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1) FRANCESCO CUSA & THE ASSASSINS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVyZp96oLiQ&index=1&list=PL92379E3EAACCCA8F
‪FRANCESCO CUSA & THE ASSASSINS - (Rhythm Permutations)

Giovanni Benvenuti - t. sax
Valeria Sturba - voice, theremin, violin, live electronics
Ferdinando Romano - bass
Francesco Cusa - drums, compositions

“FCThe Assassins è la formula in quartetto a cui si sta dedicando da un po’ di tempo il leader, completata da Valeria Sturba alla voce, violino e theremin, Giovanni Benvenuti al sax tenore e Ferdinando Romano al contrabbasso. Un progetto che eredita l’approccio compositivo del precedente gruppo Skrunch, in cui il lavoro di esplorazione dei materiali tematici è vincolato da schemi poliritmici atti a evidenziare le cellule melodiche, i riff e le modulazioni cromatiche e timbriche. Il rapporto tra scrittura e improvvisazione è dialettico. I vari elementi vanno dunque combinandosi in un gioco continuo di tensione e rilassamento, con uno sguardo alla tradizione e l’altro alla contemporaneità. In programma, oltre ai brani originali di Black Poker, ne ascolteremo alcuni tratti dall’album Love”.

About my last cd: "Here is a record of crossed challenges. A band (The Assassins) with a vocation to improvise freely is co-operating with a classical chamber string ensemble (Florence Art Quartet) specialized in the interpretation of written compositions, determining a very special way to combine two different musical worlds. Drummer Francesco Cusa assumed that task as a composer and an improviser and asked for an experienced partner in order to establish the necessary arrangements and applied strategies, someone who works either with jazz big bands and symphonic orchestras, Duccio Bertini. Italian creative jazz may not be widely known outside of its frontiers, but considering what “Black Poker” show us, we wonder why this happens. The music is organized by parallel planes and these frequently imply the gradual re-composition of the original ideas, in a constant renewal and adaptation of all the parameters. Always searching for the best combination of what comes from the two quartets, without “jazzifying” the strings or turning classical the jazz combo, what you find here is pure gold. That something which defines a good poker player «who deals with hazard and parsimony», to use Cusa’s own words.

DISCOGRAPHY:

THE ASSASSINS - "The Beauty and the Grace" (Improvvisatore Involontario - 2012)- FRANCESCO CUSA & THE ASSASSINS “Love” (Improvvisatore Involontario 2015) - FRANCESCO CUSA & THE ASSASSINS “Live in Collescipoli” (Jazzit Records) - FRANCESCO CUSA & THE ASSASSINS “Black Poker” (Cleanfeed 2018).