E’ stato pubblicato dal Deneb Records il nuovo CD di Roberto Di Girolamo “Classical Contemporary Emotions”, contenente 14 brani originali con vari stili, linguaggi e formazioni, con un complessivo di 21 musicisti.
- Sax Serenade
- Tango Solitaire
- Lonely Heart
- Night Walker
- All Of My Love
- Mad Man Masquerade
- Thread Of Thoughts
- Torment Of Soul
- Peace Of Mind
- Giovanna Pazienza, soprano sax B flat / altro sax E flat (1, 2)
- Massimiliano Picca, corn in F key (3)
- Mirella Pantano, flute in G key (4)
- Veronica Febbi, harp (4, 10)
- Caterina Bono, violin (9)
- Marina Mezzina, piano (7, 8, 14)
- Maki Maria Matsuoka, soprano (11, 12, 13, 14)
Ensemble “Il Canto di Eea” (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) : Caterina Bono, violin I – Roberta Mammucari, violin II – Teresa Ceccato, viola – Daniela Mammari, cello – Maria Indiana Raffaelli, double bass
Wind Quintet “I Musici di Orfeo” (6) : Enzo Culcini, flute – Vincenzo Cerbara, oboe – Gabriele Coggi, clarinetto in B flat – Daniele Liburdi, corn in F key – Giuseppe Mastrangelo, fagot
“I Solisti Romani” – String Quintet (11, 12, 13) : First violin: Plamena Yancheva Krumova
Note di Copertina di Luigi Onori:
“CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY EMOTIONS” is a music that stands out by itself: seductive, suggestive, picturesque, enigmatic, dramatic. By listening to it without any preconceived ideas, it fascinates your with its various and mixed musical timbres, its natural ability to express different moods, feelings, and imaginary landscapes without resulting naive.
It’s hard to find well-known structures, with the exception of the romantic “All Of My Love” that reprises the song structure (with the scheme AABA), though without any improvisation elements, since it’s a tune that ends only when the theme is thoroughly executed. It’s also pointless to look for any other musical references, since Roberto Di Girolamo’s way of composing is unique and versatile.
It might come to mind instead, the name and talent of Duke Ellington: in these fourteen tunes we find melodies and arrangements that avoid any academic attitude, and that possess a dimension of colors that usually involves a character-instrument (can be singular or plural) with an idea of theatrical-sound that we often find in the work of this great Afroamerican composer (from jungle style to a suite dedicated to Shakespeare and entitled: Such Sweet Thunder).
Here we find with chronological appearance a sax soprano, a alto sax, a klaxon in F key, a flute in G key playing with an arp, a string quintet, a wind quintet, piano, violin, arp again, a soprano (voice) with a string quintet mixed with voice/piano/cello. From the dreamy theme of “Sax Serenade”, the scherzo for wind instruments “Moonstruck”, and the whimsical tune for violin “Mad Man Masquerade” to the voice of the contemporary “Torment Of Soul”, what we experience is a music full of surprises, that invokes wonder without virtuosos, various in many aspects but uniform at the same time.
Its author is Di Girolamo a saxophonist, member during the seventies of Gerardo Iacoucci’s big band, that unfortunately due to a serious accident became quadriplegic. Nevertheless he hasn’t quit music, and in 1985 started to dedicate himself to composing with M° Daniele Paris, and then as a autodidact with the help of M° Carlo Savina. Since then, with an uncommon will and sensibility, has composed music for artists such as Eugene Rousseau (saxophonist), Ulrik Simon and Maki Maria Matsuoka (both soprano), and Francesco Belli (clarinetist).
His notes have been played in Germany, Cuba, USA (The Los Angeles Symphonic Winds, directed by Stephen P. Piazza). Since 2004 is collaborating with the Ensemble “Il Canto di Eea” (a legendary island that according to the Greece was home for Eos, but that according to Homerus is circe’s home, now identified as Circeo) proposing its scores that go from jazz, sacred music, to contemporary dance. Roberto Di Girolamo also dedicated himself to teaching and recorded an album entitled “Pizzicato Blues” (2000). From his peculiar life experience and extraordinary visionary talent comes out the moonstruck music of this album.