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Cycles by Erika Dagnino and Stefano Pastor

Italian violinist Stefano Pastor is banging our souls again with a delightful new release in which spirituality, poetry and mastery are intermingled. The four tracks are thoughtful performances based on Erika Dagnino’s poetry and are absolute musical gems. The booklet is rich, complex and well documented in the English and Italian languages.

Recorded in Genoa, mixed and mastered by Pastor himself, the release conveys intense spaces; the auditor will take a journey fairly round backed endeavoring great paired choruses and thoughts. Opuses such as "Cycles" ascertain Pastor and drummer Maurizio Borgia tearing away through the rules with remarkable force. Both artists give a thrust and wallop throughout moving leitmotifs and condensed soundscapes filled with meaningful dialogues.

Pastor fleeces and grazes his strings albeit steering the hazards of sound tailoring exaltations, manifested on "From the beginning after forgetting". His explorations of harmonic outfits are in contrast to Dagnino’s expressive poetry, annexed with ethereal manipulations and improv connotations with subconscious deflections and soulful changes.

A rarefied mix of emotion and high musical skill counterbalance each part of this recording in a way that is matchless and not inimitable. Pastor is totally attuned to the great sensitivities of self-awareness, transcendence and whole unity in which the expedition translates into music of subliminal proportions. He draws, drafts and reaches essential phrases, deploying his soul in each note that he circumspectly selects. These improvisational concepts will engross and thrill the listener, injecting into your force of will both tellurian and solemn directions. Sublime....

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Erika Dagnino and Stefano Pastor
  • CD Title: Cycles
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Slam Productions
  • Tracks: Cycles, From the beginning after forgetting…, While your ear was listening…, Epilogue
  • Musicians: Stefano Pastor (violin, viola, percussion, piano, objects, metronome’s “A”), Maurizio Borgia (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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