Prima Materia's La Coda Della Tigre March 16 2022
Prima Materia was a vocal improvisation ensemble, founded by Roberto Laneri in 1973. Composed entirely of vocalists with no academic training, the group developed various techniques – revolving mostly around the use of overtones – that would embody their unique sound. No instruments nor electronic manipulations were ever employed within the group's physiognomy, which was realized purely through the human voice.
La Coda Della Tigre, the group's sole album, was recorded in 1977 by Alvin Curran and released on Ananda, an artist-run label founded by Laneri, Curran and Giacinto Scelsi. Prima Materia combine voices to create a singular, beautiful drone that is (as the group's name suggests) both impossible to define and fundamentally simple.
This first-time standalone reissue is recommended for fans of La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Disques Ocora.