Nino Wenger, alto saxophone
Lukas Gernet, piano
Francesco Losavio, double bass
Sascha Frischknecht, drums
Recorded July 2020 by Thomas Gabriel
Gabriel Recording, Stalden (CH)
Mixed October 2020 by Florian Schneider and Francesco Losavio
Cover design by Francesco Losavio and Sara Forzano
Inside cover photos by Alex Ventling
A Production of the Lucerne School of Music
Released on Altrisuoni/PBR Record
6. Naked Tree
8. Time to Go Out
All compositions by Francesco Losavio
DIRECTIONS is a project that took shape in 2020, inspired by the idea of “change” as the impulse and beating heart of creativity. DIRECTIONS expresses a personal vision of the link that inevitably binds past and present: the constant yearning for change that leads us to discover new realities and new dimensions and that at the same time binds us with a stronger interest in what has been.
To represent this bond I have attempted to trace a path that would lead the music to follow different directions between traditional and non-traditional forms, creating alternation between the compositions and at the same time different spaces within which allow the band to reach a level of freedom to play without constraints. During the whole process, the sound of the quartet with piano and sax accompanied me constantly, so I decided to use the traditional line up of acoustic quartet.
With not a few difficulties, due the pandemic period, I tried to put the band together. Although I found myself working with musicians that I didn’t really know very closely, I was lucky to find in the band a great sensibility and an extraordinary ability to internalize the compositions. Everyone managed to give their own contribution, enriching the music with the personal experiences of each, for this I am infinitely grateful to them.