Piano Textures 2 bit.ly/2PYuiWT
Piano Textures 3 bit.ly/1GnlZoF
Piano Textures 4 bit.ly/2gymmcQ
Headphone Commute wrote:
...Simple and elegant, mesmerizing and haunting. I absolutely love turning up the volume, and letting every hypnotic and melancholic note weep gently through the night. I highly recommended this gem!
"Piano Textures 1 is what it says, eight pieces of piano music recorded in night sessions on a 1923 Steinway, along with strings, synthesizers, and something called an Armenian duduk. Needless to say, this is not driving music. This is music for having friends over for wine and quiet conversation – or perhaps for just having an evening alone with one special friend. The piano playing is delicate and beautiful. The strings complement the music nicely, although I find they add considerable sadness to the beauty. Most pieces are sparse and slow, although track four is a notable exception, a more serious piece with occasional interludes of faster playing with more discordant notes, interspersed with brief periods of silence. My favorite track by far is number five, a more ambient work that keeps the piano in the background and relies more on atmospheric electronics. Track six is also interesting, a more experimental piece where perhaps the piano samples have been processed in some way. The first half of the album makes me too sad, but it is very well done. However, I much prefer the later tracks as it gets more ambient, leading up to the excellent closing track which blends piano and electronics perfectly " ElectroAmbient
"A wonderful melodic ambient journey... "Piano Textures", the latest from Bruno Sanfilippo, is a wonderful example of the less is more school of recording, a stunning disc that revels in creating a series of environments using only minimal instrumentation. Largely based around live work using a grand piano with some processing and sparse accompaniment, Sanfilippo has crafted a powerfully emotive and beautiful disc. Featuring minimal piano-based loops and patterns, Sanfilippo masterfully creates mournful melodies that are delightfully dark and haunting. Tracks range from sparse tracks where piano is the only instrument, to more complex works where metallic pads and a smattering of strings add to the environment, filling out the sound but never detracting or overpowering the delicate beauty of the piano found throughout all of the disc's songs. It's a disc of rich sounds and subtle nuance, where Sanfilippo is able to alternate between deep atmospheric pieces like "Piano Textures V" where tones are effected and processed to create a spacey almost drone-styled environment, to the simple charms of "Piano Textures VII" where the piano is played organically and naturally. Taken as individual pieces, Sanfilippo shows himself to be equally comfortable in a variety of styles, and taken as a whole, "Piano Textures" proves him to be a bright new star in the ambient scene. Dreamlike and emotive, by turns both very beautiful and very sad, "Piano Textures" is a wonderful disc that showcases Sanfilippo's talents and skills. A truly wonderful work to become acquainted with this very talented performer" Pingthings
“Piano Textures” is an introspective album which offers center stage for the processed sounds of a Grand old piano from 1923, accompanied by some synthesizers, duduk and samples of strings. All eight tracks have a more or less cinematic impact, their sounds tap from some kind of subconscious source, breathing a sense of melancholy that was also found in his former recordings. Personally I find the third part the strongest exercise with its uplifting timbre and warm duduk and stringsounds. In all, this is very well executed music for the mind to make things settle down. Well done Bruno! Bert Strolenberg
released May 4, 2007
Produced by Bruno Sanfilippo
Art Direction by Ximena Contreras [ad21]
Bruno Sanfilippo: Grand piano & processing
All songs written and recorded by Bruno Sanfilippo at Onix Studio, Barcelona.
One Lexicon unit has contributed to the texture of the piano sound, field recordings and electronic atmospheres.
Re-mastered at Splendour Mastering • Barcelona 2014
Cover photo by Bruno Sanfilipo
Includes artwork download
More information at bruno-sanfilippo.com