The musicians play with and without scores in material that is variously open-form, tightly-controlled, inspired by folk idioms, by classical music and by art installations. Battaglia allows beautiful themes to ripple through the work, and sounds are given room to blossom.
Duets for piano and percussion have long represented an important zone in the work of Stefano Battaglia (in the early 1990s, he collaborated with both Tony Oxley and Pierre Favre). Since 2000, Michele Rabbia has been Battaglia's principal percussionist, appearing on both of his previous ECM releases - 'Raccolto' and 'Re: Pasolini' - as an ensemble member and fellow improviser. On 'Pastorale' the musicians shape the music together.
Personnel: Stefano Battaglia (piano, prepared piano), Michele Rabbia (percussion, electronics)
- Antifona (a Enzo Bianchi)
- Metaphysical Consolations
- Kursk Requiem
- Cantar del alma
- Spirits of Myths
- Sundance in Balkh
- Tanztheater (in memory of Pina Bausch)
- Vessel of Magic