Gli occhi negli occhi – Concert by pianist Antonio Ballista

25.03.2023, 17:30

On the occasion of the finissage of the exhibition Sean Shanahan. Cuore a fette, BUILDING hosts Gli occhi negli occhi, a concert by the pianist Antonio Ballista.
As the exhibition conceived for BUILDING is divided into three closely connected moments; in the same way, the musical program presented by Ballista – which includes pieces by Cage, Rossini, and Debussy among others – consists of three distinct but profoundly interdependent tempos.
The pianist’s musical reflection, developed from Sean Shanahan’s poetic and the relationship between his artworks and the gallery’s space, unfolds as a sensory journey that involves the viewer, and that starts from an existential restlessness; which might be result, perhaps, in a state of ambiguous hope.


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Antonio Ballista (Milan, 1936), pianist and conductor, in addition to the classical repertoire has made personal excursions in the field of ragtime, Italian and American song, rock and film music. He played under the direction of Abbado, Bertini, Boulez, Bruggen, Chailly, Maderna and Muti and with orchestras such as BBC, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Scala Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and was invited to the festivals of Paris, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Berlin, Strasbourg, Venice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Battiato, Berberian, Berio, Boccadoro, Bussotti, Canino, Castaldi, Castiglioni, Clementi, Corghi, De Pablo, Dondatoni, D. Lombardi, L. Lombardi, Lucchetti, Mosca, Panni, Sciarrino, Sollima, Stuppner, Togni and Ugoletti composed for him. He toured with Berio, Dallapiccola and Stockhausen, and collaborated with Boulez, Cage and Ligeti in monographic concerts. Since 1953 he plays in piano duo with Bruno Canino, in a formation that was fundamental for the diffusion of the Nuova Musica. In 1995 Ballista founded the ensemble Novecento e Oltre, with the aim of promoting the music of the twentieth century historical and contemporary.