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New Ansonia

by Misha Mullov-Abbado

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Circle Song 07:04
New Ansonia 07:52
September 08:47


‘The beginning of a journey of an outstanding individual’. Evan Parker

‘Since before I was born I have been surrounded by an immense volume of music; I would practically not exist without it. Whether Bach, Byrd, Brahms or Basie, Igor Stravinsky or Stevie Wonder the influence of the music that I am playing or listening to gives me such joy when I’m writing my own pieces.’ Misha Mullov-Abbado


released August 28, 2015

New Ansonia is the debut album from bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado. Son of the late, great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, British-born Mullov-Abbado grew up in a powerfully musical environment, a unique upbringing that has inspired Misha to create his own musical identity and tell his own compelling story. This, his debut album, demonstrates gifts that are uniquely his own and is full of unusual colours, leaps of imagination and a strong sense of character. New Ansonia clearly defines the path Misha intends to follow both as a composer and performer of exceptional ability. As Kenny Wheeler Music Prize judge Evan Parker put it, this is ‘the beginning of a journey of an outstanding individual’.

To achieve his musical goals Misha has brought together a wealth of young talent from the vibrant and creative London jazz scene with a front line of alto saxophonist Matthew Herd and trombonist Tom Green and alongside him in the rhythm section YouTube sensation & Quincy Jones protégé Jacob Collier on keys and drummer Scott Chapman.

Described by the London Jazz Website as ‘a hugely promising talent’, Mullov-Abbado showcases his diverse and wide-ranging skills as a bandleader and composer on New Ansonia. Listen to the opening track and you’ll be introduced to the melodic, widescreen ‘Circle Song’ followed by the rhythmically bristling and upbeat, ‘Lock Stock & Shuffle’. The title track ‘New Ansonia’ demonstrates the wide spectrum of colour and dynamics at his disposal while ‘Heal Me on This Cloudy Day’ introduces a sombre note - Mullov-Abbado wrote this song for his father’s funeral, demonstrating the emotional maturity and strength of character that suffuses this fine debut.

With a strong sense of song, evolving with dramatic twists, shifting dynamics and moods, New Ansonia is an exceptional debut - colourful, bursting with character, grooves, melody and inventive soloing.


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Misha Mullov-Abbado London, UK

Misha Mullov-Abbado is a musician who combines great imagination, raw talent tempered by a clear vision and a colourful character. Son of the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, Misha Mullov-Abbado releases his debut album on Edition Records in September 2015. ... more

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