Yellow Vinyl. Exclusive LP reissue of "Tappeto Volante", third and last one release by Aktuala, replica of the original Bla Bla release. "Tappeto Volante" is the third and last one of this series, made by an 'open musical collective' from milan, a fixed nucleus with many different contributes from guest musicians. As the Third Ear Band have always been inserted in the international prog panorama, the same happened with Aktuala, who were real music pioneers able to blend world, ethnic, jazz and avantgarde music.
Tappeto Volante finds the collective of Aktuala, taking on a new, expanded cast of contributors - Roberto Mazza, Filippo Monico, Kela Rangoni Mac and Fabrizio Cassano, stretching into geographical unknowns - departing their native Milan and relocating to Morocco to record their third and final LP. The influences of their temporary home can be heard throughout, sculpting a mediative patchwork, taking a heavy lean toward various folk traditions, particularly North African and Indian, which feels more at ease and balanced the achievements mounted across the band’s previous LPs. The avant-gardism, while unmistakable present, is less explicit, utilised as a guiding, subcutaneous force, rather an outright sonic confrontation.
An astounding, woven expanse of acoustic sound, Tappeto Volante takes the ear into some of Aktuala’s most genre defiant depths - wild psyche laden jams on an endless array of instruments, from countless origins, sprawl out and intwine themselves with a truly global and democratic impression of what music can be. Darting through impressions of the ethnomusicological, a pan globalism which touches on the efforts of Alice Coltrane and Archie Shepp, etherial allusions to musique concrete through its diversity, transitions, and ambiguities of source - allowing to be seen as an unexpected foreshadowing for seminal works like Roberto Musci’s The Loa Of Music, to realm of rich hippie excursions like those of Edge of Time and Satwa. It’s impossible to recommend this one enough. For that it is and represents, the music takes hold and washes the ear the pure joys of exploratory sound. An absolute must! Grab it while you can!
edition of 500 copies