Coti

"Solesulsuolo" (CD) October 2013 Antifrost |afro2060|

VITAL WEEKLY (NL)Coti also plays a string instrument, but it's not the cello. It's the Oniscus (full name: Oniscus harmonicus) and on his website I read it's "is an instrument I had thought of making for a very long time, it came from my obsession with string bass harmonics. It has 6-7 bass guitar strings tuned in semitones so that all possible notes can be played with harmonics. No fingerboard is present, it is played by lightly touching the strings with the left hand and bowing with the right. It has a playable range of 2 octaves (harmonics 2 to 8), some practicing should allow for another octave up (harmonics 8-16)." Following the Veliotis release this is luckily a bit different. Not exactly 'light' but then not as heavy to digest as the Veliotis release. Still heavy on the bass end but with eleven pieces also the one that is perhaps least conceptual. Not exactly 'song' material, but in it separate pieces of music. That too is a difference with the other two releases. It's also less powerful, and deals more with the beauty of sounds, I think. These pieces seem to me made through improvisation and are short (3-5 minutes) and to the point. Solemnly, sometimes mournful and sad music, but with a somewhat rough character. Very nice, and, a fine afterthought for the other two. Almost like a breath of fresh air. (FdW)

LE SON DU GRISLI (FR) Imaginez des violoncellistes qui n’en seraient pas puisqu’ils ne seraient qu’un et un seul, nommé Coti (K.)*, qui ne joue en plus pas de violoncelle mais de la contrebasse, et qui plus est seul (même s’il s’enregistre plusieurs fois – que voulez-vous, il y a des limites au solo). Drone dessus, drone dessous, drones qui se balancent tous, qui abondent, pleuvent, et qui font que Bent est une introduction idéale.

Ensuite c’est toujours une musique à la cadence lente, une musique d’archet, une musique frappée sur bois, une musique qui hésite entre deux notes, entre deux continents (que nous appellerons l’Europe et l’Asie), une musique qui feed bien à force de feedbacks, une musique qui vous fait tourner la tête… Bercé par l’archet, vous voilà expédié jusqu’aux songes et la chanson ne s’arrêtera qu’une fois que ses charmes auront tous fait effet. Et si, quand le disque s’arrête, on s’est endormi depuis longtemps, la prochaine fois on réécoutera Solesusuolo sans passer par Bent, pour être sûr de ne rien rater de ce fabuleux solo de contrebasse(s).

FREEJAZZBLOG.ORG And this is also something else. Performed by Milan-born Greek musician Constantino Luca Rolando Kiriakos, in the meantime known as Coti K. He does not play bass, but his self-created instrument, the "Oniscus harmonicus", a seven-string instrument tuned in semitones.
The result is nothing short of amazing. The artist uses lots of overdubs and collates his music with an incredible sense of drama and storytelling. Every sound is part of a longer narrative and atmosphere, in which anticipation is created with every note, a tension built for new events to unfold.
Coti K is not a jazz musician, but he has been a member of several pioneering electronic bands. There are no electronics here, with the exception of the attention given to a high quality sound and careful layering of the recorded material.The end result is extremely beautiful, moving and sad.

"Dunung" (CD) March 2008 Antifrost |afro2042|

VITAL WEEKLY (NL) Antifrost's catalogue is in general filled with music that is sometimes best described as 'difficult', even 'noise', 'conceptual', but hardly ever as 'easy listening'. Coti, who before was one half of Textu Rizer with Nikos Veliotis, just releases 'Dunung' which is one hell of a break with that. Coti, real name Costantino Luca Rolando Kiriakos, born in Milan 1966, but living in Greece, was active since the mid 80s with bands as Ricochet, Dada Data, Raw, Spiders' Web, In Trance 95 and worked with Tuxedomoon, Stereo Nova, Blaine Reininger, The Raining Pleasure, Nikos Veliotis and ILIOS to but a few. On his fifth solo CD he offers music for the piano. Simple as that. No concept, well not other than playing the 86 keys and a bit of electronic treatment, like a bit of reverb, processing but it's kept a strict minimum. Playing the piano is what counts here. Coti plays minimalist patterns, not unlike old Steve Reich, not always with a similar clarity, but a bit muffled through the use sparse of sound effects. It entirely fits the current wave of people playing the piano that were so dominant in 2007. If you like your Sakamoto, Harold Budd, Steve Reich or Erik Satie like than this is right your alley. I thought it was a bit much for the similarity the work had to offer, but as 'music while you work' this did a pretty fine job. (FdW)