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Alberto Rizzo Schettino Interview on Nagamag

Ethnic

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
I write original music for film and video games. I play piano and keyboards and in the years I have gathered quite a collection of synthesizers, guitar amps and FX pedals. This definitely drives my music towards those instruments as I like to mix elements of electronic music (ambient, downtempo, glitch etc.) with more traditional orchestral instruments (strings, brass, percussion) and ethnic sounds from Africa and the Middle East. I try and mangle these original acoustic sounds from world music to be 'assimilated' by the machines, while still retaining their contrasting features. I try to maintain a delicate and constant fight between an industrial, cyberpunk and somehow dystopian sound palette and a more organic, classical setup with roaring strings and epic orchestral elements. I guess a lot of my work with techno artists and the club scene plays a role in what I imagine would be the sound of the streets and the underground in a distant future.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
I've worked as a pianist/keyboardist for artists, bands and recording studios, mostly as a session musician. I've had my good share of live gigs in rock, acid jazz and fusion setups in which I would bring my keybards, guitar amps and guitar pedals and kinda force the stage to accept my sounds. I am not a fan of playing 'realistic instruments' live, and unfortunately you can achieve pretty good ones these days with keyboards.. but for me it's either acoustic piano, vintage keys or straight up synthesizers and mangled sounds. There's no in-between. In 2007 I opened my own recording studio, called 'Fuseroom' and I started producing records and keeping the facility open to music education programs. In the past years I went back to my role of composer and joined some game development companies (among which were some good friends of mine, from high school) to write original music for their video games. Getting back to writing music by myself was an adventure and somehow reconnected me with an artistic self that I had kept asleep for a while. It was a good time to get back at it and I was able to use this momentum to release a new solo record, called 'Future in the Past', highlighting some of the most iconic elements of my sound and songwriting, in the soundtrack genre.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
As a kid I was lucky to have friends who one day told me on the phone: "We're making a band. What do you want to play?". It was that simple. We wanted to move from air guitars and air drums using broomsticks and empty soda bottles to playing for real. I looked around, I had a small digital keyboard I had been playing since I was in primary school and decided that I wanted to play piano and go to a real teacher. I started both classical and modern piano together and never stopped taking lessons from the day. At around 18 I felt like I had to choose and was captivated by modern music. I've played in pop/rock bands, jazz ensembles, small freestyle and acid jazz bands etc. especially when I moved my beautiful (but small) town of Firenze (Italy) to continue studying in Los Angeles. I cannot remember how many people I've played with and whose projects I joined. From there on I kept on studying, moving cities, attending to more music academies in the US and in Europe. If there was one constant that never left me is that I do not partake in projects that I do not like. I just cannot do it. I've studied to be a professional musician and I am happy to provide others with my expertise but I have to hear some kind of pulse in the project. Exposure, fame, money, you name it.. they just do not cut it in the end as I cannot go to sleep and look at myself in the mirror if I am doing something I do not genuinely and directly enjoy. I guess that spontaneous phone call from my friends when we were kids really left a mark.


Nagamag:
Is there a cliché or recurring pattern in the way you come up with a new piece of music?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
With the passing of time (and things become more recurring or fixed, with deadlines, revisions, team discussion, production supervisors and so on) I noticed that I start working on a song only after I can hear it in my head 'enough', over the course of a couple days. It is kinda funny to say that but once I receive the initial brief for a new music project and the team or production sends me guidelines for the vibe they are looking for, I do not sit at the instrument and try to put down ideas. I just let things breathe for a couple days and I start thinking about a tune. It might happen at the worst time or before falling asleep. If the idea is good, in a couple days I can always recall the main theme and at least the B-section that answers it. That is usually the right time for me to sit down, turn my computer on and start writing music.


Nagamag:
If you only had to keep one musical instrument, what would it be?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
This would be very challenging. I certainly consider the acoustic piano as my foundation but I have so many instruments that I like for their specific sound palette, some of which have almost healing properties when played, in my opinion. I would have a very hard time parting from my Voyager, Polysix, Juno-6 and Hammond, as well. Please do not make choose! ;)


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
Andy Summers Mysterious Barricades


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
Ola Strandh Tom Clancy's The Division (Original Soundtrack)

Discover & Listen to Alberto Rizzo Schettino

Alberto Rizzo Schettino on Spotify

Alberto Rizzo Schettino's Signature Track

Alberto Rizzo Schettino on Social Media

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Alberto Rizzo Schettino's Website

www.albertorizzoschettino.net

Tania Vinokur Interview on Nagamag

Ethnic

Photo by Oded Levent


Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Tania Vinokur:
Crossover, electronica, pop, world, fusion, ethnic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Tania Vinokur:
Tania Vinokur, Virtuoso Violinist is all over the globe and has created a sound signature second to none.
Born in Moldova, Tania started life in music at age of 5. Moving to Israel young Tania found a world of musical flavours. Israel is a cultural melting pot.
Tania's mesmerising performance draws the inspiration for her music from Sephardic, Ethnic, Classical, Electronic and Pop music. As a trained dancer, vocalist and a drummer, at first note Tania raises her energy to heaven in a unique performance, a violin virtuoso is revealed, alongside a charismatic, captivating and magnetic theatrical presence.
In recent years, Tania has performed in Europe, North and Latin America, Thailand and Cuba, and recently at the TEDx Jaffa event where she received an ovation for the most original performance that simultaneously combines dancing and violin playing.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Tania Vinokur:
I was born to a musical family and my first love moment with music was when i took my moms violin and tried to make sounds. Shortly after I started learning the violin craft and dancing- when i was 3 years old, and a few years later to invent my own melodies. This was love at first sight...Finding my own unique sound, artistry and voice, and bringing it to the world the way i wan to took some time and i think it will always be a part of my journey.


Nagamag:
what style is your music?

Tania Vinokur:
I've been asked this question whole my life, but since i'm a violinist, composer, dancers, was born in Moldova, immigrated to Israel when i was 8 , but then traveled the world - I find inspiration in every style of music. I don't see the boundaries, the opposite, I look for the fusion point of styles, to bring something new to the sound and composition that haven't been combined yet. Ive released songs, instrumental music, electronic tracks and i keep enjoying more more new combinations.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Tania Vinokur:
Prince "Purple rain"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Tania Vinokur:
Lindsey Stirling Roundtable Rival

Discover & Listen to Tania Vinokur

Tania Vinokur on Spotify

Tania Vinokur's Signature Track

Tania Vinokur on Social Media

tania.vinokur
taniavinokur

Tania Vinokur's Website

taniaviolin.com

Taylor Crawford – Talismans (Bandcamp)

Original instrumental compositions featuring bass, drums, frello, guitar, guzheng, jawari, keys, percussion, saxophone, singing bowls, tank drum, trumpet and voice.
The Frello is a homemade instrument, it is a fretted cello with spring reverb.
The Jawari is a homemade small zither with a sitar type bridge.

Raga No 1. (Bhimpalasi): Afternoon from “The Book of Ragas” by Charu Suri (raga jazz and Sufi). (Video)

The first combination of a jazz trio with Sufi sounds, “Raga No. 1:Bhimpalasi” is an afternoon raga, borrows from modal scales from India and makes it accessible to a Western audience. A brilliantly performed world music with jazzy influences.

Few words about Charu Suri:
The first Indian American jazz composer to premier work at Carnegie Hall, Charu Suri was born in South India and grew up learning both Carnatic music and ragas, and Western Classical music. She was a concert pianist from a very early age and played everything from Chopin’s Scherzi to Beethoven Sonatas by the time she was 14, and won an international piano competition at 15. In 2018, she formed her own jazz band, and started experimenting with using Indian ragas as the basis for her jazz trio compositions. Her “Book of Ragas” and “New American Songbook” program at Carnegie Hall in Dec. 2019 showed two completely different sounds in jazz, and won two Global Music Awards.
open.spotify.com/artist/74kDoHOU6cjB6MFeCDsoZX
instagram.com/charusurimusic
twitter.com/charusurimusic
www.facebook.com/CharuSuriTrio/

Tania V Jaffa Original Violin Song (Video)

A world music theme driven under violin positive, clearly ethnic melodies and lush grooves that invites you to step up and follow the rythym, instrumental focus with no vocals, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the happy vibes at full and dance.

Few words about Tania Vinokur:
Tania’s main musical inspirations are drawn from Gypsy, Electronic, Pop and Classical music. The subsequent sonic and movement focused creations are enhanced during her live performances. Live shows fully emulate Tania’s triple-threat approach to sharing her artistry with the world portraying her chameleon-like abilities to playing the violin, dance, sing and drum. Her stage presence is therefore simultaneously theatrical and magnetic, transporting audiences to her custom realm of music and movement-driven integration leaving them stunned.

In recent years, Tania has performed globally on European, American, Thai and Cuban stages as well as at various festivals throughout her career. Most recently she has performed at the ADE festival in Holland and appeared on TEDx Jaffa during which she received an ovation for the most original performance at the event. This honor praised her distinct combination of dancing and violin playing which Tania states is “…the most natural thing for her to do.”

Tania Vinokur is soon releasing her new album Dream Again,recorded with the aclaomed producer Yoad Nevo (Sia, Vanessa Mae, Bond) in his London based studios.
www.instagram.com/taniavinokur
www.facebook.com/tania.vinokur
www.youtube.com/user/tanvino
open.spotify.com/artist/5LXSS53hivDk7iEFCf1lRm

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