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by Giovanni Renzo

A musical path in balance between improvisation and composition where different roads intersect, from jazz to contemporary, from classical to minimalism, from tango to film music.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. L'aria di Giugno
6:55 $0.99
2. Tango
3:39 $0.99
3. Suite 1908
10:33 $0.99
4. E cosi si navigava suonando e cantando...
3:25 $0.99
5. Anche ora che la Luna...
3:59 $0.99
6. Le tempeste
2:12 $0.99
7. Lullaby for Ashley
1:56 $0.99
8. Cenere
18:22 $0.99
9. Infanzia
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Album Notes
The tracks collected in this Cd have been composed in a period of time that goes from 1986 to 2007. In more than twenty years much has changed in my music, but what has always remained a firm point is my love for the piano.
I wrote a lot of music for piano solo and when I write for other instruments I feel the need to design my compositions seated at the keyboard.
Thus was born the desire to retrace some stages of my musical journey by reinterpreting compositions composed at the beginning of my career, like “L’aria di Giugno” (reminiscent of the excitement that in my childhood accompanied the arrival of summer) and “Tango” (homage to the music of Astor Piazzola), and presenting in the piano version pieces composed for theatrical works, like “E così si navigava suonando e cantando...” and “Anche ora che la Luna...” (from "La distanza della Luna", work freely inspired by Italo Calvino's homonymous tale). Sometimes my pieces for piano solo arise from the transcription of improvisations, such as “Le tempeste”, the winning composition of the piano composition competition "De Musica" 1999.
Often then, in my path, I crossed the streets of cinema. “Lullaby for Ashley” is part of the original music I composed for the film "L’amore di Màrja" (2004) by the Italian-finnish director Anne Riitta Ciccone. “Cenere” is a collage of excerpts from the music I wrote for the silent film of Febo Mari with Eleonora Duse, a film adaptation of 1916 of a beautiful novel by Grazia Deledda. “Suite 1908” was composed to accompany a rare silent film of 1909, "L’orfanella di Messina", which narrates a story inspired by the tragedy of the earthquake that in 1908 struck Messina and Reggio Calabria causing thousands of deaths. “Infanzia”, one of my most recent pieces, closes the series of compositions and at the same time brings back to the beginning, reconnecting to “L’aria di Giugno” not only for the common key, D major, but also for the common inspiration, that enchanted age of our life in which dreams, desires, sometimes even fears take shape, and the choices that will determine the course of our future life begin to emerge.

Giovanni Renzo was born in Messina, Italy, in 1962. He graduated from the Conservatory in his hometown in 1986, continuing his musical education in Rome. He made his debut in 1979 as a jazz pianist. He regularly plays at concerts and festivals, alternating concerts with teaching and composition. Renzo has composed music for films, theatrical works, ballets, opera, multimedial performances. His first recording, “Eclisse” (1989), is a collection of piano solo compositions. Then he produced “La distanza della Luna” for piano and orchestra (1996 and 2007), “Il mare” (2001), live recording featuring Paolo Fresu, "Atlas Coelestis", book plus DVD (2008), “Infanzia” (2008) and "Racconti per pianoforte" (2010), again piano solo.
Since 2010 he is protagonist of the “Cosmic Concert”, an annual event for the Global Astronomy Month organized by Astronomers Without Borders and broadcast live streaming worldwide. Recently Renzo was quoted by the Spanish Blog "Los mejores pianistas del Mundo" as one of the world's greater pianist, mainly for his original work about music and astronomy.



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