Very happy to announce the release of my first “piano solo” album! It’s called ISASOLO! and it’s going to be out on CD on the great italian label Canti Magnetici on january the 18th 2020.
Giovanni Di Domenico: piano
All compositions by Giovanni Di Domenico
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
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).
Nice interview on Zuppa Di Pazienza, by Georges Tonla-Briquet, appeared on the webzine JAZZHALO, thanks Georges!
happy to announce my participation to this new album, PULL NINJA by Punk Kong!
Viktor Perdieus: tenor & baritone sax
Gregoire Tirtiaux: alto & baritone sax
Ruben Verbruggen: alto & baritone sax
Giotis Damianidis: guitar
João Lobo: drums
Giovanni Di Domenico: fender rhodes on Atomic Nucleus
Pull Ninja, the second album of the chameleon quintet Punk Kong is out now on Mr. Nakayasi/el NEGOCITO Records. Edgy guitar, powerful drums and three hyper dynamic saxophones, a special instrumentation that creates a unique sound. Pull Ninja continues the story telling of Lonely Cedar, the first album of Punk Kong, with songs that blend Jazz, Psychedelic rock, African Blues and improvised music into a remarkable amalgam.
All tracks by Giotis Damianidis except Panayiotatos by Lobo/Damianidis
Recorded at Studio Grez, Brussels, 3rd and 4th of July 2017
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Giovanni Di Domenico
Additional recordings by Giotis Damianidis
Produced by Giotis Damianidis and Rogé
Artwork by Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva
Design by Ioannis Koukotzilas
This record is dedicated to all creative and free spirits of this world!
Tetterapadequ – bRack Again, out on Cylinder Recordings!
Tetterapadequ is formed by Italian Daniele Martini (tenor sax) and Giovanni di Domenico (piano), and Portuguese Gonçalo Almeida (double bass) and João Lobo (drums).
This quartet creates improvised music, mostly subdued, introverted and restrained, where the four musicians create small creative aural environments, with scarce sounds and making use of empty space.
Their first release”And the Missing R” (2008) has appeared on the acclaimed Portuguese label Clean Feed.
After some years a second release followed: “Chopingle” saw the light in 2015 on Creative Sources.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Giovanni di Domenico on July 2016 at Studio Grez, Brussels
Photo by Pedro dos Reis
here a video of the chamber ensemble piece KYU-U-RI, played by Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles + me at the ARS MUSICA 2018 festival, BOZAR, Brussels.
thanks to Bruno Letort & all at ARS MUSICA, Jean-Paul Dessy and all at Musiques Nouvelles, Jarek Frankowskifor the audio and video: http://a-record.com/
Another BANDCAMP release!
CHI VA PIANO
….and it’s about the piano recorded in Hoshi To Niji studio (Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi, Japan) and in so many other places thanks to Akira Sakata, Kafka Sensei, Eiko Ishibashi, Jim O’Rourke, Atsuko Hatano, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto. dynamics, range, all is big in this recording, please think about it when downloading….
Zuppa Di Pazienza, new solo album
Insalata Statica (Silent Water, 2017), Giovanni Di Domenico’s first solo album, allowed the Italian pianist based in Brussels to free himself from his abundant creativity by proposing 6 dense movements. It took him 5 years to record and produce this first record. With Zuppa di pazienza, recorded and produced in 5 months, Di Domenico worked much faster, but the result is that these compositions are more thorough. Reduced to two, the movements are more refined, taking the time to develop around the main melody, which is repeated at leisure in a multitude of additional tracks, thus giving several faces of the same theme.
Recorded using numerous analog keyboards at the Klangendum/Worm studio in Rotterdam, Zuppa di pazienza is entirely played by Di Domenico. The filed recordings and overdubs were recorded in a second time, without listening to the original base of the music. Di Domenico then edited the whole thing. The result is a tingling of sound material around the main theme.
If Zuppa di pazienza is only Giovanni Di Domenico’s second, he is no stranger. He is involved in many projects (Going, Eggstream, and many collaborations) and is a regular contributor to Jim O’Rourke with whom he has released Arco (Die Schachtel, 2015).
Zuppa di pazienza is his third collaboration with three:four records after his participation in the Denki Udon trio (In ZDB, three:four, 2015) and the Oba Loba sextet (Sir Robert Williams, three:four, 2017).
OUT NOW !!!
Hōryū-ji, by Sakata, Yermenoglu, Di Domenico, Damianidis
Akira Sakata – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Vocals & Bells
Christos Yermenoglou – Drums & Percussion
Giovanni Di Domenico – Piano
Giotis Damianidis – Guitar
Recording: Minas Vasiliou on May 5th, 2018 at Duende Jazz Club Thessalonik, Greece
Mixing: Giovanni Di Domenico
Executive Production:Christos Yermenoglou, Giotis Damianidis & Rogé Verstraete
Co-Production:Mr. Nakayasi, el NEGOCITO Records & S7
Artwork & Design: Ioannis Koukotzilas
Available on vynil & CD
released May 2019