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An Artist of the Twenty-First Century – Lyric Say

The Internationally famend cellist Giovanni Sollima flouts categorization. His mesmerizing character and his genre-defying music units him aside. A lean determine with salt and pepper hair, he seems on stage alone, wearing black, and he beguiles us together with his distinctive and virtuosic type of taking part in. Since I’m a cellist, I discover his taking part in all of the extra spellbinding. Even Yo-Yo Ma has stated, “He makes me look like a pussycat…He’s a super virtuoso of the cello. He studied with [the eminent] Antonio Janigro but plays like a jazz musician and is part performance artist. He has no fear, and that’s unusual in the classical world – we’re all terrified of wrong notes.” – Yo-Yo Ma, (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Giovanni Sollima

Giovanni Sollima © Shobha

In actual fact, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra commissioned him to put in writing a double cello concerto, and he and Yo-Yo Ma performed the premiere in February 2014 at Symphony Corridor in Chicago.

Composer, virtuoso, professor, and conductor, he was born in 1962 in Palermo, Sicily, right into a musical household. He studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and composition together with his father Eiodoro Sollima. Additional research had been with the good cellists Antonio Janigro and Milko Kelemen on the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and on the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Sollima’s mesmerizing music incorporates influences from Jazz and rock traditions, his Mediterranean roots, minimalism, and modal methods, and a few unusually produced sounds. He’s not averse to experimentation and can use a number of tracks, percussive sounds, some even produced with a pencil, and otherworldly muted resonances utilizing clothespins that pinch the bridge of the cello.

He performs every thing from Baroque type masters equivalent to Francesco Corbetta, with a Baroque bow and bowhold, to Thunderstruck; from Vivaldi on an Ice Cello, to his Onyricon a number of cello ensemble, all with a powerful and easy method.

Sollima’s progressive method is superbly exemplified within the piece Daydream. With beautiful filming, the a number of cello strains are superimposed upon the lone cello determine onstage. The digital camera then pans via flights of fancy into nature scenes. In Half Two, Sollima dives right into a driving rhythmic bowing, with dazzling and percussive left-hand pizzicato and rhythms that he achieves by slapping the left-hand strings. Hear for eerie harmonics and anticipate a shock ending!

Giovanni Sollima: Daydream

One other uncommon manufacturing was the ‘N-Ice Cello’ Tour of 2018—a mission conceived by musician and music supervisor Corrado Bungaro in partnership with the luthier-sculptor Tim Linhart. Further collaboration got here from the Muse Museum, Trento. Giovanni Sollima performs his Gelido “in ogni vena” from Farnace by Antonio Vivaldi on a cello manufactured from ice and the venue was atop a mountain.

Ice cello N-Ice concerto

Giovanni Sollima: The N-Ice Cello Concerto (Giovanni Sollima, cello; Sinfonica Siciliana)
Giovanni Sollima: Pure Songbook – No. 5 Hora (Enrico Bronzi, cello; Massimo Polidori, cello; Fabrizio Scilla, cello)

His preparations, too, are ingenious—Stravinsky‘s Three Pieces for Clarinet, works of Bellini, Purcell, and contemporary composers. But he plays standards too, such as solo Bach recorded on a 5-string soprano viol with a baroque bow.

Sollima frequently writes works for multiple cellos. We can hear some of the pieces on the album Onyricron. The seven-movement work La Sostanza del Sogni, exquisitely shows our instrument’s broad gamut of expressive talents. The actions transfer effortlessly from one type to a different. The piece begins with the rhythmically nebulous and atmospheric Gianmaria’s Dream. A lone solo cello enters and performs a plaintive lamentation. Then, with out pause, the cellists transfer to The Rainbow Cup. We’re dazzled by very fast string crossings that push the tempo into the charming Geology Dance Piece.

Giovanni Sollima: La sostanza dei sogni (Giovanni Sollima, cello; Ludovico Armellini, cello; Valerio Cassano, cello; Monika Leskovar, cello; Adriano Melucci, cello; Leila Shirvani, cello)

Giovanni Sollima

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Alternatively, his Searching Track for the Arianna Artwork Ensemble is written within the baroque type, and it’s charming. The lilting Siciliana is written within the conventional rhythm of the dance, and whereas sustaining the wistful sounds, Sollima provides a extra undulating background accompaniment. The Gigue is a spirited dance in a fast two however with a demonic drive. It’s modal and with some Mediterranean results equivalent to sitar-like glissandos and results, which isn’t what one expects of a Baroque Gigue. Have a hear.

Giovanni Sollima: Searching Sonata (Giovanni Sollima, cello; Monika Leskovar, cello; Gianluca Ubaldi, tamburello/timpani; Arianna Artwork Ensemble)

Collaboration is Sollima’s forte. He’s appeared with numerous nice performers, artists, and composers, from Gidon Kremer to Patti Smith and Philip Glass to the Bang on a Can All-Stars ensemble, in addition to choreographers and filmmakers. For instance, in 2000, he recorded two releases for the Agora label, Spasimo and Viaggio in Italia, (A Journey in Italy). These albums have all kinds of instrumentation.

The most important work on the album Spasimo is for solo cello and amplified ensemble— cello, viola, violin, synthesizer, and percussion. And Viaggio, carried out by Sollima with the Lark Quartet, and later carried out in Carnegie Corridor, incorporates texts by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Giordano Bruno, and Francesco Borromini. A part of the Viaggio Suite, Casanova’s Sonata, can be scored for 2 flutes, two oboes, bass guitar, sampler, and string orchestra, and was reimagined as a ballet choreographed by Karole Armitage and staged on the Athens Competition. Such versatility and profound creativity! One can expertise extra on the album Works the place you’ll hear Terra Aria, the music behind the Daydreams video, and a various array of compositions highlighting Sollima’s artistry.

Giovanni Sollima: Works album cover

Sollima has influenced total generations of cellists via his instructing on the Academy of Santa Cecilia, and by way of his compositions. His Lamentatio, imaginatively carried out right here by the younger cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, with Federico Longo, dancer, and Alon Shafransky, videographer, has all the attribute results Sollima employs in his music together with left-hand pizzicato, col legno (producing a percussive impact by hitting the stick of the bow) glissando (left-hand slide on the string) double and triple chords, fancy quick passages and string crossings, and he even asks the cellist to sing alongside in a drone. This piece not too long ago impressed composer Riccardo Pes to put in writing his personal composition Lament For the Tree.

Giovanni Sollima: Lamentatio

Though Sollima is taken into account an elder statesman now, he’s nonetheless a cellist of the twenty first Century, who defies labels and continues to stir audiences together with his ingenious improvements. I do know you may be thrilled to find this artist for those who haven’t earlier than.

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