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Enzo's wide range of personages are distinguished by delicately traced
pastel colours, with bolder stretches of red, orange and blue highlighting
foreground details like costume apparel or a dramatic backwash. Many are
devoted to musical subjects -- the main opera repertory with principal characters,
celebrities in concert, whatever the setting or occasion -- there is a marvellous
one of the Spoleto Festival, the characters, audiences and their founder,
another is Il carnevale di Venezia with the marauding masqueraders.
Tristano e Isotta are pictured in white, nude with grey outlines
against a pale yellow background. The sea beneath has a gentle turbulence,
a startled face appearing on the wave crest.
But there are instrumentalist impressions, also, including a skull-faced
cellist in evening dress, dancers in rehearsal and performance, and several
studies in afterworld that demonstrates acute visionary leanings. The man
himself is fascinating -- dark brown eyes that scan every facial detail,
a subtle, mischievous smile that denotes eternal pleasure in his craft,
and a strong desire to sing the whole baritone repertory in which I was
urged to join in!
Back to musical fringe events held in various galleries. Victor's promises
finally rang true. Another close friend with a very serious expression (I
never learnt his name, so his photo must suffice) serenaded the ladies with
a selection of Napolitana with guitar accompaniment, while another backed
a sexy teenager girating through some current pop hits. 'Now for somebody
special!' Victor plunged through his entrance to grab Wayne Hankin, one
of the music providers for Daniel and the Lions, currently being
performed at the picturesque Church of St Euphemia, on main street level
adjacent to the Duomo.
Wayne lives in New York, and he carries his instruments around on shoulder
straps, carefully protected in leather cases. Their Italian names are ciararnella,
flauto dolce, cornamusa, and flauto dulciana, and he
has ready-prepared programmes for displaying their distinctive tonal charms
and piercing declamations, immediately casting a spell on listeners. One
of the world's soft-spoken nice guys, his whole body moves in time to the
music, and there's never a false flutter or an absent note during the performances.
Copyright © 13 November 2001
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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