Though Andrea Sartori
is a newcomer to the international scene, heís been active in his Italian hometown Bologna for years organizing events and performing live. Sartoriís original sound is an alchemy of funk, dub, jazz and minimal techno, in his own words ďa recreational sound, which reminds one of the frivolity of 70s funk and fusion, the disengagement of video game and cartoon soundtracks and the Italian genre of Musica Leggera (easy listening).Ē
Sartori made his full-length album debut in 2007 with Il Tagliacode
on Stewart Walkerís Persona Records. The music was assembled from a large pool of live performances recorded Italy, with sonic textures coming from female voices, kalimba, live drums, guitar, electric piano, harp and incidental sounds. Sartori collaged and composed each track to develop the source material from each soloist into a comprehensive whole, processing the sounds, allowing the click/stutter/buzz constants of modern electronic music through, as well as employing reverb, tape delays, and distortion pedals to create a vintage acoustic space.
The title "Il Tagliacode" (the tail-cutter) refers to a particular editing technique used in cutting acoustic samples. Itís a strategy that emphasizes the harmonic frequencies that are contained in the chords, and accents the attack of sounds. It also refers to an imaginary character constructed from attacks and releases.
With the intention of using live samples to be woven in later, Sartori used mostly soft synths and virtual drum machines to craft the early arrangements and textures for Il Tagliacode. For the recordings, Sartori was invited to the studio of Giampiero Stramaccia, an Italian musician resident in Foligno (a calm city in Umbria, Italy and a retreat for many upcoming Italian jazz artists) during the summer of 2006. With a hard disk and some mics, Sartori moved into the studio for seven days where he was visited by some of the best musicians in the Umbrian scene. He explained themes he was interested in, recorded the musicians improvising around the theme, and later integrated the recordings into his work.
Sartori has played live shows around Italy at festivals such as Muv Festival (Florence), Mdq Festival (Messina), Dancity Festival (Foligno), BassLine (Perugia), Homework Festival (Bologna) and Italian clubs such as Link, Sesto Senso, Cassero, Kinki, Millenium, and Maffia.
He is co-founder of the Homework Festival - Festival di cultura e autoproduzione digitale in Bologna and the affiliated Homework Records net-label, which began in 2002. Sartori is also known by the alias DeepAlso
, with one digital release on Homework Records in 2006. He is in a duo called ATR with Antonio Zirpoli, and another called Nice Guys
with Ricky Rocco
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