‘Japanese Notebooks’ out today

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The ‘Japanese Notebooks’ are out today. Most of the copies flew away during the pre-order period and now, out of 300 copies I’ve made, only 16 are remaining so, in case you’re interested, grab your copy here. As you can see here, they are a hand crafted item and feature the beautiful art of Igort. I truly want to thank each one of you for the great support, even if shipping rates from Italy are so bad.

Again, THANK YOU.
Stefano

A lovely video for ‘New Day (Tokyo)’ has also been produced by Domenico Distilo and you can watch it here.

New release. ‘Japanese Notebooks’ (pre-order)

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I am very happy to announce the release of my new album, now on pre-order, and out on 2017 november 9th on all digital shops and in a limited edition compact disc.

‘Japanese Notebooks’ is my personal interpretation of Igort’s graphic novel bearing the same title. I started writing the tracks of this album after meeting him and discovering his works and enchanting worlds, so this is an intimate view of Japan through my music and Igort’s beautiful drawings. A deep immersion into Japanese old and recent culture, passing through strong and angular figures like Yukio Mishima and Junichiro Tanizaki, the inner peace of the long walks of poet Matsuo Basho, or the silent altitudes of the long gone Ryounkaku tower in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. The closing track of the album, ‘Thirteen petals (Kiku)’, is a string trio in the name of the beauty found in simple things; a recurrent concept in Japanese culture as well.

Following the handcrafted tradition of Stella Recordings, the physical version of this release will be a limited edition of 300 copies, handmade and numbered. It will feature a four page booklet, a set of four postcards, a glass master cd, and a download code to all audio formats and additional content. Everything will then be tied up in a thick cardboard folded sleeve which will be lined by an external obi / fascia.

All the drawings featured in ‘Japanese Notebooks’ are taken from those that Igort originally included in his books back in 2015.

Stefano Guzzetti. Piano, electronics, field recordings
Simone Soro. Violin
Giulia Dessy. Viola
Gianluca Pischedda. Cello

Below you can listen to some preview tracks and eventually pre-order the album.

Hope you enjoy.
Stefano

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(encore) Ensemble

This recent period has been quite busy for me, but now I can anticipate that I will end this year with two releases. ‘(encore) Ensemble’ will be out in december as a lovely 10″ vinyl. Stay tuned.

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‘Grazia’ on NTS Radio 2 / Los Angeles

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I am pretty excited to tell you that ‘Grazia’, a track from my forthcoming piano solo album ‘Short stories. Piano Book (volume two)’ on Home Normal, has been aired on the great ‘Night Shift’ radio program by Diamondstein on NTS Radio 2 in Los Angeles. The show was heavily focused on Home Normal’s forthcoming music for the next year and I’ve been privileged to be in a very good company.  You can give a listen to the whole playlist here, and below you can find the tracklist as well. Have a nice listen.

Diamondstein and Sangam – I wish I had more to offer
Mønic – Deep summer
Actress – Falling Rizlas
James Murray – Footsteps
Goldmund – One.
Fred P. – Dark halls
The Caretaker – Dream walts
Molly Drake – Liltte weaver bird
Nmesh – Twilight meridian
Gossamer – Okuma
Sangam – Knowing loss
Ben Frost – All that you love will be evicerated (Albini swing version)
Goldmund – A word I give ft. Ryuichi Sakamoto
Diamondstein – The Praise Chorus
Jason Van Wyk – Clouds
Sontag Shogun and Moskitoo – The things we let fall apart
Ian Hawgood and Danny Norbury – V
TSOne – No fun parade
Ghost and Tape – Hatch
Stefano Guzzetti – Grazia
Federico Durand – Adormidera
Jason Van Wyk – Coherence
Stijn Hüwels and James Murray – Zwartewall
Ian Hawgood and Phil Tomsett – The halo of my memory
Ian Hawgood and Giulio Aldinucci – Only microns
Giulio Fagiolini – Mentre nuoti

http://www.ntslive.com
http://www.homenormal.com

 

‘L’ultimo miracolo’ di Enrico Pau al Festival del Cinema di Venezia

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Tino Petilli ne ‘L’ultimo miracolo’ di Enrico Pau

Con molto piacere posso finalmente dire che il bellissimo ultimo lavoro di Enrico Pau dal titolo ‘L’ultimo miracolo’, di cui ho curato il mix e il sound design, sarà presentato a settembre in prima assoluta alla 74a Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica in programma a Venezia dal 30 agosto al 9 settembre prossimi come evento speciale della 32a Settimana Internazionale della Critica, sezione SIC@SIC – Short Italian Cinema. L’importante riconoscimento è stato annunciato oggi. Appena potrete, vi consiglio vivamente di andare a vedere questo lavoro, in cui tra l’altro recitano gli straordinari Tino Petilli e Mario Faticoni insieme a Francesco Origo, Massimiliano Medda, Alessio Medda e Luca Spanu, perchè è di una poesia infinita. Bravo Enrico e tutti gli altri che ci hanno lavorato, tra i quali i bravissimi Andrea Lotta al montaggio, Francesco Piras alla fotografia, Antioco Floris alla produzione e la giustamente immancabile Roberta Aloisio.

Per ulteriori informazioni sul lavoro, potete pure leggere qui.

STEFANO GUZZETTI ENSEMBLE FOR DOLCE & GABBANA

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Playing at the Piazza del Duomo in Monreale, Palermo.

Now that everything has happened and facts can be revealed, I am very happy to tell you that recently me and my ensemble (Sara Meloni at the violin, Giulia Dessy at the viola and Giada Vettori at the cello) have been asked by the stylists Dolce & Gabbana to play during their fashion show ‘Alta Sartoria Dolce & Gabbana 2017′ which took place in Palermo at Piazza del Duomo on july 8th. Playing while the models were cat walking all around us was wonderful and a bit challenging, as we had to be in perfect time with the end of the show. Anyway everything went smoothly and everyone, including the stylists, was very happy with the overall result and with how the music perfectly matched with the models’ cat walking. The atmosphere was very magical, indeed. You can see some snippets of us playing at the show here. And also, if you have a Facebook account, you can watch all the fashion show here.

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Stefano Guzzetti Ensemble. Totally dressed in D&G before the show.

After the show we also had the pleasure to play at the after-dinner party at the Chiostro di Monreale, basically a few meters behind the place where the fashion show was held. On the day after, on july 9th, we also had the pleasure of playing at the final private party that took place at the Castello Lanza Branciforte di Trabia, near Palermo as well. A beautiful castle near the seaside, a magical place that was really the perfect match for something like that. Last but not least, during all the days we were there, we had the privilege of being filmed by the Oscar winning director Giuseppe Tornatore, who was there as he was commissioned shooting all the events in order to make a documentary out of the ‘Alta Sartoria Dolce & Gabbana 2017’. Needless to say, we can’t wait to watch it.

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After our concert at the Castello Lanza Branciforte di Trabia.

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Enjoying the party, because life is beautiful.

Interview on Fluid Audio and Home Normal

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Photography. Fiorella Sanna

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Ian Hawgood about my music, its creative process, some of my music gear, and other tons of things related to my microcosmos. It was a lovely chat and, at least, it brings an updated portray of what currently flows in my mind.

You can check this interview both on the Fluid Audio and the Home Normal websites.

I hope this could be a good read for you. Stefano.

New Video. Stefano Guzzetti and Lisa Gerrard. ‘Illuminate’

I am very happy to finally release the video of my collaboration with the worldwide acclaimed singer Lisa Gerrard. Needless to say, working with her has been a honour and a privilege. I hope you like the track and the video as well. It features the beautiful Laura Demontis and Lucia Meleddu, the script has been written by Francesco Accardo, the direction was by Alessandro Congiu, Massimo Gasole was the camera operator and we all have been assisted by the lovely Alice Deledda. Shooting the video was a real fun, and it was a sort of team work between friends. We did our best to make something valuable that also gives justice to Lisa’s wonderful voice. We hope we succeeded in this. I also would like to tell you that this song will be part of the deluxe vinyl edition of ‘Escape’, which will be released by the Brooklyn Bridge Records label this forthcoming september. The album will feature a wonderful sleeve design by Vaughan Oliver along with the beautiful artwork by Claudia Pomowski. A 12″ full of remixes will be available shortly after, so stay tuned. Stefano.