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Susman: Collision Point

Available October 11, 2019

Belarca Records presents Collision Point, a new album by American composer William Susman and Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi celebrating a 10-year collaboration.

Collision Point was included in BEST OF 2019: Classical -An Earful

Collision Point reached #12 on Billboard's classical charts in October 2019. -Billboard Magazine


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"Thrilling . . . the sounds are all utterly new."

". . . a very personal take on post-minimalist ideas . . ."

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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


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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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