1.   Interludico - 4.34


    2.   Amusia - 7.03


    3.   MM - 6.43


    4.   Don't Movie - 3.03


    5.   El hombre es  tierra que camina - 1.48


    6.   Brainbow - 8.23


    7.   Chambak - 6.42


    8.   Sirr - 3.38


    9.   Ombu - 5.56


    10. Untitled Tree - 2.55



    All compositions by Giovanni Di Domenico - except Don't Movie by Claus Kaarsgaard


    Giovanni Di Domenico: piano


    John Ruocco: clarinet


    Ananta Roosens: violin


    Anja Naucler:  cello


    Claus Kaarsgaard: double bass


    Album title: Terra che cammina


    Band/artist: Giovanni Di Domenico - Mo(ve)ments Ensemble


    Catalogue number: SR1001



    Artistic production: Giovanni Di Domenico

    Production: Waso De Cauter


    Recording: Robbe Kieckens - september 2009 at Concertstudio TraCK*, Kortrijk, Belgium

    Mix: Robbe Kieckens and Giovanni Di Domenico at Studio Gallinella, Ghent, Belgium

    Mastering: David Minjauw at Studio Dada, Brussels, Belgium


    Pictures: Giovanni and Felice Di Domenico


    Graphic design: Waso De Cauter - Deadline Construction


    Special thanks to:

    Daan Vanoutryve > Piano's Vanoutryve

    Lieselotte Deforce and Luc Vandewalle > TracK* Muziekcentrum Kortrijk



    Liner notes by Giovanni Di Domenico


    In 2006 I had the chance to visit South America and Asia. What struck me most during those travels were the ‘Onbues de la Recoleta’ in Buenos Aires and the ‘Chambak’, trees found in the heart of the forest surrounding the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.


    The vision/contemplation of these immense and yet so peaceful creatures inspired me to write Music for an ensemble where the “wood” would be its main component, and where the apparent immobility (non-mobility) of those beings draws a direct line with the apparent (as well) non-material nature of Music.


    Trees don’t “move”, and music is an unseizable form of expression; the collection of ‘mo(ve)ments’ found in this album expresses the idea that the way trees “move” goes beyond sensory perception and, similarly, the way one can seize (touch/grasp) music is to be exactly in the ‘moment’ when it’s being played, heard, felt.


    I hope you will enjoy this as much as I enjoyed conceiving, composing and playing it.




    I’d like to thank Ananta, Anja, Claus, John, Robbe and Waso for their dedication and great skills in playing, recording and producing this record, Marco for reminding me always the value of simple things, Pak Yan for sharing with me all those simple (and sometimes less simple) things.

    Special thanks to Los Ombues de la Recoleta and the Chambaks, and all the other trees that grow around and on the temples of Ankor Wat for being so magnificent, and to my father Felice Di Domenico for always being there…


  • Review from FREE JAZZ (English)

    Giovanni Di Domenico - Terra Che Cammina (Spocus, 2010)


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    We know Belgian-based pianist Giovanni Di Domenico from his album with Tetterapadequ, and his recent collaboration with Alexandra Grimal, Seminare Vento. On this album, he is joined by John Ruocco on clarinet, Ananta Roosend on violin, Anja Naucler on cello, Claus Kaarsgaard on bass.


    The music is slow, intimate, precise, and quite expressive. The album starts with solo piano, an eery melody, with sparse notes of the right hand repeating a bluesy phrase. Yet it starts for real with the second piece, with the strings offering a harmonic backdrop for lyrical free soloing by Ruocco. "MM" is possibly one of the strongest compositions, because of the stark contrast between the almost single chord hammering of the piano against the slow intense theme played by the strings, that start going their own way as a result of the piano going berserk, yet when the strings find back the theme, the piano is subdued, and tamed into sparse intimate notes.


    Some pieces are short, and create a world in less than a minute, such as "Hombre", others are quite expansive, like the long "Brainbow", on which Kaarsgaard gets a three minute bass intro, full of restraint and wonderful pace-setting, before Di Domenico adds his minimalist piano touches to deepen the created atmosphere.


    Di Domenico brings a total concept, with ambition and the result is excellent. Influences can be easily found in jazz as in African or Middle-Eastern music as in classical music, often combined, yet all very subtle and very much in its own stylistic universe of intimacy and closeness. And to their credit, the band does not shy away from some jokes or playful antagonism, as on "Sirr". Jazz with strings is often overly sentimental or arrogant kitsch, yet this album develops its own kind of creative vision on the possibilities of the string ensemble in jazz. Recommended!



  • Review from PERCORSI MUSICALI (Italiano)

    E’ risaputo che la maggior parte dei musicisti jazz prova la strada del chamber jazz a carriera inoltrata; Di Domenico in questo si dimostra musicista coraggioso e preparato, poichè da subito ha imbastito nell’àmbito dei suoi progetti anche uno che fosse molto proiettato nella musica classica. “Terra che cammina“, inciso con un quintetto in cui partecipano John Ruocco al clarinetto, e un trio d’archi (Antana Roosens, violino/Anja Naucler, violoncello/ Claus Kaarsgard, contrabb.), vive della capacità di intraprendere preziose canalizzazioni di suono multiplo che hanno tutte le caratteristiche dello stile di Di Domenico: qui Giovanni dimostra le sue qualità di compositore: un suono dinamicamente progressivo, assoli “sospensivi” in abito decadente-modernista (i sette minuti di “Amusia” sono di assoluto valore, ma anche il cluster minimale e centrale di “MM” si inserisce in una struttura piena di pathos narrativo) e il jazz che diventa un elemento della formula senza nessun predominio.