Il sogno di un piano veneziano a Parigi (2005)
With Il Sogno di un Piano
Veneziano a Parigi Alio Die and Festina Lente creates together a place of
the memory where the past rest with a filmy nostalgia.. it
is a dramatically joint that finally extinguish itself to the become.. there at
the border where the personal moment ends, and the taste of an impersonal
experience starts, with a longer breath. Like life belongs to the cosmos, and
time belongs to the seasons.
After a long friendship a pianoforte met a zither, their incorporating sounds brought on wings of an ancient and lully dream, in foggy layers of impalpable feelings and in a wayward journey towards the inland. The field recordings were collected in Paris, East-Asia, and America by Alio Die, kimsonJa and Francesco Paladino such as rituals, animals, objects and spontaneous voices in the street... surround and conduce towards parallel worlds.
The ambient tracks are alternated with more intense and obscure moments, without breaking the solution of the continuum, through the organic elaborations of the sound's dye... loops of notes and silences, subtle presences of the field recordings that spy both: mankind and nature… So the treated piano and the nipped and scrubbed cords, the voices and noises, the resonances of metals... calls back the memory's body, that comes to the surface with great glangour. Dissolvent bright and dark colours, putting voices together to a poetical inspiration and a glamorous and precise lyricism of the entire inside.
is a very deep and conceptual work, full of esoteric mysteriousness, philosophic
sense and acoustic aesthetics. Excellent mastering! New sounding is harmoniously
combined with classical passages from Alio Die. Beautiful improvisations with
piano and zither mixed with a lot of different sounds and soundscapes.
This immersing inside of itself, wonderful travel to depths of the entity.
And all this gives you a great pleasure and delightful rest to your mind!
Faryus / www.faria.ru
Yet another fine duet initiated by one
of the most prolific and adventurous composers of ambient music. On 25 January
2003, Alio Die (Stefano Musso) and Festina Lente (which apporpirately means
"hurry slowly" in Latin and is in fact one Michele Brieda) spent a
single session improvising, with the latter playing pianos and the former zither
as well as adding sundry electronic effects and field recordings. At
thirty-five minutes and executed with such effortless grandeur, the opening
track "Nei meandri piu remoti del sogno di Scarabeo" could just
as well have been released on its own. Happily, it was not, as what comes after
perfectly complements and reexamines what came before. (What´s more, Alio Die
is always generous with releases on his Hic Sunt Leones label, offering very
long playing times - in fact this record is just a few seconds short of the
maximum running time for a conventional CD.)
A long time since two musicians collaborating for the first time complemented one another so well.
Stephen Fruitman / Sonomu.net