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Trempera!

Saturnalia

  • Type CD
  • Label Berthold Records
  • UPC 4250647317061
  • Catalog number BTH 4731706
  • Release date 09 March 2018
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About the album

Trempera is a Catalan word meaning excitement, enthusiasm or pleasure. It is the name adopted by the Trempera! quintet who have just released their first album – Saturnalia. 

Three of the musicians are Catalan: Lluc Casares on tenor sax and clarinet, Xavi Torres on piano and Joan Terol on drums. Bruno Calvo on trumpet is from Andalusia and Giuseppe Romagnoli on bass is Italian. 

The album and track titles refer to the Ancient Roman festivities in honour of the god Saturn. It was a joyous festival characterised by role reversals. Masters served food to their slaves. Overeating and drunkenness were rampant and forbidden games were played.

“We won a Records Award, given by the Keep an Eye Foundation, in a competition in Amsterdam,” explains Joan Terol, who along with his fellow musicians are now mostly based in the city. “The prize consisted of money to record and release an album. We wanted a unifying, concrete concept, instead of everyone just composing unrelated pieces. We thought it would be nice making happy, yet vigorous music that anyone can identify with, though composition-wise some parts might be complex.”

In reality the sound is surprisingly mellow and rounded. Five superb, modern instrumentalists combine to tell the story of an archaic party in tracks named Io Saturnalia, Revelry, Optimus Dierum, Vestale_No Party, Saturnalicius Princeps, etc. Perhaps time to dust down the Latin dictionary, or you can just enjoy the beautiful, mainly original compositions written by Lluc Casares and Xavi Torres.

“We also thought it would be good to feature the spoken word to create a little story behind the whole album”, says Joan. Five short pieces feature poems written and eloquently performed by Sam Herman. 

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    1
    #1 In The Beginning
     
    01:20
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    2
    Io Saturnalia!
     
    03:21
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    3
    Days Of The Unconquered Sun
     
    05:30
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    4
    #2 Invitation
     
    01:11
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    5
    Saturnalicius Princeps
     
    06:02
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    6
    Vestale? No Party! I
     
    01:25
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    7
    December Liberty
     
    03:59
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    8
    #3 Saturn
     
    01:22
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    9
    Vestale? No Party! II
     
    01:23
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    10
    The Game
     
    05:00
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    11
    #4 Revelry
     
    01:00
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    12
    Gold And Blue
     
    02:45
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    13
    Optimus Dierum
     
    04:47
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    14
    #5 Home
     
    01:28

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