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Quasar Burning Bright

by Sonata Islands Kommandoh

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Sonata Islands Kommandoh is a hyper-eclectic ensemble founded by flutist and composer Emilio Galante in 1998. Switching genres, approaches and even core members with each project, the ensemble explores far-reaching territory from the worlds of jazz, classical, rock, experimental and - especially on their latest album “Quasar Burning Bright” - electronic music. Some of Sonata Islands Kommandoh’s ambitious past projects include “Torre Aquila,” a multimedia project with soloist Markus Stockhausen, “Sonata Islands goes RIO” with music by avant garde veteran Fred Frith, a jazz rewriting of “Das Lied von der Erde” by Gustav Mahler, and their first release for Chant Records, “Zeuhl Jazz,” dedicated to the spirit of legendary French progressive rock band Magma. “Quasar Burning Bright” finds the ensemble in top shape, seamless weaving modal sounds and free jazz with deep-groove funk, a touch of metal and a healthy dose of synthesizers and other electronics. The resulting sound is hinted at by the album’s title, the dazzling luminescence of an invisible and far distant star surrounded by both vast space and unexpected explosions.

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released November 18, 2020

Emilio Galante, flute
Giovanni Venosta, keyboards and singing
Alberto N. A. Turra, electric guitar
Stefano Grasso, drums
Stefano Greco, programming and electronics; monochord & choir (track 6)
special guest: Fabio D’Ambrosio, choir (track 6)

recorded & mixed by Stefano Greco at Blau Studio, Milan, January & February 2020
mastered by Emilio Pozzolini at Blau Studio, Milan, March 2020
graphics & layout by Jacopo Sacchi
produced by Sonata Islands Kommandoh
special thanks to Fabio D’Ambrosio, Chant Records and ADN Records and for their support


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Sonata Islands Milan, Italy

The chamber ensemble Sonata Islands was founded especially to play new music, both classically orientated or jazz rock- based.
1999: Sciare di Fuoco
2012: Sonata Islands goes Rio
2013: Sonata islands meet Mahler
2015: Nippon Eldorado, japanese avant rock.
2018: Zeuhl Jazz, a Magma tribute for Chant Records
Sonata Islands has organised its own festival in Milan since 2002 and in Trento.
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