A/R (Andata e Ritorno) by Alessandro Palmitessa
(CD SOUL CIRCLES EGP Records Germany)
Alessandro Palmitessa - Clarinet, Saxophon, Percussion and Live Electronics www.palmitessa.de
The music on Soul Circles is based on the rhythmic pulse of layered and meshed loops that are generated by saxophones, clarinets or the accordion. Every now and then primitive percussions join in, and saxophones team up for some sort of short-living big bands, while in the background, melodious particles float by and suddenly step forward, seeking to catch the listener's attention. Or, they queue up for oscillations that are reminiscent of Steve Reich, as at the
beginning of Sagres. Palmitessa takes a look on landscapes, towns and sites or into rooms that all look back in turn, stirring our emotions: this finally is what Palmitessa's music is about. His loops extend the very moment of encounter to the length of a music piece, thus having the listener experience this crucial situation.
In A/R (meaning: andata e ritorno, which is the Italian expression for "return-ticket"), like a wistful glance out of a train's window, the clarinet wanders over the passing-by landscape. Soul Circles is a soulful recording in its literal sense and it has got marvellously relaxed music in store which explores the realms of Jazz, Ambient, or World Music as well. There is no doubt that a broad audience will love it. (Christopher Janssen)
Born in 1969 in Atina, Italy
Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Alessandro Palmitessa earned a degree in jazz and classical saxophone from the N. Piccinni Conservatory in Monopoli (Bari/Italy). He received a "Siena Jazz" scholarship and completed the program leading to "High Professional Qualification in Jazz Music and Contemporary Derivation". Palmitessa has won numerous awards and performs with several multi-national ensembles at international jazz festivals.
Alessandro Palmitessa has been living in Cologne, Germany since 1997. In 2001 he initiated the "Menschensinfonieorchester" for homeless musicians; the group's first CD was widely reviewed in the press (including an article in the magazine GEO in February 2004) and received the Rheinischen Förderpreis sponsorship award of the Sparkassen Cultural Foundation in 2005. In addition to numerous recordings for radio and television, Palmitessa has performed original compositions at various art exhibits (e.g. Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Turin: "Marc Chagall", 2004; Museum Ludwig, Cologne: "Piet Mondriaan", 2008) and composed soundtracks for films. Palmitessa has served as artistic director of the "Festival all'Italiana -- beyond pasta and amore" in Cologne since 2009.
Palmitessa's activities extend far beyond the city limits of Cologne. In 2005 and 2007 he toured Europe with the Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra from Japan. He and his band "Noizland" won the Newcomer Prize at the "Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival" in Sardinia in 2005. In 2009 he was an instructor at "Young Notes for Europe" festival in Rome.
Palmitessa performed with Toninho Horta at the "film erzaehlt musik" festival in 2010. For the European Cultural Capital program RUHR 2010, Alessandro Palmitessa collaborated with Geremia Carrara to create an extensive cultural program that juxtaposed the former mining communities of the Ruhr metropolis with those in Sardinia. Of special note in this connection were two concerts featuring the renowned Sardinian musicians Elena Ledda (soprano) and Antonello Salis (piano, accordion).