At just 22 years of age, Italian prodigy Pasquale Riviezzo is one of the most promising talents we’re yet to feature in The Places Series. Playing the piano for over eleven years and the guitar for over six, you may know Pasquale from his lush ambient productions on Dewtone from 2012; but it’s here, amongst detailed field recordings, emotional scores and vivid instrumental journeys that Halo really shines as a talented composer.
His Places Series EP, titled “Song Of The Highest Tower” captures what he describes as, “something very intimate and close to the artist’s personality and subjectivity”, something “incidental to the artist’s mind”; or what some of us may simply call, creative expression. And as most us know, there’s no better way to bring this to life than a combination of enigmatic strings, poignant melodies and a heart-felt back story.
We have all experienced those moments when we capture a perfect image in our minds eye; those indelible scenes we can recall with perfect clarity. These snapshots might last a lifetime or disappear as quickly as they were realized but in that split-second, for composer Pasquale Riviezzo, it’s a preservation of a very personal kind.
"I usually travel from Milan to Naples for my university studies. These are images of places that I saw in a misty morning while I was on the train, that were fixed in my heart for a moment, mixed with flowing feelings and thoughts. They maybe became different places after that, but this is a story I’d like to tell you, through notes. It’s how a common place becomes intimate, and then a strangely isolated place."
Inspired by transit and transcendence, misty mornings and fleeting connection, Pasquale’s EP is a collection that’s characterized by weighty piano chords, ethereal atmospheres and measured use of string to give tracks a melancholic focus. (From the Place introduction by Reef Younis, read the full article at A Strangely Isolated Place)
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Catalogue Number: ASIP029 - released 06 March 2014
All tracks Composed, Recorded and Mastered by Pasquale Riviezzo.
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