A duo comprised of two of the most active
and tireless musicians in these neck of
the woods, Luís Vicente (trumpet)
and Jari Marjamäki (electronics), who
during the past couple of years have managed
to develop, alongside their countless other
projects, a consistent body of work together
of which 'Alternate Translations' is their
first official record. Consisting
of live recordings, the four included tracks
are the results of that free experience
assuming the longevity. Possible moments
of work in progress.
'Disjointed' and 'Alternate Translation'
flow in a suspended ambience in which foggy
melodic pieces echo over underwater rhythmic
pulses, in the tradition of the best of
Basic Channel. Diffused
portraits of parallel reality over which
sparse trumpet lines float somewhere between
spiritualism of Jon Hassell and the notion
of space of Bill Dixon.
More static, and vaguely threatening, 'Under
a Tree' climbs the drone as unintelligible
outbreaks and harmonies appear out of nowhere,
while 'Cluster' displays spectral melodies
in informal plots with a trumpet haunted
by Don Cherry.
Beginning from its title, 'Alternate Translations'
is a work of speculative nature, yet concise
within its objectives. A continuously intriguing
piece that allows itself to inhabit in a
sphere where the language travels thru routes
always open for interpretation.