tonino miano

Posted on May 21st, 2008 by Monsieur K..
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Tonino Miano and Mirio Cosottini

met in Italy a little over nine years ago while recording for The Last Animal, from Zarathustra by Lorenzo Brusci. Four days in a recording studio led to a lot of experimenting; to an almost childlike open-mindedness that is rare to find in amateurs and seasoned artists alike. Session after session, as they tackled an array of different concepts often laid out by Lorenzo Brusci, they recorded material that exceeded the purpose of the project at hand and ended up finding a right of its own. But instead of being gathered and considered for publication, it remained idle for years to come, until now.

“..Very exploratory and rewarding musical experience, especially for listeners who refuse to accept “normal” in their adventures..” Rotcod Zzaj – Improvijazzation Nation, Issue #81, April 2008.

“..This is an inventive and well-matched duo that likes to push each into some intense and often tight-knit areas…” Bruce Gallanter – Downtown Music Gallery, April 2008.

“Sounds made by various extended techniques form one aspect of Ideal Bread’s approach; they are the core of the approach of the duo of trumpeter Mirio Cosottini and pianist Tonino Miano. Cosottini never seems to hit a note square. Rather he squeezes them out, barks them even. The notes splatter like fat rain drops on hot pavement. His tone is a breathy cry at times, a lyrical sigh. Miano moves from the outside to the inside of the piano. However, such a range of techniques often does not result in a corresponding variety in the music. That’s where Miano and Cosottini stand out. Each of the seven pieces in their short recital has a focus.” © Cadence Magazine, 2008.

Estreia da Impressus Records com um título do pianista italiano Tonino Miano, fundador da editora, músico que toca e ensina em Nova Iorque desde 1993. Miano, em duo com o trompetista Mirio Cosottini, do Music Improvisation Research Group (GRIM). O ambiente de The Curvature of Pace (curioso trocadilho com a curvatura do espaço, da teoria da Relatividade de Einstein, que, metendo a força gravitacional ao barulho, recusou a ideia euclidiana de espaço-tempo plano) é de pura improvisação livre, por dois músicos que se conheceram encontraram há cerca de uma década, gravaram esta sessão. À época, a opção foi deixá-la “estagiar” durante uns anos, para depois ouvir como soaria. Tempo passado sobre o registo, a música revela-se fresca, inventiva e exploratória de uma grande variedade de registos. Um tipo de experiência que estimula e desafia o ouvinte, através da projecção a várias velocidades de imagens sonoras fora do vulgar, contínuas e fracturadas. Sons ácidos de trompete combinam com o pendor mais melódico do piano, num agridoce cativante. Quanto mais se ouve mais se gosta. Eduardo Chagas

Pianist and Composer Tonino Miano is the founder of this new label that will focus (at the present) on his own work, and the work accomplished in collaboration with other musicians.

Impressus Records is an environment friendly record label. That’s why the jewel case has been replaced with a sleeve made out of 100% recycled material, and the use of paper has been eliminated, while the design is made possible by the use of custom made rubber stamps. Any additional information will be available on the label’s website. The Curvature of Pace is the first work to appear on Impressus Records.

GRIM (acronym for Music Improvisation Research Group) is an Italian based project created in 2005 by musicians and composers Alessio Pisani and Mirio Cosottini. Its aim is to develop and deepen their interests in improvisation, sound & composition methodologies, while leading various project and workshops on improvisation throughout the country.

GRIM’s activity is articulated in three ways: through performances (with the groups EAQuartett, EASilence e l’EAOrchestra), divulgation through workshops, (laboratory of Improvisation at the Padova Conservatory) and records (GRIMedia Records). EAQuartett is the first CD produced by the label.

Mirio Cosottini graduated from the Academy of Music of Florence (1992). Received a degree in Philosophy from the University of Florence (1999). Studied composition, musical analysis and improvisation, and has made musical contributions to the fields of dance, theatre and cinema. In 2005 he co-founded with Alessio Pisani the GRIM-Italy (Musical Improvisation Research Group ). Since 2005 he teaches Improvisation at the Conservatory of Padova, Italy.

Discography: among others,

  • “L’ultimo Animale, sullo Zarathustra”, Timet, 2002 (ITA). EAQuartet, Electroacoustic Quartet, GRIMedia Record, 2007 (ITA).


  • Vinko Globokar, Bruno de Franceschi, Franck Shulte, Zeena Parkins, Eliott Sharp, Timet, Stefano Bollani, Stefano battaglia, Alessio Pisani, Tonino Miano, GRIM.

Some performance venues:

  • Filmhouse, Cologne (D);
  • Centre International d’arts visual, Marseille (FRA);
  • 20° Biennale di Musica di Zagabria (International Festival of Contemporary Music), Zagabria;
  • Teatro dell’Elfo, Milano, (ITA);
  • Institute of Italian Culture, Los Angeles USA;
  • Teatro Metastasio (ITA);
  • Theater of Luzern (Swiss),
  • Theatre national Sorano, Dakar (Senegal),
  • Conservatory of Music of Padova, (ITA)

Please visit Mirio Cosottini’s web page here…

Tonino Miano graduated with maximum honors from the Conservatorio V. Bellini of Caltanissetta (1991). Obtained a degree in Musicology from the University of Bologna with a thesis on J.Cage (1993), and a B.S. in Physics from the City College of New York (2004).

Discography: among others,

  • “Recorded Live at La Mama la Galleria”, RSM, 1994 (USA),
  • “Carne Capitata”, Timet, 2000 (ITA),
  • “L’ultimo Animale, sullo Zarathustra”, Timet, 2002 (ITA).

Some performance venues:

  • NYU, Knitting Factory, WKCR Radio, Roulette, Stork Music Festival, Binnenpret, The Apollohuis.


  • Jaap Blonk, Lorenzo Brusci, Domenico Caliri, Marco Cappelli, Mirio Cosottini, Dinu Ghezzo, Edoardo Marraffa, Andrea Melani, Jim Pugliese, Tim Rowe, Mirko Sabatini, Blaise Siwula.

Tonino Miano lives and teaches in New York since 1993.

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THE CURVATURE OF PACE: Mirio Cosottini /Tonino Miano

All the way from Italy comes this very enjoyable CD full of full-blown piano/trumpet improvisations from Mirio (trumpet) and Tonino (piano). The intro, “Rushdash”, is light/airy, with (as the title implies) a real “movement” to it. The second piece, “The Hunt”, is more sparse, definitely haunting, & full of strange oddistry. After a solid third listen to the entire album, I found that my favorite track was “Nine Years Ago”, probably because of the well-recorded piano… contrasts abound on this composition, too, with breath-tones galore from Cosottini’s trumpet providing counterpoint to the sweet sounds from Miano’s keyboard. Suffice it to say that it won’t be (exactly) what you expected… of course if you are a dedicated fan of improvisation, you wouldn’t want it to be anything less, right?

Very exploratory and rewarding musical experience, especially for listeners who refuse to accept “normal” in their adventures. I give this a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any and all who want to hear the music of tomorrow – today! Rotcod Zzaj – Improvijazzation Nation, Issue #81, April 2008.

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“Featuring Mirio Cosottini on trumpet and Tonino Miano on piano. I can’t tell you anything about this most impressive Italian duo, except that one of them dropped us off a few copies recently. Being too busy with certain store responsibilities, Manny made me check this out and I’m glad he did. If I didn’t know better, I would think that this is Nate Wooley and Sylvie Courvoisier, perhaps. This is an inventive and well-matched duo that likes to push each into some intense and often tight-knit areas. Sometimes the piano has that eerie, dreamy effect, like we are drifting into another world.

On “The Hunt,” it sounds as if Tonino is rubbing something inside the piano, rather Denman Maroney-like while Mirio plays those twisted, fractured trumpet sounds. The combination of that mesmerizing bowed piano and small trumpet fragments is just right, quietly cosmic and somehow charming. Sometimes they slow things down to a snail’s pace so we can notice the textures of each note and sometimes they bring in bits of haunting melodies. Thanks Manny, for twisting my arm, it was well worth it. – BLG” – Downtown Music Gallery, April 2008.

Impressus Records

Der inzwischen in der Bronx lebende Pianist Miano kollaboriert hier mit einem alten Bekannten, dem Trompeter Cosottini, mit dem er vor 9 Jahren schon Lorenzo Bruscis L’ultimo animale, sullo Zarathustra eingespielt hat. Cosottini, der 2007 die Musik zur TV-Dokumentation And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy beisteuerte, ist nicht nur studierter Philosoph, sondern auch Mitbegründer der GRIM (Music Improvisation Research Group), die das umweltfreundlich in Recyclingkarton verpackte Debut auf Mianos eigenem Label unterstützte.

Nach dem Uptempoeinstieg mit ‚rushdash‘ zeigen die beiden mit ‚the hunt‘ ihr Faible für phantastische Lautmalerei, mit gepressten Trompetenglissandos, rauem Stöhnen und spotzendem Schimpfen dazu kommen spitze, gespenstische Schleiftöne aus dem Innenklavier und trippelnde Treppenflucht auf den Tasten. Wer jagt in diesem Mad Movie wen? Bei ‚nine years ago‘ agiert Cosottini mit theatralischer Überblasvokalisation, während sein Partner besinnliche Erinnerungen perlt.

Die ‚dialoghi di traversa‘ entwickeln sich im munteren Kontrast, umso verzagter und trister klingt die anschließende ‚barcarolle‘ im Nieselregen, bis das Getröpfel so stark wird, dass die beiden die Beine unter den Arm nehmen. Nach dem schräg umeinander kurvenden, verschnatterten, gehämmerten Titelstück setzt ‚nebbia nebbia‘ den allerzartesten Schlusspunkt, das Klavier betthupferlt die quängelige Trompete in den Schlaf. Finger weg, Berlusconi! [BA 58 rbd]. Bad Alchemy, May 2008.

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geordie haley

Posted on May 21st, 2008 by Monsieur K..
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Geordie Haley is a guitarist/composer/improviser living and playing music in Toronto. (Canada) Moving from New Brunswick in 1997, where his regular bands Sameboat, The Exploding Meet and Ujamma were festival favourites, Geordie has established himself in Toronto as a group leader and performer. His Everytime Band (Christine Duncan-vocals, Evan Shaw-sax, Jean Martin-drums, Paul Donat-bass, Eugene Martynec-computers, Ryan Driver-flute and synth) was a featured act in 2005 at both the Toronto and Halifax jazz festivals,and in 2007 at L‘off Festival in Montreal performing material from their debut “The Green Suite“, a new music work of environmentally themed compositions and improvisations.

Co-producing a monthly event called Strange Folk, Geordie was able to interact with many of Toronto‘s improvisers, including Bill Grove, Rhonda Rindone, John Oswald and international drummer, Roger Turner. Geordie is currently a co-curator of the Leftover Daylight series, a weekly, live music presentation with an emphasis on Improvisation (produced in association with AlMToronto and Arraymusic). Dancer Shannon Cooney (also featured in a quick time video on POLAR BEARS,the debut album of the Geordie Haley Trio with Nick Fraser ‚drums and Scott Thomson trombone); dancer Susie Burpee; videographer June Pak; for a video called “geo‘s fast trip“ (just scroll down at the end of this page to see this video please) and sound artist Sara Peebles are some of the artists from other disciplines with whom Geordie has collaborated.

Other Toronto based groups Geordie leads or performs with include: East Delta Trio (with Vineet Vyas, tabla and Evan Shaw sax), Sea of Song Trio (with Rob Clutton, bass and Brandon Valdivia drums) ‚ the Liquidaires, the 6111 Grove Quartet, and the Eve Brown Quartet.

Please visit Geordie Haley’s web page here…

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A June Pak edit of footage from an improvised performance by ‘Geo’s Fast Trip’ (Geordie Haley, Ronda Rindone & Joe Sorbara) w/ dancer/choreographer Susie Burpee @ the Leftover Daylight Series in Toronto – 30 June, 2006.

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kevin frenette

Posted on May 17th, 2008 by Monsieur K..
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The Kevin Frenette 4: Connections
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Kevin Frenette – guitar | Andy McWain – piano | Todd Keating – bass | Tatsuya Nakatani – percussion

Tracklist: 1. connections (6:36) 2. network theory (8:12) 3. logic synthesis (4:00) 4. correlation coefficient (6:22) 5. amalgamation (7:49) 6. combinatorial mathematics (9:06) 7. merger doctrine (3:49)

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Produced by Kevin Frenette and Andy McWain. Recorded August 27, 2006 by Michael Cagliaone at 7A West Studios, Charlestown, MA. Mixed and mastered by Kevin Frenette. All tracks are collective improvisations by Frenette / McWain / Keating / Nakatani and published by Fuller Street Music (ASCAP). Graphic Design by Lisa Frenette.

“Featuring Kevin Frenette on guitar, Andy McWain on piano, Todd Keating on bass and Tatsuya Nakatani on drums. I am previously familiar with just 2 members of this quartet. Boston pianist, Andy McWain, has had a couple of strong discs on this same label, a quartet date with Assif Tsahar and a trio with Albey Balgochian & Lawrence Cook that I reviewed. Former Boston-based percussion wiz, Tatsuya Nakatani, remains one of the best and most distinctive of all improvising drummers and moved to Pennsylvania a couple of years back. Although Kevin has nice round jazz guitar tone, his playing is quite free and focused. Both he and pianist, Andy McWain, have a special relationship as they swirl layers of notes around one another with a magical connection. The other magic is the way the acoustic bass and drums also swirl freely at an astonishing pace that is sparse and well-connected simultaneously. It is as is there are two incredible duos playing at the same time yet they are subliminally always connected.

I had to play the first piece again, since there was so much going on to hear in one sitting. I dig that Tatsuya is not a jazz drummer per se and never worries about having to swing, instead he keeps up an ongoing dialogue that is fresh and often surprising. Tatsuya unique approach features much, rubbing, bowing and thin sticks on the drums and cymbals. He is ever so restrained and crafty, never covering any of the other sounds that the rest of this magical quartet provides. I find this music to be rich in colors and textures, like a wonderful dream world being revealed. It never ceases to amaze when incredible music comes from voices mostly unknown.” Bruce Lee Gallanter - Downtown Music Gallery (NYC)


kevin.jpgKevin Frenette began playing music at the age of eleven and began working professionally in the 1990s. He studied guitar, composition, and music theory at UMASS-Dartmouth where he received a BA in Theory/Composition and has performed throughout the Northeast USA making music that is inspired by both contemporary improvisation and avant-garde jazz. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright, Joe Giardullo, Pandelis Karayorgis, Andy McWain, Forbes Graham, Luther Gray, Jane Wang, James Rohr, Gordon Allen, Sarah Weaver, Harvey Sorgen, Brian Melick, Michael Snow, Dan DeChellis, Gwen Laster, Larry Packer, Martha Colby, Lori Freedman, David Gamper, Al Margolis, Ryan McGuire, Jeff Kimmel, Adam Dotson, Joe Moffett, Chris Vellieux, Ricardo Donoso, Jules Vasylenko, Jonathan LaMaster, Andrew Hickman, Eric Platz, Todd Keating and Gabe Cabral.

In 2007, Fuller Street Music released Kevin’s first date as a leader: Connections. That album featured Frenette with Tatsuya Nakatani on percussion, Andy McWain on piano and Todd Keating on bass. Please visit his website here…

Tatsuya Nakatani, originally from Kobe and Osaka, Japan, internationally renowned percussionist has toured extensively throughout the world, having performed in approximately 80 cities and 10 countries. Utilizing drumset, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, sticks and bows, he creates collages of sound, which combine the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music with the extended techniques of New Music, yet with great energy and intensity. Although his music defies category or genre, it can be viewed as a cross-culture mixture of improvised music, experimental music, jazz, free jazz, and rock. In addition to live solo and ensemble performances, he has provided sound design for films and television projects. The latest of these was the performance of an improvised sound score for silent movie “The Water Magician” (1933, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi), which was part of exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto Photograph at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

He is the recent recipient of The Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant. Also he has been selected PennPAT Artist Roster 2007 (Pennsylvania Performing Art on Tour). In addition to his work as a percussionist, Nakatani heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania. Please visit his website here…


Andy McWain, Boston-born improvising pianist/composer has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Karl Berger, Assif Tsahar, Tiger Okoshi, Santi Debriano, Brian Melvin, Daniel Levin, Tatsuya Nakatani, John Dirac, Jorrit Dijkstra, Hafez Modirzadeh, Albey Balgochian, Laurence Cook, Dino Govoni, Luther Gray, Jim Robitaille, Brooke Sofferman, Bruno Raberg, Reuben Radding, Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble, and the Zen Bastards, among others. He studied at UMass-Dartmouth, the Aspen Music School, and the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M., composition), and participated in artist residencies at Yaddo (NY), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL) with Butch Morris, and the Akiyoshidai International Art Village (JPN). McWain also founded and produces the Audible Think Improvised Music Series in Massachusetts.

Recent gigs include three months in early 2006 in a jazz quintet house band at the club _Number Five_ in Shanghai, China. McWain’s recordings include his quartet debut STARFISH with saxophonist Assif Tsahar, bassist Noah Jarrett, and drummer Chris Poudrer. In December, the trio recording McWain-Balgochian-Cook: VIGIL was released and features McWain with Albey Balgochian (Cecil Taylor’s current bassist), and veteran drummer Laurence Cook (Bill Dixon, Sabir Mateen, Paul Bley). The recording Andy McWain Ensemble: RESEMBLANCE will be released this spring. It features eight musicians (including Sofia Koutsovitis, Assif Tsahar, Rick Britto, Chris Poudrier, Jeremy Udden, David Landoni, and Albey Balgochian) in various combinations from solo piano, duos, and trios to sextet.

As a composer, he has written concert, jazz, and (some) theater music, and has received grants, honors, and awards from the American Music Center, ASCAP, Meet the Composer/New England, and the American Composers Forum/Boston Chapter. His recent creative efforts include hybrid concert/improvised works. These include “Impervious to Weather” (2004), premiered by violinist Joanna Kurkowicz and a composer-led trio of piano, bass, and saxophone, and “Sovereignty” (2005) premiered by the Radius Ensemble with the composer at the piano. In December ‘05, he made a live recording (at the Audible Think Improvised Music Series) with the Andy McWain Ensemble (McWain: elec pno; Marcus Monteiro: alto sax; Jim Robitaille: gtr; Sean Farias: bass; and Brooke Sofferman: drums). He has also recently recorded sessions for a new Hilary Noble Quartet project, a duo/trio project with cellist Daniel Levin, the Kevin Frenette 4 (with Tatsuya Nakatani) and a group project called Gryllus. Please visit his website here…

Fuller Street Music : Indie music label featuring avant jazz, free improv, and other hybrid forms of music (world, concert, etc). CD’s are available online through CD Baby, Jazz Loft,, Tower, and others, and at fine music retailers around the country including Downtown Music Gallery (NYC), Jazz Record Mart (Chicago), and distributed by North Country Distribution (USA). Digital Downloads of this music on the web is available on iTunes Music Store, Rhapsody, and many others.

Kareem Roustom / El-Zafeer Ensemble:

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[featuring Kareem Roustom, guitar; Hanna Khoury, violin; Danny Dunlap, bass; Catherine Alexander, percussion; Souhail Kaspar, percussion; Karim Nagi Mohammed, percussion; Fernando Huergo, bass; Ronit Kirchman, violin]

McWain / Balgochian / Cook:


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[featuring Andy McWain, piano; Albey Balgochian, bass; Laurence Cook, drums]

Andy McWain Quartet:


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[featuring Andy McWain, piano; Assif Tsahar, tenor sax/bass clarinet; Noah Jarrett, bass; Chris Poudrier, drums]

Kevin Frenette 4:


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[featuring Kevin Frenette, guitar; Andy McWain, piano; Todd Keating, bass; Tatsuya Nakatani, drums]

RESEMBLANCE (fuller street music, fsm 3146) has been released as mp3’s on cdBaby, and Apple iTunes, and soon on a number of other digital download sites. This project features music from two separate recording sessions: one with Assif Tsahar (tenor sax/bass cl), Albey Balgochian (elec upright bass), and Chris Poudrier (dr/perc) with Andy McWain on acoustic piano; and another session with Sofia Koutsovitis (voc), Rick Britto (sax). Jeremy Udden (sax), David Landoni (acoustic bass), and Chris Poudrier (dr/perc) with Andy McWain on elec piano…) VERY Soon! Recorded, Mixed and mastered at three studios around Massachusetts, this will be a digital distribution/digital download-only project.


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Kevin Frenette Quartet live at The Attleboro Arts Museum on April 9, 2008.

Kevin Frenette – guitar | Forbes Graham – trumpet | Andrew Eisenberg – percussion | Ryan McGuire – bass | Video shot by Lillian Schrank |


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