Unity

by Bruno Sanfilippo

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    "Bruno Sanfilippo’s newest album, Unity, is an emotionally evocative collection that moves the listener through moments that exalt the senses. Through cyclical and minimalist sound, the composer creates visceral experiences that are both ethereal and hauntingly beautiful"

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UNITY selected 60+ of 2018's best albums by Ambient Music Guide
UNITY among the best albums 2018 according Fluidnation
UNITY selected 100+ of 2018's best albums by Post Ambient Lux
UNITY among the best albums of 2018 according to Badd Press
UNITY among the best albums of 2018 by Gezeitenstrom-Musikmagazin

"Powerful stuff that ticks all the right boxes, and then some"
Norman Records

Congratulations to Dronarivm to their first physical album of the year! It's a beauty! Up early listening to this gorgeous contemplative Neo classical music - all crying violas, mournful cellos, and light piano chords. Wistful, keening, crying, striving, searching, looking into the sky, falling on your knees in supplication to your simultaneous vastness & inconsequence. Emotional, Intellectual, Gorgeous rendered and executed. Top-shelf minimalist music that needs to be heard, for anyone who's grown tired of the post-serialist cliches of too much modern pianomusic. by Forestpunk.

"There’s a reductive simplicity in Unity that makes it somewhat difficult to talk about; like lots of Modern Classical and Electroacoustic productions it leans heavily on the violin, cello and in particular the piano to carve out its story lines and textural plot points. It’s not even particularly idiosyncratic; each piece seems to occupy its own distinct space, flesh out its own point in slowly slipping time, though perhaps gently wafting us to conclusion.
The most overtly melancholic pieces here are the loneliest ones, whose sense of togetherness has been wrenched away. Sophomore “One” feels this deeply in its slow motion piano strokes embedded within the teetering violin and despondent cello. It weighs heavy, moving forward in plodding advances and miserably crooning strings burdened with resignation. Sibling “Entity” has a similarly isolationist feel, the piano returning in heavy and laboured chords at the core. Violin strings begin to supplement in sensitive motions, strokes of paint and charcoal that apply contour and definition to the edges of this 2-dimensional personality lost in fantasy.
There’s a nonchalant and almost apathetic feeling to penultimate “Cyclical” that subtly maintains that moroseness in a more indirect way, stripped way down to the bare piano, strings lost to the distance. It laps on the senses like another tide washing over land, fading away like the last remnant of Sun into the night, like the soil reclaiming the dead.
There are nicely juxtaposed moments to break the wearier tracks though; “Lux” is an outright beauty, the piano twinkly and bright and dainty, the strings soft and airy. It sounds like something out of time, the sunny carefreeness of a Victorian garden or something, echoes of pleasantries past bleeding out of the careful flowerbeds and aged statuettes. Nothing else quite reaches its heights, though closing title track “Unity” comes close.
It’s a remarkably different piece to the others, more texturally intricate and comprised of more unique components than the others. It feels appropriately fleshed out, diverse, synergistic. It shuffles on electronic beds, synths oozing out of its fabric, steel strings dancing alongside the ivories and soothing, elongate cello. A sense of wholeness, of completeness, is finally achieved. It doesn’t feel earthshattering or surprising, it just feels…right. Like a key aligning in its respective lock, or a puzzle piece slipping into the final spot. All in all it’s a sweet listening experience, with lots of little enchanting (if perhaps somewhat lachrymose) corners to get lost in" by HearFeel.

"Sensazioni che emergono prepotenti a definire delicate maree emozionali. È un’avvolgente sequenza di intensi paesaggi plasmati attraverso cullanti movimenti placidamente reiterati quella definita da Bruno Sanfilippo nel suo nuovo lavoro, evocativo flusso permeato da una costante coralità che impreziosisce minute trame pianistiche.
Un afflato di quieta solennità emana dalle otto composizioni tracciando un percorso dal carattere cinematico che si mantiene inalterato passando da evanescenti fluttuazioni su cui si adagia a tratti una vocalità eterea a liriche derive dense di romantica enfasi costruite combinando melodie circolari e nostalgiche trame di archi. Una sensazione di costante vaporosa leggerezza accompagna il fluire dei vari capitoli generando un avvolgente viaggio sensoriale ricco di intimo incanto" SoWhat

Der Argentinier und Wahl-Spanier Bruno Sanfilippo ist auch in der Musik ein Grenzgänger, der sich in seinen Kompositionen versiert zwischen zeitgenössischer Klassik und sphärischen Ambient-Tondichtungen tummelt. Seine bis dato veröffentlichten, zahlreichen Tonträger werden von Kritikern und Hörern auf einem Qualitätslevel mit Werken von Arvo Pärt, Max Richter, und Jóhann Jóhannsson gewertet, schwer vermutlich völlig zurecht. Auf seinem demnächst erscheinenden Album „Unity“ spinnt er ein fein gewebtes Netzwerk aus dezenter, völlig unaufdringlicher, abstrakter Trance-Electronica und klar strukturierten Piano- und Streicher-Schichten aus den Bereichen der Neo-Klassik und der Minimal Music, eine entrückte Wunderwelt an erhabenen Instrumental-Arbeiten, bewegend, emotional, im Grundton in getragener Melancholie vorgetragen, durch stete Wiederholung der melodischen Grundmuster eine gewisse Monotonie der einzelnen Arbeiten herauskehrend, und doch wider Erwarten eingedenk dieses kompositorischen Ansatzes das Gemüt erhellend, die Seele erbauend und die Gehörgänge umschmeichelnd.
Der klassisch ausgebildete Musiker und Komponist Sanfilippo fühlt sich auf den acht Kleinoden weit mehr der stringenten Ausformulierung gespenstisch schöner Arrangements als dem Ausloten an experimentellen Möglichkeiten mittels elektronischer Gerätschaften verpflichtet. Diese eindeutige Ausrichtung steht den Aufnahmen gut zu Gesicht und lässt sie als Gesamtwerk zu einem uneingeschränkten Hörvergnügen reifen.
„Unity“ erscheint am 16. Februar beim Moskauer Indie-Label Dronarivm, das Programm der russischen Spezialisten für Ambient-Musik und zeitgenössische Klassik um Firmen-Chef Dmitry Taldykin verdient gesteigertes Interesse der geneigten Hörerschaft, wie auch die kürzlich hier vorgestellte Kollaboration von Aaron Martin und Machinefabriek eindrucksvoll unterstrichen hat.
(*****) Gerhardemmerkunst

"Argentin émigré à Barcelone au début des années 90, suite à la crise financière de son pays, Bruno Sanfilippo est un pianiste et compositeur au lourd passé discographique, avec plus de 20 albums à son actif. C’est sur l’excellent label Dronarivm, qu’il sort Unity, plongée phénoménale dans les méandres mouvementés des émotions.
Dès le titre d’ouverture, Spiral, on est happé par quelque chose qui nous attire vers des hauteurs langoureuses, habillées de mélancolie auréolée de lumière bienveillante. Bruno Sanfilippo oeuvre sur des terres néo-classiques à la pureté originale, débarrassée des tiques de multiples productions du genre.
On sent à travers chaque titre une sincérité qui vient des profondeurs de l’artiste, sensations immuables du temps figé dont les mouvements en boucles sont un retour vers l’état de la création originelle, où cordes et piano démultiplient les pistes du ressenti empreint d’empathie et de doux bonheur osmotique, instants de béatitude et de communion. Superbe". Silence and Sound

"Tras 'Lost & found', Bruno Sanfilippo nos dejó el sencillo 'Doll' a comienzos de este año 2018. Lo que esperábamos con ganas era su trabajo 'Unity' que ya puede escucharse en plataformas digitales y adquirirse en físico.
El reputado compositor regresa a nuestros altavoces con ocho pistas nuevas. Aúna el minimalismo místico con el neoclásico que caracteriza su trabajo previo. Con protagonismo principal de texturas a piano compone los parajes de Unity.
Alterna sonoridades con maestría para dibujar en nuestra mente. Siempre suave, siempre atento y afilado. Con bases reiterativas como pie, compone -su verdadera labor creativa- sobre ellas los esquemas melódicos etéreos que circundan el álbum.
Sanfilippo construye belleza musical con elementos breves y la parsimonia necesaria. Nos propone un viaje íntimo y evocador a cada pieza. Aun con un cuadro continuo de base repetida bajo instrumental logra transmitir serenidad, centrar nuestra visión interior en su música.
El neoclásico de Bruno Sanfilippo no va dirigido a todos los públicos, pero los amantes del género o del minimalismo a piano encontrarán en él buenos pasajes por los que navegar. Su sencillez conjuga con su capacidad de inmersión sonora, dotando a Unity de un liviano sentido del placer. Notable! AltFloyd

"Новый альбом аргентинского виртуоза Бруно Санфилиппо представляет собой эмоциональную коллекцию воспоминаний, по моментам которой перемещается слушатель. Его попытка описать космос максимально реалистична. Следить за собственным погружением в альбом, приятно и легко. Музыка ведет слушателя за руку и открывает перед ним невозможные пространства. Благодаря циклическому и минималистичному звучанию, композитор создает висцеральные переживания, эфирные и пленительно красивые" Sound Choice

"Bruno Sanfilippo is een in Barcelona woonachtige Argentijnse klassiek geschoolde muzikant en componist. Al sinds 1991 brengt met grote regelmaat zijn cd’s naar buiten. Hij brengt doorgaans pianogeoriënteerde muziek, zeker in zijn “Piano Textures”-serie, maar lengt dit ook dikwijls aan met elektro-akoestische muziek, neoklassiek en ambient. Hoewel hij zich eenvoudig kan meten met artiesten als Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arvo Pärt, Ludovico Einaudi en Harold Budd, krijgt zijn muziek ten onrechte vaak minder aandacht. Nu brengt hij op het prestigieuze Dronarivm label zijn nieuwe, als ik goed tel 24ste album Unity uit. Hoewel je normaal gesproken meer drone-achtige werken mag verwachten op dit label, brengt hij 8 stukken die het midden houden tussen pianomuziek, neoklassiek en drone ambient. Daarbij krijgt hij steun van celliste Alena Tryhubkina en violist Pere Bardagi, die zijn muziek van een mooi neoklassieke omlijsting voorzien. Sanfilippo zelf zorgt met piano, elektronica en engelachtige zangsamples voor de overige droefgeestige en bovenal tot de verbeelding sprekende pracht. Muziek die doet denken aan een fijne blend van Max Richter, Arvo Pärt, David Darling, Library Tapes, Olan Mill, Carlos Cipa en Jóhann Jóhannsson. Dit is muziek die niet in de koude kleren gaat zitten, hetgeen natuurlijk ook niet past dezer dagen. Het is bezinnende pracht, waar je enkel stil van kunt worden en kippenvel van krijgt" De Subjectivisten

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released February 14, 2018

Produced by Bruno Sanfilippo
Released via the Russian Label Dronarivm
All songs written and recorded by Bruno Sanfilippo at Onix II Studio, Barcelona, Spain
Analog Mastered on a classic SSL desk and Studer A80 reel-to-reel by Ian Hawgood, Warsaw, Poland
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►Exclusive items and lossless audio available◄ Bruno is a pianist & classically trained composer.
He combines contemporary classical patterns with minimalism and ambient tones. "In dreams, there’s no imagined thing that’s too absurd, too strange, and Bruno Sanfilippo's music comes from that inexhaustible and shameless source" ... more

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