Aperitivo in Alba

October 13, 2020

This is one of eight acoustic postcards blending music, sounds of place and people, and images to immerse you for a moment in the world of white truffles and Alba.

Filippo Cosentino found inspiration in his homeland for each song, drawing from his experience as a musician, composer, and producer. His sounds evoke the spirit of the subject of each postcard and demonstrate his unique talent in venturing with music to different areas, in some ways like a truffle dog, looking for the treasure.

Photos by Bruno Murialdo stir dreaming. Much is said in his images about the lands and people of the Piedmont. They provoke contemplation. Each postcard has music that speaks to that postcard’s subject. A phrase from the book, The Treasures of Alba (to be published by Pegasus Books) completes the experience.

Aperitivo: Alba comes alive during aperitivo. The jazz composition suggests the liberation one feels at day’s end. The melody is subtle and relaxing; streams of improvisation by the saxophone emulate how we allow our minds to wander during this time. One thinks, too, of an Italian proverb: “Chi non beve in compagnia o è un ladro o è una spia.” The literal translation: “People who do not drink with others are either thieves or spies.” Meeting friends and family for an aperitivo is part of the experience Italians cherish: to spend time together enjoying life, as expressed in a glass of wine.

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