Nicola Cipani – piano
Tracklist: 1. Klaviermassage I 2. Klaviermassage II 3. Klaviermassage III 4. Klaviermassage IV 5. Klaviermassage V 6. Klaviermassage VI 7. Klaviermassage VII
Performed and recorded by Nicola Cipani 2009 New York City. Design and drawings by Eugene Timerman. Mastered by Maurizio Giannotti at Bips Studio, Milano.
Pianist Nicola Cipani
is one of Long Song’s most acclaimed discoveries. His debut The ill-tempered piano was saluted as “achingly gorgeous, unusual and wonderful” (Signal to noise), “endlessly clever and playful” (DMG), earning praise for the “impressive range of techniques” (The Wire) and “unbounded imagination” (AllAboutJazz), along with an honorable mention for best release of 2008 (AllAboutJazz New York). Cipani’s second solo CD no longer resorts to broken instruments — the piano is now healthy and tuned — but the result is still surprisingly uncharacteristic. These piano-string ‘massages’ unearth layers of new sounds, producing a thrilling landscape of drones, overtones, sympathetic resonances. Cipani manages to organize such magmatic potential into meaningful textures and music evolves as propelled by a reflection on sound itself.
Nicola Cipani was born in Lausanne in 1965, grew up in Milan, studied classical philology in Berlin, and moved to the United States in 1998. He now lives in Brooklyn and teaches at New York University. He has been playing piano for over thirty years.
I was quite charmed
with Nicola Cipani’s debut album “The Ill-Tempered Piano” on which he plays only untuned and damaged pianos. On this album, he takes the instrument into real uncharted territories, with highly repetitive, drone-like sounds, resulting in feedback, screeching strings, tonal percolations, and a general weirdness that is highly likeable – and sometimes outright impressive – when in the right mood (you have to be calm and serene, if not, you risk to start throwing with things, unless the nervous and unrelenting tension on this album acts as a kind of antidote to calm even if the most restless high-strung anxious bundle of nerves into a state of zen-like acceptance).
To me, the serene mood works best in any case, and it may help to appreciate Cipani’s unique and interesting voice. —Stef
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