Venice, Gigi Masin’s home city, is most visited during summer months. Many devotees of this unique and historic place, however, maintain that winter is the best time to wander its narrow streets. They take on an eerie, austere beauty quite different from the Italian ideal through outsiders’ eyes.
‘Angeline’, a spare ambient piece comprised of sustained tones and tentative piano, sounds like a winter’s day a Venezia. Wondering round a city steeped in such history, your eye rarely rises above the line of buildings but this piece is about Gigi’s fascination with the sky and the personality that the “very, very curious” clouds give it. “There’s places where the clouds run fast, other where they’re slower than molasses”, he explains. “When there’s something new or really interesting they move so fast to see what’s happening or somedays when there’s nothing to do, the clouds are sad and just wait the evening to go back home.” The crystalline mood of ‘Angelene’ appears outside of time, a moment viewed from endless perspectives. No one can evoke stillness and space quite like this singular musician.
Our 2018 Advent Calendar is in aid of Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit that supports the creative industry to take action on climate change. All money raised through Bandcamp sales goes directly to Green Riders, a new campaign that will help will create more sustainable collective practices in the music industry. If you’re a DJ, artist, venue, promoter or just curious, join the Green Riders campaign here.
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The Green Riders campaign will provide tools, resources, and a community for artists and their teams to exchange advice, ideas and experiences, working alongside venues, festivals, labels and promoters to take action on climate change. It will launch in full in 2019, Sign-up on the website to join the campaign and get more information from Julie’s Bicycle.
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Julie’s Bicycle is a London-based not for profit that supports the global creative community to take action on climate change and the environment. We believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to drive positive change that can transform our world. Founded in 2007 from within the UK music industry, Julie’s Bicycle has established itself as an internationally trusted source of guidance supporting creative businesses to embed environmental sustainability into their work.
Artwork throughout the series is made by Emily Evans.
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