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Salmoni is an acoustic duo formed by Filippo Gillono on acoustic guitar and Zevi Bordovach on harmonium. In 2019 they started a cohabitation in Turin with other musicians from the experimental scene of the city. Their common devotion to Robert Wyatt leads the two musicians to start playing together, at first with out any precise aim, but after a while an interesting sound and new compositions emerged. So begins a musical research to reach a spontaneous, instinctual, ancestral sound. Their first album 'Salmoni' is the consideration of the life of a wild salmon. Acoustic instruments, tape recorders and field recordings create an intimate dialogue, suggesting a musical reflection that explores streams and changes of life. It’s been recorded completely at home on an old National tape recorder.

Please note that the track titled 'Full album' is longer than all the separate tracks put together.

Filippo Gillono is an Italian guitarist and composer, he studied in Turin Jazz guitar (BA) and Jazz composition (MA). He is an active member of the experimental and improv scene in Turin. Over the past years he has been working internationally with the trio Naso 2, and the Italian collective Pietra Tonale.

Zevi Bordovach, based in Turin, plays piano, harmonium and keyboards. He’s been working internationally over the past years with Andrea Laszlo de Simone, Francesco Bianconi, Pietra Tonale and others.


Review by SSK in Vital Weekly:
"Twittering bird calls. Walden. Pond. Nature beckoning. Leaves of grass. Someone approaching, and a sudden strum on an acoustic guitar. Slowly from nature, carefully listening and sweet improvisation between the six-string and harmonium: emergence. One cannot particularly pinpoint exactly what appears from these disparate elements. Normally I might say: fragments, but that's not wholly apt in this case, I reckon. So what do we have here, within earshot, or just about? These aren't exactly songs. Then again, what this duo made up of Filippo Gillono and Zevi Bordovach arrive at is, indeed, as they themselves write: 'instinctal' and 'ancestral'. These are sounds that immediately wrap around the listener, bring cosy and warm feelings and a sense of homeliness and belonging. A flowing of musical flickers, like sunlight cascading off the ripples of water on a pond's surface, moved by a slight breeze. Nothing jarring, but deary connected to times gone by, as Salmoni is the styles by which we are playing so to speak the year rings of a felled tree and there with the squirrel climbing up, the rustling of the wind, snapping of a branch and the moss covering the roots: field recordings kept intimate, localized, up-close and personal, also in the conceptual sense as there is a very tactile closeness to these aural explorations, a nearness that sometimes causes the 'lens' to lose focus in the most dreamlike of positive perspective ways."


released November 30, 2021

Filippo Gillono: acoustic guitar, prepared piano, objects, field recording, vocals, tapes
Zevi Bordovach: harmonium, prepared piano, objects, field recording, vocals, lyrics

Irene Cordani: voice on 'Discesa' and 'Tu Sei Fuori'

Recorded at Casa Tonale, Torino (Italy) on march 20 and 21, 2021
Mixed and mastered at Rubedo Recordings by Manuel Volpe

Thanks to:
Antonio Carcassi, Michele Bussone, Igor Sciavolino, Irene Cordani, Luce Berta, Mabel Bodi, Giulia Impache, Giuseppe Gillono.

Photo by Mabel Bodi
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