This extraordinary music is the direct result of Max Marchini’s inspired idea to invite two very different musicians to come together in the spirit of mutual collaboration. Lino and Markus always had great respect for each other, but it wasn’t until they were brought together in a recording studio that they each immediately recognized a like-minded spirit and produced music that is truly exceptional. Alireza joined them shortly after.
All three musicians are sensitive in their own way and at the same time intense, fiercely independent and yet sympathetic and finely attuned to each other. It was a revelation both to them and to those present at the session to hear the way they worked together, how closely their sensitivities matched and the music evolved as naturally as if they had been playing together for years.
The sound ambience seems very sparse, understated and yet vibrant and welcoming. The timbres of the three instruments create an uncommon ensemble. Lino’s choices of instruments are unexpected and his ideas beautiful whilst maintaining an almost primitive ritualistic feel. As is Alireza’s approach to performances on the santur; his sensitivity is remarkable and completely in sympathy with his fellow musicians. It’s an entirely spontaneous method of composition bordering on alchemy. Markus too astonishes yet again with his very personal sound and effortless skill to spin infinite melodic inventions and variations on a theme. Together they converse in a shared musical language, alternating between profound and sweetly tender exchanges to produce music very much of the moment but also – incredibly – an undisputedly durable music demanding repeated listening. A form of neoclassical-ambient-jazz, if you must put a name to it. Art music, perhaps, if that term doesn’t satisfy. Or better still, call it Free Spirits at play and forget the categories that constrict free expression.