During the first lockdown of the Covid era in spring 2020 my creative fire was still burning. All concerts were cancelled, but I still wanted to play and improvise. That’s were the idea for long-distance improvisation came up. I sent emails to some of my friends and other musicians who I admired and hoped that they might be interested in doing such a project.
I’m really happy that some of the best improvisers in Europe were happy to participate in this project. I’m such a fan of all these players, they are monster improvisers, composers and bandleaders on their own as well. All tracks are completely improvised or could be even described as structured improvisation. Musicians sent me their tracks, based on an initial improvisation by myself. Then I cut, mixed and blended the music to actually make music. It was an incredibly fun project and challenge!
The title of the album and all the compositions are based on two poems by the great US poet E.E. Cummings, since poetry is my other artistic love and obsession.
Thanks to Maciej Karłowski and all the incredible musicians for their time, creativity and beautiful playing! Hopefully more soon!
SAMO SALAMON & NEW FREEQUESTRA
NEW FREEQUESTRA (Italy / Portugal / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland):
Emanuele Marsico, Alberto Mandarini, Mirko Cisilino, Luis Vicente – trumpet
Emanuele Parrini – violin
Marco Colonna – baritone and sopranino sax
Achille Succi – alto sax and bass clarinet
Albert Cirera, Christoph Irniger, Martin Küchen, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Alberto Pinton, Beppe Scardino – sax
Samo Salamon, Marcelo dos Reis – guitar
Silvia Bolognesi – bass
Vasco Trilla – drums
All music improvised by the Freequestra. Mixed and mastered by Samo Salamon.
Liner Notes: Samo Salamon
Photo by Janin Vezonik
Graphic Design: Piotr Biegański
Executive producer: Maciej Karłowski