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Category: JAZZ
Code: CVLD228
Support: CD
Title: Kyra
Author: Pietro Ballestrero
Executor: Pietro Ballestrero Ensemble Gabriele Mirabassi
Time: 57:42
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Classical. Original compositions by Pietro Ballestrero. Pietro Ballestrero Ensemble: P. Ballestrero acoustic and electric guitar, Valerio Iaccio violin, Massimiliano Gilli violin, Gerardo Vitale viola, Augusto Gasbarri cello, Fulvio Buccafusco double bass. Gabriele Mirabassi clarinet.
24bit/88.2kHz original live-in-studio recorded, mixed and mastered at Velut Luna Studios, Preganziol (TV) Italy on April 2012.

KYRA is a really wonderful project.
Guitar, doublebass, string quartet and the clarinet of well known Gabriele Mirabassi play, recorded live in studio, using few selected top microphones in the Velut Luna Main Hall.

Improvisation is a very fun game to play. In many cases it seems to me as if jazz music was created around the desire of playing this game and expressing individual abilities. The main purposes appear to be an endless spirit of research, originality, collective energy, virtuosity and finally, eventually, beauty. My point of view has always been quite different and in this work it definitely took a long distance from that way of thinking. Beauty and emotions are the first goals that gave birth to the music of this cd. Every song has a story to tell, and is directly bounded with the purest ways of feeling and human expressions, joy, sadness, anger, fear, friendship, laughing, crying. I think that the strongest form of beauty available in music is sound, and that’s what made me fall in love with the idea of playing with this kind of ensemble. This is also what allowed me to justify the simplification of other musical elements, such as harmony: I consider them as instruments, functional to something else and not so important in themselves. From this point of view improvisation can happen or not, it can be individual or collective, and it can blend with the written material, working as a bridge that joins the different languages that we have within this group.

COMPOSITIONS
Upi is dedicated to my little daughter and it was written when she was learning to walk. This song and Verde are inspired by Miyazaki’s Totoro, and are about the way little babies explore and look at nature.
Paco was written some years ago for my first son Manù, in the last months before he was born.
I already recorded Vocè in the past, but there is no better voice in the world then Gabriele’s clarinet to sing out the sensuality of this song. This version is called Vos and is dedicated to Errica.
Cerchio was also already recorded, with my great trio with Danilo Pala on sax and Paolo Franciscone on drums, but when I played it in Perinaldo arranged for the string orchestra the result was really powerful and it perfectly represented the idea of a circular popular dance of this composition.
Mare mosso: swimming between big waves leads to a deep concentration about your forces and at the same time it amplifies thoughts and emotions, because it makes you feel alone and scared.
Lacrimuccia: some stories are very sad but what makes me cry this little tear are the beauty and the strength inside them.
Kibalcic is a Russian anarchic, and his name was borrowed as the name of an electric jazz quartet I had together with bass player Stefano Risso. Unfortunately that band split and the tune was never played in its “jazz version”, but I love this string version!
Dai che ce la fai was written a little before the recordings, and it was ironically dedicated to myself, hoping I was going to make it trough the difficulties I had to face in realizing this project.
Abbraccio forte is a way in which Ezio often ends his messages. I composed it during a few days in September, and I found out afterwards that one of those days is his bithday, so this is a little present for him.
Pietro Ballestrero
Price: € 13.50
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