The new album "Partenope", contemporary music for solo clarinet, by the Italian clarinettist/composer Luca Luciano is now out ("Masterful Clarinet!" by Musician Magazine). Continuing the journey started with the album "Neapolis" (Red Kite Records, 2005) and "Clarinet" (MCPS, 2008-2010), the compositions (all Lucianos) included in this release are also part of an on-going academic research that focuses on extended techniques for the contemporary repertoire and new music for solo clarinet that Luciano has also presented during the masterclasses and workshops he holds around the UK and overseas (Italy Brazil etc).
Luciano has presented his "Clarinet Solo Project" via performances and educational events and has premiered his music at the Cathedral of Bristol in June 2009 and the prestigious St Martin in the Fields in London part of their New Music Series of 2010. The core of the project is made of the two Sequenzas for solo clarinet that have been inspired by Gustav Mahler's famous say: "A symphony must be like the world it must embrace everything". The Sequenzas include sections of notated and improvised music where a "sequence" of propositions are developed by the musician during the piece. During the performance the clarinet is pushed to the edge using a wide range of styles and expressions in an imaginative journey around the world from Western European music to Afro-American or folkloristic music of Southern Italy from contemporary classical music with chromatic and angular-shaped lines to heartfelt melodies.
The programme is completed by Jazz Impromptu as a freely improvised track that includes short quotations from some of Charlie Parker's famous tunes as a homage to the American saxophonist and by a series of shorter pieces where a variety of techniques are applied (glissando multi-phonics growl/flutter quarter-tones "timbral-trills" or quarter-tone trills alteration of the tone etc) on scores that may also feature other effects or the use of the Neapolitan minor scale and even a short section of serial music.
The project also shows the potential of the instrument endorsed by Luciano (a full Boehm System clarinet with a low Eb) with extra keys and rings that has attracted the attention of critics and enthusiasts alike.
The album is available via CD-Baby for physical and digital distribution world-wide and it is also available on Amazon (CDs and downloads) iTunes Napster CD Universe and most of the major and independent on-line distributions.'