Episode 43 of The Ambient Vault Podcast features special guest Luca Longobardi. Italian composer and pianist Luca Longobardi represents the generation of classically trained musicians who incorporate the language of contemporary electronic music into their pieces, which are furthermore strongly connected to the multimedia arts.
Born in 1976, Longobardi studied classical music in Italy and New York and went on to earn his doctorate in digital audio restoration in Rome in 2011. His works reveal a strong interaction between classical and contemporary music.
The experience he has gained as a theatre musician has increased his interest in the relationship between sounds and spectacle; he has composed music for ballets and films and accompanied installations and experimental art productions (Atelier de Lumières - Paris, Carrières des Lumières - Baux-de-Provence, Kunstkraftwerk - Leipzig). At his multimedia performances and in his recordings, strongly experimental electronic music meets pure, ethereal and simple-seeming piano playing that nevertheless relays deep emotions.
Luca has generously shared the following tracks for this week’s episode of the podcast to which I am most grateful and excited to share with you. More about Luca and his music and projects below and as always thanks so much for listening!
1. MEDITAZIONE n. 31
“Longobardi’s works seem to be spontaneous, based on everyday-life situations that give the impression of being very simple but that hold deep feelings and thoughts, and the more you immerse yourself in them the more familiar they become, and will fill you with nostalgia for places and people you don't know.”
(piano and coffee co.)
“The fragile and intimate piano sonatas are often in the foreground, interwoven with electronic nuances and atmospheric soundscapes. The emotional picture is a fragile skeleton of melancholy, the kind of melancholy that is born between longing and lucid dreaming.”
(Gezeitenstrom - Musikmagazin)
“On one side, airy melodies and relaxed chord progressions make these songs a light hearted experience, but often in the high pitched numbers, there is a kind of solid melancholy.”
Carrières de Lumières (Provence): https://www.carrieres-lumieres.com/fr/dali-lenigme-sans- fin
Atelier des Lumières (Paris): https://www.atelier-lumieres.com/fr/monet-renoir-chagall- voyages-en-mediterranee
Les Bassins de Lumières (Bordeaux): https://www.bassins-lumieres.com/fr/gustav-klimt-dor- et-couleurs
Bunker des Lumières (South Korea): https://www.bunkerdelumieres.com/Exhibitions Kunstkraftwerk (Leipzig): https://www.kunstkraftwerk-leipzig.com/de/ausstellungen Immersive Van
Gogh Exhibit (Toronto): https://vangoghexhibit.ca/
Immersive Van Gogh (Chicago): https://www.vangoghchicago.com/
Immersive Van Gogh (San Francisco): https://www.vangoghsf.com/
INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Inside Immersive Van Gogh: https://www.ludwig-van.com/toronto/2020/08/31/ feature-inside-immersive-van-gogh/
Luca Longobardi and the House Concert: https://openhouse-magazine.com/luca-longobardi- and-the-house-concert/
Music Makes Art Magic: Atelier des Lumières: https://www.artsjournal.com/brightride/ 2019/01/14/music-makes-art-magic-atelier-des-lumieres/
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