Image Credits: T.U.N. © Mattia Barbieri.
October 8, 2019
The avant-garde is in the feelings
Gianni Denitto, Fabio Giachino and Mattia Barbieri have given life to T.U.N., a project made of saxophone, synthesizers, drums and samplers, where jazz and electronic music come together to play on the boundaries of musical genres.
> Ivano Rossato
How did the T.U.N. project come about and what characterized the approach and the execution?
T.U.N. was born from friendship more than anything. We've known each other since forever and over the years we've shared many projects together. Each of us has gone his own way, has studied different aspects and musical genres. Today we've decided to get together again and explore a fascinating area. It's what you get when you decide to mix the jazz matrix with electronic experimentation. Our city, Turin, has united us. The desire to start a new journey has turned into a common sound project. It creates the ambition to start listening and to get to the dance floor. Turin Unlimited Noise is a tribute to the city and its sounds, to its industrial soul and to its underground expressive force, which today, like never before, pushes towards a human dimension in search of meaning and beauty. We start with "traditional" tools - keyboards, saxophone and drums - that in T.U.N. they expand and transform into sonorities that are normally reproduced by computers and sequencers. In a sense, we "play" as a computer.
Turin Unlimited Noise is a tribute to the city and its sounds, to its industrial soul and to its underground expressive force, which today, like never before, pushes towards a human dimension in search of meaning and beauty.
Electronics are often associated with the concept of "innovation". What does it mean for you to "innovate" in music today?
Let's take inspiration from a great jazz musician, Massimo Urbani, who said "the avant-garde is in the feelings". Innovating for us is not to set limits and put our personality and uniqueness at stake. Innovation is rather a consequence but it is not the primary goal of our music.
Which artists of the current music scene do you consider innovative?
A list of unique and current musical personalities is almost infinite. That said, there are now artists who are a source of inspiration for us: Flying Lotus, Comet is Coming, Jason Lindner, to name a few. They are musicians who have created totally new and personal sound worlds in the experimentation between jazz and electronics.
Your city, Turin, is present starting from the name of the project. Does it still make sense today to speak of the "musical scene" in general or has globalization diluted and blurred the geographical identity?
Certainly the cultural contamination due to the internet and to the greater ease in traveling has played a strong role in today's musical production. Traveling, we have noticed how the different genres are becoming more and more easily and quickly contaminated with the traditional sounds of different peoples. But globalization does not necessarily mean loss of identity, at least not always, especially in music. We like to think that in authentic creative forms the identity is not affected, on the contrary. We could put aside the term globalization in its most negative sense and to speak of contamination or a musical production in which the various identities, even geographies, approaches, touches and sometimes merge But they never lose their soul, not even the "geographical" one. In this sense, Turin and its scene are very strong. The city, for at least fifty years, has a strong community of artists of all nationalities, which has grown together and continues to evolve thanks to the exchange. This makes us think that it still makes sense to talk about the city's "music scene".
Are you planning to record and publish new material in the near future?
Yes, the video of the concert on October 5th will be released live at the Magazzino sul Po. We also have an EP coming out with the Milan Jazz or Tech label with 3 tracks and two remixes by techno artists. By the end of the year the recording of the entire disc is scheduled, with about 10 tracks!
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