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Augusto Pirodda: No Comment

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Augusto Pirodda is a minimalist. He plays few piano notes but chooses them carefully. “Choose” may be the wrong verb. Pirodda is a committed improviser who trusts the moment. The notes he chooses are the first ones; from there, intuition and emotion guide his fingers.

The titles suggest this album’s unqualified openness to possibility: “No Comment,” “I Don’t Know,” “So?” On all of them, Pirodda hesitantly, cautiously postulates a simple, bare figure. It leads him into a gesture of melody, whose elaboration and subtle intensification is organic. Pirodda’s distilled forms, his nuanced intrusions on silence, his meditative probings, draw the listener into his world. The limitation of this music is that, once Pirodda has the listener’s attention, he does not provide enough compelling ideas, let alone lyrical revelations. His intelligent, pleasant content is often rather plain, like moody filler.

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