by Stefano Pilia

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CADUTA ° 06:17
SIRENA + 06:34
SALITA ° 05:00
MELUSINA + 06:05


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In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni (We turn round in the night and, behold, we are consumed by fire) is a solo guitar work by the Italian composer Stefano Pilia released by the prestigious Milan based Die Schachtel label. Comprising a corresponding triptych of compositions on each of the album’s two sides, In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni is based on symmetrical harmonic, melodic and narrative properties. Through a wise, peculiar and abstracted use of guitar instrumentation, the sound surface of these compositions reach profound electroacoustic-symphonic dimensions, echoing minimalist works, ambient music and indeterminate contemporary music forms. 

 The entirety of In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni – as this eerie palindrome and endecasillabo (a syntactic form in classical Italian verse) from Virgil suggests – moves through a path of alchemical symbolic narratives and poetic abstraction humbly reminiscent and allegorically inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and by the Nekyia (‘evocation of the dead’) parts found in Book IX of Homer’s Odyssey.


released May 15, 2019

Composed and Recorded by Stefano Pilia at BlindSun, Bologna / electric guitar , turntable on “Et Consumimur Igni”
with special contributions by
Rodrigo D’Erasmo / violino su “Sirena +”, recorded at Abaporu studio, Milan
David Grubbs / piano su “Melusina +”, recorded Seaside lounge, New York
Giuseppe Ielasi / Mastering

Dedicated to Dmitry Vasilyev.
Thanks to Matilde Piazzi, Rossella Merighi, Alessandra Novaga, Massimo Pupillo, Lorenzo Stecconi, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Paolo Mongardi, Mike Watt, Alessandro De Zan, Riccardo Biondetti, Claudio Rocchetti, Donato Epiro, Oliver Mann.


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Stefano Pilia is a guitar player and electro-acoustic composer. His work has become progressively concerned with researching the sculptural properties of sound as well as sound’s relationship with space, memory and the suspension of time. Pilia explores these points of focus through instrumental practice and investigations into the recording and production process. ... more

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