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Leonardo the Space Pianist Interview on Nagamag

Experimental


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
My music style’s roots are a crossover of different experiences, the seed is in my background as classical pianist and metal keyboardist. I describe my music as Contemporary Space Music, where there are influences of cinematic, experimental, neo-classical, progressive metal and wave genres.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I was born in Venice, Italy, and discovered the piano at the age of 6 and astronomy at 9. At the age of 12, by reading Isaac Asimov, playing Beethoven and Bach, listening to Queen, Steve Vai and Robert Miles, I decided I would travel the Space and play my music outside planet Earth. So I became a professional pianist AND an aerospace engineer.
As a pianist I graduated at the Music Conservatory in Italy, studying composition and developing my passion for synths and electronic music. I was mentored by Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater's keyboardist. In the meanwhile I graduated with a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Padova, researching on hypervelocity impacts and space safety. During those years I did a concert at the ESRANGE Space Center in cold Sweden while taking part in his first space mission with the SCRAT Project, a very important milestones of my Journey.
In 2006 I created the Music House to develop my View - the project 'Nullo Die Sine Nota’. The Latin sentence means 'Not A Day Without a Note'. I recorded four studio albums and two EPs, with always new music in the flow. I played in several countries like Italy, Germany, UK, Netherlands, and Turkey. I teamed up with many artists during the years, like Yossi Sassi, Aliki Chrysochou and Anna Utopia Giordano. In the last nine years, I have worked with several dancers too; the latest chapter of this experience is 'BlackShip', an innovative show for contemporary music, contemporary fusion dance and visual art.
In 2016 I moved to Malta. I wanted to deeper discover myself, islands are the perfect metaphor of our planet, and an excellent place for freediving…and it is actually working!
Currently I am developing further my space music and researching and lecturing at University in aerospace.
Nearly forgetting, I am also passionate about martial arts and photography.


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
The very first memory I have is of myself at 3 years old with a yellow toy-piano. I liked to improvise (clearly!) with it and sometimes to disassemble (maybe an early sign of engineering). Besides this I realized that I wanted to become a pianist when I was 6 years old, I remember there was another kid playing an old upright piano at school, seeing the other school mates around happy and smiling. When he finished I have vivid in my mind that I played my first real piano key, thinking: Wow! I want to play it and share music with people!
So a few months later, I started my musical journey.


Nagamag:
How did the Covid19 pandemic influence your artistic activity?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I am seeing it as an opportunity of growth, despite the difficult moment that everyone is facing. I increased considerably my online activity, publishing every week vlog episodes on my YouTube channel, starting to stream regularly my music performances on Twitch and releasing with a higher frequency new music on the main music distribution platforms, like Spotify. The effects of the pandemic will take quite a lot in my opinion to be completely managed and society and music industry will be quite different in the near future. 2 new EPs and 4 singles are in the workflow for the upcoming months.


Nagamag:
Who is the Space Pianist?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I am a Dreamer that step by step is designing his way to perform the first piano concert on Mars.


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
IGORRR "Downgrade Desert"


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
Infected Mushroom "Heavyweight"

Discover & Listen to Leonardo the Space Pianist

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Weaknot – Hikikomori [Lamour Records] (Video)

“Weaknot with his track Hikikomori on Lamour explores the more experimental electronica side without step out of harmonic atmospheres, but also without afraid going out of the usual lines, a wise selection of sounds, and a solid mix of layers drives the listener to a hypnotic listening experience.”

-Nagamag.com

A mixture of “dirt” and “clean” creates the music concept behind “Flowers Of Melancholy”, in which drones and ethereal voices have the purpose of sustaining the impact of drums and heavy distorted synths. This small music work, made up by two songs, reflexes the experimental music background of the music project Weaknot, the 24 years old guy fascinated by any kind of stuff that can be turned into a meaningful sound. Even if “Hikikomori” and “Haunted Pinewood” have dozens of sounds and process of making in common, the two pieces of music have two different moods. While the first one is much more aggressive and filled with highly processed glitch sounds, the last one appears to be a lot more melodic and dreamy, in order to create a listening experience that spaces from rough tunes to particularly carved ones.

Weaknot, music project created by Giacomo “Jack” Lippolis, constantly employed in a personal sound research, in order to give a specific musical identity to his artistic figure.

Despite Weaknot does not belong to a well defined music genre, his music style is particularly influenced by typical elements of Techno and Ambient music, soundscapes full of Glitches giving an experimental unique touch to his music works, tons of sounds sampled and recorded by Jack himself using multiple portable recorders.

The use of his recognisable voice inside his songs explicates the melancholic touch that distinguishes the project Weaknot, spacing from empirical and highly personal themes to ever more complex arguments, handled with a transparent and sometimes “raw” writing style.

Weaknot’s purpose is to carry on a musical idea that finds its basis on sharing emotions, aiming to welcome the listeners in his musical world, in order to share a highly stimulating experience together.
www.instagram.com/weaknotmusic/

Goldmund – For a Time (Spotify)

“Through this arp piano simplicity that started with "For A Time" of Goldmund in Western Vinyl, we felt and hope that through this early melancholy and twin peaks mood will be surprised more. And so it happened. Our wishes been heard on second half with again a minimilastic approach of soft synt layering. A harmonic layering which goes the melancholy bit further until it reaches the end, left you with a sweetness of need bit more. Like a good movie which cannot believe thats it and you hope someday the producer give a second chapter. Does he?”

-Nagamag.com

Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff’s output as Goldmund has established him alongside peers like Hauschka, Nils Frahm, and even his past collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto, who himself once described Kenniff’s work as “so, so, so beautiful”.

Also known for his work as Helios and as one part of Mint Julep, his recordings as Goldmund tread sincerely along paths laden with dusty timbres, diffuse synthesizer, and soaring string textures tinted by the muted glow of a cloudy analog sky above. More reflective than somber, with an uplifting trail he paves for the listener, today Goldmund shares the new track "For A Time", where Kenniff juxtaposes rippling piano work with a building electronic keyboard background. The results? Something that sounds like hope.

New album The Time it Takes is out October 16th via Western Vinyl.
www.unseen-music.com/
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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.

Space Above – Glow (Spotify)

‘Glow’, the follow up release to the debut album ‘Still’ from New Zealand music producer Aaron Short, takes us on a journey of fierce synth driven bliss, ethereal sounds and deep dance floor progressions. Featuring the uptempo lead single ‘Stolen Days’ with Alisa Xayalith of The Naked And Famous, along with other long time collaborators So Below and Boyboy, Short breaks genre barriers from dream-pop to shoegaze to techno.

“Glow was largely about contrasts and opposing forces for me, there’s a lot of push and pull in the music. Where the beats and programming can become agitated, the vocals or melodic instrumentation become calming, and vice versa. I love finding that sweet spot between something having emotive beauty, and a raw fierceness.”

Space Above is the atmospheric-electronic project of New Zealand music producer Aaron Short, formerly of The Naked And Famous. The project began with a series of singles and remixes emerging from Short’s home studio in LA's Echo Park during 2015, and a full-length album titled 'Still' following in 2017. With its lead single ‘Fall Through’ featuring as Todays Top Tune on KCRW, and its musical themes of deeply frozen escapism, the record made for a journey that caught ears from PASTE Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Hillydilly, and premiered on Consequence of Sound.

Daniel[i] & Purl – Tesseract (Bandcamp)

The long days of summer are well upon us, and along with them comes Tesseract, a beautifully expansive and immersive dub techno odyssey from Daniel[i] and Purl. Shimmering figures echo into infinity and vaporous plumes of texture dissipate into clouds of warm mist, while vapour trails of melody gently emerge from sunlit pools of radiant dawn.

Join us and swim in the unexplored depths of consciousness and through the rippling undercurrents of the universe.

Jimmi-Woods, Arcane Trickster – Us (Bandcamp)

Jimmi-Woods and Arcane Trickster team up for an excursion into Psy Prog and Trance with “Us” – a diverse three-track tribute to human strength in times of adversity.
This EP muses on the cosmic thread that binds Us together, that we are not a product of, or defined by the system we have created. We are inner and outa-dimensional beings, energy existing both here and now and light years beyond the solar system.
The exclamation of “Us” echo’s in our minds and out into deep space..

Markus Wormstorm – To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Spotify)

"To Your Scattered Bodies Go" from "Markus Wormstorm" recently album "Figure In Field" is a string quartet dark cinematic theme with experimental sound design, deep, hypnotic, including also 4/4 beats that can easily capture to his hypno atmosphere. Dont miss to check out also the video of this beautiful theme: youtu.be/cD525x3jsgc

Leonardo Barilaro – Doors (Spotify)

‘Doors’ is part of the new EP ‘BlackShip’ by Leonardo Barilaro, international pianist, composer and aerospace engineer. In Doors piano and synth are played at the same time, with the presence of guitar and drums. The style of the composition can be defined as Contemporary Space Music. Doors is the opening track of the BlackShip concept, that is inspired by the history of Malta during the Great Siege and shifted to the Future, where the island becomes the symbol for planet Earth and the BlackShip travels through Space to other planets. This new aesthetics is a hybrid of different experiences of the composer, like collaborations with contemporary fusion dancers and visual artists. This results in a music bridge between past and future, dreaming with retro-futurism nuances while rooting in the cultural inheritance. The main influences can be related to artists like Ayreon, Infected Mushroom, Ulver and Liquid Tension Experiment. - www.nullodiesinenota.com

Shigar Interview on Nagamag.com

Experimental


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

shigar:
I am influenced by many genres and sounds, you can hear it in my music. My debut album 'EarGasm' is a mixture of different genres that include elements of blues, jazz, nu-soul, classic music, rock, and more. I never create music with an initial idea of a specific genre. Each one of the tracks in the album reflects the mood that I was in at that particular moment, I let the music lead me and not the other way around.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

shigar:
My parents had me take piano lessons since I was 5 years old. 3 years later I joined the local conservatory where I played the trumpet and drums with a big band and an orchestra for 10 years. With the orchestra, we would mostly perform classical pieces, and with the big band, it was all about classic jazzy tunes. After graduating I took a break from playing instruments, that allowed me to rediscover my passion for music. I started developing a vocal ability from scratch, and work on my songwriting skills in search of my own sound. I picked up the electric guitar and collaborated with different musicians and artists, which all led me to work on my own album.


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

shigar:
When I was a teen I played many solo shows as a trumpeter in different events, I think the turning point for me was when I got to play in a holocaust memorial day ceremony in front of 1000 people. I remember feeling an intense overwhelming sensation in my body that gave me shivers. I can't say I knew back then that I wanted to be an artist but that was definitely a milestone in my perception of what music is, and how it affects us as humans.


Nagamag:
what are the most important aspects for you in making music?

shigar:
The 2 main things for me are originality and personal connection. Creating and combining original and different sounds while staying true to my art, never compromising on the end result, although it is extremely hard sometimes. I have to feel a connection to my own music and be able to vibe with it after it is complete. I've talked to a lot of artists that say they prefer not to listen to their music after it is released. For me, that contradicts the whole purpose of creating your own music if you cannot connect to it and enjoy it in your spare time. As an independent artist, I have the advantage of full creative control of all my music, from the production to mixing and mastering, so the end result is exactly how I envisioned it to be.


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

shigar:
Etta James "At last"


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

shigar:
Radiohead "Street Spirit"

Discover & Listen to shigar

shigar on Spotify

shigar's Signature Track


shigar on Social Media

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