Blackbird (R)evolution (2020)

Gozzi, Bezemer, Brahms, Gorini, Berg, Weber

Duo Ebano

Black is the color that clarinet, bass clarinet, piano and Seaboard® have in common. Like the blackbird in the song by Lennon/McCartney, we want to learn how to fly, explore new musical territories, and shape a more authentic and personal voice.

Blackbird (R)evolution features Paolo Gorini on the Roli Seaboard.  Roli says "Keyboards were black and white. We added color and high definition. We started with the Seaboard. A soft, rippling surface of pressure-sensitive silicone, it was the newest thing to happen in the keyboard world since about the year 1700. That was when Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the pianoforte, blowing the minds of harpsichord players by giving them a new way to control sound.

The Seaboard reimagined what a keyboard could do — so much that it surpassed the piano, just as the piano surpassed the harpsichord. The Seaboard launched a family of instruments that let musicians be much more expressive, with more sounds and effects at their fingertips than they ever had before.

Combining digital technologies and a new approach to culturally embedded designs, these instruments look familiar. But they’re light years ahead in their musical powers."

Blackbird (r)evolution is a canvas of Duo Ebano’s features, like a bizarre mirror where you can dive in. In a mirror, we just see a reflection, which doesn’t necessarily show what we really are. By not accepting the first impression, we can learn how to see beyond the mirror, “take these sunken eyes and learn to see.”

The program represents the soul of Duo Ebano, shifting between standard repertoire and new music. Moreover, it displays composers who try to enhance the clarinet and piano combination, forcing its limits and inventing new ways to make these two instruments communicate, with the intent to achieve a (r)evolution of this set-up.

What to expect from this album? Excitement, fear, kindness, a mother’s song, goosebumps, anxiety, laugh, Radiohead-like moments, mantras, progressive-rock bands, a floating boat in a dark and warm night, a broken carillon, relentlessness, the music of the water.

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Duo Ebano

Duo Ebano is a new and eclectic chamber music group based in Amsterdam, formed by the Italian clarinetist Marco Danesi and pianist Paolo Gorini, that largely performs in the most prestigious halls in The Netherlands and abroad.
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Blackbird (R)evolution (2020)

Gozzi, Bezemer, Brahms, Gorini, Berg, Weber

Duo Ebano

Cables: Furutech
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Hapi, Merging Technologies Anubis
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heist
Microphones: DPA
Notes: Marco Danesi & Paolo Gorini
Producer: Ernst Spyckerelle
Recording Engineer: Brendon Heist
Recording Location: Muziekhuis Utrecht & TRPTK Studio on November 6, 7, 8 & 16, 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: KEF Loudspeakers

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TTK0048: Blackbird (R)evolution
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1.
Grand duo concertant, Op. 48 - I. Allegro con fuoco
Weber
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Grand duo concertant, Op. 48 - II. Andante con moto
Weber
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Grand duo concertant, Op. 48 - III. Rondo, Allegro
Weber
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Vier Stucke fur Klarinette und Klavier, Op. 5 - I. Massig
Berg
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Vier Stucke fur Klarinette und Klavier, Op. 5 - II. Sehr langsam
Berg
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Vier Stucke fur Klarinette und Klavier, Op. 5 - III. Sehr rasch
Berg
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Vier Stucke fur Klarinette und Klavier, Op. 5 - IV. Langsam
Berg
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Broken chain - I. Dark mirror
Gorini
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Broken chain - II. Prog
Gorini
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Broken chain - III. Head banger
Gorini
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Broken chain - IV. Rest Soft
Gorini
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3 Intermezzi, Op. 117 - I. Andante moderato
Brahms
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I Love You
Bezemer
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The Underwater Life of a Bass Clarinet
Gozzi
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