Rituals of Transition

by Misha Mengelberg (IDA 043 – 2020)

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1.
Amsterdam 04:28
2.
Kiev I 19:23
3.
Kiev II 08:58
4.
Kiev III 01:40
5.
Pantin 07:57
6.
Bologna 13:44

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premiere recording

Misha Mengelberg : piano, voice

Music by Misha Mengelberg


1 - Recorded by Marc Schots at the BIMHUIS, February 24th, 2010, during Gallery of Tones - Pianolab, Amsterdam, Holland

2 and 3 and 4 - Recorded by Radio ERA at the National Philharmonic, November 7th, 2005, Kiev, Ukraine

5 - Recorded by Hamid Kolli at La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, February 2nd, 2007, Pantin, France

6 - Recorded by BH Audio at the TPO Teatro Polivalente Occupato, May 17th, 2002; Misha Mengelberg presented Solo Songs, a concert that was inside of Galleria San Francesco - Opera Mobile by Tristan Honsinger, during AngelicA, Festival Internazionale di Musica, 12th edition, May 13>18, 2002, Bologna, Italy

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released October 5, 2020

Producer - Executive Producer Massimo Simonini

Mastered by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées, August 2020, La Borde Basse, Caudeval, France

Liner notes by Ab Baars

Design: Massimo Golfieri, Concetta Nasone

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In 2002 Misha Mengelberg was invited for the second time to the AngelicA Festival in Bologna. That edition, the twelfth, took part entirely in a squatted social centre of the city, and, in collaboration with Tristan Honsinger, was conceived as one large opera lasting six days – an opera within which the performances of many national and international artists fitted in like individual mobile “modules”.
Especially for this occasion and on the festival director’s suggestion, who had attended a performance by the ICP Orchestra in Amsterdam during which Mengelberg had unexpectedly stood up from the piano and started singing, on the evening of 17th may 2002 the musician entered the venue pushed on a mobile platform, from which he performed a very short programme of “Solo Songs” – at the end he acted as if he was falling asleep and was pushed back behind the scenes.
This burning set of approximately 15 minutes of “songs” –in the broadest sense of the term, as the highly original Dutch composer-improviser could conceive them - is the starting point of this CD, complemented by other previously unreleased live recordings of concerts held between 2002 and 2010 in the Netherlands, Ukraine and France, provided by the Mengelberg Foundation.
As the saxophonist Ab Baars, author of the liner notes, describes them: ‘The improvisations on this cd are everything: annoying, exciting, meaningless, brilliant, swinging, crazy, too long, too short, irritating, beautiful, moving. And light as a feather. They come and they go again. Without intention. They are. Without boast. Just as there are objects in a hotel room that you talk to in a friendly way, grumble or ignore and keep saying goodbye to over and over, like you do in life’.
Rituals of Transition is the second release that i dischi di angelica dedicates to the great Dutch musician and composer. The first was the self-titled Misha Mengelberg (AI 010), recorded during the 1996 edition of the festival, which features a solo concert and, for the first time on a record, two compositions for symphonic orchestra by Mengelberg. The world premiere concert by Asko Ensemble and The Instant Composers Pool from the 2007 edition of the festival was, instead, released as part of the collection of 52 CDs Instant Composers Pool (ICP 1275-1).
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Nel 2002 Misha Mengelberg venne invitato per la seconda volta al festival AngelicA di Bologna. Quell’edizione, la dodicesima, si svolse interamente in uno spazio occupato e centro sociale della città, ed era stata concepita, assieme a Tristan Honsinger, come una grande opera della durata di sei giorni – un’opera all’interno della quale si sarebbero inseriti come “moduli” mobili le partecipazioni di molti altri ospiti, nazionali e internazionali.
Appositamente per l’occasione, su suggerimento del direttore del festival, che aveva assistito ad una performance della ICP Orchestra ad Amsterdam in cui Mengelberg si era inaspettatamente alzato dal pianoforte e si era messo a cantare, la sera del 17 maggio 2002 il musicista entrò nella sala spinto su una pedana mobile, da cui eseguì un brevissimo programma di “Solo Songs” - dopo le quali fece mostra di assopirsi, e venne riportato dietro le quinte.
Questo fulminante set di circa 15 minuti di “canzoni” – nell’accezione più ampia quali poteva intenderle l’originalissimo compositore-improvvisatore olandese - è il punto di partenza di questo cd, completato da altre registrazioni dal vivo inedite, fornite dalla Fondazione Mengelberg, tratte da concerti in Olanda, Ucraina e Francia tra il 2002 e il 2010.
Come descritte dal sassofonista Ab Baars, redattore delle note di copertina, "Le improvvisazioni di questo CD sono tutto: fastidiose, eccitanti, insensate, geniali, vivaci, folli, troppo lunghe, troppo corte, irritanti, belle, commoventi. E leggere come una piuma. Arrivano e poi scompaiono di nuovo. Senza intenzione. Semplicemente, sono. Senza vantarsi. Come ci sono oggetti in camere d’albergo con cui parli amabilmente, con cui ti lamenti, che ignori o a cui continui a dire addio, come nella vita."
Rituals of Transition è il secondo cd che i dischi di angelica dedica al grande musicista e compositore olandese: il primo era stato l’omonimo Misha Mengelberg (AI 010), registrato durante l’edizione 1996 del festival, che raccoglie un concerto in solo e, per la prima volta su disco, due composizioni per orchestra sinfonica di Mengelberg. Il concerto dell’Asko Ensemble con The Instant Composers Pool in prima assoluta dell’edizione 2007 è stato invece pubblicato come parte del box di 52 cd Instant Composers Pool (ICP 1275-1).


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