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Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner, Felix Saluzzi, Navidad de los Andes
ECM 2204 (2011)

Dino Saluzzi bandoneon
Anja Lechner violoncello
Felix Saluzzi tenor saxophone

“Cellist Anja Lechner and clarinet and sax man Felix Saluzzi both appeared as soloists on Dino’s orchestral recording El Encuentro in 2009, a shared pleasure in the work leading to the formation of the present trio, a group which draws on much musical history. Brothers Dino and Felix have more than 60 years of collaborations behind them. They started making music together as children in Argentina, and Felix frequently plays in Dino’s “family band” projects (as heard on ECM albums including Mojotoro and Juan Condori). Anja Lechner has worked closely with Dino since the mid-1990s, beginning with the “Kultrum” alliance between Saluzzi and the Rosamunde Quartet. She has also toured widely in duo with the bandoneonist, and recorded with him on the critically-acclaimed Ojos Negros in 2006. Navidad de Los Andes (Andean Nativity) has its own distinct character, at once simple and elusive, like the magical realist tales of the region. From the liner notes by Leopoldo Castilla: ‘In this beautiful musical work sound is born with the intensity of the wind and the powerful progression of the sand that preserves memories. Between these forces, the melody creates spaces that rise or cascade slowly downward like empty skies. (…) Suddenly, the tango, an outsider, with a hat and a black moon, enters the scene. A long shadow, enticed by the river of music.”

Stefano Battaglia Trio, The River of Anyder
ECM E2151 2011)

Stefano Battaglia piano
Salvatore Maiore double-bass
Roberto Dani drums

“The pure water of the Anyder River flowered through Sir Thomas Moore’s “Utopia”. Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia celebrates it and other mythical and legendary locations in a trio recording of new compositions which spurn self-conscious modernity: ‘I pushed myself to write songs and dances uninfluenced by the sophistication of contemporary musical languages, striving to shape pieces that might have been played on archaic instruments a thousand years ago.’ If the piano trio is itself a modern institution and the group understanding that what Battaglia, Maiore and Dani share cannot help but be of-the-moment, Battaglia has nonetheless made an album that feels ‘timeless’.”