Niagara Gazette —
While he still has some sight, Al Ligammari is now in the final stages of glaucoma, but has found his hearing has improved dramatically. “My sense of hearing has always been acute, but even more so now,” he said.
So, there has been almost no breach of his creative output and no lack of recognition. Several years ago he struck up a correspondance with John Anderson, the former lead singer of the rock band Yes, who was impressed by Ligammari’s music he found online. Recently, Ligammari was named a “You are Next” artist for the iPad music writing application “Notion,” and his work is featured on the website www.notionmusic.com.
While his current physical condition has humbled him, he said, and curbed some of his artistic arrogance, it has not diminished his dreams or the enthusiasm of those who appreciate his contribution to the local art scene.
At the celebration April 14, the banquet room will be filled with his work and provide the opportunity for friends and patrons to purchase a collection of his musical pieces, called “Anachronism,” available on a lanyard holding a jump disk that also will include an e-book collection of his artwork.
In the meantime, he’s selecting notes on his musical app with the same precision he once used to make stippling art from hand-placed ink dots. In the end, his pieces will still be about presentation and the ability of others to be touched by his intent. He is striving to place notes for each orchestral instrument in their appropriate positions so that accomplished musicians will be able to read his scores. “I’ve always known how to make music sound good,” he said. “Now I have to write it so it looks good.”
Contact Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.
IF YOU GO WHAT: "Celebrating 40 Years" party and show of the artistic works of Al Ligammari WHERE: The Como Restaurant, Pine Avenue WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. April 14 MORE INFORMATION: Tickets are $30 and include food and refreshments an 8 x 10 art print. For more information call 773-5563.