Rita Marcotulli & Luciano Biondini
The Duet: one of the most minimalist ways of making music together, but also one of the most enthralling - two people relying entirely on each other in a magical dialogue full of candour and harmony.
The power of the melody is the binding force in the interplay between Rita Marcotulli and Luciano Biondini. "La Strada Invisibile" is their joint path on the quest for the magic of the moment, and their mastery of their instruments is the vehicle for advancing straight to the soul of the music.
The origin of their intuitive musical understanding can be found in the remarkable similarities between their careers to date: both began with classical music at a very early age, both developed their musicianship with a classical education, and both are inexorably linked by the love of the traditional songs of their homeland, Italy.
Rita Marcotulli carved herself an impressive international career in a very short time. Alongside jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Palle Danielsson, Michel Portal, Enrico Rava, Pat Metheny and Nguyên Lê, the native Roman also collaborates repeatedly with popular stars of the Italian music scene such as the songwriters Pino Daniele and Gianmaria Testa. Her partner in music, Luciano Biondini, with whom she has worked together in a quartet for some years, is one of
top accordion players on the scene. Rabih Abou-Khalil, Michel Godard, Enrico Rava and most recently the young Polish violinist Adam Bałdych, appreciate his independent artistry that is full of overwhelming drama and emotion without losing itself in technical superficiality. Just like Marcotulli, he grounds his love of jazz with references to the Italian music tradition.
Jazz, classic and Italian songs all flow masterfully together in "La Strada Invisibile". Fascinating moments and new musical revelations arise out of the moment, born of small movements, gestures and lines. It is music full of humour, melancholia, tenderness and temperament. It may be a cliché that sensitivity, emotionality and a lightness of being are considered to be typically Italian, but there is a grain of truth in every cliché, as "La Strada Invisibile" proves.
„Die Musik von Rita Marcotulli und Luciano Biondini verzaubert gleichermaßen mit kosmopolitischem Geist und italienischem Esprit.“
„The music of Rita Marcotulli and Luciano Biondini enchants the listener with cosmopolitan spirtit and Italian esprit.“
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
„Ein zärtlich bis melancholisch um Melodien kreisendes Album.”
„An album around tender to melancholic melodies.“
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
„Ein musikalisches Traumduo hat hier zusammengefunden und ein Traum-Album geschaffen.“
„A musical dream duo has come together here and made a dream of an album.”
„Schöne Melodien, sanfte Zwiegespräche – Herz, was willst du mehr?”
„Beautiful melodies, tender conversations – what more can you ask for?“
„Ein intimes Rendez-vous.”
„An intimate rendez-vour.”
„Die Pianistin und der Akkordeonist begegnen sich in blindem, gegenseitigem Verständnis.“
„The pianist and accordeonist encounter each other in blind, mutual understanding.”
„Ein ebenso intimes wie expressives Duo, dessen Musik durch Virtuosität fasziniert und gleichzeitig unter die Haut geht.“
„An intimate and expressive duo with music that fascinates through virtuosity and at the same time gets under your skin.”
„Musik, die glücklich macht.”
„Music that makes you happy.“
- Deutschlandradio Kultur