Alessandro Cortini


Italian-born composer and performer Alessandro Cortini is a musical voyager. Having spent considerable time performing lead electronics in addition to revisiting his initial instrumental forays in guitar for Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, as well as continuing a solo project under the banner SONOIO (an Italian echo from “sono io” translating to “it’s me”), Cortini released his first recordings under his given name with the Forse series of works created on the Buchla Easel for Important Records.

In 2014, Cortini began an ongoing series called Sonno for Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions, a gorgeously “restrained yet oddly emotive” call-and-response with the Roland MC 202, playfully dancing out of the academically driven approaches that typically infiltrate the aesthetic of hardware enthusiasts. Under his Skarn alias (releases with front line techno-experimentalist Shifted’s Avian label) Cortini once again displays his strengths as an interdisciplinary and incredibly talented producer and composer. Further works under the guise of Slumberman find spirit-collaborations with Den Haag’s notorious Panzerkreuz series.


Now Booking – AVANTI (Live A/V):

With cinematic fluidity, Alessandro Cortini (Hospital Productions, Important Records) acquaints music with memory, embracing the panorama of his family’s vintage Super 8 films. These snapshots of family life, captured by his grandfather, create a visual basis for him to further develop the melancholy of remembrance as sung by his instruments. The project began as a simple improvisation (utlizing a Synthi AKS) and evolved into a meditation on living memory through sound. The sonically expansive musical canvas compliments these filmed scenes to create a memoir, linking a visually remembered past with an expressively interpreted present, pointing forward and moving ahead, AVANTI, in Italian, carrying the listener down a long labyrinth path collective of these moments that shape ones’ life journey. Archival visual compilation, content curation and arrangement by Sean Curtis Patrick, continuing from Cortini’s previous Sonno and Risveglio projects.

Affiliations: Hospital Productions, Nine Inch Nails, Important Records