playing music that happens just when – and if – the listener allows it to do so is an interesting challenge that may bring using unusual strategies.
Attending to a concert of “ambient” music is nothing particularly attractive if standing or sitting on a chair.
This is surely not the best way to get comfortable enough to let yourself go and reach the state of mind that allows these sounds to reach your inner self and – eventually – move you.
Open air sleep concert in the countryside
It all started in 2014 with a small winterly event for friends, when me and Tiberio played what became the seed of our sleep concert series.
We didn’t even know how to call the thing, however it was immediately clear that inviting people to lay down on a bed surrounded by very soft lights could help even the most resistant ones to relax and let sounds reach the deep.
Winter sleep concert
Since then we’ve been performing Sleep Concerts in small rooms, big gardens and immense malls. As a duo or in ensemble with sensitive and generous musicians as Vittorio Guindani, Simone Lombardi, Stefano Castagna, Lino Capra Vaccina, Giorgio Presti and Fabio Mina.
the invisible stage
The most beautiful thing is knowing this has been a way for many to approach a music – and a way to make music – that would have been very difficult them to listen to otherwise.
The hope is this has been a way to make them feel the potential of music when you allow it to come in and move yourself, when you allow it to get there with no fear.
sleep concert open air at the beginning of the autumn
Stefano Castagna @ Ritmo&Blu is finishing with me the mix of the tracks which potentially are going to be part of a new album of Flos.
On the desk there is now the last candidate song: 4 stereo tracks able to bring into a different territory born from an improvisation set with the dear friend Markus Stockhausen.
Listening to his trumpet in the same music where I play always reminds me how unique is the feeling of playing together and, once again, what a lucky man and musician I am.
Watching Stefano mixing and managing his immense SSL board is like being sit on the prow of a fast sailing boat, with the ocean in front of you and a solid and serene captain at the helm.
Steve Piccolo has invited Flos to perform with him and Gak Sato for the première of “HUNTING FOR PARRHESIA (or the dog)”, a work by Steve at the last day of Biennale di Venezia, in the Greek pavillion.
On Saturday, October the 10th, I will perform an improvised set as Flos with Stefano Castagna together with Steve Piccolo.
It will be an authentic first time: even if I know Steve since a long time and we’ve always thought about doing something together, this is going to be our first time ever. Not a single note will be rehearsed. More a performance than a gig, for sure.
There are going to be more reasons to make me happy: I’ll be in the beautiful Leonesia art foundation, there’ll be many great artists and friends with me ( included the deep Albano Morandi, unconscious sparkle for the idea of the sound board) and I’ll have the pleasure to spend some time with Radu Dragomirescu. Radu is an intense man, who has been working and sharing time and creativity with two artists who I deeplu love and admire: Paul Celan and Emil Cioran.
I feel blessed to have the chance to cross their halos through this man.
I remember when I had the same opportunity with Jorge-Luis Borges many years ago, while having a tea in a remote town in Spain.
Last summer, Stefano Moretti – aka Sender – invited Flos ( me and Stefano Castagna) to join him to produce an album which could blend his electronic identity with Flos’ organic one.
Everything started with a long session made at Ritmo & Blu magic studio.
After that both the producers Stefano Moretti and Stefano Castagna have gone through a very deep and detailed post production.
Their ability to join in such a strange production impressed me immensely.
Blending pure electronics, intuitive improvisation, found sounds, raw and primitive timbres all together to generate a readable and structured music has rarely offered me such a spontaneous, fluid and natural result.
It’s been a honor to work with these two great producers.
Alicante Loop Festival has been a great time for us. We could also test the beautiful video cut by Andrea Ponzoni out of Aldo Grazzi’s artwork.
Playing with those forms floating in the background has been a surprising and inspiring experience.
As you can see from the picture the stage was pretty crowded by other performers’ gear ( you can see Kurt Rosenwilkel’s set up in the foreground), even in such a tight situation, stage management has been astounding.
So the organizer, the venue and the passionate public.
And the place… Alicante sky, sea, and food !