Italian composer Luca Ciut has created numerous scores in recent years for movies, theater, and dance and worked with both Golden Globe and Emmy winning filmmakers. Inspired by his experience living in Los Angeles, his 2013 debut album of original compositions entitled Seventeen Million Lonely Angels was originally planned as a solo piano record accompanied by field recordings but ended up embracing a variety of additional instruments. On his second album, however, it is just the man and his piano unraveling a very personal and intimate journey in 13 songs, an opus which Ciut dubbed Per Te Solo Per Te, Per Me Solo.
“For you only for you, for me alone. And there is a space in between, a comma. Light, but present. There are things we do for someone else and other things we do for ourselves. And it is not always easy to make them go by the hand, without tugging each other. Words often mingle, they want to take the upper hand, compete to arrive first.So I tried to use a scale where the two arms felt the same, same weight. And if this did not happen, I would start again, to weigh. Because this album is also: for me only for me, for you alone.” – Luca Ciut
Even with just a piano at his disposal, Ciut shows he has an acute sense of narrative and drama as he balances moments of eloquent minimalist beauty with lively melodic passages that explode with color and rich sonority. The overall style is fluid, expressive, elegant, and vibrant. Even without understanding or translating the Italian of the song titles, the emotional language of this music resonates with pure clarity.
Per Te Solo Per Te, Per Me Solo is available now digitally and on CD
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