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Matthias Lupri: Metalix

On his fifth CD, vibraphonist Matthias Lupri continues to expand the tonal potential of his instrument through unorthodox electronic manipulations. To begin the album, for example, he uses a violin bow on his vibes, the result of which is then “reversed, looped and distorted electronically” to produce ghostly, otherworldly sounds. The compositions are all Lupri originals, and the notion of “using the electronic stuff to expand [the instrument’s tonal] palette” underlies them all. The integration of such sounds with the composer’s tuneful melodies and infectious rhythms (over a variety of meter signatures) and the soloists’ inventive improvisations makes for an interesting and appealing program.

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