TERRITORY: Italy; Spain; Portugal
Kepler by Tomat Petrella has just been released by K7! records (Dj Kicks, Tricky, Brandt Brauer Frick, Mikki Blanco and many more..) and it’s surprisingly good and far beyond any idea of “jazz meets electronica”.
#Fileunder: electronics; "deconstructed" ambient; Autechre meets ECM; early FourTet; Ben Frost...
Turin-based Davide Tomat, who has over twenty years experience as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader, and sound designer in several Italian projects (Niagara, N.A.M.B., and founder of the Superbudda collective); and musician Gianluca Petrella, hailing from southern Italy but in fact a citizen of the world and - more importantly - one of the most revered and inventive jazz trombone players in the world from the last decade or so (as stated on several Down Beat Critics’ Polls and proven on his Blue Note and ECM releases), with many collaboration outside of the “classical” jazz cicuit (Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer for Re: ECM , Lazy 9 forNinja Tune, Moritz von Oswald, Matmos…)
Kepler, their collaborative effort, is a beast of a different nature. It has so many textures, intuitions, and complexities that you can hardly list this simply as a “jazz-meets-electronica” project. So much cheesy, well-educated, nicely predictable music has been produced under that moniker, but so far none of them have had “it”.