Review: Saro Tribastone “Viento De Siroco”
Saro Tribastone “Viento De Siroco”
Close your eyes relax and pop in Saro Tribastone’s Viento De Siroco disc and you may see Zorro riding by on his black horse. If not you aren’t trying hard enough! Saro’s guitar playing is so gentle that it can truly send you to another place, washing all the cares away from the day, and isn’t that what we all need?
On Viento, Saro plays Flamenco guitar, the Tzouras, as well as the “Beating” guitar, which is the traditional guitar of south Italy and also the mandolin. The casual listeners won’t know anything about the guitars Saro plays, but what they will know is that the melodies he creates are enchanting and each one very different from the next. One can only marvel at the amount of study it took to master the different instruments. And he doesn’t only play those instruments, he also composed and arranged all the tracks in the album. What a talented man Saro is.
The album opens with Noche en Ortigia (Night In Ortigia) a soothing melody quite like a lullaby. The drum beats a gentle rhythm as your eyes slowly close. Seis soon follows with more spirited playing. One wonders why the second song on the album is called Seis, since that’s the Spanish word for six, but who is to argue? Rumbita is a Spanish word for little Rumba a popular style of Latin music and the title of the fourth track. Saro plays the Greek Tzouras on this particular piece.
The next song is Marzamemi, another city in Sicily. Half the fun in listening to this album is looking up the translations of the song titles. Several of the songs like Noche en Ortigia are named after places in Italy. Saro must certainly have a love for his homeland, because he pays such a beautiful tribute to it in his music.
Libertad takes the listener to the Middle East with the Daraboukka accompanying the guitar. The three tracks that close out the album, bring about visions of gypsies dancing around a fire.
It takes a true talent to create the imagery that Saro does with his music. Listening to the ten tracks on Viento De Siroco is a pleasure and one that should be done over and over again, especially on rainy days when you long to be anywhere but where you are. After only a few minutes you’ll be whisked away to the Mediterranean shore, where Saro is playing his guitar just for you. That my friends is pleasure that shouldn’t be missed.
There’s something about this music that just washes the troubles of the day away. Maybe it’s because Flamenco music automatically sends the mind to thoughts of tropical climates and vacations. Whatever it may be, this music is a perfect mood enhancer. In the past week I’ve found myself turning this disc on the minute I got home from work and I kept it on long after I started to wind down. Saro has created some wonderful music on Viento De Siroco and count yourself lucky if you have this album in your collection, because there will be many relaxing days and nights in your future.
Reviewed By Andrea Guy