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Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg: FOIL

Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg: FOIL

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Release date: 29-06-2018

Vinyl Release - November 2018

Cat. no.: ILK281CD/LP

Three years after their critically acclaimed first eponymous LP, Emanuele Maniscalco, Francesco Bigoni and Mark Solborg are ready to deliver a new chapter of their journey.
Put together a whole new set of original compositions, three strong and sensitive musicians from Denmark and Italy carrying three years of focused concert activity in Europe together, the amazing acoustics of the “Ridotto” hall, in one of the best preserved opera houses in Italy, and you have FOIL.

The album is a natural continuation of the debut: the thin boundary between composed and improvised output has grown even more seamless, longer forms are preferred, together with oblique orchestrations and a somehow more raw sonic approach. Breathing and playing with the delicate room, the three musicians cherish an investigative interest in musical conversation and interplay. All staged on an almost architectural playground, infused with fertile textures and melodic landscapes for three voices.

Contemporary chamber music with room to explore musical poetics, enhanced or emphasized by contrasting motions – much like the beautiful analogue three-dimensional ceiling of the Ridotto on the front cover.

The original approach of the Danish/Italian trio has taken them to festivals and venues in Berlin, Porto, Copenhagen, London (w. the great Evan Parker as guest), Brescia, Ferrara, a.o. 2018 touring includes the Jazz d’Or festival in Strasbourg (France), Vinterjazz (Denmark), Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Italy, Germany and more.

FOIL is recorded and processed by some of the best sound engineers in Europe. A limited vinyl edition will be issued on ILK in connection with the fall tour 2018.



“..mastery of texture and subtlety.. This music is evidently approached and played with great care (..), underlining the skill and empathy of the players in the creation of this haunting episode."
(Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal UK)

“Maniscalco is a treasure of pianistic intelligence and sensitive transparency .. Bigonis mastery of euro-classical clarinet with Solborgs textural guitar underneath .. Solborgs Voices From the Ground is a masterpiece. This is grand!
(Bjarne Søltoft, Jazzspecial)

“The mastery of each note is absolute"
(Nicola Barin, Jazz Convention)

❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎ " Fascinating and original. The trio are like three wise men .. and has created their very own sound with a melodic atmosphere of adventure and attention to the smallest details.” (Christian Munch-Hansen, Politiken)

"..this is music of the kind that makes the world stand still. The trio navigates freely and with intense concentration in chamber musical interplay."
(Niels Overgaard, Jazznyt)

“..unique architecture of sounds and melodies. The trio plays these pieces as an intimate, three-voices choir that sings folk-like, melodic motifs as contemplative hymns, with great attention to detail and dynamics, making full usage of the great acoustics of the recording space. "
(Eyal Hareuveni,

[...] it is enough to leave preconceptions and categorizations behind (chamber jazz? Contemporary chamber music? Contemporary folk?) and listen with a free mind in order to enter in an apparently tough musical world and appreciate the beauties provided by the eleven tracks. Where one can find subtle melodies which slowly melt into silence, tiny oases of crystalline reverbs, sophisticated timbral solutions and a delicate balance between writing and improvisation, with three musicians in intimate conversation, good at putting their musical mastery at the service of ideas.
(Vincenzo Rogero, All About Jazz Italia)


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