2021 / Pandora's Boombox Records
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Ultraviolet" is the third in a series of single releases by pianist/composer Vicente Avella that revolve around the physics of light. I'm not sure if the whole series will be solo piano, but this piece is. Recorded at home on Avella's own Boston grand piano, the sound is warm, relaxed and very smooth.
Avella explains his concept and inspiration for the project: "The music I set out to compose drew inspiration from the different types of light, the various gradients of shadows, the color spectrum, the concept of chiaroscuro and other properties of light such as radiance, reflection and resistance. I went about creating the music in this album in a way that would remain truthful and respectful to the science. That being said, I am not a scientist nor a physicist. As a result, what you’ll hear is the physics of light as metaphors of the human experience."
Ultraviolet light is beyond the blue end of the visible spectrum, making it invisible to the human eye - "a 'purpler-than-purple' light that is all around us, a type of light we don’t see nor feel yet one that and has a constant effect on us." Much of the piece in played in the upper half of the piano keyboard and is very relaxed and graceful with a gently-flowing rhythm that is almost hypnotic. This piece is a more-than-tantalizing sample of what is to come in this series of sixteen pieces, and I can't wait to hear more!
"Ultraviolet" is available from Amazon, Apple/iTunes and Spotify as well as other online sites.
May 19, 2021