Italy is well-known for its vibrant modern classical scene and brought us over the last years many brilliant artists and releases. Rome as the capital and of course the cultural fixpoint played in all those years and centuries always an important role. Furthermore, it is the hometown of two highly talented composers that released this week their new inspiring albums - Luca Longobardi and Roberto Attanasio.
Really unconventional released Luca Longobardi is new work "Plume" on Monday (16th October) on his own. Roberto Attanasio and his label Memory Recordings, that is also the "musical" home for Fabrizio Paterlini and Andrea Carri, present us on this Friday his third album "Isolated". Besides that two mentioned releases also the legendary Bruno Sanfilippo is having something new for you: Via the Barcelona-based record label Ad21 music the composer and pianist shared on Thursday (19th October) his latest album "Lost & Found".
Three composers and three albums in one week. So let's start with Luca Longobardi's "Plume" in this brand new blog segment and then you will also get an overview of the two other brilliant releases this week.
Luca Longobardi - "Plume"
Luca Longobardi's repertoire has the musical depth of a giant ocean and is one of the most notable ones in this genre. After the "100 Days Project", "Residue" and the EP "3 soundscapes in C" released the Rome-based composer with "Plume" his fourth musical project in this year and the first full-length album since "Solo Piano Works" in 2016.
One of the first pieces this new work that was shared with the world was "Paralleli", which was also Lucas piano day song this year. The density, the rising tension, and the invigorating composition style are just unbelievable and made this one a "larger than life" piece. Fortunately, I can now say: Plume is "a larger than life" album.
"Plume is my voice telling about those days when I was both light and heavy." - Luca Longobardi
Every piece holds that nostalgic beauty, but likewise, the musical ideas are so invigorating like the opening piece "Bloom", which is deeply and high composition with a strong synergy between synth patterns and a beautiful minimalistic upright piano melody. Listen to those beautiful soundscapes on Soundcloud and Spotify. Furthermore, you can buy it as Limited 12'' Vinyl on Bandcamp and enjoy at home the high-quality recording with a brilliant mastering by Norman Nitzsche and the great artwork by Alessandro D’Angeli.
Roberto Attanasio - "Isolated"
After "Abyss" and "Another Past" and a collaboration with the singer Lariyah Hayes just a few weeks ago present Roberto Attanasio a new piano work called "Isolated". The album is structured in eight "acts" and "[...] a true journey into the concept of isolation" (Quote by Roberto Attanasio). Every piece on the album tries to musically discover the different emotional facets of isolation and separation from reality.
It’s an album designed to be both microscopic and macroscopic, from the small facet of a song to its part of a larger design." - Roberto Attanasio
Roberto follows on "Isolated" the footsteps of American minimal music by artists such as Philip Glass but never copied them. Instead, the Roman composer and pianist created with his new conceptional album unique, minimalistic and timeless compositions and expanded his repertoire with another wonderful album.
Of course, you can listen to "Isolated" on Spotify and Apple Music. If you have a great passion for vinyl like Roberto then you can buy it also as a 12'' LP on Bandcamp and enjoy also the fantastic artwork by Irene Mariani and Eugenio Ormas.
Bruno Sanfilippo - "Lost & Found"
Last but not least I want to present you the new release "Lost & Found" by the currently Barcelona-based composer, pianist and founder of A21 Music Bruno Sanfilippo. It is a little musical journey with four songs that were already used on other albums and projects like "Intropiano", which was released on the album "InTRO" (2006). In this newly curated collection and with a new, fresh all four pieces sound, on the one hand, familiar, but on the other, you have the feeling that you discover something completely new.
The songs have the power to pull memories from us, of either real or imagined experience and the ethereal sounds are, at once, familiar and an exploration." - Bruno Sanfilippo
This "act of losing and finding something again" (Quote by Bruno Sanfilippo) is the core theme of the whole release and invites every new listener to explore some parts of his comprehensive catalog. Together with an astonishing artwork by Francisca Pageo you will enjoy this beautiful nostalgic journey.
Of course, you can listen to "Lost & Found" on all streaming services like Spotify or Soundcloud and buy it on Bandcamp with one bonus track called "What I dreamed". Hope you like it!