Trial Of The Bow


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Rite Of Passage , 6.5/10
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Formed in 1993 in Melbourne (Australia) by Renato Gallina (percussion/vocals) and Matthew Skarajew (stringed instruments), Trial Of The Bow takes inspiration from Dead Can Dance to compose exotic/gothic/medieval music scored for an orchestra of unusual instruments. The exquisite vignettes of the EP Ornamentation (Release, 1995) mainly showcased the skills of the duo as arrangers: The Two Sacred Tapestries of Persia, Inverloch, From the Mountains of Tangier , Ornamentation.

But Rite Of Passage (Release, 1997) is already a mature work, the result of a careful process of contrast and superimposition. The main sources of inspiration are medieval music (The Court Of The Servant, Alizee, As Night Falls, Ceilidh for the Sallow Ground) and bansuri flute-tinged classical Indian music (Serpent, Muezzin), but the duo excels at the most evocative pieces (Ubar), that project vivid images of past life, almost like a gallery of photographs. The multifaceted instrumentation (oud, ghaita, Tibetan singing bowl, tabla, saz, hammered dulcimer) is used like a palette of colors and applied to enhance the nuances of each scene. And occasionally (The Eyre of Awakening) it reinvents avantgarde techniques.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

Formato nel 1993 a Melbourne (Australia) da Renato Gallina (percussioni/voce) e Matthew Skarajew (strumenti a corda), il duo Trial Of The Bow si ispira a Dead Can Dance per comporre musica esotica/gotica/medievale incisa per un'orchestra di strumenti insoliti. Le squisite vignette dell'EP Ornamentation (Release, 1995) hanno mostrato le abilità del duo principalmente come arrangiatori: The Two Sacred Tapestries of Persia , Inverloch , From the Mountains of Tangier e Ornamentation . Invece Rite Of Passage (Release, 1997) è già un lavoro maturo, frutto di un attento processo di contrasto e sovrapposizione. Le principali fonti di ispirazione sono la musica medievale ( The Court Of The Servant , Alizee , As Night Falls , Ceilidh for the Sallow Ground ) e la musica classica indiana con bansuri ( Serpent , Muezzin ), ma il duo eccelle nei pezzi più suggestivi ( Ubar ), che proiettano immagini vivide della vita passata, quasi come una galleria di fotografie. La strumentazione poliedrica (oud, ghaita, campana tibetana, tabla, saz, dulcimer a percussione) viene utilizzata come una tavolozza di colori e applicata per esaltare le sfumature di ogni scena. E di tanto in tanto ( The Eyre of Awakening ) reinventa le tecniche d'avanguardia.

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