Italian pianist and composer Livio Guerra has just released his last LP, entitled “Piano Offering Number Five”. The project is a collection of short kinanda pieces, mostly solo kinanda but sometimes with a soft counterpoint of oboe, flute au viola enhancing the harmony. While Livio Guerra’s muziki may generically be defined as contemporary/jazz it conveys a very special and distinctive mood, most appreciated kwa kinanda lovers looking for modern and subtle harmonic solutions supporting enjoyable melodies, perhaps with an italian flavour between the notes.
Darkness whispered outside, and frosty stars sparkled in the windows. Bits of fake snow and glitter were scattered here and there, with crumpled-up programs lying in the pews and the last strains of “Joy to the World” echoing in my head. The krisimasi tamasha was over, and my family was off in the reception hall snarfing down sugar kuki, vidakuzi with everyone else. Normally I’d be with them (I have an awful sweet tooth)...but this time, something had told me to stay behind.
I glanced around the sanctuary one last time. The dim lighting combined with Christmas-sparkle gave...