Don’t be scared off by the announcement that this is a collection of pieces brought about by improvisation/spontaneous composition. Sure, that can reek of pretentious, music-school waffle but in the right hands, to the right ears, the music that is happened upon by chance offers up a new world of possibilities with every listen.
Here Giannouli (piano) and Chagas (flutes/saxophones/clarinets) offer thoughtful dialogues that are fidgety and assured, bold and delicate, confidant and coy – and there is a nocturnal feel of so many wide-eyed surprises.
There is also a cultural exchange at place here, as Greek (Giannouli) and Portuguese (Chagas) disciplines, values and teachings are offered together, the result a combination of the ideas, a beautiful collision of the cultures.
Forest Stories is intriguing but accessible – check out In The Deepest Night. This is not the alienating improvisation that is written off as just noise by those with no clue; this will sit nicely alongside works by Jonathan Besser, Hirini Melbourne, and in fact many others from the Rattle label/stable.