Under his own name, Rossano Baldini has enjoyed a career as a renowned composer for film and television; a jazz pianist and keyboardist who has recorded with the likes of Gianluca Petrella, Michele Rabbia and Pierpaolo Ranieri; and a performer with the revered, Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani as well as the most esteemed orchestras in his native Italy. His latest project represents a rebirth of sorts, necessitating a new name: HUMANBEING.
Establishing a wholly new persona as an electronic composer/performer, HUMANBEING finds Baldini reconnecting with his own, long-dormant vision while striking out in stunning new directions. His self-titled debut album, is a unique hybrid of the organic and the technological, delving deep into the composer’s essential humanity by way of evocative synthetic soundscapes. It’s a timely reinvention, occurring at a moment when we’ve all been starkly reminded of our biological natures at the same time as we’re more interconnected than ever in the virtual realm.
“HUMANBEING is a very personal project. Paradoxically, it’s so personal that I needed to create a new identity, a virgin one separate from the name I’ve made for myself as Rossano Baldini.”Rossano Baldini
It’s no coincidence that the recording of HUMANBEING took place as Baldini and his wife were expecting their second child. It’s a recording that not only feels imbued with the wondrous nature of the cycle of life and birth, but also harkens back to the composer’s own childhood. Born in Rome, Baldini began studying piano at the age of eight, eventually leading him to the St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music and later to a brief tenure in Los Angeles, along the way studying with the likes of John Taylor, Kenny Werner, Stefano Battaglia, Antonio Valente, Franco Medori and Franco D’Andrea.
As he discusses his music, Baldini references touchstones ranging from as far back as a Beethoven sonata to the fertile 1990s electronic music scene that yielded such genre-defining artists as Aphex Twin and Underworld. In every sense, the music of HUMANBEING is a hybrid – of electronic and acoustic, organic and mechanical, traditional and innovative.
It even bridges media, as the package features the mesmerizing images of Paris-based photographer Manuele Geromini, while several filmmakers, including the in-demand director Federico Brugia, have agreed to provide videos for the songs.
Release Date: May 28th, 2021
Rossano Baldini : piano, electronics, Rhodes, synthesizers, electric guitar, bercandoneon
Carmine Iuvone : cello (on ‘Heart’)
All Music composed by Rossano Baldini
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
All Music Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Rossano Baldini @ Nana Studio, Rome, Italy
Mastered by Fabrizio De Carolis @ VDSS Recording Studio, Frosinone, Italy
Photography & image treatment by Manuele Geromini
Design by Ian Anderson for The Designers’ Republic
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords : Giacomo Bruzzo