Founded by a collective of musicians involved in radical improvisation and contemporary classical music, since 2011 Florence-based ensemble Blutwurst has focused their research on the acoustic exploration of sustained tones and slowly transformed patterns of sound.
"Anabasi" is Blutwurst’s fourth full length release, following their debut album "Tenebrae" (Tempo Reale Collection, 2016), the subsequent "Yoğurt" (Negative Days, 2016), and their recent collaboration with French composer Emmanuel Holterbach "Ricercar nell'ombra", released in early 2020 by Another Timbre.
As its title could imply, "Anabasi" shapes up to be a deep, imaginative path, divided in two long takes: the title track – which is itself split in two parts – for acoustic instruments (harmonium, accordion, piano, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet and bass clarinet), sine waves and tapes; and "Parva Lumina", for pipe organ and electronics.
"Parva Lumina" is dedicated to Fluxus artist and composer Giuseppe Chiari (Florence, 1926-2007) and was developed by Blutwurst after the audiovisual installation of his score "La Luce". It was recorded on a 19th Century Tronci organ in the church of San Giusto a Ema, Florence.
"Anabasi" is pressed in 200 copies on black vinyl, featuring the visual concept by Matteo Castro and liner notes by Emmanuel Holterbach.
Digital edition comes with a bonus uncut version of the opening track.
released September 25, 2020
"Anabasi pt. 1" and "Anabasi pt. 2" recorded at Jambona Lab Studio, Cascina (Pisa) in January 2017 by Antonio Castiello and Aldo De Sanctis. Mixed by Damiano Meacci.
"Parva Lumina" recorded at Chiesa di San Giusto a Ema (Florence) in November 2018 and mixed by Marco Baldini and Daniela Fantechi.
All tracks composed by Marco Baldini and Daniela Fantechi.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Design and layout by Matteo Castro.
Liner notes by Emmanuel Holterbach.
Many thanks to Gianni Cioli, Carla Chiti, Franco Chiocca, Alessandra Ferrini, Agnese Fortuna, Andreas Froeba and SBAC Antella, Renato Grieco, Emmanuel Holterbach, Kinkaleri, Filippo Lagi, Damiano Meacci and Marco Segabinazzi.
Like the album's title suggests, this music has a shadowy feel, resting on the knife's edge between harmony and dissonance. Hearing it is like wondering at some slowly expanding force of nature. Emmerich
I wish i had an empty ballroom or music hall to listen to this in. I love the reoccuring Heartache and the big brass sounds and distortion. It feels so terrifying. My heart goes out to those suffering from dementia or knows anyone whos suffering. discount-teeth
Seemingly formless but with a sense of being carefully constructed, "Meith" is a striking and lovely piece of electroacoustic music. The sound design here is fairly minimalist and reductive, but also evocative and almost dreamlike. Excellent work, both as a display of sonic mastery and as an immersive journey for the listener. Alec L. Critten