Michigan is the second album by musician and composer Gastón Reggio and his first for Instru Dash Mental records. Featuring a stellar cast of musicians such as Rob Dixon, Francisco Fattoruso, Rebecca Kleinmann, Ramiro Flores, and Nair Mirabrat, it not only beautifully showcases Gastón's prowess as a drummer but a composer as well.
Previously released as a single and also part of the album "Ya no verás" was awarded a recognition in the Jazz Fusion category songwriting competition by the "Premios Nacionales de Música del Uruguay" and brought a strike of validation to the innovative compositional approach Gastón was able to achieve, as well as a fresh new sound in the arrangements and textures of the production.
In the border of being wholly World Music and not necessarily Jazz "Michigan" introduces a multi dimensional fusion not only of these genres, but also provide with landscapes of geographical landmarks of sorts in the way of music.
The first composition in the set "Michigan" give the name to the album and provides an energetic rhythmic bang to the beginning of the setlist. This music is a landmark for Gaston's first home in the US while in Ann Arbor and a milestone for his journey to document his arrival to a new home.
True to a geographical journal of sorts "Crossing the Appalachians" feels like the marrying of the folk feels of the United States vistas and Gaston's South American roots with all of its rich textures and sensibilities that make the marrying of these two cultures an original and fresh approach to World Music and Jazz.
Ya no Verás (G.Reggio)
Not Yet Intro (G.Reggio)
Not Yet (G.Reggio)
Crossing the Appalachians (G.Reggio)
The Strings we Attach (G.Reggio, F.Fattoruso, R.Cotelo)
Featured performances by:
Gaston Reggio: Drums, Vocals, Percussion, Nylon and Acoustic Guitar
Francisco Fattoruso: Fretless, Electric, and Upright Bass
Clary Wulbrecht: Piano, and Melodica
Daniel Barden: Lead Electric Guitar
Rodrigo Cotelo: Electric Guitar, 12 string Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Sitar, Mandolin, Synth, Harmonium, and Percussion
Additional performances by:
Nico Selves: Vocals on Ya no Verás, Michigan, and Vos.
Rob Dixon: Tenor, Alto, and Soprano Sax on Pepo, and Not Yet.
Ramiro Flores: Clarinet, Soprano, and Alto sax on Ya no Verás.
Amanda Mara: Vocals in Ya no Verás and The Strings we Attach
Federico Araujo: Accordion on Crossing the Appalachians
Rebecca Kleinmann: Flute and Alto Flute in Vos
Martin Ibarra: Guitar in Ya no Verás
Marco Messina: Bass in Vos
Produced by Rodrigo Cotelo
Co-Produced by Gaston Reggio
Mixing Engineer: Francisco Fattoruso
Mastering Engineer: Andrés Mayo
All music written by Gaston Reggio with the exception of “Vos” by Gaston Reggio and Rodrigo Cotelo, and “The Strings we Attach” by Gaston Reggio, Francisco Fattoruso, and Rodrigo Cotelo.
Recorded by Rodrigo Cotelo at Instru Dash Mental studios, Frankfort, IN, Osceola Studios in Raleigh, NC, and Berequetum studio in Montevideo, Uruguay. Drums recording assistant engineer Dick Hodges.
Additional Recordings by:
Gaston Reggio at home location and at Rebecca Kleinman’s home location, Raleigh, NC. Daniel Barden at home location, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ramiro Flores at home location, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Amanda Mara at home location, Las Toscas, Canelones Uruguay, Nico Selves at home location, Las Toscas, Canelones, Uruguay, and Martin Ibarra at home location, Montevideo, Uruguay.