Reviews that mention Carlo Costa

July 26, 2018

Håvard Volden/Carlo Costa

In the Wake
Neither/Nor Records n/n 010

Sharif Sehnaoui/Adam Golebiewski

Meet the Dragon


Opposing ways of treating the textures brought forth with acoustic guitar-percussion duets are expressed on these CDs with sonic gestures created by duos whose originality prevents mistaking one for the other – or any similar duos. While the meeting point may be atonality, Meet the Dragon’s strategy is more emphatically resounding than In the Wake’s. Symbolically the approaches could be linked to different backgrounds. Guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui and percussionist Adam Golebiewski of Meet the Dragon are respectively Lebanese and Polish, citizens of two countries that have seen their share of violent strife. Guitarist Håvard Volden and percussionist Carlo Costa on the other hand are Norwegian and Italian by birth. MORE

June 24, 2017

Earth Tongues

Neither Nor Records n/n 006

Dedicated to expanding the duration of microtonal improvisations in inverse ratio to the briefness of instrumental tones, members of the New York-based Earth Tongues trio spread their interpretations over this two-CD set. Each disc is an extended, self-contained performance that meanders through extended patches of near-inaudibility, squeezed extended techniques and equally terse bursts of raucous intersection.

Although ear-straining may be necessary to pick up some of the subtleties of the interaction, both slices of Ohio are the equivalent of peanut butter massively layered on slices of bread: every iota of the grain of the area is covered. Equally committed to solo – that is unaccompanied – projects the three Earth Tongues are involved in all manner of experimental projects. Trumpeter Joe Moffett also works with vocalist Kristin Shipp; tuba player Dan Peck is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and has worked with Anthony Braxton and Tony Malaby; while percussionist Carlo Costa is part of bands featuring Sean Ali and Steve Swell among many others. MORE

November 16, 2016

Franz Loriot/Systematic Distortion Orchestra

The Assembly
Out Now ONR 024

Christoph Erb/Frantz Loriot


Creative Sources CS 356 CD

Fissure not fusion could be the word that most closely mirrors the activities of French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot. A former resident of both Paris and New York, he’s now set up shop in Zürich where he moves among so many multidisciplinary project that it would appear he can clone himself. Take the two CDs here which showcse his talents for either micro or macro invention.

Concerned with the singular and reductionist qualities of duo playing, the tracks on Sceneries are the equivalent of peering through four murky glass panes in the same window. The vision is the same but slightly distorted, depending on which angle is least clouded. Loriot’s partner is Lucerne-based tenor and soprano saxophonist Christoph Erb, another day tripper who has played with stylists as varied as Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zernag stateside and Paul Lovens and Han Koch in Europe. In contrast, like a party balloon that can be inflated to zeppelin size, The Assembly assembles an assembly of 11 New York-based players to poke and probe at the four tracks that are either Loriot or group instant compostions. Ironically the additional players add expanded abstract timbres rather than group harmonies. Unconventionally formulated the Systematic Distortion Orchestra consists of one saxophonist, four brass players, two double bassists, three percussionists and Loriot. MORE

September 16, 2016

Jean-Brice Godet Quartet

Fou Records FR-CD 16


Live in Greenwich Village

Clean Feed CF 354 CD

Like a high-quality electronic product manufactured by the Panasonic Corporation, the career of alto saxophonist Michaël Attias has always involved being slightly ahead of his time. Israeli-born, the reedist followed what has now become a common career trajectory, by moving back-and-forth from the US to Paris, where he first recorded, before setting in New York in the 1990s. Since that point, despite Donald Trump and Brexit, globalization has become a reality in the music business, with the number of immigrant musicians who relocate to North America, especially New York, for a greater or shorter time swelling. Today many players on an Apple bandstand may not only be non-New Yorkers, but non-Americans. Live in Greenwich Village reflects this internationalism. Besides Attias, the cooperative Renku trio includes Japanese-born percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and bassist John Hébert, whose Cajun-Louisiana background is noted in the Gallic spelling of his surname. Each contributes to the compositional pool of this its third disc, recorded after 10 years together. MORE

July 11, 2016


Leo Records CD LR 738

Known for pricier substances Switzerland may also be exporting harsh minimalism overseas if Ramble is any indication. This is n a session that could be sub-titled bassoon meets Brooklyn. Like the army recruit whose presence is the final additional element that helps mold other newcomers into a crack fighting unit, Zürich-based alto saxophonist and bassoonist Sandra Weiss contributes a startling, connective roughness to the five group improvisations.

Speckling the tracks with congested sour gusts from her instruments, the South African-born, Swiss resident puts a finer point on the gashing micro-tonality explored by the quartet of Brooklynites she joins here. The equivalent of expanding short stories to novella length with different imagery, Weiss’ jagged textures enlarge strategies drummer Carlo Costa has been exploring with bands he’s part of that also include bassist Sean Ali and tenor and soprano saxophonist Jonathan Moritz. Trumpeter Kenny Warren, who has worked in experimental setting with saxophonist Rob Brown, fills out the ensemble MORE

January 6, 2016

Carlo Costa's Acustica

Neithernor n/n 004

By Ken Waxman

Having firmly established himself with smaller bands, percussionist Carlo Costa's ups the ante with Strata, an extended score for 13 musicians, which like the sedimentary matter it reflects, intermingles graphical and notated scores plus improvisation to simultaneously expose sonic layers of substratum. Usually part of stand-alone duos, trios and quartets, the Italian-born, NYC-based Costa is just one of many younger musicians exploring the possibilities implicit in creating large-scale, cyclical performances, including his frequent associates, violinist Franz Loriot – who isn’t on this disc – and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, who is. MORE

June 21, 2015

Carlo Costa Quartet

Neither Nor Records n/n 001

Basement Research

Hat And Shoes

Between The Lines BTLCHR 71238

Having paid his dues in experimental – and other – music(s) since the mid-1970s, New York-based trombonist Steve Swell has become an eclectic, respected commodity in both North America and Europe. While this means that Swell is as likely to be gigging with Peter Brötzmann as Rob Brown, it also pinpoints the dissolving differences between so-called American and so-called European free music MORE

July 6, 2012

Natura Morta

Natura Morta
Prom Night Records No #

By Ken Waxman

Using only acoustic instruments, the members of Natura Morta replicate the harsh textures of musique concrete with juddering crunches, abrasive squeaks and vibrating pops. Eschewing amplification, the Brooklyn-based trio of violist Frantz Loriot, bassist Sean Ali’s bass and drummer Carlo Costa operate in a dense landscape where extended techniques and instantaneous timbral actions reconfigure their instrument’s conventional timbres into sometimes unidentifiable pieces of a jagged sound picture. MORE