Airport Meconium

by OPER'AZIONE NAFTA

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Pietro La Rocca: guitar, piano
Francesco Calandrino: bass, alto clarinet, sax alto

photos: F. Calandrino

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released January 26, 2014

Oper’azione Nafta from Sicily consider their self-described "un-rock" as "a blowjob from Luigi Russolo". With several releases on renowned punk/noise/rock labels such as Siltbreeze to their credit, “Airport Meconium” is their debut on attenuation circuit. Fiery free-jazz flavoured improvisations with guitars, sax, and clarinet meet collaged field recordings, creating a wide range of moods with a high degree of intensity

When they claim "We are Oper'azione Nafta and we kill Bambi!", this is an echo of their punk inspiration, but this album hardly retains any rock structures, punk or otherwise. Instead, it pays tribute to the attitude of “let’s just do it” that is the best thing to be learnt from punk. They apply this approach to very different types of experimental music, and the resulting mix of static sound compositions and dynamic, organic improvisations makes for an interesting hybrid that justifies comparisons with the ground-breaking work of MEV, for example.

File under: Free improvisation

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VITAL WEEKLY:

A CDR-release of just 30 copies by the German Attenuation Circuit label. Operázione Nafta is an Italian duo of Pietro La Rocca (guitar, piano) and Francesco Calandrino (bass, alto clarinet, sax alto). They are from Sicily and operating already for several years now. I traced their album ‘Cavaru’ released by Siltbreeze in 2008 that has also Marco Calandrino in the line up. But there is more material from them available. From what I can trace Francesco Calandrino is the most profiled musician of them. He has albums out with Chet Martino, Claudio Parodi and Jean-Marc Montera. ‘Airport Meconium’ captures four improvisations, live recorded I presume. They deserved a better recording. Their abstract improvisations have a punky touch, and are not about virtuosity. At moments there is poetry in these spaced out improvisations that move between noisy soundscapes and delicate playing very near to silence. (DM)

www.vitalweekly.net/941.html

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BAD ALCHEMY:

Die Tendenz bei AC, Soundart und Noise immer diverser zu präsentieren, setzt sich mit OPER'AZIONE NAFTA und Airport Meconium (ACLE 1007, CD-R) fort. Als Noisegeneratoren taugen Pietro La Rocca & Francesco Calandrino so Altbewährtes wie Gitarre oder auch Piano bzw. Bass- & Altoklarinette und Altosaxophon. Diese Konstellation hat Calandrino auch mit seinem Bruder Marco, mit Chet Martino oder Claudio Parodi und als Armali Lari mit Nicola Giunta ausprobiert. Deren Mamarella Di Mensu Metru kam schon letztes Jahr in Augsburg gut an, wobei da Mischtechniken und das Studio als Instrument Hauptrollen spielten, um etwa Ron Anderson und Amy Denio mit einzubinden. Ich bin sicher, dass zumindest Tapes auch hier im Spiel sind, um den improvisatorischen Zusammenklang mit weiteren Spuren zu verdichten. Dieses Freispiel umkreist die Jazz/Rock-Sonne in Mars- oder Jupiter-Abstand oder sogar noch exzentrischer, wie ein Komet. Selbst im Brooklyner Neo-No-Wave (Psi, Pas, Talibam, Jazzfakers, etc.) würde das Duo im Leftfield ziemlich linksaußen stehen, auch wenn La Rocca am Piano und eine Spieluhr zwischendurch verdächtig harmlos tun, wo doch Calandrino krass ins Saxophon rotzt. Oder einem was hustet. Aber zuvor schon gibt es tastendes Gestöcher, abartiges Gitarrengespotze mit kläglicher Vokalisation, eiernde Loops, quäkige oder rostige Kakophonie, siparate Ziellosigkeit, Laudanum und Larvenscheiße, kurz: erheblichen Verstörungswillen. Passagenweise klingt es nach einer Art-Brut-Version von AMM (mit Lou Gare), wobei ich den Eindruck habe, dass Calandrinos Outsider-Sound ebenso von Können wie von Wollen bestimmt ist. Sprich: Diese Musik könne jederzeit auch bei Bocian oder Bo'Weavil erschienen sein, ohne dass Free-Impro-Insider mit der Wimper zucken dürften.

www.badalchemy.de

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THE NEW NOISE

Il gruppo siciliano è uno dei “segreti” meglio nascosti del nostro underground, ma soprattutto band tra le meno allineate e in fondo tra le più interessanti sin qui sentite. Al netto della chiara provenienza “Nineties”, dato che mescolano con sapienza umori avant a rumorismo studiato sin nei minimi dettagli (alludiamo al loro Càvuru e alla Siltbreeze, che lo pubblicò ai tempi), gli Oper’Azione Nafta, con questo lavoro dal titolo curioso (Airport Meconium, uscito in cd-r per la tedesca Attenuation Circuit) fanno ancora centro. Chi li conosce può facilmente immaginare che ci troviamo di fronte a esperimenti sulle più disparate fonti sonore, che cercano con cocciutaggine una chiave più o meno “melodica”, senza mai trovarla (una delle loro caratteristiche migliori, tra l’altro), vedi la lunghissima traccia posta in apertura. “I Ragni Della Gleba” è composizione più nervosa, dove il sassofono di Francesco Calandrino biascica e sputa ossessivamente note imprimendo al tutto una sorta di trasfigurata matrice blues. Per capirci: fate conto di sentire un ensemble diretto da John Zorn che suona spastico davanti alle immagini di un film muto. Stessa sensazione per la libertà, ed al contempo il rigore compositivo e stilistico, della notturna “Piano Barra”, strumentale “fantasmatico” per eccellenza. I conti si chiudono con la mutevole “Ittiocarlo”, tra chitarre space, rumori di fondo e minacciose recrudescenze noise. Anche qui: per orecchie allenate e per menti molto aperte.

www.thenewnoise.it/operazione-nafta-airport-meconium/

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