Falling in line with previous installments of his One Song saga, we recently described One Song 3 as, “Essential and timely. Vibrational respite. Musical medicine.”
“A bearer of peaceful rest. A heart-centric moment during an overly-intellectualized time.”
And, like a child who’s favorite cinematic series has come to an end, we feared part three was the finale. With great zest and glee, we’ve learned otherwise as Melbourne, Australia master-pianist, Galliano Sommavilla—known for his Original Song A Day For A Year—project, has just turned this wonderful series into a quadrilogy. Ladies and gentleman, we present, One Song 4.
HERE’S WHAT WE DUG MOST…
Time seems to have slowed as part four eases its way into a pool of delicate sound. Notes hit like water drops refracting from a nearby waterfall. Birds flutter about as a rainbow forms in the mist. It is daybreak, and there is no reason to move, only to watch and listen.
At 4:00 we arrive at the piece’s first emotional transition. It feels like the sonic equivalent of a grand idea which has taken hold and inspired excitement.
As these moments of exuberance continually dance and flutter about in-between moments of serene calm and stillness, it hits: this is a conversation, perhaps between a child and an elder. Between wishing and receiving. Between dreaming and remembering. Between anxious and patience. Between innocence and reverence.
At around 21:20 the child has grown and the conversations becomes more poignant. Unanswerable questions are being asked about a great many things. Yet the replies remain open and soft, patient and warm.
Eventually there is an acceptance. An acceptance that for every question to which there is an answer, there are a million more to which there are none. An acceptance that perhaps the pain was in the futility of the asking, all along.
With that release of expectation and preconceived notion, One Song 4 achieves a new plane of freedom as it moves into its final minutes. It is here that I am reminded of something a wise man once said to me, “The truth is when you feel like dancing, and you dance. The lie is when you feel like dancing, and you don’t dance.” And, as my heart dances along to these last moments spent with Galliano Sommavilla, it feels like the truth.
A beautiful dance of sound. Stunning and emotive contrasts. Impeccable improvisational instincts and technique. Galliano Sommavilla’s fourth offering of the One Song saga, the dreamy and delicate, One Song 4, is the softest and most tender of this series; making it again the perfect complement to this day when we all need to be so patient and careful with one another. Perhaps those two words describe this piece best: patient and careful. For, part four eases itself along like a slow meandering stream, bubbling and swirling about for all to witness, for all to benefit.
The most joyful of the series (thus far), One Song 4 feels like the music-smith himself has arrived—if only for a moment—at a place of true contentment. A place where the violence of ambition has—if only for a moment—faded to the background and left behind a simple brand of stillness to which we can all cling—if only for a moment. Listen to music from One Song 4 below.
A stirring & masterful amalgamation of Classical, and New Age piano music…
BELOW: Listen to music from Galliano Sommavilla’s album, One Song 4, and connect with his website and social media platforms. Please support Galliano Sommavilla by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!