Album Review

Giardullo, Joe / Zingaro, Carlos “Falling Water (Live at Mae de Agua)” [Drimala Records]

Thurston Hunger   3/10/2005   CD, Format, Jazz

Okay so this duo is really a trio, as the setting for the
sound steals a lot of the scenes. Recorded in an ancient
aqueduct in Lisbon, the amazing depth of this dank palace
alters the timbre of Giardullo’s saxes and especially
Zingaro’s violin to make this album often seem like it is
a communication between hyper-intelligent galactic whales.
Also riding with the extended reverb is fun, so lots of
times a note will drone into a sea of sustain. Slap the
violin’s body and listen to it careen around the cavern
(check #5 for some of that, maybe it is also the fluttering
of Giardullo’s fingering). There are still flights of more
fanciful playing, but the sound comes more often in streaks
rather than flurries. And as such, it is really a wonderful
release. A lot of modern jazz has musicians treating their
instruments and deviously working to pull new sound from
them…the ingenuity of “Falling Water” was to let the
situation instill the strangeness. It is often difficult to
discern who is creating what sound. And that is tremendous!
It would be interesting to hear a recording of just the
instruments, sans the nine-second shadow of reverb, interesting
but not as worthy. Immerse…

you heard it 18 times on kfjc! most recently:
Joe Giardullo says

What a beautiful description of the music, Hunger. You are exactly right about the setting demanding that we be absolutely "in the moment". There was no choice but to be present with the sound. And.... it was exciting to try to match up my soprano, alto sax and piccolo timbres with Carlos' violin. Even as we played it was difficult to tell which sound was me and which was Carlos. I'm grateful that stations are playing the music and that people who rarely listen to free music are hearing the truth in what we did on July 4, 2003.
Thanks for listening. And, btw, Mae D'Agua is an almost temple-like space. Don't miss it if you're ever in Lisbon. Joe Giardullo


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