Hi lovely people, here we are with my second album release of 2022! Vocations Électriques is a tribute I wanted to do to the great french composer Erik Satie, the father of impressionism and dadaism in music, who astonishingly invented more than 100 years ago (!) minimalism and ambient music, two of the main genres that are still relevant in our contemporary times.
I always loved Satie's music and Vocations Électriques is actually a title from Satie himself, a temporary and then rejected name for his suite Descriptions automatiques, that I decided to use for my album, which is a modern electronic reinterpretation of some of Satie's well famous and less known works.
Satie, with the likes of Bach, Debussy, Webern or Messiaen, is one of the very few composers in music history, who succeeded creating a music beyond time, which sounds and will always sound contemporary, because it reached something universal in the human mind. For that reason I wanted to record some of his compositions with modern instruments, showing how his music effortlessly still sounds as if it were written yesterday.
In Satie's case, it is crazy to think that in his own very eccentric way, he invented many of the modern ways to create music, putting the seeds of minimalism and even serialism with his work Vexations, which consists of a very tiny piece that has to be repeated as a loop 840 times (it can be 35 hours long!), and that avoids completely any kind of recognizable harmonic progression, using instead a couple of intervals in a serial manner.
Most of the pieces in the album are short or incredibly short, like the 3 Harmonies, and to me was important to preserve the original compositions in their entirety as they were written, rearranging them using a plethora of different synths, samplers and electro-mechanical keyboards.
I am excited to share with you some beautiful tracks that I recorded some years ago in Milan with my italian trio, with Emanuele Garro on doublebass and Paolo Zucchetti on drums, together with some new compositions that I recorded in a piano solo session this year.
Milano Sessions is to me a bittersweet love letter that I wrote to my hometown Milano, which I left in 2014, moving to Berlin, where I still live and work.
I owe much to Milan, I was born there, I studied classical and jazz piano with amazing teachers and I had my first professional experiences as a jazz musician. Still, year after year, the city was becoming more and more to me like a cage, pushing me to desire a more international context to do my music, so I left Milan and I definitely found what I wanted in Berlin.
Milano Sessions is an ode to what are for me the most beautiful sides of my hometown and will include, besides the trio sessions that I recorded in Milan, also more recent compositions that I composed and dedicated to my old city, recorded for piano solo in studio in Berlin in 2022.
The realisation of this album was made possible by the friendly support of GEMA and Neustart Kultur 2021.
Mein neues Album Milano Sessions wird am 18. März 2022 auf allen wichtigen Streaming-Plattformen veröffentlicht! Ich freue mich, mit euch einige wunderschöne Stücke zu teilen, die ich vor einigen Jahren in Mailand mit meinem italienischen Trio aufgenommen habe, mit Emanuele Garro am Kontrabass und Paolo Zucchetti am Schlagzeug, zusammen mit einigen neuen Kompositionen, die ich dieses Jahr in einer Piano-Solo-Session aufgenommen habe. Milano Sessions ist für mich ein bittersüßer Liebesbrief, den ich an meine Heimatstadt Mailand geschrieben habe, die ich 2014 verließ und nach Berlin zog, wo ich immer noch lebe und arbeite. Ich habe Mailand viel zu verdanken, ich wurde dort geboren, habe bei tollen Lehrern klassisches und Jazz-Klavier studiert und meine ersten professionellen Erfahrungen als Jazzmusiker gemacht. Dennoch wurde die Stadt für mich von Jahr zu Jahr immer mehr zu einem Käfig, der mich dazu drängte, meine Musik in einem internationaleren Kontext zu machen, also verließ ich Mailand und fand in Berlin definitiv, was ich wollte. Milano Sessions ist eine Ode an die für mich schönsten Seiten meiner Heimatstadt und enthält neben den Trio-Sessions, die ich in Mailand aufgenommen habe, auch neuere Kompositionen, die ich komponiert und meiner alten Stadt gewidmet habe und die ich 2022 im Studio in Berlin für Klavier solo aufgenommen habe. Die Realisierung dieses Albums wurde durch die freundliche Unterstützung der GEMA und Neustart Kultur 2021 ermöglicht.
Roberto Manzin's latest album is finally out! Blue Feather, which is also the title of one of the songs in the album, refers to the hope of a new beginning, a new cycle and I am very happy to have recorded this year in Berlin Roberto's beautiful compositions with these fantastic musicians, Francesco Beccaro on bass, David Guy on drums and of course Roberto Manzin on alto and soprano sax.
My brand new EP "Freedom Chant", done in collaboration with the amazing sax player Roberto Manzin, is out on all major streaming platforms!
It was done in these last hard lockdown months in Berlin and wants to be a reflection over the times we are living in, a call for freedom in this strange, dark period: it is a search for beauty, that we can achieve in everyday's repetitive life during this lockdown, if we open enough our minds.
With me on synthesizers and rhodes and Roberto on saxes and clarinet, we created a wonderful kaleidoscope of timbres, I am sure you will be hooked!
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, I lost pretty much all of the gigs I had planned in 2020, like almost any other musician in the world right now. I am not planning future gigs at the moment because of the pretty unpredictable situation with the pandemic here in Germany, but I still have some booked concerts for 2021, with the great jazz quartet of the saxophonist Johannes Barthelmes, Hipnosis, with Carmelo Leotta on doublebass and Paolo Eleodori on drums. We recorded this year an amazing album and I am looking forward to play with these great musicians in:
Jazzclub Schlot, Berlin, on the 6.2.21
B Flat Jazzclub, Berlin, on the 15.4.21
MIM (Musikinstrumentenmuseum), Berlin, on the 29.7.21
Stockwerk, Graz, on the 22.10.21
Let's hope these are happening!
Our upcoming album Pasion o muerte will be published in March 2021 by the swiss jazz label Unitrecords, stay tuned!