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Il risultato, tanto meditato quanto raffinato, è un originalissimo distillato di emozioni, governate dalla presenza ravvicinata e senza veli della voce di Amelia Cuni, limpida e flessuosa come il giunco (...) Un incontro fra Cage e l’Oriente che pochi forse avrebbero immaginato così suadente, diretto, eterodosso comunque lo si guardi, da New York o da New Delhi.

Giordano Montecchi, il giornale della musica, Sept. 2008


Cage meant the performer to evoke the spirit of Indian music but Cuni brings matters full circuit by realizing the piece as one intimately versed in the tradition’s techniques and microtonal inflections. Cage provides a microtonal skeleton and Cuni manipulates the minuscule micro-divisions between notes wit an innate ease that Western performers can take as a measure for the future. The result is a profoundly authentic, Apollonian beauty.

GRAMOPHONE, July 2008



The Other Minds CD presents vocalist Amelia Cuni’s fascinating interpretation of John Cage’s microtonal Ragas. (...) Cuni and her collaborators ... are absolutely up to the task. The singer brings an intriguingly diverse cultural and musical background to this project of mixed Italian and German heritage ... indeed, each piece presents new melodies in vastly different registers, requiring inventiveness and prowess from the vocalist. (...) She has been performing the work for six years, and this riveting recording is a testament to her dedication.

Marc Medwin, Signal to Noise, June 2008



Im klassischen Dhrupad-Gesang hat (Amelia Cuni) es zu einer Virtuosität gebracht, dass sie selbst in Indien respektiert wird. (…) Eingebettet in ein feingliedriges Klangdesign aus Elektronik und Perkussion trägt Cuni die Melodien mit expressivem Gestus vor. Ihre Stimme setzt so einfühlsam ein, dass sie die feinsten Stimungsregungen der Ragas zum Ausdruck bringt.

Christoph Wagner in Jazzthetik, June 2008


The melodic modulations and the use of rhythm come together in the vision of Amelia Cuni, great interpreter, with dance, gestures, body and hand movements and facial expressions contextualizing the whole and giving the music a scenic dimention without jeopardizing it. The voice is accompanied by percussion and electronics, which become protagonists too in their own right, especially when like last night, they are realized by as exceptionally rare virtuosi as Ray Kaczynski, Federico Sanesi and Werner Durand. A discovery, so to speak, another aspect of the multiple and fascinating world of John Cage.

EL PAÍS - Cultura, April 2006



But Cuni’s singing is what should make her a sensation in various new, world, experimental and alternative music scenes. She is essentially an Indian vocalist with Italian flair, theatricality and technique. This is a new kind of hybrid singing, and it is stunning. (...) Hers is a huge array of vocal effects impressively disciplined. The ragas were not quite of India, not quite of Thoreau’s Concord or anyplace else. They seemed more from an Asian subcontinent that is everywhere. (...) An excellent CD document of Cuni’s performance of "18 Microtonal Ragas" has just been released on Other Minds Records.

Mark Swed in Los Angeles Times November 2007



A singer and composer living in Berlin, Cuni is a rarity — a Western woman who has spent a decade in India studying North Indian dhrupad singing and kathak dance. She is that uncommon artist who is equally comfortable in the oft-discomforting realms of contemporary multimedia musical collaboration and in the traditional world of Indian raga. (...) When I listened to the CD in the relative comfort of my own home, I was tempted to drop all program notes, close my eyes, and trance out. Such is the all-encompassing nature of Cuni’s realization. (...) A traditional review has no place here. Get the CD. Read first, then listen. There’s nothing like it.

Jason Serinus in San Francisco Classical Voice, November 2007


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