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Strata 44:20


Carlo Costa’s thirteen-piece ensemble Acustica is dedicated to exploring a wide array of timbres and textures with the use of acoustic instruments. The ensemble focuses on performing Carlo’s compositions which make use of a variety of types of notation ranging from traditional to graphic, along with utilizing improvisation to varying degrees and in disparate ways. For this ensemble Carlo picked some of his closest collaborators along with musicians who share his sensitivity toward space and sound.

"The title of this piece refers to the layers of sedimentary rock and soil, known as strata (singular: stratum), which can be observed as horizontal stripes of different colored or differently structured material in cliffs, river banks or in excavations. In this piece the idea was to utilize layers of sound in different combinations ranging from spare single layers to densely stacked multiple layers while retaining a level of transparency throughout. The recurring material is presented in different contexts and each time takes a different place in the layers creating the effect of a change of perspective in the aural space."


released November 1, 2015

Kyungmi Lee - flute, piccolo flute
Joe Moffett - trumpet
Ben Gerstein - trombone
Dan Peck - tuba
Jonathan Moritz - tenor and soprano saxophones
Nathaniel Morgan - alto saxophone
Jean-Brice Godet - clarinet, bass clarinet
Miranda Sielaff - viola
Todd Neufeld - acoustic guitar
Jesse Stacken - piano
Sean Ali - double bass
Pascal Niggenkemper - double bass
Carlo Costa - percussion

Recorded live at IBeam, Brooklyn on May 20th, 2014 by Jon Rosenberg. Mixed by Nathaniel Morgan. Mastered by Jim Clouse. All music by Carlo Costa. Artwork and design by Carlo Costa.



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