Fusing elements of ambient, classical and jazz, this five-song collection of tone poems sees Italian composer Ferdinando Arnò teaming up with an eclectic and acclaimed ensemble of musicians to create a truly otherworldly sonic experience.
The project was inspired by an Italian sound installation, Radura, located in the Cortile della Farmacia of Ca ‘Granda in Milan. The installation was designed by celebrated architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri and is a musical oasis perfectly designed for the group’s serene sound.
The music on the EP was designed to be translated for use in the sound installation. Through rounded synths and repetitive loops, the composition is intended to evoke a spiritual spark in the listener, drawing on the fundamental idea that music is ‘moving air’.
Stream the EP here: https://soundcloud.com/quietplease/sets/music-for-radura
Making up the project are four members: Ferdinando Arnò; piano and electronics, Melanie Biasio; vocals, Marco Decimo; cello, and Giorgio Cocilovo; moog guitar.
Ferdinando Arno, The brainchild behind Music for Radura, attended Berklee College of Music where he attained a degree in jazz improvisation. He has since composed many scores for TV and cinema including La Prima Cosa Bella that was nominated an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. On top of this, he is the forming member of award-winning indie band, Common Mama, as well as being founder and CEO of his own music consultancy and production company, Quiet Please!.
Other members of the band share equal acclaim – Belgian jazz vocalist Melanie Biasio was nominated for Django d’Or award in 2006, whilst Marco Decimo and Giorgio Cocilovo are both widely esteemed in their fields.
Three of the tracks were co-composed with Melanie Biasio – ‘Beat in my Heart’, ‘Swallow Me’ and ‘L’Enfant de la Nuit’.
Drawing influence from a diverse palette of artists including Max Richter, Arvo Pärt, Keith Jarret and The Doors, the group establish a sound that is entirely their own.
Music for Radura is out June 30th