Louis Sclavis Quartet | Silk and Salt Melodies | ECM New Series 2402



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Louis Sclavis Quartet | Silk and Salt Melodies | ECM New Series 2402
ECM 2402August 2014

Louis Sclavis: clarinet
Gilles Coronado: guitar
Benjamin Moussay: piano, keyboard
Keyvan Chemirani: percussion

Leading French clarinetist-composer-improviser Louis Sclavis continues his musical adventures with Gilles Coronado and Benjamin Moussay, who contributed creatively to his Atlas Trio album Sources in 2011. The addition of Iranian classical percussionist Kevyan Chemirani, master of the zarb, has brought a new dimension to their world of sound. Adventurous contemporary music, says Sclavis, can be broad enough to embrace different but complementary traditions. “‘Silk and Salt’ indicates my desire for this work to take an imaginary, nomadic, Central Asian route, but also to address the idea of emigration in world history. In this case: journeying away from and back to jazz.” Travelling melodies and rhythms predominate. The changing contexts inspire some of Sclavis’s finest clarinet playing, captured by producer Manfred Eicher in this recording, made in Studio La Buissonne, near Avignon, in March 2014.