(Abdicated) opinion by consensus and/or greater authority

“Perhaps the most striking contributions, however [ ], come from guitarist Stefano Kalonaris, who somehow contrives to be pleasantly spiky one minute, mellifluous the next.”

(Chris Parker)

“warm tone and steady flow of eastern Mediterranean ideas”

(J. Massarik, Evening Standard)

“Surprisingly compelling, a modern take on jazz noir which successfully inhabits the style’s signature ambiance of bittersweet nocturnal heartache and emotional and temporal dislocation.” “7-string guitarist Stefano Kalonaris is a special delight”

(Chris May, Allaboutjazz)

“It is something of a cliché to say that an artist sheds fresh light on staple songs courtesy of an entirelyoriginal approach, but in the case of The Man Who Laughs it is simply the truth: the songs are made to stand out in all their stark beauty against backdrops that range from African drumming to free jazz and space bleeps” “highly absorbing improvisational routes”

(Chris Parker, The Vortex online reviews)

“Humble, strange, unexpected, The Man Who Laughs’ gig is as much an art performance as a concert. Their nocturnal and dream-like songs are an unusual experience, and gave the local residents of Walthamstow a soft electroshock.”

(Anais Bremond, London Jazz Festival 2009)

“The Man Who Laughs’ songs have the flavor of lost jazz standards from some forgotten smoky lounge in downtown America. Yet set against hints of Afro rhythm and interspersed with fragments of urban field recordings there is an odd sense of dislocation, something out of time, shot through with disconcerting echoes and submerged memories.”

(Noel Taylor, Luna Fringe Mix3)



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