An amazing new work by Federico Casagrande. A name already familiar to the CAM JAZZ family of labels, which had seen him perform on Fulvio Sigurtà’s debut album, House of Cards, on the CAM JAZZ Presents label. This cd, "The Ancient Battle Of The Invisible", is great proof of maturity on behalf of the musician who for years has been calling France his home. A work from which emerges the many intriguing facets of this guitarist. Writing, arranging, sound research, makes him a full 360-degree artist and a musician who really knows how to think about the performance, and in a way that is both lucid and dreamy. Dualisms, that integrate, free improvisations that leave room for pieces written with great depth.
Visual music somehow conceived by thinking about an imaginary world that no longer exists: “This time I somehow pictured the music in the images of an epic battle: men running to conquer, fighting, helping each other, revealing their pride and their fears, their force and their weakness, their wisdom and their folly; all this surrounded by the severe beauty of nature”, explains Casagrande “I see this as an allegory of the internal battle that man has to face since the ancient times: the battle between love, hate, desires, thoughts, passions... All these invisible forces drive our actions, our lives.” A battle that cannot be fought alone, but instead finds its arrival point thanks to fellow soldiers Jeff Davis, Simon Tailleu and Gautier Garrigue.
Recorded and mixed in Paris on 5, 6 December 2011 at Acousti Studios
Recording & mixing engineer Didier Pouydesseau
Assistant engineer Estienne Boussuge
Cover photo by Andrea Boccalini