Carlo Costa and Pure Improvisation

Part of the burgeoning Brooklyn-based free music scene with different bands and his Neither/Nor label, drummer Carlo Costa tells Jazz Right Now’s Cisco Bradley that he was drawn to the genre because of its textural approach and fragility. Rome-born but American educated, Costa became a  drummer after hearing Jack DeJohnette on a Keith Jarrett record, but was soon attracted to the more wide-ranging approach of percussionists  Jim Black with Bloodcount and Joey Baron with Masada. After an apprenticeship in straight-ahead Jazz and even playing vocal-oriented, country & western-like music, he found that working with players such as bassists Pascal Niggenkemper and Sean Ali and brass players like Steve Swell, Dan Peck and Joe Moffet led to creating a sort of minimalism that let him “stop thinking and just be in the moment.” Now involved with solo percussion exploration as well as extended performances, his concept that improvised music is best expressed when spurred by the group ideas of certain players, like the ones with whom he plays, is now confirmed.