After BonJinTan's tour, together with Akira Sakata, Jim O'Rourke and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, in the summer of 2018 Giovanni Di Domenico recorded, in just two nights, with the help of O'Rourke himself, his third solo work. At an altitude of one thousand metres, in the Hoshi To Niji studio, surrounded by the Minami Alps and under the influence of Mount Fuji, the Roman pianist and composer, based in Brussels, conceived his first opus for solo piano. Four compositions that, in a dry and inspired way, synthesize what has already been expressed in the elaborate electroacoustic textures of the previous works and in the numerous collaborations and shared projects.
In front of the piano alone, Di Domenico focuses even more on his vision and pushes his research towards a clear direction: an "strumming music" that embraces rhythmic complexity, melody, attention to harmonic modulations. Di Domenico puts these three elements into relation and makes them dialogue with ease, developing in an agile and spontaneous way complex structures capable of revealing themselves in a simple and direct way.
Its performance is clear, decisive, the recording, airy, lives and breathes together with the creaking of the wood of the studio. ISASOLO brings with it a lot of the places and people that accompanied his birth but it is, at the same time, a lonely and evocative work, like a suiseki stone, in which all the love of its author for the piano is condensed. It's a record that shines, bright, able to merge the legacy of Italian minimalism (Franco Battiato, Francesco Messina, Luciano Cilio) with the contemporary avant-garde (Hans Otte, Charlemagne Palestine) and jazz (Keith Jarrett).
Recorded at Hoshi To Niji studio, Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi, Japan, in July 2018
Without whom this record would not exist: Akira Sakata, Kafka Sensei, Eiko Ishibashi, Jim O'Rourke, Astudko Hatano, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto