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Interview with Emiliano D´Auria: So it’s like an alchemy, sometimes is the jazz that find you

Interview with multi-instrumentalist Emiliano D´Auria. An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.com: – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music. How exactly did your adventure take off? When did you realize that this was a passion you could make a living out of?

Emiliano D´Auria: – I grew up in Italy in Ascoli Piceno, a little town on the Adriatic cost. My father got me interested in music because he was a musician and I often follow him during his concert and rehersal. At the edge of 8 I started studying the piano. For a while I worked in the family business but my music pression got the best of me, so I set up a music school.

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

ED: – Initially, for a long time, I was a dj and producer so the electronic music has always been in my life. My musical identity is in the search for new sounds, always. Currently I’m playing electronic devices but I’m trying to use guitar pedal board applied on piano only to have sound texture.

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

ED: – My everyday exercises consist in a technical approach playing classical studies and harmonic exercise starting from triadic practice.

JBN: – Have you changed through the years? Any charges or overall evolution? And if so why?

ED: – I’m surely changed my musical mood. Now I’ve got a more minimalized approach to music where less is more.

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

ED: – For me music and compositions are a process that start from the soul, not from a systematic work that can be traced back to mathematical method.

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

ED: – For me playing in front an audience is opening a way of communication because for me It’s not possible to ignore the vibes coming from the people.

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

ED: – It’s not a simple question. Perhaps we could try to make young people curiose to explore the world of improvising. It may be the best way to make pieces written long ago contemporary. I am however convinced that to love jazz you must first be fascinated by it. It’s a love that hits you slowly, enters inside you and never goes away. So it’s like an alchemy, sometimes is the jazz that find you.

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

ED: – For me music covers the five senses of life, is my sight, is my sound, is my thought but I’m also convinced that music to express itself needs proximity with other forms of art. Music feeds on beauty to be able to express itself. I like to think of music as a synaesthetic language. So I think that life to be lived well cannot be separated from art.

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

ED: – I think that I would change the mind of the audience but to be honest I know that the problem is not inside the audience but is inside the environment. It’s absolutely necessary have some economical help from the institutions. We need someone that force the promoters to call young musicians.

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

ED: – I listen to a lot of different music everyday. From Norwegian musician like Lord Gustavsson to arab musicians like Rabih Abou Khalil, from Pink Floyd to Ennio Morricone.

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

ED: – Surely between the ‘60s and the ‘70s because for me It’s the best period for jazz music and rock. They have been years of strong changes.

JBN: – Do You like our questions? So far, it’s been me asking you questions, now may I have a question from yourself…

ED: – Did you like my music? What do you think about it?

JBN: – No, never, what in the world did you miss when you added your the bad music to the trash?

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