All of Billone’s pieces are very long (Mani. Gonxha is about 18 minutes) and the musical material is so different from what we are used to, that it is difficult to plan a musical tactic for these pieces. In a way, the music is very expressive and gestural, which made me choose an intuitive approach: not really shaping or phrasing, just seeing what comes next. Using this tactic, you can also achieve his demand of moving from one movement of the piece into another without connection, as a total surprise.
I had quite an extensive email conversation with Billone about some of the aspects of Mani. Gonxha. Below is a transcription of these conversations.