The project Autunna et sa Rose has been active since 1994 as a contemporary laboratory of many-sided ideas of expression, with the intent to melt together music and poetry suggestions into a new form, finally able to give a strongly complete expression to the most emotive and sometimes even disturbed “motions of the mind”. In fact, the first works from the ensemble originated just from some earlier experiences of a marked literary sort, searching for a delicate symbiotic relationship between music and literature, and also involving some other artistic forms such as cinema, figurative arts and especially theatre, considered as the summa of all arts. In this reading, key music has always embodied a sort of “emotional plasma”, able to communicate several meanings in a multi-sensorial way. That is why the chosen musical forms are in strict connection with the theatrical needs that the texts generally require.
Most of the original inspiration sources are related to historical avantgarde movements, in particular surrealism (above all Antonin Artaud’s works) and the connected topics; some indistinct late-romantic influences are still present, but now mixed with a more and more marked inclination to experimental approaches towards contemporary sounds, getting even to avantgarde and ambient-noise electronics.
About live performances, the strategy of interpolating notes with acting and poetical recitations has always been fundamental to place the live show in an atmosphere with no intention of offering an abstract musical connotation: therefore, the central role of acting, considered from a specifically theatrical point of view, the weight of soliloquies and of gesture, mixed with dynamical movements on stage are devised to get the upper hand over everything else and so take the audience to a breeze drifting from the former context. Even the use of videos has strengthened the emotional and magnetically involving impact of the performances, giving the audience a more complete view of the creative universe the ensemble has always tried to communicate: in a single word, the search for the ideal of Gesamtkunstwerk (the “total” work of art).
The debut CD-album titled Sous la robe bleue was issued in 1996: it was a concept album based on a psychodrama of a female character, unable to find the love that she needs to live, and dying in the end because of this lack. In February 2000 Né l’être… éternel was released: it is focused on the eternity of the spirit as a generator of energy, while death is seen as an essential part of life, in search for a symbiotic relationship with Nature modern human beings have a great need to be reconciled with.
In February 2002 was issued Sturm, a music-theatre opus with the special participation (in some tracks) of Steven Brown, historical leader of Tuxedomoon: just one year after the ultimate version of the script was ready. In July 2005 was finally out Odos eis ouranon, a double split-CD recorded live with Ataraxia: the distinctive feature of this live performance was the ability to express all that the ensemble in fact strongly needed, and this was definitely due to the relevant collaboration (continuing since then) with the excellent soprano Sonia Visentin, renowned interpreter of contemporary music.
In May 2006 L’Art et la Mort was issued by Ark Records: this work is full of literary connections and, by means of a composition idea based on an artistic approach similar to some cubist de-structurating methods, its aim is tracing out a spiritual path aiming to stimulate our personal research on the quintessence of death, soul and eternal life, and once again relating to Antonin Artaud, considered as the sublime prophet.
In July 2012, after a long wait, the latest work Phalène d’onyx was issued by Ark Records. It is a conceptual work the aim of which is rediscovering the importance of poetic Love in the modern world, more and more victim of this consumer society: poetry and the reflections on the connections to some other artistic ambits can be the keystone to start this initiation trip, in search for a renewed depth of the soul.
In June 2015 the founder Saverio Tesolato participated in SELF PORTRAITS – Inner Feelings, an international art exhibition hosted at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice, organized by It’s LIQUID Group and International Art Expo, who selected his experimental video Sous cette croûte…, containing original music and recitation of a poem from Artaud.
In September 2015 Crac Edizioni published a book from the writer Antonello Cresti titled Solchi sperimentali Italia, where he reviewed some CDs by A&SR and interviewed its founder. In the following November, they organized together the first Solchi Sperimentali Fest in Bologna. In April 2017 Crac issued the DoDVD Solchi sperimentali Italia – The Movie: a full-length experimental film directed by Francesco Paladino inspired by Cresti (even playing the main role in the movie), and a collection of video material from several Italian independent musicians.
In August 2017 a book from Saverio Tesolato was issued: Intrecci del sogno precedes the publication of the forthcoming CD Entrelacs du rêve, whose issue is scheduled for November 2017 and that will complete this many-sided work. From narrations – often achieved through a hard backward analysis – of surreal and foreign images of two dreams to the composition of music for them it was a short road: different forms for different interpretations of dreams and their visions. To try to understand the past, to give the future a deep meaning. A graphic artwork contained in the book was selected to participate to the international exhibition of contemporary arts ANIMA MUNDI – Visions at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice.
In conclusion, in July 2018 a paper has been also prepared where the compositional techniques of this piece are explained in detail. It is entitled Dreamlinks: Link Theory Meets Music Composition. An Introduction to Compositional Methods Related to Primary Links and it was presented at the 21st Bridges Conference (in Stockholm, Sweden), the world’s largest conference on mathematical connections in art, music, architecture, education and culture. The above-mentioned article was published in the Bridges 2018 Proceedings.
In December 2023 the new work entitled Stalker/Zone (SZ, LP – 100 numbered copies) is issued, a sort of experimental “psychological soundtrack” for the film Stalker (1979) by Andrej Tarkovskij. This project was conceived to offer an in-depth musical interpretation of the film, going beyond the rules of traditional soundtracks. Actions, behavioral patterns, feelings and fleeting thoughts of the three main characters are analyzed extensively, in a musical opus consisting of notes and sounds which are an interpretation of images and of their underlying meaning, and of the psychology of the three protagonists, paired with an analysis of the philosophical connotations hidden in the movie.