a highly improvisational exercise.
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multumult is a band based in Bucharest, Romania, whose objective is to produce music on stage, as a highly improvisational exercise. ZIGZAG, recorded in early 2015 at the Traian 150 Studio, is their first release. It was improvised / performed by:
Călin Torsan - clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor recorder, fluier, voice
Victor Podeanu - electric guitar
Andrei Kivu - electric cello
Juan Carlos Negretti - drums
sound engineer: Costin Dumitrache
mastering: moody alien
released December 1, 2015.
"Never did them sirens ensnare sailors through beauty, but through the splendor of their song. Neither the sturdiness of the mast he tied his body to
nor the beeswax thrust in his ears shielded Ulysses from bewitchment; only his inner voice, constantly whispering Ithaca, did.
Wandering awhile through the labyrinth of exile, home we’ve returned at last.
Upon our way was learned that music is but sound. Color, that is."
"They don’t give you much but what you receive will take a while to digest, even if you’ve a taste for it there is no way to confine these three tracks to a specific definition. Multumult for this release were a quartet focusing on avant-garde free-form jazz-based composition. Got all that down? Well good because those definitions won’t do much good with regard to ‘Zigzag’, as a matter of fact the only guide you get is contained in the title.
[...] To be able to weave so many disparate instruments into a cohesive artistic endeavor is remarkable in itself but that isn’t enough for these fellows. They can also play.
My oh my can they play."
Peter Marks for Santa Sangre
"[...] Fiind vorba de un proiect analogic, doar ocazional-imprevizibil bruiat cu riff-uri de chitară electrică, cu instrumente recognoscibile dincolo de scrîşnetele produse, e totuşi ceva mai prietenos decît omologii digitali consacraţi internaţional (Merzbow şi în general noise-artiştii promovaţi pe canale precum Quietus). Albumul prezintă nişte muzicieni eschivîndu‑se de la orice formă de conformism, chiar şi minoritară. Amatorilor de jazz le place să revendice acest tip de muzică, însă structural e la fel de departe ca de orice alt gen."
Aron Biro for Dilema Veche
"[...] Multumult don’t quite sound like anyone else. On the first piece, “Zig”, the quartet improvise but soon get into a rocking groove which doesn’t last very long. It sounds like No Wave at this pony but soon slows down with some James Chance like bent sax. I like that the quartet settle down to a calm episode for “Dedal”, just under five minutes and just enough time to mellow a bit. The music doesn’t seem to sound Romanian in any way as there are no folk-like melodies to speak of. It is more non-idiomatic, free-flowing, episodic yet organic… The guitarist moves through fleeting Jon Abercrombie-like flashes to Phil Gibbs-like twists & turns. When they speed up again, the clarinet and drums play those quick fluttering lines together. There is a section on the 20-minute piece called, “Zag”, where they nearly Henry Cow-like, but with Olly Halsall replacing Frith (in spurts) for some sections. There is even a short section of wacky vocals which are buried a bit yet fit just right. Since Multumult don’t quite sound like anyone else, I can't compare then to anyone else. I am impressed since they seem to move to their own twisted logic. An unexpected treat that seems most promising, especially if this is their debut."
Bruce Lee Gallanter for Downtown Music Gallery