Paolo Fresu/A Filetta/Daniele di Bonaventura Mistico Mediterraneo | ECM 2203 | ECM Records



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Paolo Fresu, from the island of Sardinia, which has its own great vocal tradition, could relate at once to the Corsican music with its “refined and archaic voices”, its mix of contemporary compositions and its attempt to hold fast to “melodies vanishing in the darkness of time”. He is one of the most highly regarded jazz musicians in Europe, and his ECM collaboration with Ralph Towner on “Chiaroscuro” (released in 2009), successful both with the critics and the public, figured in the quarterly list of Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Since 1990 when he swept the Music Jazz Polls, the trumpeter has been a multiple award winner.

A Filetta is celebrated for its re-casting of Corsican vocal polyphony over the last three decades. Many commentators credit the group for “saving” a unique singing tradition, both secular and sacred, whose roots stretch back into antiquity. The A Filetta singers (“Filetta” translates as “fern” or “bracken”) never lose sight of the tradition, but they

have kept it alive by taking it to new places, writing new places, writing new compositions for the ensemble and initiating meetings with musicians of other genres. The group is led by Jean-Claude Acquaviva, who was just 13 when he co-founded the group in 1978. For him, “Mistico Mediterraneo” is a faithful reflection of the trajectory of the group’s music. Anchored in tradition but continually reaching out to other musics - “ethnic” and otherwise.

Bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura (born in Fermo, Italy) was last heard on ECM on Miroslav Vitous’s “Universal Syncopations II” (also a major prize-winning disc - Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Jahrespreis 2007). He has played across a broad field of music – from classical to jazz to tango; he contributes three compositions to “Mistico Mediterraneo”.