Boomkat Product Review:
The amazing Edition RZ introduce Italian composer Clara Iannotta (1983) with a captivating debut release on the Parallele series manifesting her particular interests in music “as an existential, physical experience — music should be seen as well as heard.”
A Failed Entertainment is named after its central 16 minute composition, commissioned for and composed in collaboration with the Paris-based Quator Diotima, and premiered at the Festival Klangwerkstatt held in in Kreuzberg’s Kunstquartier Bethanien, November 2013 - when and where that recording was made.
The piece is significant not only as the first Clara wrote upon undertaking a residency at the DAAD artists-in-Berlin programme during early 2013, but also in the way it captures the wholly contemporary range and fractious dynamic of her compositional style; with particular focus on dead fine high registers, achieving using an array of sources and techniques including polystyrene blocks, harmonicas wrapped in silk, and the birdcalls of grouse and quail, as well as the way she pursues the tailing decay of each sound - discovering life where others may heard disintegration.
The other six pieces on the CD, each performed by a different ensemble, range as far back as Al Di Del Bianco (2009) - which was written as an undergraduate, studying under Alberto Solbiati in Milan - and up to pieces from 2014, including the nuanced, sonorous ecology of Intent on Resurrection - Spring or Some Such Thing and The People Here Go Mad. They Blame the Wind, a delicate ten minutes for trio and music boxes inspired by poems from Irish poet Dorothy Molloy.
Most preciously, A Failed Entertainment feels fresh, taut and urgent without ever becoming overbearing. Your attention is recommended.