GRIFF is the debut album of the free-improvising trio of Viennese pianist Ingrid Schmoliner and the Berlin-based, Danish double bass player Adam Pultz Melbye and Mexican vibes player Emilio Gordoa. All three musicians are sonic searchers, seeking to liberate their instruments and expand and experiment with their sonic pallets with an extensive array of extended techniques, playing inside the prepared piano and attaching objects to its string, bowing techniques and preparations of the bass strings or employing percussive objects. GRIFF was recorded in April 2019 in Moers, Germany, while Goroda was artist-in-residence at Moers Festival.
The poetic liner notes of Andrew Choate capture beautifully the adventurous spirit of GRIFF: ‘…The sound makes it real. / When it goes from real – outside the body – back into the body, via earhair and fleshcushions, more realness./ Undulate with me, but preferably against me. Reverberate like flesh. / Piano to double bass to vibraphone: which itch, what scratch? / Reverberant bell skin. / Tin rattle pitched to dent. / A new bell, a new skin…’ – Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts*, 13 March 2021
CD is housed in a full-colour 6 panel digipak.