Posts Tagged ‘music’

Hello, Burt!

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Following our first album togheter, and after moving to Siena for taking formal music studies, me and Elisabetta have started a new project with a local guitarist and a new setup: she plays bass in this combo.

The bass was sold to her by Fabio, a friend of mine who wasn’t finding the time to play it. That friend was the inspiration for me to play the songs written by Burt Bacharach, who I did not know much about, before Fabio mentioned him to me.

Bacharach is known for his great melodies, which is why playing his music with a melodic instrument, like the trumpet, is so fun and satisfactory you would never stop. Nonetheless trumpet can be hard on your lips, so I’ve been also singing every now and then to let them rest a little bit 🙂

So, with the band ready, I’ve been producing lead sheets with lilypond and recording some of the pieces with ardour. Ain’t Free Software lovely ?

The result of such work can be heard live or on bandcamp, which also provides the embedded player in this post.


Enjoy!

Slivers of life

Friday, January 4th, 2019

The first album of our jazz trio is finally completed. It took a few months to find the time to sit together in the wonderful tiny studio of Danilo, the pianist and producer. It didn’t help that me and Elisabetta, the singer, moved 3 hours away from the studio to attend a jazz accademy, following our hearts.

I’m playing the trumpet, a small and lovely instrument I’ve had the pleasure to start playing around spring 2017, blowing into it daily ever since. On the lake beach, in the archeological park, in the urban park, even in the botanical garden on the other side of the world.

My trumpet represents my getting back to myself, to my body, in connection to my soul. All computers and no music was making me a dull boy.

Trumpet is a real thing, a physical instrument, an amplifier of your lips vibration. Not a chip driven speaker with mathematically defined rules, but a physical laws obeying device. It taught me about harmonic series, about resonance, about my diaphragm and breathing.

Trumpet taught me to remember about myself, and soundly cure me.

To my experience, playing the trumpet is very similar to chanting mantras, it can have the same effects on the brain and the body.

Hoping you can enjoy some of it, happy listening !