“Faina has proven to be a master at transcending or, in other words, ignoring genre boundaries. His work is so authentic and unpredictable that it is impossible to pinpoint a specific musical reference. Think of a kaleidoscopic cross-fertilization of Donald Byrd Band & Voices, Robert Moran, Miles Davis, John Barry, Arvo Pärt, Zappa, Boris Kovač and John Adams, although I could name many others. These Different Roots are all grounding in the same soil, a fertile soil from which an astonishing amount of mesmerizing beauty is harvested in an exciting, cinematic and poetic way”. Read more.
JAN WILLEM BROEK – THE SUBJECTIVISTEN (NL).
“And now for something completely different! (…) Jazz, classical-contemporary music and literature. Rodrigo Faina and Change Ensemble ties it all together with a superb interpretation and wonderful improvisations, as Guillermo Celano’s guitar solo on “A room full of people”, wow! Rodrigo Faina and Change Ensemble know how to be both energetic and perfectly calm and mysterious. A great example how inspiration for good music can emerge anywhere”. Read more.
“Faina jumps all limits in favor of beauty, the most intimate sense of beauty. (…) The Argentinean musician Rodrigo Faina is accompanied by a prestigious ensemble of soloists who have fused their sounds at the service of his exuberant artistic imagination, which is not afraid to take risks, in a record with South American perfume and universal projection”. Read more.
MIGUEL GARCIA URBANI – MAS JAZZ MAGAZINE (ES)
“Faina’s grand themes float by like huge, tottering banks of cumulus, while spoken passages from books by Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar, narrated in a voice reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, lend a curiously dreamlike feel”. Read more.
DANIEL SPICER – THE WIRE (UK).
“At an imaginary point of intersection where memories, roots, creativity and the literary works of Borges converge, the majestic album by Rodrigo Faina & Change Ensemble rises majestically.
Rodrigo Faina, in his fascinating Different Roots, has evoked his memories and musical roots to shape his own art through a consecratory, profound work of undeniable aesthetic qualities”. Read more.
SERGIO PICCIRILLI – EL INTRUSO (US)
“Through the almost 50 minutes of gratifying duration of the album, Faina masterfully achieves an esoteric alchemy between Neue Musik, jazz and tango. During this period the listener remains immobile, hypnotized in an infinite space, absorbed in the contemplation of a wonderful and incredible transmutation from which it is impossible to escape.
Faina’s aesthetic leads to an emotional, lyrical and ineffable state of mind that keeps us in suspense (…) There is a very peculiar dreamlike gesture in the pieces that makes them absolutely beautiful, genuine, and because of the improvised material, unrepeatable.
But it is useless to look for concrete influences. Just as the effigies of passersby fade into the urban landscape, turning into unrecognizable shadows in the design of the album cover (…) That’s how subliminal is Faina´s tireless search until he finds the relationship between poetry and music. The roots of his creativity transcend specific names and musical trends, to deliver a sensual and infinite splendor”. Read more.
JUAN CARLOS TELLECHEA – MUNDO CLÁSICO (ES)
“This album is proof of the beautiful music that is being made under the radar in The Netherlands.
The Argentinean composer and guitarist Rodrigo Faina cannot be pigeonholed (…) In his music we can hear tango influences, but they do not appear in an obvious or forced way. Faina processes them with a substantial amount of modern classical, film, rock and jazz music in an absolutely unique mix that sounds immediately fascinating”. Read more.
HERMAN TE LOO – JAZZFLITS (NL)
“The spiritual setting of Opening leads to Deep, Dar and Blue, a first action scene in slow motion with wordless singing and cymbals as anchor points. From here on the color palette becomes more and more varied. A Room Full of People is a turning point of epic grandeur with a thoughtful and shocking crescendo structure full of improvisation effects (the guitar solo!). The absolute queen piece. (…)
Different Roots, conceptual album or playful listening? Both, and it works thanks to the composer’s inventiveness and the ensemble’s masterful performance”.Read more.
GEORGES TONLA BRIQUET – JAZZ HALO (BE)
“As in a chess game, the Change Ensemble displays a wide spectrum of timbre possibilities, explored by Faina in a creative and elegant way, balancing the rigorously written compositions with the improvisations that emerge from it”. Read more.
ANTÓNIO BRANCO – JAZZ.PT (PT)
“Sonic expositions that use the different timbres of a rich instrumentation to provide the listener a full and fascinating experience”. Read more.
DEBBIE BURKE – JAZZ AUTHOR (US).