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Paul Acquaro on Free Jazz Blog

Schrödingers Cat is named after the famous quantum physics thought experiment that allowed for a cat to be both alive and dead at the same time. In the case of this trio, the cat’s alive, and it is moving quite beautifully inside the box.

Paulo Brusò uses his guitar to develop lovely textures for Riccardo Marogna’s bass clarinet and sax. Niccolò Romanin percussion adds a light pulse to the tunes. Most of the songs unfold unhurriedly and with their own patient logic, and except for the track ‘Pharoah’s Cat’ where the drums come to the fore and the guitar and woodwind dig in with a repetitive rhythmic figure. With song titles like ‘When Rachel Dreamt of the Unicorn for the First Time’ and ‘Alan Turing 1’ and ‘Alan Turing 2’, you can kind of guess you are in for nice ride.

The slowly unfolding music on the album happens unassumingly, but you’ll find yourself drawn and listening closely.

Claudio Morandini on Iperboli, Ellissi

Alla frenesia dell’Hanam Quintet si contrappongono le atmosfere di “Schrödinger’s Cat”, l’album di Paolo Brusò, Riccardo Marogna e Niccolò Romanin. Anche in questo caso l’approccio è improvvisativo, ma in un certo senso trattenuto e governato da suggestioni che vogliono rimandare alla scienza, o alla fantascienza: ed è un galleggiare di forme placidamente inquiete, tracciate dagli strumenti solisti (sax o clarinetto) di Marogna, che non sapresti se equiparare a organismi vegetali in via di lento sboccio, in espansione e mutazione, o a certe forme di vita animale (citare il gatto sarebbe troppo facile). Al monologo interiore del protagonista si unisce a tratti la seconda voce della chitarra di Brusò, per il resto intenta assieme alle percussioni di Romanin a pennellare con bel senso dell’equilibrio il panorama, che di volta in volta si fa tappeto sonoro, soundtrack, o rumore di fondo di un sogno che potrebbe diventare incubo da un momento all’altro. Il tutto è da osservare con calma, senza fretta – e senza fretta e senza apparente inquietudine, a parte certi momenti di spannung molto cinematografica, il trio dispiega gli spazi e dilata i tempi, avvalendosi di strumenti tradizionali ma anche dell’apporto dell’elettronica.

Taran Singh on Taran’s Free Jazz Hour

A radio podcast featuring a track from Schrödinger’s album

Giovanna Scandale e Antonia Tessitore on Battiti 1 and Battiti 2

Two radio podcasts featuring two tracks from Schrödinger’s album.

John Book on This is Book’s Music

Schrödinger’s Cat is a new jazz trio consisting of Paolo Brusò, Riccardo Marogna, and Niccolò Romanin that gathered two years ago to write and record this, but released it on Aut Records in 2014. What makes this project interesting is that it sounds spontaneous/of-the-moment, or at least each member of the group add their individual elemenets one by one in order to create a cohesive piece. In truth, everyone is doing their own thing at the right moments, so you have to understand the flow and pace, which can be at times slow and leisurely but it’s an intense listen from start to finish. Marogna’s saxophone work may remind some of the works of Anthony Braxton, while Romanin’s drums will definitely be of interest to fans of Susie Ibarra.

As for how the music applies to the actual Schrödinger’s Cat theory, that’s up or not up to you. What the music does is allow you to listen and travel along for the ride with the three musicians at hand, hoping for them to get to the destination in the same way they’d like to, or discover where they will take themselves.

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