RICERCA SONORA proudly presents, as its first release (RS1), a new PHILIP CORNER album titled "Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal (Aria Italiana: Vento, Acqua & Metallo)".
Philip Corner (b. 1933) studied composition with Henry Cowell and Otto Luening and musical analysis with Oliver Messiaen. During the 1960s and 70s he was an active member of Fluxus, a founder (along with James Tenney and Malcolm Goldstein) of the Tone Roads Chamber ensemble, the resident musician and composer for the Judson Dance Theatre, and co-founder of Gamelan Son Of Lion (with Barbara Benary and Daniel Goode).
"Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal" presents three previously unpublished compositions by Philip Corner recorded in various locations.
On side 1 "Ear Wave" (Venice, October 1994) is a long piece for Korean cymbal in water: an ecstatic composition recorded and played outdoor by Phil Corner; acousmatic interjections of metallic resonances and subtle water sounds; you can listen the distant sound of the midnight bell of San Marco in Venice.
On the second side the track "Gong/Ear" recorded in June 1990 (S.Andrea di Rovereto, Italy) Phil Corner plays gong together with rain and thunder for an abstracted and strongly emotional track.
Followed by "I Respiri/The Breaths" an avant-garde composition for alphorn and gong recorded in 1992 (at Teatro Scandicci).
In very few words, Philip Corner is one of the most important figure in the American avant-garde.
Front cover photo by Giacomo Barazzoni (taken from Biennale di Venezia, "Ubi Fluxus, Ibi Motus", 1990)
Insert photo by Rachel Corner
Mastered by Silvia Kastel
Layout: Ricerca Sonora
Producer: Pasquale Lomolino