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sfSoundSalonSeries: Alfonso Alberti, solo piano

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — 12:00 AM
Tickets: $10 General, $7 Members
Tickets available at the door only
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Italian pianist, Alfonso Alberti presents a program of solo works for piano that explores the varied and sometimes contradictory paths travelled by contemporary music in Italy. It showcases some of the ‘main players’ in the second half of the twentieth century: Giorgio Gaslini (of whose Sonata this is the world premiere) and his ‘total music’, Sylvano Bussotti and his physical, gestural rapport with the keyboard, and Paolo Castaldi with his ‘false obviousness’. It also displays the heterodox trajectory of Michele Dall’Ongaro and the originality of the new generation: Stefano Bulfon, Silvia Colasanti, Federico Gardella, Marco Momi, and Filippo Perocco. The resulting image is an almost labyrinthine intertwining of paths which, more often than not, lead us to unimagined and surprising realms.

Marco Momi (1978) Tre nudi (2007)
Giorgio Gaslini (1929) Sonata (2012, world première)
Stefano Bulfon (1975) Le temps est un fleuve sans rives (2010)
Silvia Colasanti (1975) Logica in fiamme (2008)
Paolo Castaldi (1930) Left (1971)
Sylvano Bussotti (1931) Aquila imperiale (1986)
Michele Dall’Ongaro (1957)   Autodafè (cinque modi di andare alla forca) (1989)
Filippo Perocco (1972) Fotogrammi (2002)
Federico Gardella (1979) Di rami e radici (2009)

Alfonso Alberti debuted as a pianist at the age of 17 in the Verdi Conservatory of Milan, and has been highly active ever since, playing in such varied venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Teatro del Verme in Milan, and LACMA in Los Angeles as well as collaborating with various groups including the RAI (Italian national television) orches- tra. He is also a musicologist and author of several monographs on Debussy, Horowitz, Castiglione, Schoenberg and Petrassi, and is a regular contributor in scholarly publications and conferences in the field of musicology.
Alfonso Alberti’s appearance is made possible with support from The Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco.