Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gianfranco Pernaiachi - Sillabe D'ombre (Edipan, 1991)

Gianfranco Pernaiachi is a Rome-born composer with a keen sense of space and silence. His phrasings certainly call to mine the patience and dedication to each note that make much of Feldman's work so compelling. He often ascends just above the threshold of audibility, where the listener can bear witness to the full life of each note. In addition to composing, Pernaiachi is also a poet, with many of his writings taking on life as dialogues within his pieces. To this he often ties electronic treatments that he often grants far more soundspace than his acoustic instruments. Where a piano might take on the character of a water droplet, the accompanying sweep of filtered echo grows more like a mighty gust of wind. Juxtapositions of this sort pull the listener inside his works and carry his sounds around the room.

Sillabe D'ombre

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