... well, when will you be quiet and relaxed?. Maybe all what you do
in your "normal" activities like worldwide concerts and
teaching at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome si not enough,
now you now have created this new project Supernova .. Would you
talk about it?
I start with a clarification: I don’t like
guitars’ orchestras. Supernova is rather achanging and prismatic
sound object: you can call it an “iperguitar” if you like, a
changing sound magma with the purpose to give life to a universe of
sound. This is possible thanks to the excellent standard of all
the components , I contacted them last year.This
idea of " iperchitarra " guides me both for the
choice of repertoire and the transcriptions: when I think of an
adaptation for the ensemble , the distribution of the parts is always
in terms of 'space' and not structured according to the piano
principle that provides high register to the left and lower to the
right. In the Sonata BWV 1079, for example , the parts are
distributed like a 'star' to which, for example, the flute’s part
is entrusted to the position n . 1 and 5 , the other to position 2
and 6, and so on, creating a sort of three-dimensionality of the
sound that gives this adaptation a very peculiar depth.
So let's summarize : 8 young talents , all aged between 17 and 28 years old,
all over from Italy under your guidance . What have they in common
between and what “drive” them to make the team?
in common their skills, they are all musicians , with a career in
front of and desire to reach the highest possible level . I think
what drive them to make their team are their high level skills for
which the desire is to make music knowing that they share the same
goals with the rest of the group.
You know, the thing that
struck me was the dedication to contemporary repertoire , we know
that it is true that contemporary and avant-garde music has always
looked for in favor of guitar, revitalizing the bit ' cramped
repertoire, is nice to see , especially in our country a similar
initiative for a peculiar ensemble, I think we have never seen 9
classical guitars together, I believe that the only experiences in
this regard are the League of Crafty Guitarists by Robert Fripp, the
guitar’s ensembles by Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham , the Ensemble
Forestare in Canada ....
Yes, Robert Fripp, I was very
impressed by him and I would say that he inspired this idea .... You
are right , 9 guitars, in fact often I stop conducting and I join
them playing or managing electronics. This is part of my vision of a
magmatic ensemble. Perhaps playing Cage, Maderna , Stockhausen,
Bussotti, who have signed these last few years of my career, helped
me to open to the possibility and the need to change my roles inside
the ensemble: as an instrumentalist, as an interpreter and , in this
case, as a conductor .
the choice to include In C by Terry Riley ?The
choice is in line with what I just said : InC is a sound magma
constantly evolving , you never know what will become and assumed a
total listening by each of the members to one another . It's
like a moving mass of sound that expands, moves , turns, multiply
..... Then , our
version is enriched with electronic sounds played by me using the
computer and small percussion instruments played in turn.
you want to talk about the score composed for you to Maurizio Pisano
This a passage, as always happen when we talk about the
music of this brilliant man, full of gestures, playful and always in
touch with the music : everything Maurizio makes is a way to
expression yourself, the interpreter and the possibilities of the
same sound material . And I ( this is the third piece written by
Maurizio Pisati by my request, after Guitar Click I and Cha -Hack )
always try to add a bit of invention that I think he really likes
.... The guitarists expand their gestures , their sounds , their
be - instrumentalists and they become sound-persons, it is like
their sound becomes more by the mere guitar’s sound.
you have a direct experience with Electric Counterpoint by Steve
Reich .. would you play it with SuperNova ?
Absolutely yes, it
is already planned in future proposals , and of course in that case,
Supernova will be complemented by other guitarists ( 2 for 2 bass
Let's talk about improvisation ... you think you can
make a space for improvisation in SuperNova ? I do not think it is
easy for an ensemble of 9 people ... but you know I like challenges
Yes, it is a challenge for Riley, who is already an improvised
piece , and for Serenade for a Satellite, which we played in our
debut , I actually plan to tackle Tierkreis by Stockhausen, that will
play with percussionist Gianluca Ruggeri and DJ , whose name is still
a secret .....
next project? Are
you thinking about a recording ?
A CD is definitely in our
plans , not immediate , though: Supernova is a photograph of a
complex and dense sound object with a judicious use of technology.
Our artistic project is to get to create our own version of
Stockhausen's Tierkreis on the one hand , and complete the Sonata BWV
1079 for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord from the Offerta Musicale by
JS Bach .... you know , the other face of the Spiral ( Asimov would
say ) yes, two different worlds , separated by centuries but united
by a research that draws from the poetry and the number of its