Tuesday, December 04, 2007

[Giovanni Sollima|Aquilarco]穿透心理防綫的深沉

Artist:Giovanni Sollima
Release Date:1998-08-11
Label:Point Music


1. Aquilarco #1 (Prelude)
2. Aquilarco #2 (Hinton's Drawings)
3. Aquilarco #3 (Ornithomanteia)
4. Aquilarco #4 (Aquilastre)
5. Aquilarco #5 (Leonardo's Ornithopterus)
6. Aquilarco #6 (Spinning Top Prelude)
7. Aquilarco #7 (Rotating Dance)
8. Aquilarco #8 (Aria)
9. Aquilarco #9 (Rotating Dance)
10. Loof And Let Dime
11. Di Di
12. Give You Up

Sicilian Giovanni Sollima probably isn't the best cello improviser/composer (save that title for Amsterdam's Ernst Reijseger or the late Tom Cora), but his playing is infectious and, as evidenced by this disc, his craft for fusing disparate sonic elements is exceptional. On this album, Sollima attempts to "describe stories about flying and traveling through the air" with his trademark minimalist cello playing. The bulk of this work is divided amongst nine aquilarcos--Sollima's invented compound that comprises the Italian words for kite (aquilone) and bow (arco). These chamber-music pieces are a diverse lot, to say the least, with electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, and flute popping up. Upon hearing the soft repetitions of "Aquilarco No. 2," the listener will be left wondering, is this New Age, New Music, or jazz fusion? But these tunes defy categorization. "Aquilarco No. 3" sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a chase scene; No. 9, subtitled "Rotating Dance," unwraps itself to feature Sollima's furious sawing accentuating an electric guitar. The last three compositions on the disc feature the voice of Robert Wilson on top of Sollima's mesmerizing playing. What ties these numbers together? Sollima's soaring compositions, of course, which are inspiring, digestible, and entrancing. --Jason Verlinde

Giovanni Sollima (b. Palermo, Sicily, Italy, 1962) is an Italian composer and cellist. He was born into a family of musicians and studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and composition with his father, Eliodoro Sollima, at the Conservatorio di Palermo, where he graduated with highest honors. He later studied with Antonio Janigro and Milko Kelemen at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Sollima's music is influenced by minimalism, with his compositions often featuring modal melodies and repetitive structures. Because his works are characterized by a more diverse and eclectic approach to material than the early American minimalist composers, the American critic Kyle Gann has termed Sollima a postminimalist composer.

Recordings of Sollima's music have been released on the Agorà and Point Music labels.


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