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Stones of Contention

by Tommaso Vespo

A multinational sextet drawn from Sicily, Germany, Spain and England playing freely improvised music full of mystery and passion.
Genre: Avant Garde: Free Improvisation
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1. Ungeeignet (feat. Nicola Hein, Antonio Longo, Noel Taylor, Ricardo Tejero & Antonio Aiella)
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2. Mindel (feat. Nicola Hein, Ricardo Tejero, Antonio Longo, Noel Taylor & Antonio Aiella)
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3. Cubicle (feat. Nicola Hein, Antonio Longo, Noel Taylor, Ricardo Tejero & Antonio Aiella)
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4. Dystonie (feat. Antonio Longo, Nicola Hein, Noel Taylor, Ricardo Tejero & Antonio Aiella)
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5. Der Scho¦ênste Junge Im Dorf (feat. Nicola Hein, Antonio Longo, Noel Taylor, Ricardo Tejero & Antonio Aiella)
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6. C'aiu Iaddi (feat. Nicola Hein, Antonio Longo, Noel Taylor, Ricardo Tejero & Antonio Aiella)
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7. Cruce (feat. Nicola Hein, Antonio Longo, Noel Taylor, Ricardo Tejero & Antonio Aiella)
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8. Relleno De Liquido (feat. Nicola Hein, Antonio Longo, Noel Taylor, Ricardo Tejero & Antonio Aiella)
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The Sicilian pianist, Tommaso Vespo, assembled the six musicians that play on 'Stones of Contention'. He invited Spanish, English and German colleagues that he knew from the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra to come to Sicily and join up with himself and two local musicians. Ricardo Tejero from Madrid plays saxophone, Noel Taylor from London is on clarinet, Nicola Hein from Köln plays guitar, with, from Sicily, Antonio Aiella on bass, Tommaso Vespo on piano and Antonio Longo on drums.

'Stones of Contention' is the evocative title that Vespo entitled the result. The meaning is elusive. Does it refer to some ancient ritual, or to an archaic and long-forgotten conflict? Perhaps the 'stones' have some sort of mystic power or are they mere tokens of power, to be shuffled like dice? Above all - we would wish to know are they the subject or object of 'contention'? But we will never know the answer to this, because Tommaso Vespo himself does not know. 'Stones make sounds' is his cryptic explanation. What we can say is that this is music that seems to seethe with unresolved undercurrents, as if some clandestine dispute is secretly encoded in sound. There is a sense of restlessness, of disruption, of things being tossed aside, of a discourse full of exclamations, shouts and whispers. There is an irascible quality that seems to persist throughout, like a nagging thought at the margins of a dream that never entirely resolves. Yet towards the end we hear a great clamour arising, a thunderous chorus of wild voices - on piano, drums, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and drums - all acclaiming, all contending, all shouting to an un-hearing heaven that this is their sound, this is their music, that these are the Stones of Contention.

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