An espresso with…
Alessandro Carabelli

December 18, 2017
Indaco is Alessandro Carabelli’s new work, who is celebrating with this CD 30 years of activity; we have interviewed him.

This new CD celebrates your 30 years of career and was recorded with a line-up which is substantially unchanged in time.
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.
How do you compose?
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.
And how do you work on arrangements?
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.
Which is your dream you wish to come true in the next 30 years of career?
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.
Whom would you like to cooperate with?
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.
Music and web: is it a gift or a curse?
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.
Do you think that your being Italian shines from your music?
I think it is influenced by the place where you live and by the typical sound of your country of origin. The substantial difference is between those using music as a language and therefore communicating something of their own, and those using music as an aesthetic form. Music is highly globalized but what makes a real difference is the originality. As Latins, we have a romantic flair, and you can hear the difference in the Mediterranean music, which generally have more accented melodies.
Towards which direction do you think the jazz of the future is going?
The new generations of musicians have this very “muscular” approach, a very fine technique but they often are without emotions, but anyway, what makes the difference is not the technique, but the message you’d like to share. I don’t know where the jazz of the future is going and what evolutions it will make, but sometimes I wish it to go backwards and take back those values and that spontaneous, human and beautiful way of making music.
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