Neither/Nor Records

Carlo Costa, Oblio (n/n 011) 



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In his debut solo album Carlo Costa presents two pieces for solo acoustic percussion which make use of improvisation within composed structures. For the recording Carlo used an assortment of instruments and objects (drum set, concert bass drum, singing bowls, bells, triangles, wood blocks, tiles, styrofoam, cymbals, violin bows, marbles, chains, knives, etc) to create a wide array of sounds in a shifting landscape of textures that overlap, morph and cut into one another.


Carlo Costa - percussion

Recorded by Nathaniel Morgan at Noplace in Brooklyn, NY on June 29th and July 1st, 2017. Mixed by Nathaniel Morgan. Mastered by Lasse Marhaug. All music by Carlo Costa. Photographs by William Norman Fraleigh. Design by Carlo Costa.

Release date: November 7, 2018


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A solo percussion effort from Costa, two long pieces and expertly handled. 'I' is expansive, flowing and very well-paced, keeping on the quiet side of things while patiently exploring a vast array of instruments large and small. Costa constructs a convincing landscape, entirely without pyrotechnics, maintaining interest with both delicacy and urgency. 'II' employs wood blocks, high-pitched bells and some swirling, metallic based attacks, more structured (though loosely enough), recalling to some extent the late Jerome Cooper's brilliants solo concerts. It "decomposes" into a section of harsher rubbing, somehow melancholy, drifting into plaintive moans. Very good work, well worth a listen when it releases on November 6.” (October 29, 2018)