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n March 1977 guitarist Derek Bailey and percussionist Andrea Centazzo met for a duo
tour and a recording. It was a short but intense experience that resulted in dozen of tracks
first released on the LP DROPS and later reissued on CD ICTUS 122. That album
is considered one of the best performances of the English guitarist for its explosive clarity,
dialogic energy and overflowing imagination largely due to the two musicians’
decision to work inside compositional structures that channeled the performers’
The many sides of DROPS were created by the restraint of performing limits with specific
choices of timbres, dynamics, tempos for every track.

In April 2012, exactly 35 years later, The Stone in NYC, in conjunction with Andrea ,
presented a series of concerts celebrating ICTUS’s 35th anniversary.
April 6th was dedicated as a Tribute to Derek Bailey, featuring six of the world best
known free-improvising guitarists.
After that successful evening, Andrea, Chris, Anders and Marco decided to form a band
to celebrate the art and music of Derek, bringing together different expressions of impro-i
-vised music and having the band interacting with Derek unreleased recorded solos.
Playing both acoustic and electric guitars (although more usually the former), Bailey was
able to extend the possibilities of the instrument in radical ways, obtaining a far wider
array of sounds than those usually heard.
He explored the full vocabulary of the instrument, producing timbres and tones ranging
from the most delicate tinkling to fierce noise attacks.

The Derek Bailey Tribute band extends this concept, adding to traditional 6 strings guitars
new multi-stringed instruments custom made for Marco and Anders together with the
experimental use of a wide array of effects used by Chris. The three guitarists interacts
with Andrea’s percussion, here playing not only the traditional percussion
set used with Derek, but also new digital percussion, electronics and Kat Mallet.


released May 5, 2020

Andrea Centazzo: Percussion, Mallet Kat & Sampling
Chris Cochrane: Electric Guitar
Marco Cappelli: Electric & Acoustric Guitar
Anders Nilsson: Electric & Acoustric Guitar

Recorded live in concert in NYC at Jack (May 3rd 2013) and
at WKCR Radio (May 8th 2013)
WKCR session recorded by David Beals

Mixed, edited, designed & produced by Andrea Centazzo,
Los Angeles, May 2013

Originally released as Derek Bailey Tribute Band

ICTUS 171 – single CD – made in USA
File under “new jazz/ambient/improvised music”


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ICTUS Records Long Beach, California

Steve Lacy, Alvin Curran, John Zorn, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Perry Robinson, Henry Kaiser, Elliott Sharp and many more are the musicians that recorded with Andrea Centazzo for ICTUS.
In 2012, his Alma Mater, the University of Bologna Italy honored him by establishing the “Fondo e Archivio Andrea Centazzo” part of the University Library, where all his scores & recordings are housed & available.
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