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Notes From The Underscore: 10 Years With Florentine Films

by David Cieri

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Collaborating with Florentine Films over the course of the last 10 years has yielded music which I am very grateful and excited to share. To remove these compositions from their visual counterparts— from the bath that the images have been swimming in - and present them as expressions in their own rite has its advantages. Working with these remarkable human beings has taught me a great deal about the potentials inherent in stitching together Sound and Image - the compositions are true co conspirators in helping to have mutual influence over the film watcher and in a sense, this music has “changed” the images as much as the images have framed the music.

My first assignment for the Florentine gang - the stately “Leola” by Scott Joplin works to accentuate the freedom and accessibility of our national treasures in “The National Parks” while the swag in Prohibition Ramble was built to dance with a newly emerging sense of inner freedom as exemplified in “Prohibition” After traveling to Vietnam so as to ready myself for writing and performing the music for The Vietnam War, the music that eventually was tempted forth worked to etch out the mystery and the horror of our darkest potentials as humans while never losing sight of our redeeming qualities.

This record surveys the landscape of music I have made for these documentaries over the last ten years. I hope you imagine the films these compositions were made for but I also hope you hear the love and friendship that I have steadily and increasingly been feeling for this gang of collaborators. Now that this music is “detached” from its original homes, I also hope these compositions open you up to your own “scenes” and imaginings because above and beyond anything, I feel as Roger Ebert did about the movies - My wish is that this music activates our finer feelings and broadest sense of humanity as only art - empathy machines - can do.

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released December 1, 2017

All songs written by D.C. except Tet - written by Mike Brown and D.C.

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David Cieri New York

Composer David Cieri makes has worked extensively w/ celebrated filmmakers Ken Burns, the Ewers Brothers & Barak Goodman, amongst others. He has recorded 9 albums, the last 4 of which were released by Ropeadope Records. He has collaborated with 2x Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage & has made 2 LPs w/ Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa & is on faculty at City College of NY. ... more

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