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1.
I.
 Nobody but nobody
 Can make it out here alone. Maya Angelou, Alone (Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, 1975) II. Time drops in decay,
 Like a candle burnt out,
 And the mountains and woods
 Have their day, have their day;
 What one in the rout
 Of the fire-born moods Has fallen away William Butler Yeats, Moods (The Wind Among The Reeds, 1899) III. Separa clorofille
 Fiamme per nuove retine
 Memoria dei tuoi volti possibili Alessandro Sgobbio IV. Listen to my voice
 When I cry, answer me Psalm 27 V. En Astheneía. Paulus, 2 Cor 12, 9-10
2.
Those who will succeed in overcoming all these obstacles, and triumphing over the hostility of an environment opposed to all spirituality, will doubtless be few in number; but let it be said once more that it is not numbers that count, for we are here in a domain whose laws are quite different from those of matter. There is there- fore no cause for despair, and, even were there no hope of achieving any visible result before the modern world collapses under some catastrophe, this would still be no valid reason for not undertaking a work whose scope extends far beyond the present time. Those who might be tempted to give way to despair should realize that nothing accomplished in this order can ever be lost, that confusion, error, and darkness can win the day only in appearance and in a purely ephemeral way, that all partial and transitory disequilibriums must perforce contribute toward the greater equilibrium of the whole, and that nothing can ultimately prevail against the power of truth. René Guénon, Crisis of the Modern World (1927)
3.
Spread trees
 Identical sap
 Tall, low, green, dark becoming shape
 A harmony of talents.
 
 Wood spread leaves
 Analog barks
 A medieval village
 Inclusive community.
 Forests
 Spread restart
 Of a shared redemption. Lyrics by Alessandro Sgobbio
4.
Luce della perfezione, luce eterna delle eternità, luce in silenzio, nella prescienza e nel silenzio del Padre. Il sacro libro del grande invisibile spirito (Luigi Moraldi, Testi Gnostici, UTET)
5.
Love 00:50
6.
Silent Fires 04:19
The 'end of a world' never is and never can be anything but the end of an illusion. René Guénon, The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times (1939)
7.
Qâf 02:49
8.
Prajnà 03:47
Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round till the meditation. Master all its parts. William Butler Yeats, Fergus and the Druid (1893) / All Souls’ Night (1930)
9.
The great invisible Spirit, the Father whose name cannot be uttered, he who came forth from the heights of the perfection, the light of the light of the aeons of [ light, ] the light of the silence of the providence <and> the Father of the silence, The light of the word and the truth, the light of the incorruptions, the infinite light, the radiance from the aeons of light of the unrevealable, unmarked, ageless, unproclaimable Father, the aeon of the aeons, Autogenes, self-begotten, self-producing, alien, the really true aeon. The Holy Book of the Egyptians (The Nag Hammadi Library, James M. Robinson)
10.
Banyak 04:15
Multiple snapshots
 Primordial traditions
 Cosmic harmonies
 Three times hidden
 where the last and the first smile. Equally dream and smile. Still searching for the Spirit
 Still searching further
 Looking for quality
 Still searching for
 Aiming for the King
 For the Light
 Searching, aiming for the King. Lyrics by Alessandro Sgobbio
11.
I.
 
 Mesti viaggiatori riparano
 Nostalgie nuove (distrazioni da silicio)
 Neve e radici
 Promesse della luce
 
 II.
 
 Eravamo liberi
 Come nelle favole
 Accanto a mandorli
 Nuovi angeli del candore
 
 III. Ora e sempre
 Alla volta del sole Lyics by Alessandro Sgobbio

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Silent Fires is a cross-genre intermixture of lyrics and acoustic-electronic fragments, all merged into written and improvised soundscapes. Their debut album Forests is a collective exploration around the theme of spirituality in its multiple meanings.

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released December 6, 2019

Karoline Wallace [vocals]
Hilde Marie Holsen [trumpet, effects]
Håkon Aase [violin, percussion]
Alessandro Sgobbio [piano]


Music by Alessandro Sgobbio

Lyrics by Alessandro Sgobbio (1, 3, 10, 11), Maya Angelou (1), Psalms 27 (1), Paul 2 Cor (1), William Butler Yeats (1, 9), René Guénon (2, 6), the Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians. (4,9). 


Produced by Alessandro Sgobbio
Recorded at Artesuono Studios (Italy) on April 12 & 13, 2018
Mixed & Mastered by Stefano Amerio
Band Photo: Mathias Eick
Cover Art: Alexander Semenov

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Alessandro Sgobbio Paris, France

Since his debut piano solo album “Aforismi Protestanti”, Alessandro keeps expanding his own personal vocabulary of compositions, improvisations and spiritual explorations throughout music. He’s earned master’s degrees at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo) and the Boito Conservatory of Music (Parma), releasing 12 albums as a leader/co-leader.

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