May 28, 2024

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Interview with Nicola Andrioli: I really don’t know: I’m on the road: Video

Jazz interview with jazz pianist Nicola Andrioli. An interview by email in writing. –  First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music.

Nicola Andrioli: – I grow up In Brindisi, south Italy : close to the sea and to the sky : ) Music were also in the house, around me : my father played violin and tenor sax, my uncle played piano and drums , my brother guitar.

JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?

NA: – Music for me was always a creatif process : it means that music was always comfortable place to imagine a story’s sounds , putting the fingers on the piano, without knowledge .. so cool! As a language, I speaks with sounds , searching my feelings and my imaginary projection.

JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?

NA: – I’ve studied classical piano for many years : that’s for me the best way to have a very good piano technique . About rhythm, I practice with recordings albums and metronome sometime.

JBN: – How do you keep stray, or random, musical influences from diverting you from what you’re doing?

NA: – Music for me rapresent a compositional process : whatever style I play , I always try to creat something that could reflect my emotional state mind. Each musical projct require a coherence ‘ style : a performer should be understand «the all picture» and he should play what music needs.

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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

NA: – The question for me is the order : first soul and feeling, earing and dream , then the understandble step , to think , to organise, to be coherent , to make variation of harmonic and melodic solutions and shapes etc ..

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?

NA: – It’s about how much the artist can truly express himself . Audience don’t care about style or technical abilities, but audience feel very well things coming from the heart : ) if the player is sincere and present and entire ( body-mind engagement ) audience will be with him …

JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of standard tunes are half a century old?

NA: – Play standards jazz is for me very challenge : is like play classical music . How many version we have for a chopin works for example ? : ) Play good standards jazz needs a lot of experience , and a lot of taste : )

JBN: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?

NA: – Thats the real question ! Spirit surround us and it can manifest to us in many ways and many forms. Music is a language that Spirit likes to manifest himself . Humans are always too distracts . To be “ connected” it required exercise and time , patience, and let it go the “ bad ego” .

JBN: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?

NA: – I ‘ll stop to define music with styles boxes. It’s good for searching and learning , but today I’ll call just with one only word : music.

JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

NA: – I really don’t know: I’m on the road.

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?

NA: – Just at the beginning of all things.

Interview by Simon Sarg

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