Glimpses of a day…according to Alessandra Novaga and Stefano Pilia on #neuguitars #blog
I confess that I have been waiting for this moment for some time. I have always listened to the music of Alessandra and Stefano as bearers of a sort of “cross compatibility”. Although they came from different backgrounds and experiences, they individually expressed signs that showed the same desire, a common form of creative intelligence applied to music and the guitar. Two different evolutionary paths, two guitars capable of merging together in a unicum that expresses an almost abysmal depth. Two guitars capable of expressing unusual narrative forms, far from the stereotypes and iconographies that we often see repeated almost incessantly in classical, popular and avant-garde music.
I believe that the society that is emerging from Covid-19 can be defined as an emotional culture, as the society of storytelling. The concept of storytelling is certainly not new, but it has never been so pervasive, widespread, haunting and manipulative. Narratives are a source of power because they shape the imaginable and what is deemed achievable. They are a link between desires and reality and the ideological confrontation between society, media and contemporary, experimental and avant-garde music today takes place primarily on the level of alternative narratives, where the language structures them in a subtle way. Guitars have been aware of this for a long time and have adapted to this new situation. They have become camouflaged. They have disappeared from the collective imagination of pop and classical music. I believe that, perhaps unconsciously, both Alessandra Novaga and Stefano Pilia have realized this change and have sought new ideas and perspectivess. In this “Glimpses of a day”, whose hauntological nature is explicitly affirmed by the choice of the cassette as a physical support, Novaga and Pilia use their guitars as sound generators, as echo soundings capable of operating in the depths of an almost hauntological unconscious, looking for forms of non-verbal language with high emotional intensity. Instruments have become emotional prototypes. They are now expressions of a new story and a new journey, in which each listening is different from the previous one and allows you to add a new fragment, a previously escaped point of view, an alternative way of reviewing the same themes. Something intangible. Amniotic and powerful.