Marco Pacassoni: Hands & Mallets


Official Release: 16 July 2021

  • Artist(s): Enzo Bocciero, Marco Pacassoni
  • Composer(s): Enzo Bocciero, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marco Pacassoni
  • EAN Code: 7.46160912714
  • Edition: Da Vinci Jazz
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Chamber
  • Instrumentation: Marimba, Piano, Vibraphone
  • Period: Contemporary
  • Publication year: 2021
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This album is the result of an artistic collaboration and a friendship that has lasted for 17 years. A long journey culminating in the jazz of the Marco Pacassoni Quartet and in the Frank & Ruth tribute, dedicated to Zappa. Hands & Mallets includes almost exclusively original compositions from the last year (except two pieces). A synthesis of their career as composers and performers that happens in a global context which, while on the one hand has prevented people from meeting, on the other has favoured introspection, research, and study. The sequence of songs demonstrates how two different compositional approaches can dialogue and create a unique flow that crosses musical genres. In the same way the two musicians dialogue, without overlapping but listening to each other and managing the primary elements (harmony, rhythm, melody, and sound spectrum) in a masterly way and always focusing on the result. It is in fact also a record on the art of comping, listening to Enzo’s orchestral pianism, and on how percussive instruments can reach such a high lyricism, in Marco’s solos. There are three tributes on the album: the first to J.S. Bach, with a famous two-part invention, to which Enzo added the third in a reckless counterpoint exercise. The second Tombeau de Pierre is dedicated to the loving memory of Pierre Ruiz, patron, and producer of the Frank & Ruth album, who died prematurely. The third is a tribute to one of the most beautiful Italian songs ever written: Almeno tu nell’Universo. A piece that is also a song but is in fact absolute music for its balance between melody and harmony, which is respected here without any additives. An example of the universality of music and a wish for hope in such a difficult moment.


Johann Sebastian Bach: (b Eisenach, 21 March 1685, d Leipzig; 28 July 1750). Composer and organist. The most important member of the family, his genius combined outstanding performing musicianship with supreme creative powers in which forceful and original inventiveness, technical mastery and intellectual control are perfectly balanced. While it was in the former capacity, as a keyboard virtuoso, that in his lifetime he acquired an almost legendary fame, it is the latter virtues and accomplishments, as a composer, that by the end of the 18th century earned him a unique historical position. His musical language was distinctive and extraordinarily varied, drawing together and surmounting the techniques, the styles and the general achievements of his own and earlier generations and leading on to new perspectives which later ages have received and understood in a great variety of ways.
The first authentic posthumous account of his life, with a summary catalogue of his works, was put together by his son Carl Philipp Emanuel and his pupil J.F. Agricola soon after his death and certainly before March 1751 (published as Nekrolog, 1754). J.N. Forkel planned a detailed Bach biography in the early 1770s and carefully collected first-hand information on Bach, chiefly from his two eldest sons; the book appeared in 1802, by when the Bach Revival had begun and various projected collected editions of Bach’s works were underway; it continues to serve, together with the 1754 obituary and the other 18th-century documents, as the foundation of Bach biography.