Contesti is a melodic forward journey of patterns and subtle electronics that blanket you with a warm glow. Every note is smoothed, sharp edges removed. It heals the listening pallet. The power of Contesti isn’t in its narrative but in its meditative patterns gently urging you to emboss your own impression into its field.
There is very little information about Dino Bastiani online. A lack of information, intentional or not, can lead to a lot of speculation. For me, Dino has become a bit of a myth. In the past to discover more about an artist I could have turned to the sleeve art but as music went digital so went the sleeve. I’ve never seen an artist statement of bio accompany any of Dino’s work on the web. So I decided to reach out and see if Dino would be willing to give us a little context to Contesti.
Who is Dino Bastiani?
Despite the overwhelming number of solo piano releases that reach my ear I continue finding myself typing Dino Bastiani into Spotify’s search function and revisiting Contesti. With relatively few followers on Spotify, Dino is slowly being picked up by the sleuthing playlist curators on Spotify. It strikes me that Contesti is an exemplary album of the streaming age. It’s not available in a hard format. If you search for Dino Bastiani you’ll quickly find yourself on Spotify, Youtube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc.
Dino, as someone who has only released work digitally, I would like to know if and how music streaming has impacted your work.
Before reaching out to Dino Bastiani, the closest glimpse into his personality came in the form of a Facebook post that read, “I composed, produced and published a record. But none of these activities are music. Music is the experience of those who listen to what I have composed, produced and published. Music is not in my record, but in the ears of the listener.” It’s a beautiful and thoughtful definition, the implications of which are a joy to consider. Some artists compose narratives. Dino Bastiani gifts his listeners the space to conjure their own.
Why do you make music? What do you want your listeners to take from your work?