On D is a big crescendo gesture which exploits the realisation of the harmonics on the double bass and their use to produce a musical piece extended to a larger ensemble. On D recalls some musical traditions of my land, the ringing of the sheep bells, the sound of the ‘launeddas’ (a traditional wind instrument) amplified by the use of some guttural vocal sounds and words typical of the traditional singers. On D was premiered on the 31st of January 2011 at Birmingham Conservatoire conducted by Taavi Kull.
Performed at Birmingham Conservatoire on 2-11-2009
Sebastiano Dessanay on double bass
Ben Kane on drums
I wrote my first song when I was 10 and I have been writing songs every now and then since. They are usually very simple melodies with a harmonic accompaniment and very little if none arrangement. They are very much informed by jazz tunes and by melodic Italian old songs and contain elements of improvisation. I am collecting songs I wrote from 1997 to 2007 in a project called Songbook which aims at providing new material for improvisers (a sort of very personal version of the Jazz Real Book). Nora was written in 2007 and the basic idea was to write a melody over a chromatic bass line going from Ab to G. The result is a very delicate AABA form song which title took inspiration from contemplating the ruins of Nora, an ancient Phoenician town on the south west coast of Sardinia.