“C.R.A.S.H.” is Gabriele Mitelli O.N.G.’s new music project for Parco della Musica Records. After “Water Stress” alongside Pasquale Mirra, the Brescian trumpeter now finds himself in a quartet with Enrico Terragnoli, Gabrio Baldacci and Cristiano Calcagnile. “C.R.A.S.H.” is the result of free associations that, along with the roughness of noise rock and post punk, characterize the fiery journey of the three suites encapsulated in the enigmatic title: a kind of secret code, unrevealed by Mitelli, in which is contained, however, an important memory of the artist’s past. The album, consisting of three suites, is a dense, ensemble work that does not involve individuality.
Mitelli ‘s music envelops, enrapturing but not enchaining, leaving the listener free to lose himself in the incessant stream of sound that powerfully seeps in. Included in the first suite, entitled “Frequency,” are references to Sun Ra‘s “Lanquidity.” The finale of the second, titled “Rash,” features “A tratti” by Giovanni Lindo Ferretti‘s C.S.I., in which Mitelli even indulges in the liberating burst of singing, surrendering to the emotional and musical feeling suggested to him by the song. A drag that comes to complete sublimation in the third suite, entitled “Take Off.” The latter, in fact, in all its structures is entirely Mitelli ‘s creation and, true to the idea of take-off suggested by the title, opens with the arati section, a term identifying a Hindu ritual of purification through fire. A path, then, much more physical than cerebral that resolves into a feeling more related to the stomach than to the intellect.
The quartet’s musicians boast prestigious collaborations such as. Anthony Braxton, Stefano Bollani, Rob Mazurek, Gianluca Petrella, Wu Fei, Carla Kihlstedt, Tristan Honsinger, William Parker, Zu, Buch Morris, Paolo Fresu, Paul McCandless, Enrico Rava, Markus Stockhausen, Alexander Hawkins, Ken Vandermark, musician and winemaker Gabriele Mitelli has now made his mark on the contemporary music scene not only as one of the most authentic and genuine voices but also as a well-rounded artist for his passion and creativity.