Luciano Cilio - Dialoghi Del Presente LP
Label: EMI Italy
Originally released in 1977, Dialoghi Del Presente represents a truly unique approach to music making where each instrument and each sound are given ample time and space to develop. For the recording sessions leading to this remarkable work Luciano Cilio took up a role as multi-instrumentalist, performing on piano, guitar, flute, bass and mandola, also joined by musicians coming from different experiences and areas, who supply strings, extra woodwind and percussion. Almost impossible to define, the all-acoustic music of Cilio occupies a space between the devotional music of Popol Vuh's Florian Fricke and the deep spiritual places of what would later be called holy minimalism (without any of the religious intents of the afore-mentioned references), with a surprising anticipation of the crystalline sparseness of pieces like "Fur Alina" by Arvo Part, and a feeling of intense suspension of time that can be associated to some of the most intimate compositions of Ligeti or Morton Feldman, yet maintaining a definite position outside the contemporary music of serial and academic inspiration.
As Jim O'Rourke wrote about Dialoghi Del Presente, "These recordings sound as they feel self-contained, introspective, and determined, you can feel in the music a sort of necessity that can be rarely found, as in Bill Fay's Time of the Last Persecution, or in Nick Drake's Pink Moon: this enormous weight that is bearing on its creators, the absolute need to exorcize it from their lives, a moment in time where you are invited to hear artists truly in contact with their existence. Luciano Cilio holds that moment in time, an authentic emotional testament, something to be cherished."