Flow Signs (cdr)
The project "Flow Signs" was born by the encounter of Francesco Giannico, electroacoustic musician and video artist, with Theo Allegretti, ambient-jazz pianist and composer, based on a common poetic and musical sensibility that favors natural landscapes, surreal environments and rich interior scenarios, such as particular places from which emerge suggestions that would provide a different view also of our daily life worlds.
The flow can catapult us into a mental state of conscious unawareness, as though being swept away by a current of water and similarly Francesco Giannico (laptop, field recordings, objects, guitar) and Theo Allegretti (grand piano, prepared piano), with such an expressive approach, create a single cinematic and visionary stream.
The intuitive, improvised and atypical use of the piano, dropped within ambient and minimal atmospheres and enriched by contemporary jazz strokes, moves hovering always on the lookout for a blend with the interventions brought into play by the other artist that are realized in real-time reprocessing of sound material, distended atmospheres created thanks to the help of pads, glitch, rattles, squeaks and sounds of memory.
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) wrote about Francesco Giannico: “This young Italian electro-acoustic composer in whose work we can hear tendrils of everything from Luigi Nono to Toru Takemitsu. Filled with odd details, the music is fascinating.”
released 29th November 2013
(IT) Mirco Salvadori, Rockerilla, n.400.
<<Flow Signs rappresenta un connubio ben riuscito tra il soundscaper e sound designer Francesco Giannico e il pianista jazz Theo Allegretti. 7 tracce che posano il loro sguardo lungo paesaggi dedicati alla pausa riflessiva, lì dove il field recording sostiene e amplifica il tocco del pianoforte, rendendo vivo e reale quell’attimo dedicato alla percezione visiva. Linguaggi di paesaggi e nebbie.>>
(IT) Raffaello Russo, MusicWontsaveyou.com
Dal comune interesse dei due artisti per l’estemporaneo dispiegamento delle rispettive matrici sonore discendono sette brani che invece appaiono estremamente rifiniti e soprattutto presentano gli omogenei contorni di un paesaggismo ambientale che nelle sparse note del pianoforte trova non un semplice corollario armonico bensì un elemento strutturale variamente interpolato da un pulviscolo di detriti sonori.
This is a piano ambient album, and we like those over here. Not only that, but it’s a very, very good example of such. Flow Signs mixes minimal but quite well-structured piano pieces with nocturnal-sounding field recordings and gentle ambient sounds. Some tracks bring to mind the recent work of Sakamoto (such as his albums with Alva Noto), being more abstract, while others (“Lazy Afternoon”) resemble the prettier post-rock pieces of Eluvium (but just as good!). There’s even a bit of experimentation, such as on the more avant-garde “Where is the Oracle”, which contains musique concrète elements. This is a great example of piano-based ambient music/sound art that in many moments reaches the heights of beauty, so if you like that, you should not miss it