The Inventionis Mater Duo is a project born of the encounter between the clarinetist Pierpaolo Romani and the guitarist Andrea Pennati. The purpose is to write down the Zappa gigantism for a duo so little frequented as the clarinet and guitar duo is. To the question of what meaning Frank Zappa had for rock music and what for classical music of the late twentieth century Inventionis Mater certainly does not answer. But they take the bright and eccentric rock of Frank Zappa and return it back to the audience in a duo transcription reduced to the need of essentiality.
A transcript that is translation, never distortion. A trip between stylistic and timbre versatility, from rhythm'n'blues to dodecaphonic atmospheres. A duo that tells a story in which the protagonist is an American composer who was able to draw from rock music of the XX century what the great romantic composers drew from folk music. One of the few who knew how to use the difficult simplicity resulting from the purification of complexity. The Inventionis Mater tells you about Zappa: an acrobat on the thin line between Art music and Pop music. A genius who has managed to create a language - a truly contemporary music - mirror of the postmodern eclecticism, not forgetting the pleasure of irony and intellectual taste for hearing.
Andrea Pennati was born in Arezzo in 1985. He graduated at "Liceo Musicale" in Arezzo he studied humanities at "Università degli Studi Siena" where he graduated cum laude in "Letteratura Italiana ed Europea" in 2007 and in "Letteratura e Spettacolo" in 2010. In 2009 he graduated cum laude in guitar at the "Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini" of Florence. He has been continued his studies at the Post Graduate Courses at "Scuola di Musica di Fiesole" passing with honors. Among the winners in several national competitions, performing in concerts as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. He has collaborated with "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", with the "Estate Fiesolana" and other important musical seasons, including the Festival of Classical Guitar Florentine. With "Inventionis Mater" - duo with clarinetist Pierpaolo Romani - he has recently participated in the "Festival of Two Worlds" in Spoleto presenting in concert transcriptions of Frank Zappa arranged by the members of the same duo. Recently starred in the role of soloist, the Rodrigo "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre" for guitar and orchestra with the Orchestra of the Conservatory "Luigi Cherubini".
Pierpaolo Romani was born in Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena) in 1987, in 2008 he brilliantly gradueted in clarinet under the guide of Fabio Battistelli at Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence. In 2012 he gradueted in "Computer engineering" at "Università degli Studi di Firenze". He studied chamber music repertoir with Tiziano Mealli, Rolando Russo and Guido Corti, contemporary music with Mauro Ceccanti and Augusto Vismara. He attended masterclasses in clarinet and chamber music with Jorge Riisi, Mirta Herrera, Richard Stolzman, Alessandro Carbonare, Antony Pay (Chigiana Accademy of Siena), Giovanni Riccucci (Music School of Fiesole), and Dario Goracci (bass clarinetist of "Santa Cecilia Orchestra" of Rome). He played in some orchestras, like "Orchestra Regionale Toscana", "Orchestra Giovanile Italiana" (even inside the season of "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino") and Chernivetsk Philarmony Symphonic di Lviv (Ukraine); with directors like Gabriele Ferro, Nicola Paskowski and Gianandrea Noseda. He played, like soloist, the Aaron Copland's Concert for clarinet, string orchestra, harp and piano, and Mozart's Concert K622 for clarinet and orchestra.
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