Reviews that mention Valentin Ceccaldi

January 11, 2021

El Intruso 13th Annual International Critics Poll 2020

Spanish Website
Ken Waxman’s ballot

Ken Waxman

(Periodista canadiense, editor de JazzWord. Durante muchos años ha escrito para los principales periódicos canadienses e internacionales y realiza comentarios sobre música en diferentes programas de radio) www.jazzword.com

Músico: “Covid 19”

Músico Revelación: “Covid 19”

Grupo: Leimgruber/Demierre/Phillips

Grupo Revelación: Tonus

Álbum: Various Artists – New Improvised Music from Buenos Aires (ESP Disk)
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April 13, 2020

Marcelo de Reis/Valentin Ceccaldi/Marco Franco/Luis Vincente

Points
MultiKulti Project MPSMT 016

Radical Empathy Trio

Reality and Other Imaginary Places

ESP 5035

Joe Morris/Evan Parker

The Village

Fundacja Słucha FSR 13/2019

Gordon Grdina

Nomad Trio

Skirl Records 044

Graupe/Ceccalsi/Lillinger/Ceccaldi

qöölp

BMC CD 257

Something in the Air: Forging a Guitar Identity in Improvised Music

By Ken Waxman

Probably the most popular instrument in the world in its various forms, the guitar poses unique challenges for analytical players. With the six-string front-and-centre in so many branches of music, how can one forge an individual path? Yet each of the plectrumists here has done so as uniquely as there are makes of guitars. MORE

April 13, 2020

Graupe/Ceccalsi/Lillinger/Ceccaldi

qöölp
BMC CD 257

Radical Empathy Trio

Reality and Other Imaginary Places

ESP 5035

Joe Morris/Evan Parker

The Village

Fundacja Słucha FSR 13/2019

Gordon Grdina

Nomad Trio

Skirl Records 044

Marcelo de Reis/Valentin Ceccaldi/Marco Franco/Luis Vincente

Points

MultiKulti Project MPSMT 016

Something in the Air: Forging a Guitar Identity in Improvised Music

By Ken Waxman
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September 27, 2019

Guillotine

Guillotine
Clean Feed CF 511 CD

Samo Šalamon/Szilárd Mezei/Jaka Berger

Swirling Blind Unsettled

Kloptec IZK CD 089

Combining contributions from a guitarist, a drummer and a bowed string instrumentalist, each of these CDs follows a particular route to improvisational challenges. Yet the outcomes are as different as Portugal is from Slovenia. Although both guitarist Luis Lopes of Guillotine and Slovenian guitarist Samo Šalamon have been involved with groups playing variations of improvised music, each settled on a particular genre here. Lopes known for his work with saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, among others, sticks to a variant of Jazz-Roc here, aided by Norwegian drummer Andreas Wildhagen and French cellist Valentin Ceccaldi. Meanwhile Šalamon, some of whose other groups work in a territory very close to Fusion, opts for a series of reductionist cameos on Swirling Blind Unsettled. His partners are fellow Slovenian, drummer Jaka Berger plus Serbia violist Szilard Mezei. To add to the understated mood Salamon plays standard six-string and 12-string acoustic guitars. MORE

September 5, 2017

Météo Mulhouse Music Festival

August 22 to August 26, 2017

A consistent French tradition like chewy baguettes, fine Camembert or Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Mulhouse, France’s Météo Festival, now in its 35th year, continues to present exemplary musicians in concert, without the program ever becoming homogeneous. What this means is that while the festival which took place August 22-August 26, was introduced and reached a climax with absorbing and innovative with sets by veteran Imptov saxophonists Evan Parker and Peter Brötzmann, performances which encompassed minimalism, hard-core Free Jazz, electronics, Rock, notated and folkloric music were part of the schedule. MORE

July 18, 2017

Roberto Negro

Garibaldi Plop
Triocollectif Trico 08

Eve Risser/Benjamin Duboc/Edward Perraud

En Corps Generation

Dark Tree: Records D107

Time-honored but tractable, the piano-bass-drums trio has been an intricate part of Jazz since the late 1940s, with its appropriately balanced triangle of sounds making it ideal for concepts ranging from Oscar Peterson’s precision to The Necks experimentation. Like Gallic reimagining of American film noir, two made-in-France trios are some of the most recent to expand on this formula. And like varied theories of viniculture each creates its product in a unique, though electrifying form. MORE

October 16, 2016

Joëlle Léandre 10

Can You Hear Me?
Ayler Records AYLCD-146

Never content to stand still – often literally – French double bassist Joëlle Léandre’s music can be likened to the epistemological studies of pre-modern scientists. From her beginnings she didn’t feel that mastery of any one discipline meant she had to abjure from others. She demonstrated that by sidestepping from interpreting scores to improvising. During almost four decades she has usually expressed her skills in smaller ensembles. Now with Can You Hear Me she has turned to a large scale composition, played by a 10-piece orchestra. MORE

January 1, 2016

Walabix

Invite Maris
BeCoq 09

Cuir

Chez Ackenbush

Fou Records FR-CD 08

Despite easing into the 21st Century, the Jazz business still operates in a similar fashion to Hollywood with Americentrism paramount. Foreign musicians exist, but only if they play with Americans or have moved to the United States. Meanwhile like unique wild flowers that only spout in native soils, improvisers are coming to maturity in their own countries. Take France for instance. Although Cuir and Walabix are ensembles staffed with young French musicians, both are little known outside the Gallic borders. MORE

July 26, 2015

Marcel et Solange Invite Samuel Blaser

Tomate et parapluie
TrioCollectif Trio CD 4

Utilizing the blustery timbres from versatile Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser to add ballast to a program of originals, the young French trio (sic) Marcel et Solange aims for more dramatic contrasts on their newest CD. Together since 2011, saxophonist/clarinetist Gabriel Lemaire, cellist Valentin Ceccaldi and drummer Florian Satche ably demonstrate that like outstanding cooking and eccentric politicians, musical invention and experimentation are still at a premium in France.

Well-integrated in a group identity, the three are also part of the 10-member Trio Collectif – there seems to be a pattern here – which like similar national associations spend time moving in and out of each other’s bands. This sense of familiarity may be the set’s limitation however as the foursome runs through the nine originals, all composed by either Lemaire or Ceccaldi. As a trio Marcel et Solange express musical closeness. But the vivid aural colors expressed by Blaser’s technical skill appear to call for more rhythmic and melodic tinctures on the trio’s part which aren’t forthcoming. So like bucolic pictures hanging on the wall of a comfortable parlor, the majority of the tunes on this CD end up being shaded in neutral pastels. That’s probably also why the saxophonist’s “Marceline” makes such a forceful impression. A tango borne along on guitar-like plucking from Ceccaldi and with a clarinet lead as clean as rustic air space, it almost doesn’t need the additional hues provided by Blaser’s mellow grace notes. MORE

August 1, 2014

Festival Report

Jazzdor-Strasbourg-Berlin 2014
By Ken Waxman

The KulturBrauerei’s music space Kesselhaus in East Berlin was a fitting site for the eighth annual Jazzdor-Strasbourg-Berlin (JSB) festival June 3-6. With jazz and improvised music’s universality now a given, a festival presenting mostly French jazz taking place in what had been one of Berlin’s oldest breweries, now repurposed from industrial to artistic use, doesn’t seem that much of a stretch.

Overall its all-inclusive musical theme was confirmed by the programming of JSB’s artistic director Philippe Ochem and his team, which already host Strasbourg’s annual Jazzdor festival. Over four nights, JSB presented musician from different parts of Germany, Belgium and the US plus proudly delineated Basque and Corsican players, all of whom worked with improvisers from France’s major musical centres. MORE

May 14, 2014

Théo Ceccaldi Trio +1

Can You Smile?
Ayler Records AYLCD 136

Uri Caine Ensemble

Rhapsody in Blue

Winter & Winter 910.905-2

Samo Salamon & Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra

Free Strings Orchestrology

KGOSF VD 013

Nils Wogram & Root 70 with strings

Riomar

Wog Records 007

Vijay Iyer

Mutations

ECM CD 2372

Something In The Air: Innovative Writing for Strings and Improvisers

By Ken Waxman

As genres draw closer to one another, the idea of a musician from one area playing and composing a work in another area doesn’t seem so far-fetched. More importantly the sophistication of many contemporary performers means that these inter-genre excursions are triumphant rather than merely passable. One form that is being explored by improvised musicians for instance is composing for the bedrock of the so-called classical music tradition: string groupings. MORE