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Nelson Gastaldi; Symphony No. 3, Siddhartha Gautama O El Poder De La Nada

Nelson Gastaldi; Symphony No. 3, Siddhartha Gautama O El Poder De La Nada

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When psycho-spatial composer Nelson Gastaldi passed away in 2009 at the age of 77, he left behind a unique musical legacy that is only now beginning to be unveiled. A self-described 'musical nihilist with noble and mystic origins' (as well as an accomplished visual artist), Gastaldi supported himself and his family with a job at an electric company in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while creating an astonishing body of work that went virtually unheard during his lifetime.

Synthesizing his wide-ranging interests (medicine, linguistics, Chinese and German philosophy) into his music, he welcomed paranormal/initiatic experiences into the compositional process, creating homemade Sibelius-meets-Sun Ra symphonies. The only previous publication of his work was in Bananafish magazine, which featured an excerpt of Symphony No. 3 on an accompanying CD.

The same issue also contained his sole English-language interview, in which he waxed: 'The human being runs at the side of a river. When he is young, he runs faster than the river; in mid-life he runs at the same speed as the river; and at last he falls down and the river keeps going.' Take a dip into the strange and beautiful river of Nelson Gastaldi. 


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