Bruno Sanfilippo is an Argentinian pianist, musician and composer.
Bruno Sanfilippo (born September 13, 1965) is a musician, pianist and contemporary classical music composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He currently resides in Barcelona, Spain. His sound has been described as an exploration of minimalist piano concepts and electroacoustic music. In 2015, he became one of the main exponents of the LIFEM 2015 festival, specializing in minimalist music.
The artist began playing the piano at a young age, starting with the Pleyel et Cie piano from his parents’ home in Buenos Aires. Although Sanfilippo draws inspiration from various genres, in his early years, he was influenced by classical composers such as Satie, Debussy and Ravel. In 1988, Sanfilippo graduated from the Galvani Conservatory in Buenos Aires with a degree in Musical Composition.
In 2000, the artist left his native Argentina and began his life, and a new chapter of his career, in Barcelona, Spain.
In 1998, Sanfilippo started Ad21 music, a personal platform/label responsible for some of his albums except, The Poet, which was signed with 1631 Recordings and Decca Publishing in 2016, and Unity through the Russian label Dronarivm in 2018.
Sanfilippo has participated in concerts and music festivals in both the national and international music scene. This includes performances at the Insolit Music Forum in Barcelona in 2007, the Stalker festival in Tallinn in 2012, the Antara Festival in London in 2013 and the LIFM festival in London in 2015.
The LIFEM 2015, or the London International Festival of Exploratory Music, was an opportunity for Sanfilippo to participate in the Minimalism Unwrapped series with fellow composers, Wim Mertens, Sylvain Chauveau and Greg Haines.
He has been lauded as an “exceptionally refined sound-sculptor” and his work has been compared to Max Richter, Arvo Pärt, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Harold Budd, and many more in the area of contemporary classical.
A sample of Sanfilippo’s “Ambessence Piano & Drones 1” was used in Canadian rapper Drake’s 2013 song “Started From The Bottom”.
Bruno Sanfilippo’s piano-based music continues to oscillate around melodic or atmospheric moods and with his new album released on New Years Day called ‘Pianette’, he returns back to the more melodic side of his compositions. (wikipedia)
‘Pianette’, as an album, is the most structured and melodic of Bruno’s work for some time. There is a music box and ballet-like quality to the majority of the tracks and that’s clear from the opening title track. This is because the album itself is inspired in part by mechanical toys. It sets the tone of lush but dampened melodies, quietly beavering away under the surface. It also sets the pattern for the chords and notes being used as often at points during each track the music veers into a slight dissonance of chord change that makes you feel like something is beautiful – but not quite right. It’s a gentle curious mark that draws you into so many of the pieces such as ‘Paloma’ which revels in that state.
As the album moves forward we also start to dive inside the piano with its intimate microphone set up. ‘DOLL’ feels percussive with its stops, hammers and dampeners alluding to that mechanical toy feel. ‘Marionette’ sounds like there is a guitar playing too but its all in the pianos internals. It’s not quite like a prepared piano, but the softness of the sound really helps craft the tracks where this type of audio production is used.
The album refuses to build up or slow down too much – it has an intensity to it that reminds me of old Europe and that comes home in the closing track ‘Goodness’ which is as close to a dramatic finale as the album gets.
Bruno Sanfilippo has made my favourite work of his with ‘Pianette’. It’s unashamedly new-classical in its composition, eerie with its tense production and melodic dissonance and oh so subtle in how it uses the piano to create mechanical life. The piano is easily one of the most expressive instruments on Earth, so playing these two ideas off against each other has created an inspired album of muted greatness. —higherplainmusic.com
Bruno Sanfilippo (piano)
01. Pianette 3.29
02. Doll 5.14
03. La Mariposa 2.48
04. Marionette 3.18
05. Paloma 3.57
06. Multicolor 2-52
07. Empty Circus 2.39
08. Tin Soldiers 3.32
09. Wooden Toys 3.52
10. Dreams Of An Elephant 3.01
11. ClarOscuro Solo Piano Version 4.43
12. Goodness 3.55
Composed by Bruno Sanfilippo