December 31, 2019
Jazz in Italy
Donatello D’Attoma is a briliant and eclectic pianist who mixes many different elements into his playing. We interviewed him.
Tell us about your educational path.
Music touched me since I was a kid. My dear father tried to push me into studying music, firstly with the guitar (when I was 7) and then later on I started studying the organ, before the piano. I discovered Jazz after the first year of classical studies at Monopoli’s conservatory. I started listening to recorda as a teenager: I had a vinyl by Red Garland, then I started listening to Keith Jarrett and I carried on studying the genre.
You worked together many artists. Which ones do you remember with the most pleasure?
Through the years, It happened to play with Giovanni Falzone, Emanuele Cisi, which meant a lot to me, with them I grew a lot as a musician. I worked with Gaetano Partipilo on “Logos”, my first album. I played with Daniele Di Bonaventura (and Daniela Spalletta too), and I remember meeting with Marco Tamburini, whose passing deeply touched me.
You have a record coming out.
Its title is “Oneness”, it will be distributed by Dodicilune on February. I recorded it with Enrico Morello on drums and Alberto Fidone on double bass. It’s the first time I durably work with them and I am really happy of the results. I can’t wait for it to come out, this album totally represents me.
How did you work on the piano trio's sound?
I followed some really important models, I took some inspiration from contemporary classical music and I also worked on a different language, not necessarily linked to Jazz traditions. It represents the legacy of my studies, which led me to work with more distance from the traditions.
You are also an active teacher.
I try to give suggestions on the time you need to commit on studying the instrument and the one dedicated on searching for your style, which, in my opinion, is really important. You should start from curiosity, searching for your own voice and your goals.
If you had a magic wand, which is the wish you would grant yourself?
I would love to play at the Village Vanguard!
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