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Listening Diary

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, March 19, 2010

I am almost entirely won over by this album of trio improvisation. Kiya Tabassian and Ziya Tabassian, first specialized in Persian “classical” music, have been expanding their palette of collaborations for a while. Kiya (string instruments) with Constantinople is building bridges between classical musics from various parts of the world (among other things) while Ziya (percussion) has been drawing closer to avant-jazz and free improvisation. Here, theyare complemented by Pierre-Yves Martel on prepared viola da gamba. Masafat features 12 short, quiet, searching free improvisations. They have exotic accents but are mostly from a unique personal universe. This music is very taking. My only recrimination is that it is a tad bit to homogeneous, which makes the album feel a little too long.

I am almost entirely won over by this album of trio improvisation.