Argentinian pianist & composer Bruno Sanfilippo released Piano Textures 1 in 2007 thus launching a series of thoughtfully sculpted, introspective works that have come to be among the most beloved recordings of his prolific catalog. The arrival of spring will bring with it the fifth volume in the collection recorded by Sanfilippo at his Onix II Studio located in Barcelona where he & his wife emigrated about 20 years ago during the Argentine Great Depression. Introspective melodies and electroacoustic minimalism remain the order of the day, but the radiant yellow tones of the album’s cover hint at the sense of optimism Sanfilippo brings to the latest iteration of the project as well as the warm palette of musical colors from which he draws.
The illuminated nature of the music can be seen as well as heard in this exclusive video premiere of “Piano Textures 5 II” from sound & visual artist Jorge Haro that flashes & flickers in rhythm to the pulsating oscillations and stabs of light Sanfillippo coaxes from his keyboards. As this preview shows, and the rest of the album confirms, the creative drive behind this project, not to mention Sanfilippo himself, clearly still has plenty of spark. Joy and light are in short supply in these dark days, so this should become a welcome fixture on many a modern classical playlist this season.
Piano Textures 5is published on Sanfilippo’s ad21 label and will arrive on the 26th of March on both CD and 12-inch vinyl. A special duo vinyl pack will also be available which includes both volumes 4 & 5.