Italian pianist and composer Olivia Belli’s album Sol Novo is out now.
The title is a quote from The Divine Comedy by the great Italian poet Dante (1265-1321), whose 700th anniversary is commemorated this year. But it is also a reference to the many types of light that can be seen in the Marche region every day. “In this album, the reference is the light of the place where I live: of my seas, my mountains, meadows, wheat fields, and the old villages. It is natural light without human intrusion,” Olivia Belli explains. “My favorite light is the oblique one, in the morning and the evening. It brings the shadows and everything is more fascinating and mysterious. Our summer middays have an unbearable light, so bright, it’s almost like the cold of the north.”
Sol Novo is now available everywhere to stream and on CD.