Short stories about CD's tracks:
PEPPE CONSOMAGNO & TIMBRE FROM THE WORLD®
Peppe Consolmagno –
carpet on which he allocates his instruments looks like a mill of rhythm
and dreams, a space freed form the cacophony of modern existence devoted
to the pleasure of sound. Peppe
Consolmagno builds sounding objects for himself and for Nana Vasconcelos one
of his many appreciators.
Most objects are built using
materials recovered from his worldwide tripss; others are imagined
combining his voice to the symphonia of timbres and colours that originate
from this unique orchestra made of one person.
sahelian cucurbits converted
into water drums, a burman gong, the lapping of a caxixi, singing
African terracotta pots, clanging of sanza, pygmy flutes and many more.
Some instruments are borrowed from the most heterogeneuos traditions as
from South America ,Africa,
hang, voice, delay
The name Leonardo seems to derive from the English word Lion Heart. Leonardo's birth has enlarged my heart.
SEGREDO DA NOITE (5.08)
voice, shell, conga, ferry-boat
the past sacred quiet places existed in the world, where everyone could
restore one’s own potential energy balance. There existed sites
consecrated to silence. The night
is one of the few moments when surrounding noise level (considering noise
every unwanted loud phenomenon) softens. The night with its secrets warrants
a little bit of the right to peace.
string instruments stem from musical bow. Berimbau, mainly known as guide
for movements in the dance-wrestling called Capoeira, is chiefly a good
partner, a faithful friend, always ready in moments of sadness. Baurimbé
is a gift to Brazilian north-east, to Caatinga, to homesickness
of man obliged to work far away. The journey is too long and expensive to
be able to return.
voice, one note flutes
burman gong, voice, live sample
a journey starting from capital city of the Amazon,
6. ENCONTRO DAS AGUAS (8.45)
shell, cing, water, symbols, water gourds, dumbek, voice
“The meeting of waters”
is a point, not far from
is a little fresh-fruit ice-lolly sold by Brazilian children on the beach.
They keep them in a polystyrene container carried on the shoulder. In
Countries in the south of the world, houses have drawing-rooms that open out
onto the garden. This fact has made it preferable to use portable
instruments. It’s the case of Kalimba, also called M’bira, Likembe,
Sanza, etc., a little thin plate keyboard with a sweet
and fascinating sound. “Picolé” is the period of waiting, by the
child, for the arrival of Santa Claus who brings him a present.
8. LUA (5.54)
cymbals, voice, symbols
means moon. This is an acoustic piece, too. Moon, sea and woman
are closely related from immemorial time. It’s the moon which
governs tides and woman’s cycles. “Lua” is exaltation of timbre,
of thin emotions, it’s a homage to my sister.
sounding pots “Udu” are native to
caxixi, voice, echo
Caxixi are instruments I’m fond of in a particular
way. These also, like other instruments I use, are manufactured by myself.
I believe that nowadays it’s difficult to invent something; what the
musical instrument maker can do is to succeed in joining spontaneous
creativeness with the necessity to satisfy immediate requirements. This
piece is a greeting to my female cat “Carlotta”, which after
several attempts, a good five years of living together, today has a new
little house and at last she finds her childhood again, and I her
udu, brush, voice, harmonizer, live sample
is a joyful song with a funky flavour in which I overlap rhythms and I
play with samples and a harmonized voice, all this is strictly performed
live. This song represents a balance between immagination and the
audience. Uekke Uekke marks the arrival of a new life.