Music For Meditation & Celebration: an espresso with Eugenio Mirti

Image Credits: Eugenio Mirti © Eugenio Mirti.

April 16, 2019

Zen #4 

Eugenio Mirti is an Italian musician, teacher and journalist who, besides being JazzEspresso co-founder, has recently released his new album Zen #4 – Music For Meditation & Celebration with Alfa Music label.

> Ivano Rossato


What’s the idea behind Zen #4 – Music For Meditation & Celebration?
In the beginning I wanted to create a music for meditation which wasn’t as boring as the music that is usually used to this purpose, with a drone and where nothing happens. As a matter of fact, it’s just an excuse, in the end I developed a little selection of the things I’m interested in, from the Beatles to Coltrane, up to my original tunes, which I’m very proud of.
 

I am 46 and I thought it was time to make a “statement” about who and what I really am.

Why a solo guitar album?
The solo concept can be developed in many ways (in fact I really did so!): like Joe Pass, with overdubbing, with various effects, and so on. Sometimes it allows an intimacy which is impossible to get with a group, some other times it is real fun to build the tunes layer by layer. I am 46 and I thought it was time to make a “statement” about who and what I really am. In this sense, this is more a declaration of identity and intent than a record. I wish to thank Matteo Pellizzola who, in the beginning, was only intended to record everything but who, in the end, took all the important decisions together with me, and has actually co-produced the album with me.
 
 
What are the connecting lines between the original compositions and the covers you have put in the album?
Choosing the tracklist was really hard… Probably if I made it again, it would be very different; let’s say that composing tracklists for live performances or for records is a very important skill, a real art. For instance, if you want to build a good tracklist, and I really wanted it, you need a jazz waltz, a modal tune, and so on. I also wanted the album to be the history of all the things I’ve done in the last ten years (more or less), and so it is a mix of strange things of which, in the end, I’m the connecting line, with my sensibilit:  moving between jazz tunes, classic guitar, rock, original compositions, effects, pedals, etc.
 
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During your travels around the world, did you find any differences (or similarities) in the way of building a “community” between musicians in Italy, USA, Australia and Taiwan?
Let’s say that I have a good capability of immediately understanding the people who are full of themselves, and therefore are probably useless to spend time with (in short, assholes!), and the people who live for the music, and are therefore persons to learn from and with whom to exchange experiences and competences. As time passes by, I learnt to not trust people who always and only talk about music (and guitars and pedals, etc.). Actually, in my opinion, you can learn more by sharing experiences (a trip to the mountains, having breakfast together, etc.) than by exchanging scale fingerings, for example. 
 

Playing a track is like telling a story: if you don’t live an interesting life, you won’t be able to do it, even if you have a great technique.

What would you recommend to youngsters who want to become music professionals?
From the one side to develop technique, that must be absolutely flawless and beyond criticism: you must be able to play bebop with the American musicians, choro with the Brazilians, read music and so on… on the other side, not to care too much about technique because, in the end, the important thing is having some stories to tell, and being always curious is what makes the difference between being a musician and being a real artist.
 
In your opinion, how will music and content distribution evolve in the next future?
I think that the Spotify model will fail, and there will be portals on which, upon subscription, you will be able to access contents. I’m really very confident in the future of music.
 
Why did you decide to found JazzEspresso with some of your friends?
Because the world is global and it needs global networks, where everybody can feel at home, and this is my wish for this very big challenge.
 
 

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