Allevi Returns to the Blue Note for a Rare Appearance
Blue Note, New York, May 15,
Roberta E. Zlokower
Tony May's San Domenico NY
240 Central Park South
(59th St. & Broadway)
New York City, NY 10019
Presented by The Italian Cultural Institute
131 West 3rd Street at Sixth
NYC, NY - 212.475.8592
Media Contact: Carolyn McClair
Giovanni Allevi, performing on
Bösendorfer piano, was once again an engaging and entertaining presence, full of
passion and personality. He addresses the audience between his original compositions
with endearing humor and genuine warmth.
Giovanni Allevi holds degrees
in piano, composition, and philosophy from three universities in Italy. The titles
for tonight's works were all personal to
Giovanni, and one work, in fact, had not yet been named. Giovanni's
inspired pieces, such as The Rose,
Go with the Flow,
Catch Me, were each similar
in style, but changing in melody, and the Bösendorfer was the perfect piano to showcase
such song-like melodies. Each note hung in the air like sparkling wine, and the
impressionistic compositions were accented with emotion.
The Rose was inspired
by Harlem jazz, and it was slow and cool.
Jazzmatic was more atonal
and innovative, and the piece with no title had melancholia and moodiness.
Catch Me was inspired by
youthful love, and the rhythm frolicked and flew. Another love song followed, softer
and more soulful, and Giovanni
kept the audience involved, from composition to composition.
Go with the Flow had contemporary
sound, melodic, upbeat, more pop, and
Giovanni also included a song used for a BMW advertisement, sensitive
and imaginative. The audience demanded an encore, which seemed to exude dance rhythm
in its repetitive motion.
Blue Note was
alive and energized, with many members of the New York Italian community present
for this special event. I was fortunate tonight to sit at the Bösendorfer New York
table, hosted by Gerhard Feldmann and Lisa Feldmann, with Bösendorfer
New York staff, Maja Sponring and Paul Mills, as well as Larry
Borden, a frequent guest at the Bösendorfer New York Salons, both classical
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Publishing Date: 15/07/2006