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One of the most significant compositional trends developed in the second half of the xx century is the effort to enhance the level of listening perception. Sounds have been given elaborate attention in the guise of scientific research. This tendency has opened a new and  demanding frontier in music in which the notations for the dynamics in the scores have suddenly become futile compared to the depth of the sound research and the unusual techniques. The contemporary music system has commenced an unorthodox revolt scrutinizing the details surrounding the inaudible as well as those around the full intensity of the sound. This kind of research spans from the silent detail of the famous Scelsi piano key with the pedal until the ending of the sonic matter to the recent saturationist excursions found in French composers. One might ask if it is possible for the research and the techniques to blend so as to create a new contemporary panorama. Can scanning the dynamics and the extreme areas be a way of being transported into an emotional cell which is stimulated by the instruments? Is it possible to create a new sensitivity? And, if so, what kind of dialectic would emerge from the game of forces?
The selection that Bianchini proposes might be the answer to these questions. Here the compositions converge towards an idea of flow regulation, extensions and techniques that work together to catch what happens within a sound in a specific time. The saxophone is chosen for its corporeal sound offering an instrumental excellence that allows to live the ‘matter’ dimension. Everything that hands, mouth, fingerings, or breath carve is unity, a tangible tension that brings us closer to the physics of the materials as well as the abstraction of art. The corporeality is to be embedded in what Bianchini wished to explore, namely the transparency and the intensity of timbres, currently seen as problematic universes. This corporeality expresses itself in a variety of compositional styles though united by the thread of a definitive semantic change. This work tackles the predictable harmonic sequences as they have been known in classical music until now, because the tension lives in confused situations, in the definitely unconventional textures of the saxophones and in the gestures of the performer. [

[...] Bianchini behaves as a conductor of energy, no matter what type, interpretative realism of an explorer of sounds, adamantine or explosive to occurrences, mysterious or granite depending on the type of reflection required by the composition. The dialectic of αντίθεση-antithesis requires the ability to know how to dominate contrasts and it demands a musician capable of creating a range of congruences that are not easily manageable. Ultimately, the entire project of Bianchini is a domination of the objective world liberating a perfectly totalized sound world. 

Ettore Garzia

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Mariacci's path towards abstraction flourished in the 1990s. His painting, through a chromatic vivacity initially built for signs, uses colors distributed on the canvas according to a rigorous rhythmic logic. The artist has recently been recovering this modality - after the lasting parenthesis of a research played on concrete shapes and flat colors - in which, however, the innovative element appears to be the bituminous material, which is used in sign-color mode and which plays on the nuances of this and on light colored pigments. The result is an expressive research which in some respects becomes more involved in the human condition compared to the past; the temperature of the work becomes "warmer". A research that evolved itself in a few months, also thanks to the unfortunate encounter with fire, which if on the one hand has canceled a lot of the artist's production by accidentally burning it, on the other has provided a further stimulus of openness towards a pictorial modality that Mariacci had not considered so far. Nevertheless, he did not deny his own abstract identity, but rather reinterpreted the language materially.

Lorenzo Fiorucci



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