Boastful Speeches
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In recent decades, many very important things have happened… beautiful, tragic, and terrible things and there will be more changes… everything changes. But with all these events, we know only a part of the story, only a small detail. TV, radio and the newspapers print only a portion of reality and only a part of the truth, which is often already interpreted. These details provided by the media have been the source of inspiration for this work. The truth is that I really didn't have much desire to start a new project. I reflected a lot about the need to make another CD… aren't there already enough CD's on the market? Was it useless? I thought perhaps I was going through a 'crisis'. The reasons for not recording were many and if I go on I will inevitably enter into 'discussion' of which I prefer not to.
A lot of these thoughts and ideas, in a half decade, invaded my head and, during this period, my musical collection enlarged month after month. I asked myself why continue to write music if I'm not interested in recording it…???!! Initially, I thought of dedicating this work to Africa. I've never been there, but my love for this continent is great. Therefore, the first piece on the CD, Abakwa, is dedicated to Africa. Abakwa is an animist religion that comes from Nigeria and was brought to the Americas during the slave period between the 16th and 19th centuries. It came along with other tribal religions such as the Santeria, a syncretistic Caribbean religion and the Candomble, a Brazilian religion similar to the Santeria. These religions with their primitive rites and musical characters were tied, in an original and particular manner, to Christianity and European deviations of music already existing in America and there, they found new life. The Abakwa has a 12/8 rhythmic pattern used in Latin America in which a rhythmic pulse of 4 beats is superimposed in 3 beats. One group of beats against another.The second piece, Without Log, is dedicated to Ornette. My love for this teacher of harmony and melody has always been present in my life, and the more that time passes, the more indispensable it becomes. The third piece, Moonlight, is my interpretation of the 'moon's light'. I like to think that the moon radiates light during the night, a memory of the fact that even in the darkness we can find a glimmer of light… when we think we've lost everything it's enough to look inside ourselves… there is always something there for us. The fourth composition, A Fimelos Like Pierluigi, is dedicated to a dear friend, who approaching a quarter century of life, decided not to share a terrestrial existence with us any longer. The fifth piece, The Shaman, is dedicated to the prayer of the tribal priests. “When a prophet is inspired, he loses knowledge, thoughts disappear and abandon themselves to the soul's force, but the Divine Spirit presents itself and dwells in you and makes all the organs resound because man can clearly express what the Spirit suggests''. This quote by Filone the first century after Christ expresses very clearly the Shaman's course. The sixth, Rami Al Dorra'' : Some years ago a spine-chilling image was shown on the TV news and in newspapers: It was a child in the Gaza strip who was sheltered by his father from flying bullets. Both were behind an old and rusty oil drum but unfortunately, the child was fatally wounded by one of these bullets. His name was Rami Al Dourra'.The seventh piece, Boastful Speech, is dedicated to all the pretentious politicians and their speeches. I have read and listened to enough to realize that eighty percent of what they say is ostentatious and false, and above all, a slap in the face to human intelligence. The eighth composition, Mr. Pop, is dedicated to Sole and Baleno, a man and a woman whose story deeply touched me. The ninth piece is simply a prayer.
Enjoy listening!

The band is composed by::

  • Drums, percussions and voice: Enzo Lanzo
  • Sax soprano and alto: Roberto Ottaviano
  • Trombone: Lauro Rossi
  • Contrabass: Giovanni Maier

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