Supernova, Florence, 2016 © Veronica Citi (detail) View full image

Andrea Cavallari


Supernova is a visual and sound installation by Andrea Cavallari. An installation capturing the moment of destruction of a piano, frozen in its final shock wave, suspended at the moment it is transformed into a piano wreck. In its final moments the piano gains a new life, a new incarnation created from fractions of the past. Cavallari, explores the power of the explosion, and the subsequent creation of a new object. Broken strings, hammers, unarticulated keys, can no longer find their original function but are forced from their original positions to form a new upset structure. In this newly found freedom, the pieces fracture in multiple directions, explode into a new space and, in the same movement, compose new universes; they take on new lives.

As a supernova creates a mass of creative energy as it explodes, the accompanying acoustic element features the electronic manipulation of the sound of the piano dropped from about 4 metres. It illuminates what occurs immediately after the impact, after the time interval of the fall.  Through the sound piece Cavallari explores the new sound galaxy, the infinite directions that modern and contemporary music took after the end of the classical-romantic period. 

Supernova is on display at Maestro Arts Gallery until 30 March 2018

Supernova, Maestro Arts, London, 2017

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Andrea Cavallari is an American born visual artist and classical avant-garde music composer. His visual practice is mainly expressed by installations combining sound and visual elements. His recent works explore the deep nature of sound through combining visual elements with sound, whilst his compositions often reflect and take inspiration from the visual world, translating images into sounds. He considers his works to be in line with the new complexity of expression, where the technical and expressional limits of the performers are pushed to the extreme.

He studied piano, composition, ethnomusicology and orchestra conducting and art. After graduating from the music conservatory he took a masters in composition with Franco Donatoni.  Cavallari then studied visual art and painting at the Art Academy in Florence. For the past 20 years he has been expressing his art in both media: music and visual art. 

Supernova, Maestro Arts, London, 2017