Antonio Raia tenor saxophone
A chuckle or a grimace of memento, a shiver of rage or the same, but due to a steamy game and, most of all, a urge. Let the whole world in, and turn it out into an exploration, a clash of fire with this crooked, wooden, coppery, galvanized sort of dragon.You cannot help but tailoring a path, especially if necessary to ultimately represent yourself, so you can either choose a so called neutral recording studio, in order to dry up and focus every shift, or seize live connections with people, a not-so-aware public capable of supporting the crystallization of that once-in-a-lifetime show.To build Asylum up I’ve gone for the 3rd option: me (and my instrument) and Renato Fiorito along with his 10 mics, aiming to portray 1000 m of mere space.In the very core of Naples, the whole Filangeri Asylum former dining hall played with us, in a harmony of wood and tuff, an everlasting patient background for the shifting valzer of thousands, a living, breathing, sizzling organism, bouncing notes and fragments of past and future lives, but also ticking together with leaving, stopping or passing by folks’ steps.Looking forward to welcome and share freedom with a world in need of it, now more than ever.
All Compositions by Antonio Raia, except #1 by Ernesto De Curtis / #5 by Rodolfo Favo / #9 by Erroll Garner
Recorded and mixed by Renato Fiorito, September 11th-16th 2017 at l’Asilo, Napoli (Italy) | Mastered by Giovanni Roma at Arte dei Rumori, Marano di Napoli ( Italy )
Produced by Antonio Raia | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Design by Travassos | Cover photo by Luisa Terminiello