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October 8, 2013

Pura Musica Pura Visione / Pure Music Pure Vision

The first book about artistic collaboration between Giuseppe Tornatore and Ennio Morricone, "Pure Music Pure Vision" was recently published in Italy.

The author and journalist Manuela Dragone, in her latest work "Pura Musica Pura Visione" takes the readers into the outstanding artistic collaboration between two of the most famous Italian Oscar winners, composer Ennio Morricone and director Giuseppe Tornatore.
The book is published by Pellegrini Publishing house and it is also available in e-book version.
The well-known TV critic Vincenzo Mollica joined the book's foreword, describing the artistic union as "a miracle worth to bow down before it".
The book examines the "relationship " between the two artists, explaining that in spite of differences in age and character, both have contributed to make the Italian cinema brighter and brighter all over the world.
"Italian cinema in the world today is recognizable mainly for two names: Tornatore and Morricone." - says the author Manuela Dragone- "From New York to Tokyo, via London, when you say Italy you refer mainly to them."
It all began in 1988 when Morricone, who had already been celebrated all over the world for his masterpieces like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" by Sergio Leone, "The Untouchables" by Brian De Palma, or "Mission" by Roland Joffe, agreed to work with a director in his early thirties who was almost unknown. The meeting was set up by the producer Franco Cristaldi. The notable result of that meeting was "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso", Oscar winning movie as the best foreign film in 1989. The movie marked the beginning of a legendary collaboration, which underwent several transformations over the years in a framework of a solid friendship.
Manuela Dragone carries out an analysis - based on a long conversation with Tornatore - of each movie signed by the Sicilian director in order to unravel the riddle of the relationship between music and images: from "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" to "Il Cane Blue", from " Una pura formalità ", to " L'Uomo delle stelle", from "La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano" to " Malena ", from " La sconosciuta" to " Baaria", and finally reaches the intriguing and romantic thriller movie "La Migliore Offerta." Every movie has a different genesis and for each movie also Morricone composes differently. He is able to understand what the director expects from him and to write unforgettable scores. Each of his works hide anecdotes and episodes that have been serving the legend to grow.
The greatness of the Roman composer is to be a great interpret of his time, blending tradition with contemporary trend. Morricone puts together experiences from the twentieth century cinema avant-garde with the oldest and most primitive tonal music. Tornatore and Morricone's works are based on the balance between past and future, between tradition and experimentation. Ennio Morricone achieves scores that blend perfectly with the story and images created by the Sicilian film director. A partnership destined to become legend.

The book is available from Pelilgrini - Here.

The Kindle version from Amazon - Here

October 17, 2013

JAMES ALDRIDGE :: MENTAL KINGDOM :: 19 October - 23 November 2013


Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to present Mental Kingdom, a solo show by James Aldridge. This will be Aldridge's third solo Exhibition at the Gallery.

Aldridge's working method revolves around a concern in the belief in images. Always interested in mankind's relationship with nature, folklore, and the superstition, the artist returns to subjects involving death, life, and landscape as well as belief, good, and evil. Aldridge derives his painterly inspiration from a wide range of (art historical) sources such as natural history field guides and Renaissance landscape painting. John James Audubon's 19th century illustrated documentation of all types of American birds and the covers of heavy metal albums are also referenced in his practice. These different influences culminate in a characteristic style that combines a variety of techniques and forms. The tension between different though inseparable notions of nature -that is both beautifully consolatory and overwhelmingly haunting - makes a feeling of melancholia inescapable.

In the new paintings and cut-outs Aldridge takes his working method one step further. Here the traditional conventions of landscape painting, such as the presence of a horizon or background scenes, have disappeared. Natural objects and birds emerge in abstract voids where gravity seems absent. Other nightmarish motifs fill the frame as well. Although apocalyptic in atmosphere, the crisp colours and stylized forms of the compositions retain a certain visual harmony reminiscent of graphic art, folklore decorations, Renaissance perspective studies, Baroque scenic wallpaper, Victorian gothic, and dream-like Symbolism. The images derive their structure from curious patterns, for example those made up of painted thorns. Additional geometric solids evoke a sense of nearly occult enigma. As such the works represent a clash of visual languages that are balanced together by these mysterious patterned structures.

The works in "Mental Kingdom" take from his interest in music, in particular heavy metal and its iconography. Several subgenres of metal transcend the music itself to become both a lifestyle with its own codes of conduct and have even developed their own visual language. His graphic iconography and overall practice can be positioned against "Black Metal Theory", with its life-conducting attitude and mode of thought - several art forms have picked up on this to process the world through darkness. Likewise some of the music, in particular black metal can evoke the same sense of the sublime as experienced when one is confronted with magnificent nature.

Aldridge aims to evoke an emotional and psychological - perhaps even a physical - reaction with his monumental sized paintings and cut-outs. His works are not about narratives, but rather about eliciting the same Romantic feelings of nothingness and melancholia one can experience when confronted with the natural world, both in reality and in imagination.

James Aldridge (1971, Kent, Uk) lives and works in Smaland, Sweden. He studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London and the Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2007 he made the painting Cold Mouth Prayer for the restaurant commission at Tate Modern Level 7. James Aldridge has participated in several international group exhibitions and publications. Recent shows include a commissioned work for the Manchester Art Gallery (UK) touring group exhibition 'The First Cut' and solo shows at David Risley, Copenhagen and Nässjö Konsthall, Sweden (all 2013). He has won several awards such as the Chapter Residency & Solo Exhibition and the Rome Scholarship in Fine Art. His work is acquired by renowned private and institutional collections.


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October 22, 2013


The City of New York just launched a new web site that chronicles Broadway's history in a fun and innovative way. Spotlight On Broadway features a series of video profiles that were filmed inside each of Broadway's 40 theaters. More than 100 storytellers from the world of Broadway, including Nathan Lane, Laura Linney, Alan Cumming, Bartlett Sher, Alan Menken, and William Ivey Long, among many others, share their memories of working on stage and behind the curtain. The project was created by the New York City's Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, in partnership with the Broadway League, and pays tribute to the thousands of men and women who have devoted their careers to Broadway. You can explore the website at www.SpotlightonBroadway.com and watch some of the fascinating videos online.

Marybeth Ihle

October 27, 2013


Lighthouse International in partnership with "Arts at the Park" presents the Benjamin Britten opera, "Noye's Fludde" (Noah's Flood) directed by Sarah Meyers and conducted by Dr. Samuel Wong, featuring professional artists, along with the combined youth and adult choirs of The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenburg Music School and Park Avenue Christian Church. The opera celebrates the centenaries of the Music School and the birth of Benjamin Britten.
Proceeds support Lighthouse International's Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenburg Music School . 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013 and 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 106 East 86th Street, NY, NY. Cost to attend is $50 general admission; $25 for students and seniors. All are welcome. For tickets, call 212-868-4444 or visit artsatthepark.org/?p=397 For more than 105 years, Lighthouse International has led the charge in the fight against vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment .For more information about Lighthouse International, visit ww.lighthouse.org or call 800.829.0500

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