3 December | 22.00 | Avionica Circolo Arci
Based at the very edge of the Venice lagoon, Samuele Gottardello (aka Blak Saagan) has been creating his own library music for years, combining the tradition of Italian psychedelic soundtracks from the ‘60s and ‘70s with electronic, ambient and drone music, developing kosmische and post-industrial punk landscapes. While his first record, A Personal Voyage, explored the Space influenced by the work of cosmologist Carl Sagan, with his latest concept album Se ci fosse la luce sarebbe bellissimo, Blak Saagan leads his listeners towards a completely different direction. The album takes its listeners by the hand, so to make them relive one of the saddest and darkest pages in Italian history: the kidnapping of Aldo Moro by the armed organization Brigate Rosse, in 1978. Se ci fosse la luce sarebbe bellissimo is a storytelling divided into thirteen chapters/songs, a journey through echoes of Brian Eno, Ennio Morricone, John Carpenter, Kosmische Kraut, Egisto Macchi, Daniela Casa, Goblin and Library Music. The events narrated in Blak Saagan’s double record took place in 1978, a sort of turning-point year, with psychedelic, electronic and post-punk music (the main musical elements of the record) all coexisting at the same time. Each song is connected to a specific historical event and inspired by the facts that happened during those 55 days: from the brutal attack to the security detail and kidnapping of Moro, to the discovery of his dead body in the trunk of a Renault 4. Se ci fosse la luce sarebbe bellissimo is the ideal soundtrack of a film that has not yet been shot. There are references to the public figures who populated those tragic days, to the letters Moro wrote during his segregation, to the messages of Brigate Rosse, to the negotiations and to the uncertain role of secret services. The record’s title is inspired by an excerpt from the last letter Moro wrote during his imprisonment. Aware his kidnappers will condemn him to death, he writes: «I would like to understand how we will see each other in the aftermath. If there was light, it would be beautiful». That conditional “if,” from a devotee of the Catholic Church, conveys a completely human, poignant, and universal doubt. A doubt that inspires and closes (or maybe not) the story Blak Saagan wants to tell us. A linear story with a clear beginning and ending, which sometimes diverts towards darkness, towards something hidden, towards secrets. In his work, Blak Saagan mixes proven facts with supposed truths, still sealed snapshots of a tragic event, and established news events.