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A track of a duo with the great Tetuzi Akiyama has been uploaded….

link to the track

please enjoy!

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IRUMAN (duo with Akira Sakata) has got a review on this month’s THE WIRE!!!!

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First 2 reviews of Iruman (duo with Akira Sakata):

All About Jazz: link

Le Son Du Grisli: link

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OUT NOW!!!! – Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico: Iruman.

Very proud to announce the release of IRUMAN, a duo with great Japanese Akira Sakata!

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you can find some infos and buy it here and listen to some sounds here

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some more videos and pictures were just uploaded, check them on the videos and gallerie pages!

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Finally made it! … Complete documentation of the residency + concert il Les Ateliers Claus ,Brussels, of the project Piano, Forte.

Ideation and composition by Giovanni Di Domenico.

- Giovanni Di Domenico: piano, bells, bamboo sticks
– Pak Yan Lau: toy piano, objects, bells, bamboo sticks
– Mathieu Calleja: bells, bamboo sticks, drums, percussion
– Manja Ristic: violin, bells, bamboo sticks, objects

Video made by Cristophe Van Collie
march 2010.

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currently working on re-issuing old HINTANOI albums and also releasing some new ones……

here’s the first re-issue: SIYAHA EP (originally released in 2012 by Twisted Tree Line):

http://hintanoi.bandcamp.com/

stay tuned for more!

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very exited to announce a duo release with japanese legend Akira Sakata! The record is going to come out somewhere in january 2014 on portuguese Mbari.

here goes the press text:

 Commissioned by Portuguese label Mbari, “Iruman” – which, in a career spanning 40 years, is Sakata’s first duo recording with a pianist – is built upon paradoxes. Its title, for example, notwithstanding the deconstructionist urge one senses throughout the CD, suggests brotherhood or even redemption. After all, Iruman is a Japanese word of Portuguese origin, derived from the etymon “irmão” (“brother”), used by Jesuits who reached Japan in the XVI century. But, in the present context, the meaning of the word is only fully captured if we ignore its implicit missionary zeal. In fact, one could argue that what this music evokes does not stem from that ancient geographic and cultural collision but, rather, precedes it.

 Sakata has always questioned stereotypes. His performance takes on a ritualism that is at times sardonic, others tender, taking communion from a truth that is unreachable and yet perfectly relatable. Perhaps because of this, even while fully integrated in a scene where most have a perfect notion of how free improvisation should sound like, he has remained immune to sectarianism. In “Iruman” the main drive behind the action was the premonitory nature stirred by an encounter with Giovanni Di Domenico, another iconoclastic juggler. Recorded on the 5th of November 2012, at the GOK Sound studio in Tokyo, the present material suffered no other predetermination.

 Steeped in mysticism – one could well describe as anachronistic, if that concept wasn’t more of a feature in each listener’s own mind – these themes flow naturally with a dynamic that has something in common with that of chamber music though it emphasizes aspects usually neglected in the latter. There are provoking asymmetries, elliptic piano chords and cathartic oratories, niceties on the clarinet and astringent exhalations on the alto sax. An ambiance that could have been construed by a scenographer transports the duo to a remote village, devoted to enigmatic and ancient cults. This is not music of derision, destined to puncture conventions, even though Sakata and Di Domenico practice it splendidly. It isn’t specifically servile either.

 Given over to so many nuances, in these spontaneously generated structures, perhaps its most surprising characteristic is its cohesion. Whirlwind declamations and primeval litanies serve a gregarious logic, in which the well-honed instincts of the improvisers methodically balance out individual utopia and collective drama. A certain phrasing from Di Domenico appears to gather countless phases of jazz piano, while other choices could effortlessly feature on a post-serialist piece. Sakata likewise sails towards a point of synthesis one would argue is inhabited by many other voices apart from his own – a tactic that is both tempted by transcendence as well as marked by minutiae, typical of one who investigates microscopic systems, i.e. those invisible to the naked eye.

 In that regard, “Iruman” summons onto itself a perplexity generally absent from, not to mention almost contrary to, improvised music: that which presumes no man is the absolute lord of all he does and even less of his historical time. Sakata and Di Domenico are separated by nearly thirty years and originate from very distinct cultural universes, yet in translating all that is sacred and profane in creation, they are indeed like brothers.

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brand new review on Posh Scorch, by Martin Schray (freejazzblog): check it out here on in the press page

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OUT NOW!!!!

‘Posh Scorch’

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by Martini/Di Domenico/Wooley/Antunes/Corsano

recorded in Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels, the 27th may 2012

Mixed by Giovanni Di Domenico

Mastered by Rashad Becker

ORRE RECORDS

more infos: orre records (bandcamp) - distribution (clone records)

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THE EGGSTREAM EP

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EGGSTREAM is: Pak Yan Lau, Giovanni Di Domenico & Norberto Lobo

Produced by Maga-san Atletico Clube Do Monte & Eggstream

Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Maga-san

SILENT WATER

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Monsieur Delire, canadian blogger François Couture, wrote some nice reviews on some of my albums: here’s the links:

link 1 - link 2 - link 3 - link 4 - link 5

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Here you can find an extensive article about Giovanni and his music wrote on Percorsi Musicali, very nice italian music blog. Enjoy!

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brand new ‘CHRISTMAS’ release…..Giovanni Di Domenico & Oriol Roca – Sounds Good, Spocus Records

SR 1207 Sounds Good Front

here you can listen a track from this album

Spocus Records

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OUT NOW!!!

ARVE HENRIKSEN/GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO/TATSUHISA YAMAMOTO trio , Distare Sonanti, was just released on either/OAR

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GOING I, LP released by Silent Water

more news on: les ateliers claus

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