It has been unchanged for more than fifteen years: the core is formed by me, Marco Conti on double bass and Luciano Zadro on guitar. We also had Stefano Bagnoli on drums for more than twelve years, then this year we had to call Maxx Furian, also for having different interpretations; then there are Flavio Boltro and Tino Tracanna completing the line-up. Flavio is expressing different features than Franco Ambrosetti, whom we had been cooperating with for a long time, and gives a different approach. Definitely, every one of us is giving a very subjective and personal style to the work.
All the CDs we have published are made of original compositions, with some little exceptions; in this new album there are 14 original tracks. My tunes come from feelings and sensations spontaneously developing on piano, then I perfect them.
Generally, I like to leave the work open, there are ideas originating as a second or third voice, with a certain type of harmonic setting, but I usually give free rein to the others: I prefer that the musicians I cooperate with have their own autonomy, every one of them puts his own colours so that it is a shared work.
The fact that I was able to realize and implement some projects is itself a dream come true: to be a musician is a very beautiful target. To write, to be able to produce records, to perform concerts, are difficult but interesting activities. I would also like to go further, I do not have specific targets but simply to go on in this way. Every encounter I do pushes towards new cooperations and experiences, it’s a continuous work in progress.
There are really many artists that I dream of having the opportunity of making them even only listen to my works, artists such as Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, or Russel Ferrante in order to get their opinion, or maybe for seeing how they perform my works. The great artists are a separate world, they give a lot at human and musical level and they open doors that before them you did not even imagine could exist. I think of the artists I presently cooperate with or others I am (and I was), lucky enough to meet, such as Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Chick Corea, Ennio Morricone, Lee Konitz and many more. Every one of them has his own world made of colours, they perform music and see music from different angles. Fantastic worlds in which it is very fascinating to lose yourself and to learn.
Definitely both. If it was well used, the web could be an extremely positive phenomenon, because of the ease in divulgating things. In the past, there was the idea of discovery, you went in a record store, it almost was a ritual thing. Nowadays everything’s so easy, so from the one side it’s fantastic, from the other side it’s used very badly, you lose the pleasure and the joy of discovery.
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