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Code: CVLD 269

Author: Saverio Tasca
Support: cd
The Walking Man by Saverio Tasca and AlterArco

During a conversation one afternoon, Saverio Tasca told me about one of his mountain walks through the paths of the Great War. He felt it needed to be translated into a music project that crosses the past and the present. The main elements of the story would be the journey, the idea of “The Walking Man” and the water flowing within the story.

The walk represents a man’s effort going on a journey. Today, those who walk along the Great War paths remember the anguish of the refugees’ exodus; the soldiers’ marches; those that advanced to the front; the ones dearly departed and those who made it home.
The journey represents the passing of time.

Through the experience “The Walking Man” discovers his own story, humbly retracing the steps of others, starting from the evocation of timeless emotions. Time and Man are in fact linked by the same signs, paths, traces and choices permeated through contrasting emotions.

Love. Hatred. Compassion. Brutality. Welcoming. Indifference. Generosity. Egoism. Death and Life.

Also associated with the walk is the landscape itself that reflects and answers both emotions evocated and man’s choices. During the Great War, not only men were transformed. Landscapes too were affected and cities were decimated. Some parts of the landscape assumed a sacred identity through sacrifice. From the impressive sacrariums that hold the memory, to the small and silent cemeteries scattered with crosses. From improvised burials with heaps of war memories, to the Piave’s paint of soldiers’ blood through metamorphosis that became the heroic Piave.

The landscape is a legacy that lives through time – ever changing like the story - like life itself.
The walk ideally became the Piave’s one – the river as an existence that symbolises the passing of time and story. Like the water that becomes the river, from the springs to the mouth.

In the music, the only principal character identifications are the steps traced on his journey. It is generic but relevant. “The Walking Man”, in research, puts himself in “other steps” in which every listener can relate to. The music catches the idea of rhythmic scans reproduced from a step, or of a river flowing through everything - like time and life that become eternity. It is a travel that can be repeated for infinity.

The proposed sound travels on an alternate time flow, reflecting today’s suggestions, breathing in life to memorable places of the landscape, and those of yesterday that inspire emotions first. It is all these emotional perceptions that overcome the opposition’s trenches, returning the same dignity to the winners and the vanquished - joined by the same deep human roots of the common experience of a dramatic destiny. From the dawn of war to the destructive drama, the tale in music flows on an unending rhythm until the mouth and the time that slows down flows with instilling emotions.

It is a sign of new distances between memories, in the middle of what we were and what we are today - also following that event which was the true gulf of the new century.
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