#Interview with Maurizio Pisati (March 2010) on #neuguitars #blog

You have studied at the Milan’s Conservatory, graduating with honors in composition with S. Sciarrino, A. Guarnieri and G. Manzoni and later also in classical guitar. How was the musical scene at the Conservatory in those years and what does it mean for you to have studid with teachers of that level?


Then as now, the Conservatory could only be a good institution for a specialized educational or “environment” of cultural ferment, according to the capabilities of involvement of individual teachers and students. For me it was a nice microcosm, there I checked the opportunity to spend a lifetime to invent. I have the same feeling even now that I’m a teacher, when the contact with talented pupils leads to “recognize” the chances, to not lose the path and how it feels when you are still the only ones to know about being a musician. I conducted with Sciarrino a radical, conscious study, following him in the summer master classes at the Winter Academy of Citta di Castello. I was also personally led by him to a real manual learning, which over the years of study has also allowed me to work as a copyist for Casa Ricordi, studying, copying and correcting the scores of New Music prior to their execution. The passage to Adriano Guarnieri scored another unforgettable moment, an impetuous learning ” by skin”, after which, in the upper course, I chose to graduate with Giacomo Manzoni, a composer of rare severity and loving experience, combined with a not common expertise. For the guitar, over the years in the Conservatory with Paolo Cherici I had the good fortune to study with a complete musician like Claudio Conti, a pupil of Ruggero Chiesa and Oscar Ghiglia. I can say that my masters have been such and in each one I recognized something about what I was looking for. It ‘been a privilege, which has also required some serious work to get away: the better they are more difficult is to go away.

You have been for studying in Germany, Switzerland and Japan, what kind of situation have you found in those countries than to the Italian’s one?
These countries are well known for their nice cultural approach to contemporary music … I state: I have often privileged the curiosity over certainty and solutions, but I always had a certain perception of music in history as a necessary and “contemporary”,expression, always a step ahead of us. The prospect then is reversed: we are her contemporaries. That said, there are countries that are less resistance to the passage of time, have a high conception of their time and they know that, letting the artists doing their job, new spaces often arise. In short, sometimes there are places where we can find easier and respectful time and place of invention. This has no connection with the quality of the invention, which is always the fruit of our motivations, but in those countries, like Sweden, Holland and Iceland, I always feel a willingness not only material but also a kind of attitude toward artistic work where respect and curiosity merge in a friendly and demanding way: the organizers, students and employees will not pre-judge or assume, they participate actively in the creation of expectations that stimulate even more. In Japan I had the best urge and the stronger suggestions, perhaps even for the long stay, however some aspects of that culture was reflected in interests that were already rooted in me and I gained a sense of “space between things ” in Japanese:” MA “, which has since become part of my signature too, which ideally separates first and last name.


In a lot of your music is often captures the presence now more evident, now more transformed, concealed or distorted of the guitar, whether it is present with a classic, electricity or electronically processed sound. How important is the presence of the guitar in your music?
The guitar is my instrument. As a composer I get pleasure in finding ideas for every instrument but the guitar is the place of the finest automatisms of my fingers, and with them “she” is kind and friendly, so that while I compose I had to get a certain “distance” to avoid writing pieces “for Guitar” (no illusions, the pieces by Chopin are not “for Pianist”) and obtain new music’s scores. In the preface to my “Sette Studi” (© Ricordi199) with conscious assumption I have referred to them as “a new Guitar, an idea of the instrument attentive to its inner sounds and musical depth perception. In my Guitar music, when the sound that traditionally tasks, imposes itself on “others” sounds to a different level of noise, itself, the ordinary becomes different, it stands sharp on “alternatives” sounds. The fact is that sounds do not exist by themselves beyond their treatment: ordinary / extraordinary distinction are ours, a stopped sound is not a height played differently. The much-discussed low audibility of the guitar is not explored here as a matter of loudness, but about quality of the sound elements and their combinations, about levels of audibility made readable through the differences. The first performance of Seven studies took place July 29, 1990 in Darmstadt by Elena Càsoli invited to the XXXV edition of Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and this music has always been dedicated to her.”
Elena Càsoli, Jurgen Ruck, Magnus Andersson, Geoffrey Morris, Massimo Lonardi, Emanuele Forni. You have worked with several classical guitarists, how it was working with each of them? What are for you their characteristics and differences?
Eh! This is a nice list, and I would like to add also Stefan Östersjö, Pablo Gomez, Caroline Delume, Arturo Tallini, Sante Tursi, Virginia Arancio, Izhak Elias. I always talk gladly about “my” Interpreters. I would not call any of them “Classical Guitarist” (but the definition in terms of their training, is correct): these are artists who are actively involved in our times, which on stage they risk of an autonomous vision of music. i think that are necessari some personal and chronological distinctions: the artistic relationship with Elena Càsoli dates back to the Conservatory’s years. I was informed: she was the cleverest and I phoned her, we were both still students, asking her to play my first composition prized in a contest. Then she saw the birth of the SetteStudi, she was the first performer and the Studies are dedicated to her, she made possible for other guitarists to verify that what they saw written was readable and executable, she has shared with me the vision of a new world on the instrument. The visions continue, alongside the rest of life. I place closer to her other longstanding performers, Magnus Andersson for whom I composed to “Senti?” for Guitar and String Orchestra, Jürgen Ruck who wanted the “Caprichos de burros y simios” on paintings of Goya, Massimo Lonardi, an accomplice in a “lute’s raid”, until Geoffrey Morris, the first performer of Theatre of Dawn, an opera theater in which the guitar has the central and soloist role. Latest knowledge, in the last decade, are Pablo Gomez, Caroline Delume, Stefan Östersjö and Arturo Tallini performer of “Guitar Clock I” for three or infinite guitars, Sante Tursi, known on-line and then “alive” after I saw, posted on the web a strong execution of Studies in Lima, until the younger generation: Emanuele Forni which have “tasted” all, classic, the new interpretations of Dowland in “Catullus” or pieces for Guitar and Electric AudioVideo, up to Virginia Arancio, with her fresh and decided interpretations, or Izhak Elias, also a performer of Studies and co-principal of OER, for a Dutch university.
Berlioz said that composing for classical guitar because it was difficult to do so must first be guitarists, this phrase was often used as a justification for the limited repertoire of classical guitar with other instruments like piano and violin. At the same time has been increasingly “undermined” by the growing interest in the guitar (whether classical, acoustic, electric, MIDI) collects in contemporary music. As a composer and guitarist, how much do you think that it is still true in the phrase of Berlioz?
The answer is twofold: repertoire and compositional approach. For the known paucity of the repertoire we sometimes have to thank the guitarists themselves for this, such as in the first 900 they have simply lost a slice of history by sharing the joys of invention for ” los nubarrones de la impotencia creativa”. There are also historical and organological reasons, that is not here the place to argue about but that should not be underestimated and that “flow” in our time, where the guitar has a new original repertoire, also reflecting the best balance between instruments and room’s acoustics and the interests of composers to “the” Guitars. The compositional approach, as I said before, it was for me the opposite. Berlioz would have been able to compose for any instrument, but it’s true that can be tough to manage interval relationships and various techniques on an instrument with a so specific provision of the register and, above all, the endless possibilities of issue when you just begin to think about the two hands as actually “2” and not as a single mechanism finely coordinated. But this is a question of “craft” and ideas, any more as it would be composing for any other instrument not directly played: the composer must know the tools and I think he should have the quality that I like to call “absolute imagination”, at least as good as absolute pitch, certainly more essential.

I have noticed that several of your videos on YouTube are tagged as Theater of Dawn, characterized by a strong multimedia idea, what is it?



Theater of Dawn ((Teatro dell’Alba ) is an idea born in 1993 and completed in 2007 with the Brisbane’s Elision Ensemble, directed by Megan Rowland, paints on video by Ferruccio Bigi, Video by Max Bertolai, © CasaRicordi2007 . Each of SetteStudi has become a duet for guitar and other instrument (Voice, Viola, Tenor Sax, Flute Double Bass, Bass Clarinet, Percussion, Double Bass), which I have added four AudioVideo tracks, a piece for percussion, piano and electronics, two other pieces for Ensemble with all the solo instruments, with also parts for collective improvisation. It ‘s a fantastic theater imagined in one of those old stone and wood houses, belonged to miners and now abandoned a little anywhere in the Alps on the border between Italy and France, Switzerland and Austria. At that hour in which there is no night nor day, seven “spirits” of alpine legends meet in the remains of one of these houses and that indefinable moment between darkness and light is expanded by the music. Central to the work is “7”, written in the days of the passing of Frank Zappa and dedicated to him, until the final -Dawn- where video and the pen’s sound that writes on the score complements with the performance of the ensemble. The guitar is the main instrument throughout all this opera, Geoffrey Morris was the absolute protagonist facing the work with great seriousness and interpretative force: the Ensemble plays behind the curtain covering the scene and on which are projected videos, enlightened now from the video, now from the lights. Therefore all appear or disappear while the guitarist, with a camera on the handle of the instrument, is always hidden by a curtain, we see only great hands moving projected live on the screen that hides it.
The label ZONE is a kind of signature, the mark that distinguishes a good part of your work, how can it be defined? A group of musicians? A Cultural interface?

Of all the definitions of ZONE, “cultural interface” is among the most appropriate, I like it and it also expresses part of the poetic motivations. The name derives from the suggestions received from the film Stalker, by Andrei Tarkovsky, where the “zone” is an environment where everything is on the verge of being otherwise, without the possibility of a backward path. You turn your head and the road you just traveled is already changed. In practice, from about 1993, the idea of zones has become this: “a project, group, idea changing around my music, where I myself was involved in the Live Electronics or the electric guitar MIDI. On the keyboard of this guitar, now become a Virtual Ensemble, move the inhabitants of ZONE: samples of percussion by Maurizio Ben Omar, Jonny Axelsson and Kuniko Kato, voices by Luisa Castellani, Marco Bortoli, Ursula Joss and Deborah Kaiser, sound engineers Alvise Vidolin, Davide Rocchesso and Hubert Westkemper, handled sound objects, people like the Master of Kali Maurizio Maltese, actors like Elena Callegari, Riccardo Raimondi and Annig Magherini, signatures and voices by Robert Sanesi and Thor Vilhjalmsson, the ancient Flutes by Antonio Politano, Kees Boeke and Carsten Eckert, flutes by Manuel Zurria, Sax by Jörgen Pettersson, Pierre Stephane Meugè, Frederico Mondelci and Jam- Paoletti, piano by Marianne Schroeder, Oscar Pizzo and Massimo Somenzi, cellos by Mario Brunello and Francesco Dillon, the guitars of Elena Càsoli, Jürgen Ruck, Magnus Andersson and Geoffrey Morris, trombonist Ivo Nilsson, pictures by Gianni Di Capua, Max Bertolai, Marcos Jorge, paints by Ferruccio Bigi and Salvatore Zito, artists who live actively contemporary thought and that, scattered everywhere, they travel the ZONE.”

You have created, along with Elena Càsoli, LArecords, an independent label dedicated to meetings and special productions between music and literature. Do you want to talk about this project and its achievements? Next records? How does the crisis in the music market, with the transition from digital downloading in mp3 and all this new scenario? (LArecords: http://www.larecords.it/home.shtml )

The application combines two aspects – idea and market – that are often considered as related and interdependent, but in my opinion things are nolt like this. I will answer in order:

– The idea: “LA” comes from “labii reatum,” the note name in the mnemonic formula derived by Guido d’Arezzo from a hymn by Paolo Diacono. The historic recall was necessary to declare the literary and poetic origin of this label: LArecords was born from the encounter with the poet Roberto Sanesi (vedi: Roberto Sanesi), whose voice is became one of my composition’s instruments. From that moment LAbii reatum is all these significant voices, Sanesi, the Icelandic Thor Vilhjalmsson (see: MPaRkvik_Vilhjalmsson), Irino Reiko Takashi, impurity of the lip, the fault of the story and conceal-reveal the secrets that the poet re-creates in every pages. Beneath the logo there is: “LAbii reatum, the fault of the lip is the pleasure to tell. We think like a fairy tale. We listen to it. Can You see it?”


Next record: the voice of Heitor Villa Lobos. We organized a “celebration” among italian and Brazilian friends and musicians in palace on Garda, I made seven incipit that, starting from Villa Lobos, faded in calls for improvisation and I have scattered with leaflets all aroun the palace, wich was disseminated by microphones. During the party, we recorded noises, talking, reading fragments and improvisations, stories of stories and brazilian recipes, obtaining then a single sequence. Inside, the voice of Villa Lobos, granted by the Museum of Sao Paulo, tells strong words about his land and the music, while Elena Càsoli performs a selection of songs by the Brazilian composer. It seems almost to have him there to party, listen to their music and enjoy the food. The disc will be titled “TUHU – Homenagem ao Malandro Carioca” and, like others, will be distributed by Stradivarius.
-Market and technology: These CDs are made to be present in limited numbers and in different places. This is also the rule of a certain market, which teaches to shift particular products, but for us it is just a default state of mind: our activities don’t walk along known roads, it takes place primarily outside (and then, by force : most of the world is “foreign”) and so our CDs are in the hands of artists of all kinds all over the world. Coming to MP3 then I would say that it leads to deviations from the standard top, mp3’s compression penalizes certain frequencies for unmatched portability, very few persons imagined an mp3 market, only some lovers of HiFi sensed and horrified at the thought.
But now the main music “store” in the U.S. is iTunes, the chances are greater, and be careful: they live together. Almost nothing is missing. There is hip hop, mcing and battles, DJing, beatboxing, remix, vintage … and everything is sound. Still there are music – not only mainstream music – that arise for vinyl, still the record productions used DAT and ADAT in conjunction with the digital HD, the files move from optical fibers and are sometimes sent on this way to the final mastering. Meanwhile, the development of poetry and technology changes in its own way the markets: shall we suffer perhaps for the disappearance of imprint or horsehair, or buttons made of ivory, which we found to be “harmful” for walrus or elephant, lead pipes harmful to the organs players, or about the “eight” shape of the guitar harmful, who knows, for the mathematicians? In short, I think that mp3 download is only one aspect of the overflowing -and, maybe, positive- supply of the musical material. The market for CD sufferers, but it is going to suicide itself being the first to be indifferent to musical qualità and so it is going to get a natural reduction: I think this is because the false idea that a market should only grow basino itself only on needs induced and independent of the product, while the musician need quality. And here’s the answer to a paradox: history teaches that the “ways of quality” are endless, and I’m interested that the quality’s transmission paths will remain endless. Faced with a decline of the CD (its sales), we will invent a way to continue broadcasting, but not to solve a market problem. I do not deny the need for a business, often I’m the first to complain about the difference with the other arts, but I react to the attempt to shift the market problem on artist’s shoulders, which is only a selling problem, interest and necessity induced, in a wise guide of the spontaneity of the mass.

I have noticed in recent years, a gradual rapprochement between the two aspects of avant-garde music, the most academic’s one and the other side the one brought forward by musicians far away from the classical canon and from areas such as jazz, electronics and extreme rock like Fred Frith, John Zorn, the New York downtown scene and some electronic music labels such as Sub Rosa and the Mille Plateux influenced by the thought of Deleuze and Guattari. What do you think about these possible interactions and do you think that there is some place for them in Italy too? In addition, we often hear about improvisation, sometimes unpredictable improvisation in contemporary music at times confusing it with the action and the game of chance like in Cage, what’s the meaning of improvisation in your music research?


Improvisation has always accompanied me, intermittently and in many different ways. As a student I have improvised in the style of Bach and Vivaldi, but before, when I still did not know anything about music I had bought a Kazoo with which I could sing freely whatever I could think … and then I improvised with Maurizio Maltese, a Philippine Fencing Master ” arnis de mano”, with percussionist Maurizio BenOmar making the movie’s soundtrack with my MIDI guitar, me with my fingers and him with his hands, then with lead singer Mark WajaMaja Bortoli, real mad hatter, then by Japanese-Italian & guitar with composer Takashi Niigaki and Elena Càsoli in Tokyo, on classical guitar in the meeting ZONE-EnsembleSon of Stockholm, with actor Riccardo Magherini and the magical voice by Bernardo Lanzetti at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan, then with my pen and the sounds that it makes typing on the score and finally in duo with FLASHetBIP Light Designer Fulvio Michelazzi and with saxophonist Tim O’Dwyer of Melbourne. It seems almost like a curriculum, but now it seems almost obligatory to improvise, and that’s amuses me. I like the Deleuze-Guattari’s thought that you quote: a rereading of Nietzsche interested about these ideas as theories, not domain, but as instruments of liberation, make explicit the desire, being ourselves eminently desiring bodies.
It’s important for the deepening of these thoughts and perhaps part of the music goes in this direction, but the musician has to do with sound and sometimes I get the feeling of listening to atavistic and imaginary tribal rituals, in a nalmost limbic and primary vision about human activity.That said: I think about, rather than the desires, the needs – which is even more primordial, if not prenatally – and I would build “sound bodies” , almost with the possibility of self-learning, which feed the needs of the invention. I feel necessary a further need for growth. There is the risk to be needlessly provocative, but currently the improvisation that interests me is not the waya already traversed by the guys, we have turned and played with our instruments, played barefoot with all sorts of objects, it was great, personally I still do when samples of that type are necessary, but I think, alive, it is time to improvvisatori like … Beethoven: Yes, composers. Inventors, musicians very confident with the instrument, a quick dial where, paradoxically, are still present even more Frank Zappa or Miles Davis. About Beethoven-for us one of the masters of formal control- the critics of his time have said about him that he was an improviser, who does not know the shape of a real composer ….! Zappa himself is still illuminating: “Music is made by the composer … the composer is the kind of person who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often assisted in his work from unsuspecting musicians .. . if you can think about a project you can also run a project: it is basically just a bunch of air molecules, who will control them? words probably derived from Edgar Varese: “… what I get to do is disturb the atmosphere, because, after all, the sound is only atmospheric turbulence.” So here is the natural approach between the genders, an improvisation that becomes atmospheric turbulence, thought and organized sound. I’m looking for companions therefore not among meteorologists, but, so to speak, between the winds that concern them.

The use of electronics seems to have become indispensable for who makes avant-garde music, what is your relationship with the digital sound? I noticed that you often combine it with the sound of instruments like in the case of Catullvs’s composition, do you wants to talk about it?
It is always the criterion of absolute immagination. With electronics, passed through the initial phase of elementary learning, I wanted to re-create my ideal conditions: with the required distance from the mouse I imagine sounds and processing, structures, chains, like when I am holding the pen. I conceive the sound and shapes with deep attention to the means that generate them (sometimes the medium suggests an idea) and I compose always the same parameters: proportion, balance, consequential and contrast, expectation, momentum, densification, tension and relaxation, rest , silence, finding the necessary breath for the electronic sound. Also, my electronic always originates from acoustic sounds, I do not use synthetic processes, rather resynthesis and handling boost. Catvllvs it is in fact a good example: it was written for UNESCO-International Institute for Opera and Poetry and Literary Society of Verona, edited by Roberto Sanesi. Massimo Lonardi the Lute and Arciliuto, Maurizio Benomar to ancient Timpani and percussion, and an Audio Track with a myriad of sounds, voices and samples, even industrial tubes, the famous long TenarisDalmine of seamless pipes, great sound! As you know, it was customary for lute players, tuning their instruments, to improvise a “tastar de corde”: here each section is preceded by its tastar de corde for Lute and percussion, but not totally improvised but composed by me in a very elastic way: figures, signals, resonances, references to the figures by Dowland to be concatenated freely. There are also a cadence for Timpani and texts of Catullus read by Roberto Sanesi. All around fly my border areas, bells, power amplified, steel tubes, a ” divagazione ” for Arciliuto, Percussion and audio tracks on the XXIV Toccata by Alessandro Piccinini, also to me “performed live” on the mixer as a tastar de corde.


Which approach follows to compose? Do you use your computer programs or do you prefer a more “traditional” method? Do you use the traditional score or use other systems such as diagrams, drawings, etc..?
I think you are talking about systems of notation rather than the compositional procedures, even if sometimes it happens to me to merge the two into a process of mutual generation, as I will say later. -For the notation, in my opinion the softwares are too traditional, bound to the world of fonts and their quantization in such a way to permit anyone, beginner or not, to hear the result. These softwares are not born for professional publishing, then instead they have evolved in that direction becoming the standard of high quality. But they still suffer for their origins and the sequencer’s amateur mentality: being not free from the possibility of listening, or at least making it removable from the process of writing, they can not free themselves from the ordinary position of the musical objects, are still weak in terms of graphics and force sometimes to cumbersome routes to achieve easy and simple results that are often the result of long reflections and researchs about the essentials of the sign.
-Then there are also always more technical and personal procedures: the hand I made throught the copyist’s experience teached me the possibilities to use all together: paper, pen, scanner, software graphics, layout, audio and video editing. Once the notes are in an advanced stage with “Finale” I organize scores and layout guidelines (yes, I use it now mainly as an illustrator of rows). Then I bring the armor or the header of the instruments in a page layout program. Then, on separate sheets, I hand-write pages or fragments of music that I work graphically Finally, I organize the fragments in the layout, synchrony and agogo, phrases, drawing from a palette of symbols manipulated that I have built. Here I also incorporates images of audio or audio-video tracks: wave forms, frames of video, or algorithms MaxMSP. Literally so: my desk is around me, it is a multimedia and multitasking workstation, with everything turned on.In a sense I privilege the “writing”, understood as what expresses relations about collocation and translation, as they were mosaic’s fragments for SpiegelKontaktFabrik or even animals footprints. It’s the case of the Trio that I have composed last year, “GlyphoZoo”, which was based on hypothetical signs, left on the edges of forest streams, by imaginary creatures born to score or add signs. They are sticks, threads, smooth barks and evocative forms that I’ve collected in a kind of sign’s zoo. For all I invented a story and a relationship with the signs: Calamus, Mostrofoglio, Monstre Grisanche and others, with scientific name and a common name. Durino the concert the Zoo will be visible and video animated, as well as open after the execution. I mention this because the guitar is in the organic (Violin, Guitar, Accordion, Track AudioVideo) and because, in this case, forms and processes originate also from the imaginative writers behaviors of creatures: those who leave a mark on the sand, some on Mostrofoglio, who turns past, who is still indecipherable.



In your films on youtube and in your music, I noticed a care and attention for both images and sounds, do you think that your music can be defined as potentially cinematic? Have you never planned about composing music for movie soundtracks?

I respond with two significant experiences about the importance of image for me. Years ago I got a scholarship for a trip to Tokyo for three months to work on the piece “STOCK – ZONE Taku hon”: I found a Japanese book in Amsterdam about forty feet long bound to folders, which narrates the journey on a river made by a poet and a painter of the Edo period, a symbolic journey from the Kyoto-Osaka, form the formality of the capital Kyoto to the city of renewal. During the trip, on the same roll of paper one paints the river and the journey, the other writes poems.
For me, it was not just a framework: it actually had a beginning and an end, and therefore it was not just a book. I have seen a kind of ante litteram cinema, without music. From here was born STOCK, musical store directed by Ferruccio Bigi at Teatro Studio in Milan, for MilanoMusica, original texts by Roberto Sanesi and Carlo Sini, with a real boat that glided between two rows of arches carrying the cellist Mario Brunello, while Maurizio BenOmar was playing the outer and inner woods of the boat itself. In subtitle -ZONE Taku-hon was indicated precisely the technique used by the two artists to print the job: a technique of printing, where the sign is represented as such in almost a copy negative. A few years later, in perfect continuity with the Copiafavole-ZONE (Laser Copier, Electric Guitar, Guitar, 2Voices, Percussions, Viola, Flute, 2 Tango dancers, Track AudioVideo) at the Piccolo Teatro Regio in Turin, I have brought to the scene the sounds of a copier “performed” live, with copies of the hands of musicians like their real signatures, autographs body offered to the public. (vedi: Copiafavole01)
Therefore image is of fundamental importance for me as an element of writing, expressing it self in time, sign and moving image. I then also composed music for film, the first was “Vormittagsspuk” for the eponymous film by Hans Richter, and the second “ZONE-d’Amore” for “The Inhumaine” of Marcel L’Herbier. Two historical films for which I have prepared both an audio track, and a part to perform live together with the audio track (and the guitar was always among the instruments I used). These are followed by “ZONE-Spidersound”, a short movie by Max Bertolai with paintings by Salvatore Zito Spider-Man’s icon, “La Stanza degli Indizi Terrestri” with Marcos Jorges, “Children’s War Questions”, composed during the war years in Iraq, always with Max Bertolai on Goya’s pictures. Currently my interest is shifting towards the luminous phenomenon also in general, from which the new duo named ironicaly “FLASHetBIP” with the lighti designer Fulvio Michelazzi.






The blog is read also by young graduates and graduates, what advice can you give to those who, after years of study, decided to start a career as a musician?

From several years my artistic work is paired with teaching, currently at the Conservatory in Bologna, in some Universities in Tokyo, Sweden and Iceland, and sometimes in summer courses such as Bobbio where I taught the performers to write cadenzas for the concert repertory, or courses Novantiqua in Frascati. I see students as “New Inventors” and new “teachers of invention”, starting from these two respectful and demanding definitions I do not separate the teaching and artistic activity and I observed that a teacher can not be a repeater of what he has learned. Or yes, but he remains a professor. So I believe that giving general advices is difficult, I know that artists seek rather advices. In a sense, the artist is not someone who “start” a career: apart from the path of the musician’s repertoire, agency and concert tours with the annual consolidated repertoire-a part of this journey, I shall say that, the career of a musician does not “begin” really from a point, with an intake, an assignment. The musician does not “find a job”: he ha sto get and create relationships already while he studies, and, above all, he has to go straight to the rest of the world, not just to “find a job” but above all to understand what is his space, because there is a space for each one and a space for invention that keeps intact the initial enthusiasm. The student of music, the musician – I quote Zappa – is between the molecules of air with infinite combinations unconsciously he knows that there is a combination that only he could find, and then he invents it. This is not advice, it is a challenge.


Thank you very much!

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