About the album
French clarinettist-composer-improviser Louis Sclavis continues his musical adventures with Gilles Coronado and Benjamin Moussay, the guitarist and keyboardist who contributed creatively to his Atlas Trio album Sources. Now Iranian classical percussionist Kevyan Chemirani, a master of the zarb or tombak, brings a new dimension to their world of sound. Adventurous contemporary music, says Sclavis, can be broad enough to embrace different but complementary traditions: “‘Silk and Salt’ indicates my desire for this work to take an imaginary, nomadic, Central Asian route, but also to address the idea of emigration in world history.” In this case: journeying away from and back to jazz. Travelling melodies and rhythms predominate. The changing contexts inspire some of Sclavis’s finest clarinet playing and some highly dynamic group interaction, all captured by producer Manfred Eicher in this recording, made in Studio La Buissonne, near Avignon, in March 2014. Silk and Salt Melodies is Louis Sclavis’s tenth ECM album, following on from Rouge (recorded 1991), Acoustic Quartet (1993), Les violences de Rameau (1995/6), L’affrontement des prétendants (1999), Dans la nuit (2000), Napoli’s Walls (2002), L’imparfait des langues (2005), Lost on the Way (2008), and Sources (2011).