I have been invited with my long-term duo partner Emanuel Torquati to take part at 75th edition of one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian music Festivals:Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino . For this special occasion,our duo will give the premiere of “La quarta parte della terra”, a project completely devoted to Southamerican repertoire and inspired by Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci. In one of his letters, he named the new lands that he was about to discover, “The fourth part of Earth” (La quarta parte della terra).
In order to celebrate the 500th Anniversary from his death, we chose a wide selection of pieces written by most prominent Latinamerican composers, e.g. Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa Lobos, Carlos Guastavino and Astor Piazzolla.
The program is inspired by the idea of a mesmerizing journey between evocations, sounds and images, with the contribution of video artist Luca Di Pierro (USA-Italy) and film maker Gaston Solnicki (Argentina) and I’ m also working on some electronic interludes (that I’ll later post here) to connect the pieces and make the whole programme sound as one big composition.
The project will feature Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras n. 2 and the beautiful Song of the Black Swan, as well as virtuosic pieces like Ginastera’s Pampeana n. 2 and Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango. Last but not least I will perform a new cello solo piece with electronics by Martin Bauer, while Emanuele Torquati will present Tango errante by Maria Cecilia Villanueva.
maggio musicale’s website : http://www.maggiofiorentino.it/index.php?option=com_content&id=190&Itemid=104&lang=it