Collision Point features music inspired by love, loss, redemption, and the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Colum McCann and Francis Bacon.
The album brings together four premiere recordings including two pieces for the full ensemble: Camille (2010), which was written for the ensemble, and The Starry Dynamo (1994), as well as a piano trio, Clouds and Flames (2010) and a duo, Motions of Return (1996) for flute and piano.
Susman’s music is described by AllMusic as "the next developments in the sphere (of) minimalism,” and has earned praise from The New York Times for being “vivid, turbulent, and rich-textured,” from Gramophone as “texturally shimmering and harmonically ravishing,” and from textura as “distinctly American."
Founded in 2000, Piccola Accademia degli Specchi (Little Academy of Mirrors) is a Rome-based ensemble that specializes in the performance of contemporary classical music. They are ensemble-in-residence at Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome and perform throughout Europe.
Piccola Accademia degli Specchi’s unique instrumentation of flute, saxophone, violin, cello, and piano four-hands is at once similar to and different from the common Pierrot ensemble, providing a singular sound and groove. American Record Guide has called Piccola Accademia degli Specchi “a hip little secret."
Collision Point was recorded in Rome, Italy by engineer Enrico Furzi and mixed in New York City by Grammy award-winning engineer John Kilgore.
Music by William Susman
Members of Piccola Accademia degli Specchi
Flute: Alessandra Amorino
Alto Saxophone: Claudia Di Pietro
Violin: Giuliano Cavaliere
Cello: Rina You
Piano: Assunta Cavallari
Piano: Fabio Silvestro
Artistic Director: Matteo Sommacal
Produced by Matteo Sommacal and William Susman
Recording engineer: Enrico Furzi
Recorded at La Strada Recording Studio, Rome, Italy, April 17, 18, 19, 2017
Mixing engineer: John Kilgore
Mixed at Kilgore Sound, New York City
Mastering engineer: Alan Silverman
Mastered at Arf! Mastering, New York City
Liner Notes: David Sanson
Cover and Album Design by Valeria Di Matteo
Photography (ensemble) by Alessandra Del Bono
Photography (composer) by Karla Hurtado
Album Trailer by Valeria Di Matteo
Hi Res album cover (photo credit: Valeria Di Matteo)
Hi Res Photo of Piccola Accademia degli Specchi (photo credit: Alessandra Del Bono)
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