Bruno Sanfilippo invites the listener to inhabit the delicate world of his piano playing on this, the fourth edition of the Piano Textures series. His compositions are minimal but highly-melodic, with a production style that leaves his stately chord progressions hanging in shimmering space. Piano Textures indeed. Released by ad21.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 15 December 2016
The humble, plain-speaking -- yet accurate -- title of Bruno Sanfilippo’s latest release seems to me to hardly do the collection justice. ‘Piano Textures 4’ is exactly that -- the fourth so far in a series of deceptively delicate and melodic sets of composition. Sounding as contemporary -- and then some -- as the sonic medium can muster, the terms ‘minimal’ when combined with ‘modern classical’ also fail to convey the sort of strange, transformative alchemy at work here.
Perfect, rhythmic piano playing that rises and falls as swells in the deepest ocean. The washes of sound burst with a full range of deep aquatic hues through to the lightest of misty greys that currently (often) hang over the Holbeck skies, suffusing us with an atmosphere as close to ‘mystical’ that we’re likely to experience in a tower block.
Intensely evocative atmospheres that suspend airily and weightlessly, often with colour and suffused light lifting the fragile nature of these pieces. It’s kinda magical, really.
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