical fields: jazz, classical music, contemporary music, world music, music for films and theatre.
He played with Ernie Watts, Wolter Wierbos, Mario Raja, Gianni Gebbia, Orazio Maugeri, Stefano d’Anna, Christophe Monniot, Bernie’s Lounge, Andrea Beneventano, Raffaele Brancati, Fabrizio Puglisi, Ab Baars, Ig Henneman and with Kenyan singer Harry Kimani during “North Sea Jazz Festival salutes Nairobi”. His actual projects besides Nursery Four include: PAOLO SORGE POWER TRIO (jazz), CUARTETO PALERMO (tango), MATRIMIA KLEZMER BAND (klezmer, Balkan music). With HECTOR MANN MUSIC CREW (with Mauro Schiavone and guitar player Francesco Guaiana) he won the first prize in the International competition of live music for silent movies “Strade del Cinema 2006”.
Drummer and composer Francesco Cusa was born in Catania in 1966. He played with well-known musicians such as con Paolo Fresu, Tino Tracanna, Attilio Zanchi, Marco Micheli, Bruno Tommaso, Larry Smith, Walter Schmocker, Lauro Rossi, Gianni Gebbia, Fabrizio Puglisi, Stefano De Bonis, Guglielmo Pagnozzi, Domenico Caliri, Luigi Mosso, Edoardo Marraffa, Cristina Zavalloni, Lelio Giannetto, Alberto Capelli, Riccardo Pittau, Mirko Sabatini , Jay Rodriguez, Butch Morris, Jon Rose, Michel Godard, Kenny Wheeler, Garbis Dedeian, Steve Lacy, Tim Berne, Stefano D’Anna, Pietro Ciancaglini, Paolino Dalla Porta, Roy Paci, Elliot Sharp, Saadet Türköz, Flying Luttembachers, Andy Sheppard, Michael Riessler, Yves Robert, Giorgio Conte, Fred Giuliani, Zu, Mohammed El Bawi, Ernst Glerum, Assif Tsahar, Natalia M.King, Lionel Rolland , Dj.Pushy, Christophe Monniot, Tanja Feichtmair, Manu Codjia, Emil Spany, Arrington De Dionyso, Gianluca Petrella, Claudio Lugo, Marco Cappelli, Jean Marc Montera, Ab Baars, Ig Henneman, the dancers Cinzia Scordia and Florence La Porte, the visual artist Fred Gautnier, and the writers collective Wu Ming.
He was the promoting partner of Bassesfere’s collective and actually is involved in the cultural association for improvised and avant-garde music “Ex B.” and with the project/label "Improvvisatore Involontario". He performed in several international music festivals in France, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Norway, Spain, Belgium.
He's leader of the group F. CUSA SKRUNCH and of the film music project for the movies “Aurora”, “SOLOMOVIE plays Buster Keaton, “For a fistful of dollars”, and co-leader of THE BODY HAMMER, SWITTERS, ALTOMARIA, I NEGRI VOLANTI. He collaborates with the following groups: Cristina Zavalloni OPEN QUARTET, TRINKLE TRIO (feat. Michel Godard), the drums duo COMPLEXE MACHINE.