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5 stars Aktuala was incredible italian world-music band, actually a commune of such music lovers. They used very different music instruments of different cultures. The music of Aktuala is one chance to raise a human being upwards realities. Aktuala was founded and lead by Walter Maioli who is nowadays well-known ethnomusicologist, thanks to him for example I have listened something about music of ancient Rome. Tappeto Volante is the 3rd and last recording of Aktuala. I had my first chance to listen this surprisingly fantastic record yesterday. I have read the comments of the listeners that they usually prefer Aktuala (1973) and La Terra (1974). I think maybe I prefer this one to La Terra (unfortunately haven't have a chance to listen the 1st one from 1973). This music is not Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli but Tappeto Volante is undoubtedly great psychedelic aspiration to reach to idealities of music and fine arts. In this record (inspirated by Aktuala's members' journey to Morocco) we can listen such kinds of different instruments like for example arabic oboe, wooden flute, nay, darabukka, tamboura, sitar, harp, moroccan congas, maracas, tabla (Trilok Gurtu was in the band this time)... In my oppinion the highlights are: Il Ritmo Del Cammello, Echo Raga, Waruna. Everything in this album is musically great in spite of the guality of recording. Therefore - almost 5 stars.
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Posted Friday, October 7, 2005 | Review Permalink
1 stars I do not like this album. Too much avant-garde for me! All the tracks are instrumental and sometimes you can find here some reminiscences of Oregon, but without the same genius and amazing technique. Some tracks are just noises with a title ("Churinga", "Nettuno Dio del Mare"). Other tracks are essentially based on the percussions of Trilok Gurtu without a great interaction of other instruments ("Il ritmo del cammello", "Hare", "Mr. Trilok"). There are also some more accessible tracks ("Ugula Ballué African Planet", "Ohnedaruth", "Mediterraneo" and "Waruna") but in the whole I find this album quite boring and very far from essential. Anyway, it could be of some interest for people interested in ethnic world music (especially Arabic and Indian).
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Posted Saturday, January 28, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Aktuala’s final release shows a band that seems to have run out of steam since their debut, or possibly they simply don’t have anything new to say.

This is pretty much an instrumental album, although there are some barely perceptible spoken-word passages and a bit of chanting. The wide array of African and Eastern instruments present on the first album are here again, and a few new ones to boot. But they mostly appear as showcased ‘solos’, not as integrated arrangements. In some places like “Hare” and “Mediterraneo” the players just seem to be noodling. At other times the sounds are more cohesive (“Echo Raga” in particular), but nearly all the songs appear to be unfinished thoughts that were never fleshed out.

And indeed except for “Ugula Baliuè African Planet” and “Waruna”, none of the thirteen tracks here even reaches four minutes. “Waruna” is quite beautiful however, and recalls the elaborated Eastern sounds of the flute as well as the African and Eastern drums of ”Sarah' Ngwega” from the band’s debut. “Ugula Baliuè African Planet” is more frenzied, almost martial at times, and the flute players actually try too hard and end up sounding rushed and almost impatient.

The rest of the tracks here are pretty conservative, good but not attention-grabbing like the band’s debut was. I still think this is a good record, mostly because the wide array of instruments and broad range of sounds make for an interesting and eclectic sampler of all sorts of world music sounds. But that’s what this really is – a sampler, not a truly cohesive body of carefully arranged compositions.

If you want to hear Aktuala in all their glory theit self-titled debut is the way to go. This one is decent but doesn’t reach the heights of that first record, and as such is worthy only of three stars (barely), and a mild recommendation.


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