Napenda (2005-06) in swahili, means " I love". The idea comes from a poem by Erri De Luca: it contains different versions of the verb "to love", in different languages. Love is intended in rather an universal than a personal meaning: in the poem are also mentioned several names of God. In the work are present echoes of Eastern traditions, with Chinese, Burman, Japanese instruments, and also an African drum, the daraboukka. I have been interested in Eastern culture and way of thinking since many years and I particularly appreciate the way Eastern people respect silence and listen to music: silence is not experienced as a mere void, but as a space pregnant with meaning, a living presence shared by the listeners. And also music comes from silence.
The work is dedicated to the Duo Arcobaleni (Silvia Belfiore, pf, Maurizio Ben Omar, perc).
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Silvia Belfiore, piano, Maurizio Ben Omar, percussion, Omaggio a Niccolò Castiglione festival, Acqui Terme, Italy, October 7, 2006. Commisioned by / dedications
Commissioned by Silvia Belfiore for the Omaggio a Niccolò Castiglione festival, Acqui Terme, Italy; Dedication: a Silvia e Maurizio. PDF for promotional use
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