"Winds (and mythology) have been a pretext for me: characters to take inspiration from, as to define specific musical identities during the composition process.
The keystones of this work, which took me almost two years to complete (November 2015 – June 2017), are the pieces that bear the names of the four ancient Greek winds: Borea (North), Noto (South), Euro (East), Zephiro (West).
This imagery can’t obviously ignore the perspective of the “migrating wind” as an entity in movement, that blends and transforms itself, renovating traditions, identities and cultures, overcoming walls and barriers of all kinds.
This music is meant to be a hymn: a eulogy to the differences that nourish and enrich our world. At the same time, with its harshness, it aims to stimulate a reflection about the terrible fate accompanying those who are forced to give up their lives in favor of a greater hope; an aspiration that, very often, remains unfulfilled."
released June 26, 2020
All the compositions are by Andrea Grossi.
Caterina Biagiarelli: flute, piccolo / Rebecca Roda: oboe, english horn / Giancarlo “Nino” Locatelli: Bb and bass clarinets, soundpainting / Gabriele Fava: soprano and tenor sax, flute / Manuel Caliumi: alto sax / Massimiliano Milesi: tenor and soprano sax / Paolo Malacarne: trumpet, flughelhorn / Andrea Baronchelli: trombone, bass tuba / Michele Bonifati: electric guitar / Simone Quatrana: piano / Andrea Grossi: double bass, compositions / Filippo Sala: drums.
Recorded by Simone Coen (Assistant Engineer: Daniele Marzi) at Marzi Recording Studio, Riccione (RN), on September 30 2018.
Mixed by Simone Coen at Riverplant Music Studios, Monza (MB) and Chocolate Audio Studio, Seregno (MB).
Mastered by Simone Coen at Chocolate Audio Studio, Seregno (MB) and transferred for release by Giovanni Meniak Nebbia at Ithil World Mastering Studio, Imperia (IM).
Cover: “senza titolo” by Christian Andrea Rainone.
Liner Notes by Bruno Tommaso and Roberto Bonati.
Photo by Gianni Grossi.