1. I (3:04)
2. II (2:41)
3. III (5:02)
4. IV (5:14)
5. V (2:31)
6. VI (5:27)
7. VII (3:42)
· Sebi Tramontana: trombone
· Guilherme Rodrigues: cello
All music by Sebi Tramontana & Guilherme Rodrigues
Recorded by Guilherme Rodrigues at Friedelstrasse 5 in Berlin, Germany on 22/2/2020
Mixed and mastered by Primož Bončina
Drawing by Sebi Tramontana (Unfolding Story, 2018)
Text by Han Jiae
Graphic design by László Szakács
Produced by László Juhász
Special thanks to Frank Gratkowski, Massimo Fiorito, Ernesto Rodrigues & Carlos Santos
They must be night animals
I mean, something like owls on the trees or lonely fox wandering around the city.
With no expectations, they find themselves out of darkness, putting all their efforts to go back to the night but too late. All they could do is to sympathise each other and finding ways to survive during the day time.
They go through the courses of adjustment, invention, and resistance but at the end, transcendence.
It was not only their first time to see and face the light, but also, after all, they had their first lunch in their whole life made by Han Jiae.
“William H. Gass has a quote (which I will bungle in paraphrase here) about how the amount of time and effort it takes to comprehend a novel is proportional to the time and effort needed to compose it. When taken to the realm of music this principle doesn’t quite hold as much weight, but it presents an interesting issue: is free improvisation disposable music? No matter how much practice goes into forming the skills necessary for it or how obtuse the theory is that binds it together, improvisation is inherently a ‘tossed off’ thing. As Steve Lacy put it: ‘The difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, while in improvisation you have 15 seconds.’
While I can sympathize with those who hear nothing but aimless noodling and pretentious ego in free improv, for me the clarity of musical identity and richness of expression in the form are unrivaled. In no other genre is the choice of how to approach each note given such fundamental importance, and nowhere else are the performers so naked before the audience, tasked as they are with complete responsibility for what they play. Han Jiae is as good of an album of contemporary free improvisation as I have heard. While staying firmly in a melodic mode they run the gamut of techniques and expressions, tastefully and thoughtfully showcasing the unique sonics of each instrument. Sebi Tramontana and Guilherme Rodrigues play with the kind of sympathetic rapport that improv duos thrive on, the kind that allows them to finely thread the needle between supporting the other players ideas and responding to them with original material. It’s the kind of sound you can only get from free improvisation, and it’s exactly why the style will never be disposable.” / Samuel McLemore, Tone Glow, 29 June 2020
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