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Ken Filiano

The Brooklyn-based double bass player Ken Filiano is one of the few responsables (Mark Dresser and Dominic Duval being the more notable ones in the United States) of the present return of the arco playing in today’s jazz and freely improvised musics, but his pizzicato can galvanize an entire combo without even trying any protagonism.

With classical formation and inovatory perspectives (it’s been said that, if he knows very well the bass role, “fills it in unexpected ways”), he stands usually as the backbone of a colective.

We only notice his decisive importance for the whole when he stops feeding the music. His solo album, “Subvenire”, show us a musician that is in love with the resonance of the wood of his instrument and with the lower registers, continuing a line that goes back to Peter Kowald’s “Was Da Ist”. Like the late German bassist, he works with harmonics with special taste and sense of measure.

His use of the volume pedal is fundamental for the kind of dynamics he designs, seeming that he’s in several places of a musical structure at the same time. If we don’t count some casual and movable preparations (with sticks, brushes, knitting needles), that’s all we get in terms of extended techniques and tools. Everything is centred in the relation of his fingers and the strings and that materiality transpires to the listener, even if we know that what arrives to us is mediated by an amplifier and a microphone.

Ken Filiano's records on clean feed
The Implicate Order at Seixal
Implicate Order
Lisbon Improvisation Players
Idle Wild
Dennis González Spirit Meridian
The Space Between
Rodrigo Amado - Carlos Zíngaro - Ken Filiano
Vinny Golia Quartet
The Other Side of This
Steve Adams / Ken Filiano
T.E.C.K. String 4tet
The Perfume Comes Before the Flower
Alípio C. Neto
The bird, the breeze and Mr. Filiano
Lugar da Desordem
Surface Tension
Steve Adams Trio
Dreams From a Clown Car
Ken Filiano & Quantum Entanglements
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