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Gavino Murgia & Michel Godard & Patrice Heral Trio L´Ultima Mattanza Q1402 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberQ1402
Release date20.02.2015
  • Murgia, Gavino: soprano, alto, tenore & baritone saxophones, Bassu Guttural, Launeddas, Sulittos, Thunder Tube, Tumbarinu, Eventide for the saxophone

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      Gavino Murgia, soprano, alto, tenore & baritone saxophones,
      Bassu Guttural, Launeddas, Sulittos, Thunder Tube,
      Tumbarinu, Eventide for the saxophone
      Michel Godard, Tuba, Serpent and electric bass
      Patrice Héral, Drums, voice, electronic sampler, djembe, percussion

      The sounds of an island

      And yet here is that for countless centuries we fight without pity or remorse, so love the carnage and death, oh eternal rivals or brothers relentless!
      from „The man and the Sea“ by Charles Baudelaire, 1857

      Everything is in their eyes. Both life and death, instinct that becomes fate, into the trap on a journey of love towards the Mediterranean, from the Atlantic down to Gibraltar, between Spain and Africa. But they see only Spain, who gives “mattanza” its etymology: matar, to kill.

      Because the tuna swim always looking to the left bank; they know that it is the coast of heat, of love, of reproduction. The bank that lures them down, way down, towards beautiful islands , scented of mediterranean foliage and the wood of boats. This is held in their memory. Held also is, that once one of them had carried ashore a puppet and his father. But that‘s another story.

      Destiny betrays them in the middle of their obstinate race. They come into the nets cast by the fishermen, miles of nets which they mistake for the coastline, keeping them ever to their left. An endless corridor, a succession of five chambers from which they could still turn back, but their instinct urges them on, into the death chamber, the inevitable end.

      Once it was so, in Carloforte, one of the Mediterranean‘s last, on-going ”tonnara”. Now ... No, now it‘s the end of the tuna‘s end – millenial, epic, sacrificial -. Now they are trapped, transported to Malta, fattened, slaughtered and sold as gold to Japan. Red tuna threatened with extinction. The schools of tuna in migration intercepted by satellites.

      Now is the end of „Man and the Sea“ and of „The Old Man and the Sea“, though only a marlin, a solitary old fisherman, certainly a different sea. (qui non so cosa voleva dire esattamente...) The end of those black and white photographs of struggle, nets, fins, on the walls of pizzeri - as in the Tabarkin town.

      The distorted end of love’s sacrifice. „L’ultima mattanza“ is a decisive comment on the sea, violated, abused, deceived, at the end of a thousand-year history. Gavino Murgia, Michel Godard, Patrice Héral let down intertwi- ned nets of sounds and voices and silences, into the sea to the north of Saint Peter’s Island. They recite ritual prayers, lending rhythm to the ethnic rhythm of ancestral fishing, ferocious, blood-stained red, each time washed away by the sea. Three musicians; a theater, Botti du Shcoggiu; a chef, Second Borghero; and an ethical publisher, Insula, have joined together in this appeal to raise awareness. That the tuna can remain in Carloforte, “la mattanza” remain in Carloforte and in Carloforte remain its history.

      Raffaella Venturi

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      CD 1
      • 1.Prima Della Battaglia01:45
      • 2.L’Ultima Mattanza06:53
      • 3.A Trace Of Grace05:44
      • 4.Tabarka07:01
      • 5.I Danzatori Delle Stelle07:07
      • 6.Abissi05:23
      • 7.Rais06:18
      • 8.Roma07:19
      • 9.Cascà03:51
      • 10.Sounds Of Carloforte01:29
      • Total:52:50