The Spring of My Life

October, 2017
CD Digipack
Andrea Massaria & Clementine Gasser

“Issa (1763-1827) is a poet who speaks
to our common humanity in a way that is
so honest, so contemporary,
his verses might have been written
this morning”

David G. Lanoue

Talented Italian guitarist, Andrea Massaria continues his personal experimental journey meeting here the brilliant, gifted Austrian cellist Clementine Gasser for a delicate and sensitive collaboration: Haiku-Music inspired by the poet Kobayashi Issa.

In this music you’ll find a perfect balance of tone nuances and a bright fragrance.

The musicians each selected six haiku and transformed them into graphic scores, partly combined with conventional notation and performance instructions. This artistic approach opens the way for novel discoveries and permits unexpected musical perspectives to unfold. The introductory track Fantasia I is to be considered as a prologue – Fantasia V concludes the musical journey.

The name of the Cd “The Spring of My Life” relates to Issa’s main work, an autobiographical sketch on linked prose and selected Haiku. The text collection inspires self-inspection and engages our reflective senses. And it invites us to take a glimpse into the writer’s eventful life.


Haiku Music – inspired by Kobayashi Issa

Andrea Massaria guitar, electronic devices, effects
Clementine Gasser 5-string cello

Music by Andrea Massaria & Clementine Gasser º
Andrea Massaria ºº // Clementine Gasser ººº  2015, 2016

•  No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 recorded live at
La Stanza, Trieste/Italy on December 5, 2015
Sound engineer: Samuele Orlando, recording setting: ‘rough version‘

•  No. 6, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 recorded live at
Birdland Studio, Gorizia/Italy on November 11, 2016
Sound engineering, mixing, editing & mastering by Francesco Marzona

Cover photo by Gianni Mimmo – graphics by Nicola Guazzaloca
Produced by Gianni Mimmo for Amirani Records Italy, 2017