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about

Perry travelled to Southern California in May-June 2015; his onetime pupil, Peter Kuhn, and
I – both live in San Diego – organized some concerts and recording dates. Back in 2006, I toured
across the East Coast with Perry and Andrea. While this trio jelled (check “The Soul in the Mist”
on Ictus), I wanted to hear Perry and Andrea in free spirited duo. So Andrea – who calls Long
Beach home – drove down to San Diego with his percussion array.

First, the duo gigged at the Taoist Sanctuary on Park Blvd. This was Perry’s first local appearance
in ages. Secretly, I was hoping to witness the shadow of “Clangs” by Lacy & Centazzo, recorded in
1976. Of course, Robinson was not Steve – different instruments, conceptions and temperaments
– not to mention Andrea had come a long way from his halcyon days with the soprano sax master.
So my preconception was unfulfilled, naturally.

Nevertheless, Perry and Andrea inhabited the same space – the space filled with sounds coming out
of silence. Their musicality was inherently harmonious or what the Japanese would call “a-un (阿吽)”.
So I experienced the magic, nonetheless.

On the following day, the duo improvised to record at Peter’s house overlooking Pacific Beach.
Nathan Hubbard, who normally anchors drums, engineered. Perry loved it. Andrea cherished it.
And we were all inspired. We also promised to release it – but failed to deliver. So the tape sat
incubating.

On the day Perry left, my wife – who had become close to him – felt the traveling wind. Twice.
Without knowing his departure. Peter felt the same. I did not but called Andrea. So you can all
hear the music.

But this is all for you, my friend, The Traveler.

Nobu Stowe October 9, 2019

credits

released March 1, 2020

Perry Robinson: Clarinet, Micro-Ocarina, Bird-Calls
Andrea Centazzo: Percussion, MalletKat, Sampling
 
Recorded on May 30, 2015
at Peter Kuhn’s house in San Diego, CA, USA
Recording engineer: Nathan Hubbard
 
Mixed, edited and produced on August 23rd-29th 
at Ictus Studio, Long Beach, CA, USA
by Andrea Centazzo
Executive Producers: Nobu Stowe & Peter Kuhn

This album is dedicated to
Perry Robinson
(September 17, 1938 – December 2, 2018)

Our heartfelt thanks to Paolo Polli for the use of his beautiful painting

Cover Photo: Croco Cactus by Paolo Polli (oil and acrylic on canvas)
Cover art by Andrea Centazzo
Duo photos by Nobu Stowe

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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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