Symbiosis Orchestra – Live Journeys – CD – Baskaru new year has begun with a flourish of releases from names and bands unfamiliar and exciting..step forward, Symbiosis Orchestra.., this is an experimental outfit, formed for live performance by Mou Lips guru, Andrea Gabriele.

Symbiosis Orchestra is everything its name organic fusion of elements, ranging from electro-acoustic, to digital manipulation, rampant experimentalism, and stage show theatrics. Quite how I can explain this confounding swirl of musical and sonic components is a tough call, as I don’t recall anything like this on my radar to refer to. Once again, Baskaru have a mighty challenging release on their hands, but a release that will not sit quietly in any collection and wither away..I have played this several times since it appeared on my doormat, and this is perhaps one of the most imaginative, innovative forays in sound that I’ve come across in many a year. To say I “like” this is to do it an injustice, as I think it deserves to be seen and heard as a whole entity. Sonically there are uplifting rhythms and pulses, strange electronic interventions, soaring orchestrations..moments of intense beauty, and utter annoyance. For these live performances, Gabriele gathers around her an army of experimentalists, great and good. From the electronic scene, there is Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Mario Masullo (Defrag and DSP Recordings labels), and Iris Garrelfs, whose treated voice provides a bridge toward the realm of acoustic sounds, here represented by vibes player Stefano Tedesco (Strings of Consciousness), jazz flutist Geoff Warren, and instrumentalists Diego Conti (violin), Roberto di Egidio (trumpet) and Michele Scurti (piano

). This unlikely and motley crew, traverse an extraordinary auditory netherworld, defying easy genre categorisation, and ready pigeonholing..perhaps a reviewers nightmare come to life. However, what I can say is that this intriguing release deserves massive attention, and repeat listenings..and of course , if you are lucky enough to witness this as a live spectacle..please let me know..complex..labyrinthine..and utterly compelling..BGN


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