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Track Listing:

Camille / I Vitality 3:18
II Tranquility 2:26
III Triumph 2:52
Clouds and Flames / I Riding Towards Oblivion 2:01
II Floating in the Air 2:36
III In a Zone 1:48
IV The Alphabet of Dying 2:00
V Collision Point 2:57
VI Jar of Ashes 1:39
VII The World Spins 1:58
Motions of Return 8:52
The Starry Dynamo 14:27

William Susman :

Collision Point

Belarca Records presents Collision Point, a new album by American composer William Susman and Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi celebrating a 10-year collaboration.

Collision Point features music inspired by love, loss, redemption, and the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Colum McCann and Francis Bacon.

The album brings together four premiere recordings including two pieces for the full ensemble: Camille (2010), which was written for the ensemble, and The Starry Dynamo (1994), as well as a piano trio, Clouds and Flames (2010) and a duo, Motions of Return (1996) for flute and piano.

Susman's music is described by AllMusic as "the next developments in the sphere (of) minimalism," and has earned praise from The New York Times for being "vivid, turbulent, and rich-textured," from Gramophone as "texturally shimmering and harmonically ravishing," and from textura as "distinctly American."

Founded in 2000, Piccola Accademia degli Specchi (Little Academy of Mirrors) is a Rome-based ensemble that specializes in the performance of contemporary classical music. They are ensemble-in-residence at Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome and perform throughout Europe.

Piccola Accademia degli Specchi's unique instrumentation of flute, saxophone, violin, cello, and piano four-hands is at once similar to and different from the common Pierrot ensemble, providing a singular sound and groove. American Record Guide has called Piccola Accademia degli Specchi "a hip little secret."

Collision Point was recorded in Rome, Italy by engineer Enrico Furzi and mixed in New York City by Grammy award-winning engineer John Kilgore.

Music by William Susman


Members of Piccola Accademia degli Specchi

Flute: Alessandra Amorino

Alto Saxophone: Claudia Di Pietro

Violin: Giuliano Cavaliere

Cello: Rina You

Piano: Assunta Cavallari

Piano: Fabio Silvestro


Artistic Director: Matteo Sommacal

Produced by Matteo Sommacal and William Susman

Recording engineer: Enrico Furzi

Recorded at La Strada Recording Studio, Rome, Italy, April 17, 18, 19, 2017

Mixing engineer: John Kilgore

Mixed at Kilgore Sound, New York City

Mastering engineer: Alan Silverman

Mastered at Arf! Mastering, New York City

Liner Notes: David Sanson

Cover and Album Design by Valeria Di Matteo

Photography (ensemble) by Alessandra Del Bono

Photography (composer) by Karla Hurtado

Album Trailer by Valeria Di Matteo