Mirio Cosottini and Tonino Miano met in Italy a little over nine years ago while recording for The Last Animal, from Zarathustra by Lorenzo Brusci. Four days in a recording studio led to a lot of experimenting; to an almost childlike open-mindedness that is rare to find in amateurs and seasoned artists alike. Session after session, as they tackled an array of different concepts, they recorded material that exceeded the purpose of the project at hand and ended up finding a right of its own. But instead of being gathered and considered for publication, it remained idle for years to come, until now. It is unusual that one looks back at what has been done with the same sense of urgency that characterizes the present, but this seems to be the aura surrounding this work, at least as far as its creators are concerned.
Pianist and Composer Tonino Miano is the founder of this new label that will focus (at the present) on his own work, and the work accomplished in collaboration with other musicians. Impressus Records is an environment friendly record label. That's why the jewel case has been replaced with a sleeve made out of 100% recycled material, and the use of paper has been eliminated, while the design is made possible by the use of custom made rubber stamps. Any additional information will be available on the label's website. The Curvature of Pace is the first work to appear on Impressus Records.
GRIM (acronym for Music Improvisation Research Group) is an Italian based project created in 2005 by musicians and composers Alessio Pisani and Mirio Cosottini. Its aim is to develop and deepen their interests in improvisation, sound & composition methodologies, while leading various project and workshops on improvisation throughout the country. GRIM's activity is articulated in three ways: through performances (with the groups EAQuartett, EASilence e l'EAOrchestra), divulgation through workshops, (laboratory of Improvisation at the Padova Conservatory) and records (GRIMedia Records). EAQuartett is the first CD produced by the label.
Graduated from the Academy of Music of Florence (1992). Received a degree in Philosophy from the University of Florence (1999). Studied composition, musical analysis and improvisation, and has made musical contributions to the fields of dance, theatre and cinema. In 2005 he co-founded with Alessio Pisani the GRIM-Italy (Musical Improvisation Research Group ). Since 2005 teaches Improvisation at the Conservatory of Padova, Italy. Discography: among others, L'ultimo Animale, sullo Zarathustra", Timet, 2002 (ITA). EAQuartet, Electroacoustic Quartet, GRIMedia Record, 2007 (ITA). Collaborations: Vinko Globokar, Bruno de Franceschi, Franck Shulte, Zeena Parkins, Eliott Sharp, Timet, Stefano Bollani, Stefano battaglia, Alessio Pisani, Tonino Miano, GRIM. Some performance venues: Filmhouse, Cologne (D); Centre International d'arts visual, Marseille (FRA); 20 Biennale di Musica di Zagabria (International Festival of Contemporary Music), Zagabria; Teatro dell'Elfo, Milano, (ITA); Institute of Italian Culture, Los Angeles USA; Teatro Metastasio (ITA); Theater of Luzern (Swiss), Theatre national Sorano, Dakar (Senegal), Conservatory of Music of Padova, (ITA)
Graduated with maximum honors from the Conservatorio V. Bellini of Caltanissetta (1991). Obtained a degree in Musicology from the University of Bologna with a thesis on J.Cage (1993), and a B.S. in Physics from the City College of New York (2004). Discography: among others, Recorded Live at La Mama la Galleria", RSM, 1994 (USA), Carne Capitata", Timet, 2000 (ITA), L'ultimo Animale, sullo Zarathustra", Timet, 2002 (ITA). Some performance venues: NYU, Knitting Factory, WKCR Radio, Roulette, Stork Music Festival, Binnenpret, The Apollohuis. Collaborations: Jaap Blonk, Lorenzo Brusci, Domenico Caliri, Marco Cappelli, Mirio Cosottini, Dinu Ghezzo, Edoardo Marraffa, Andrea Melani, Jim Pugliese, Tim Rowe, Mirko Sabatini, Blaise Siwula. Lives and teaches in New York since 1993.