Legacy and R-Evolution’, the debut album by Italian composer Enzo Bellomo is a crossover between Classical and Jazz which draws on the legacies of both genres and re-evolves modern takes on those styles whilst charting the personal evolution of Bellomo as a person through music. Essentially though, throwing away genres, concepts and time period categories, the album is a free flowing beautifully soothing set of nine original tracks composed and arranged by Bellomo and played by Zoè Saubat (cello) and Lucie Troger (piano) which is laced with the vibrant cultures and subtleties of their respective native countries Italy and France.
The album is all about giving a sound to emotions, creating that subtle line of dialogue with the audience. It’s a responsibility and a challenge which Bellomo triumphs in with an effortless ease and tasteful poise. “In the course of my musical career I have had the good fortune to meet and collaborate with a great many musicians, to listen to a great deal of music all over the world and over the years to experiment in many different types of genres.” Says Bellomo. “I think it is good to have such a wide-ranging area: just like a painter who can choose every time between different colours in order to create a painting that is unique and special. In the end, creating a film score or a music project is like contributing to the creation of a painting where the composer helps to design the colour of the emotions.”
Enzo Bellomo is from Puglia in Italy and Zoe Saubat on cello and Lucie Troger on piano are both from France. They all met at the Royal College Of Music in London where they studied together and became close friends. Perhaps it is fitting that Enzo is also one of the best cardiologists in Italy, dealing with matters of the heart on a regular basis as the tracks here are touching and moving and full of feeling in their dynamics and composition.
Main single ‘Casket (Scrigno)’ is about a jewel box. An object of sentimental attachment and beauty and the music reflects this with soft flutters of piano in emotional movements, building in intensity in waves that then fall to poignant moments, the music explains to the listener the very form and textures and emotions associated with the jewel box.
Getting more in depth into his creative process, Bellomo says, “As part of my character I like to listen and listening is at the basis of every kind of collaboration. It is not only my music which is important but it is also my contribution, my artistic sensitivity towards a project which I must help, improve, elevate. Sometimes, during the course of a project, I am amazed at how a director/producer can propel my music and my creativeness to heights and places that I would never have thought possible. This is what makes this collaboration so special and stimulating.”