Claude Debussy was so fascinated by oriental music, that he listened for the first time during the universal exposition of 1889, to be given to his only daughter Emma-Claude the nickname of Chouchou (butterfly).
In many of his compositions elements of the scales, of the sonorities and of the oriental polyrhythms constantly and overwhelmingly appear in the universe of his writings already far from the classicism of the 19th century.
In the arrangements and improvisations of the duet Giancarlo Parisi e Katia Pesti these elements are enhanced and highlighted both in the selection of the pieces and in the use and insertion in the original scores of particular instruments such as the Zi-flute( an headjoint for flute patented by Parisi same), rejong and gong (recovered from Pesti during her trips to Bali). […]
Claude Debussy: (b St Germain-en-Laye, 22 Aug 1862; d Paris, 25 March 1918). French composer. One of the most important musicians of his time, his harmonic innovations had a profound influence on generations of composers. He made a decisive move away from Wagnerism in his only complete opera Pelléas et Mélisande, and in his works for piano and for orchestra he created new genres and revealed a range of timbre and colour which indicated a highly original musical aesthetic.
Born in Messina, graduated in flute, saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, he devoted himself to the study of flutes and woodwinds with a simple reed and began his activities as an author and performer of music for theater. In the 90s he collaborated in the studio and concert with the most important singers-songwriters of the italian scene including Fabrizio De Andrè, Mia Martini, PFM and Eugenio Finardi. With several original projects (including the group Asteriskos) of which he was the author of all the songs) he has partecipated in numerous international festivals of folk and world music. He has partecipated in the realization of several editions of "La Notte della Taranta" collaborating, among the others, with Stewart Copland, Vittorio Cosma and Giovanni Sollima. He is considered one of the most representative performer of the Sicilian bagpipes, called “Zampogna a paro”, and he has created and patented a model of bagpipes "Chromatic" as development of the traditional "diatonic" which allows this instrument musical languages and possibilities so far inaccessible and unimaginable. He composed and performed the "Concert no. 1" for bagpipes “Zampogna a paro cromatica” and orchestra. Together with "Ramponi and Cazzani”, an Italian woodwinds maker, he has conceived the resumption of the production of "Saxello". In june 2014 he conceived, created and patented a new bitimbral headjoint for flute called “zi-flute by parisi” produced and marketed by Briccialdi flute.
Pesti, Katia (Pianist)