Bruno Bavota was born in Naples January 13, 1984. His true inclination for music will however appear “only” twenty years later. Until then music was just a faithful companion of his daily emotions. One day Bruno decided to reach out to a left-handed guitar, owned by his brother and which he later self-taught himself to play. From that day he embarked on journey into expressing himself and his emotions through music.
A few years later he discovered the piano, whose strings would replace those of the heart, naturally, to vibrate his love songs to the world.
In his home country of Italy, Bruno Bavota has steadily been gaining recognition as a composer and performer. His songs have also been featured in film and advertising commercials.
On his latest album, “Il Pozzo d’Amore”(The Soul’s Mirror), we find Bruno Bavota behind the piano, playing pieces that are hauntingly beautiful, dangerously gorgeous and wistfully melancholic. The album is personal, intimate and there is no doubt that Bavota has fused his fingers with his piano, becoming inseparably one. The melodies warm up, rise into the air, creating a dense masquerade of emotion, then slowly evaporate into the atmosphere.
Bavota’s deeply affectionate playing, allows the instrument to whisper the innermost secrets of it’s player, while Fabrizia Nicolosi’s cello cries and grieves, gently skirting through Bavota’s piano notes. Descending down, to the bottom of the soul, in tiny granulated frequencies. Only to re-arrange itself and soar back up, into the wood and strings, from whence it came. Repeating it’s journey, over and over again.
The songs are composed of fragmented emotions, gently disseminated over velutinous arrangements. Flipping between Bruno Bavota’s lusciously nostalgic piano keys and Nicolosi’s wistful cello work.
Besides the cello arrangements and contemporary classical progressions by Bavota, the intrinsic beauty of the album is in how the two players meld into one. They rest, rage and oscillate in perfect harmony and tone.
“Il Pozzo d’Amor,” resonates between inertia and motion, ecstasy and despair, as well as love and hope. Bruno Bavota and Fabrizia Nicolosi. Piano and cello. Two hearts, one emotion.
Through twelve beautiful pieces, Bruno Bavota pours his heart and soul through the delicate piano keys, making love to the music.
It seems that even the mere mention of a solo piano album may sometimes evoke a somewhat passive response in avid followers of experimental and instrumental music. True connoisseurs, however pick up on the slightest hint of the rising aroma, from the padded hammers and the dusty strings.
The piano can execute a variety of moods and genres as commanded by its player. In the hands of Bruno Bavota it gently weeps or laughs, add to that, a brooding cello, and you’ve got a cocktail for magnificent joy or despair.
Bruno Bavota may be a new name amongst the international circles of the modern-classical genre, but on listening to his latest album, I would certainly solicit serious music lovers to keep an eye out for future works by this composer.
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