Anthony Distefano - 5 song demo (2002))
From Aural Innovations #22 (January 2003)
Anthony Distefano is a Brooklyn, NY based composer and electronic musician who we first reviewed in AI #19. The songs on this latest 20 minute CDEP are short, but Distefano manages to seamlessly develop through a number of themes, in the process creating succinct, meaningful statements. The music is all electronic (with the exception of what sounds like koto on one track) and has a somber feel. Some of the keyboard sounds remind me of the earliest classic progressive rock bands, but others bring to mind some of sounds from The Residents more accessible works. Distefano does a good job of building majestic orchestral, and continually evolving themes, while also injecting enough experimental bits to keep the music interesting and challenging. Both this and his previous release are both short demo CDR's, though I'd be very interested in hearing him tackle a more extended work. Lots of possibilities here.
For more information you can email Anthony Distefano at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact via snail mail c/o Anthony Distefano; 1720 62nd Street; Brooklyn, NY 11204.
Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz