Diego Stocco: Music From A Bonsai

May 29, 2010

Diego Stocco – Music From A Bonsai from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

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Leonid May 31, 2010 at 12:18 am

Interesting. Diego Stocco is hardly my favorite composer, but certainly true to himself. As for the bonsai, it is a marketing, not a compositional device, in my opinion.

But for the video, the piece would’ve passed for a mere percussion piece, nothing particularly exotic. This means that Diego Stocco is, first and foremost, a multimedia installation happening manager/operator, not a composer.

Yet this brings up the issue if how important it is to pursue one’s own path, to find one’s own genuine voice.

In a book about Astor Piazzolla, one of the greatest composers of our time, there was an interesting passage about his studies with the Nadia Boulanget.

Piazzolla had been bringing her various pieces, and one day she lost patience and said: “Look, this is all very nice, but this is not Astor Piazzolla. This is Bach, this is Stravinsky, this is what have you. But I don’t hear Astor Piazzolla”.

Then one day he brought her his “Bach & tango” thing, that would later become his trademark style. And Nadja said: “Now I hear Piazzolla. Now THAT’s Piazzolla”.

This shows how important it is to rely on national tradition, and national dance cultures, in finding one’s very own mode of expression.

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