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Alberto Rizzo Schettino Interview on Nagamag

World Music

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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:
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?

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

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Alberto Rizzo Schettino's Website

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Korekiyo – Fisherman (Spotify)

“The influence of the legendary Deep Forest traced so far and the only performers unit take all the best of World Music. Korekiyo one of those who competently and with the soul continues the tradition of the distant 90s. Japanese synthesized shakuhachi flute, flat bits and diverse ethnic percussion in his new single Fisherman.”

“Влияние легендарных Deep Forest прослеживается до сих пор и лишь единицы исполнителей берут всё самое лучшее от World Music. Korekiyo один из тех, который грамотно и с душой продолжает традиции далёких 90-х. Японская, синтезированная флейта shakuhachi, ровный бит и разнообразная этническая перкуссия в его новом сингле Fisherman.”

-Nagamag.com

Fisherman is an ethnic beat with a lo-fi vinyl vibe. The flute melody is taking you to the ocean.

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Hark – Ranjhan (Spotify)

“Oh God. These intoxicating dope of oriental vocals. What will happen if all this beauty is diluted with a gorgeous bass line and a supernatural, unearthly rhythm? Snakes x Ladders and Hark Music answered that question in their oriental EP called The Mystic.”

“О, Боги. Эти опьяняющие дурманы восточных вокалов. Что будет, если всю эту красоту разбавить шикарной басовой линией и сверхъестественным, неземным ритмом? Snakes x Ladders и Hark Music ответили на этот вопрос в своём восточном букете EP под названием The Mystic.”

-Nagamag.com

Hard-earned production chops meet an almost supernatural sense of rhythm in this tribute to Eastern sounds, bass music, and an old-school hip hop sensibility. Eminently danceable, but somehow also perfect for chilling out - Hark’s music is chameleonic - it just always works. Hark is one of the most sought after producers in the Punjabi music industry - having written and produced for artists like Mickey Singh and Jasmine Sandlas. He also owns and runs new Vancouver-based record label Desi Soul Records. However, Hark’s dark and mystical side comes out late-night in smoky studios of his native Abbotsford - slyly reminding us of 90s Asian Underground and old-school hip hop - the meeting of which he likes to refer to as the ‘Eastern Wave’.

Hark is a force of nature. Having cut his teeth and racking up millions of streams in the high stakes world of Bollywood and Punjabi music, Da Re Da, his second release on Snakes x Ladders, continues his exposition of his darker side. Trap infused and with his signature callback to 90s hip hop, Hark’s second single features an eastern vocal clip, a dance floor friendly bounce, and a drop that will feel at home at any club (or virtual club!) from Mumbai to Toronto.

Marla Leigh – Rhythms of Tof Miriam (Video)

“Marla Leigh invites us in a mystic atmosphere, full of spiritually physical sounds. Classic music intruments lead you through an ancient, epic era of women drummers. Accompanied by a special videoclip full of desert natural sceneries, “Rhythms of Tof Miriam” exceeded our expectations.”

-Nagamag.com

At its core, Rhythms of Tof Miriam is about staying positive through challenging times by using the universal language of rhythm to help us rediscover our genuine connections. Recorded with an all-star team of incredible musicians (Yiar Dalal (Oud Master), Miera Segal, Marla Leigh), it is sure to add an energizing layer to any music lover’s collection.

With bassy grooves from frame drums running throughout, the album has all the rich polyrhythms you could possibly desire!

Layer in fills of sublime, mystical, ancient ethnic instruments of oud, ney, dramatic breakdowns, blistering trills, and an exotic yet contemporary flavor… and you have the most dynamic collection of worldly sounds.

All in all, this world collection has an upbeat feel that makes you want to get up, dance, and settle into your own groove.

www.marlaeigh.com/

Marla Leigh is one of the few female professional frame drummers in the world today. She is a Grammy-nominated percussionist and flautist, and an internationally-recognized educator, performer and composer.

As a classically trained-musician, Marla began playing at the age of three and never stopped. With a BFA and MFA in Percussion from California Institute of Arts, she studied under the great percussion masters Glen Velez, John Bergamo, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss and Layne Redmond.

Marla is passionate about exploring rhythm from different cultures around the world. She loves bringing people together and sharing through the universal language of rhythm. Marla is CEO of Frame Drum Academy, a global community that currently hosts two signature programs, Frame Drum 101 (Beginner) and Frame Drum 202 (Intermediate) – and is enjoyed by frame drum students from around the world. She also created her own line of signature frame drums with the Cooperman Company.

Marla passionately believes in the power of music to help transform consciousness. As a composer, her music has been featured on Hala Khouri’s yoga DVD, “Yoga for Stress Release”, Janet Stone’s iphone Yoga application, the movie “Bold Native” and “The Cellist.”

Marla just released her debut album and music video in May 2020, Rhythms of Tof Miriam, that was recorded in Israel and brings together many exceptional artists, including acclaimed Israeli oudist Yair Dalal. Timeless but fresh, spicy but rich, mellow but uplifting, comforting but mysterious: That is the Tof Miriam experience!

www.marlaeigh.com/

Con Piliouras Interview on Nagamag

World Music

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

Con Piliouras:
Greek folk music, Rebetika, Jazz and World Music


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Con Piliouras:
I write music in a variety of different styles, this is because I have a vast taste of musical influences.
My current focus as a composer is to continue developing my World Music project, which is a fusion of Greek, Jazz and other world music influences.

I am also passionate about playing the Guitar, and I thoroughly enjoy performing Jazz.


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

Con Piliouras:
My first connection to music was at the age of 4. I grow up listening to tradition Greek folk music and I was always mesmerised by the amazing melodies.
The love for music further developed with the exposure of Rock music and then later Jazz.

This was all presented to me by my Mother and Brother.


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?

Con Piliouras:
Chick Corea "Windows"


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

Con Piliouras:
Manos Hadjidakis "Choros"

Discover & Listen to Con Piliouras

Con Piliouras on Spotify

Con Piliouras' Signature Track

Con Piliouras on Social Media

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“Ancient Dialogue” – Narducci [Official Music Video] (Video)

“Through a stunning visual form of art and a hypnotic groove and shamanic world music vocals, Narducci brilliant blends together a story which turns into a break-beat electronica during and flirting partly with experimental electronica. Ancient Dialogue is a story line with depth!”

-Nagamag.com

Time is an illusion. The past is memory, the future, imagination. From dark, dungeonous laboratories with hand-drawn sci-fi animation to bright desert landscapes and deserted towns, the visual language of “Ancient Dialogue” is rich and symbolic. “The title and the atmosphere of the sounds from the music inspired the visuals,” says director Chmiel.

From the opening notes, mixing percussion and acoustic guitar with haunting vocal samples of Inuit women, the music creates a new world, speaking with the ancestors. Airy flute pads alternate with bombing horn hits as a pulsating Drum ’n’ Bass groove gradually takes over, transporting the listener from the old to the new. Rich Baroque synths ebb and flow while the relentless drums and ancient tongues lift the listener into ecstasy. As the song ends, the echoes of children playing fade out in reverberated glory.

Produced by Narducci, who has worked with Miguel, Bilal, Daron Malakian, and Warren Cuccurullo among many others, “Ancient Dialogue” creates a rich sonic landscape that beautifully pushes director Chmiel’s vivid scenery.

“I wanted to relate to present day and beyond by bending the presence of time altogether. Our character is a cog used by beings from one part of our universe sending him through different parts of our known existence. He gets cut from his creators along the way and trapped in a place where he finds dialogue. We wanted this dialogue to transcend even death as our cog stumbles upon his own spiritual connection…”

Chmiel, who as a writer, director, and editor has worked with musicians STS, Khari Mateen, The Vivian Girls, and Sean Forbes in addition to writer Jerry Stahl and Fast & Furious films 6-8 in his capacity working in feature development at Universal Pictures, had a vision for creating “Ancient Dialogue.” Working alongside him to sculpt this vision was Corey Ulrich, the Los Angeles based Director of Photography who has shot music videos for artists such as Miley Cyrus and Mary J. Blige, directed commercials for clients including Volkswagen and Coca-Cola, and was the show runner for the nationally broadcasted automotive television series Head 2 Head.

What if we could fold the time-space continuum visually and sonically? That is what Narducci and director R.J. Chmiel and have acheived in the new music video “Ancient Dialogue.”

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Will Brahm – Madrid (Video)

“Nowadays it is quiet easy for anyone to listen ethnic music with just a tap on a button but when you hear on Madrid you will not just hear Peruvian sounds and rhythms but a more personal interpretation on such melodies with an acoustic ensemble”

-Nagamag.com

Will Brahm said about this song “This composition of mine channels the sounds and rhythms from Peru, bringing the spirit of a Peruvian Festejo along with my own harmony, melody, and interplay with the acoustic ensemble.”

Few words about Will Brahm:
Will Brahm is a Los Angeles based guitarist and composer, and a 2019 Herbie Hancock International Guitar competition semi finalist. He received his bachelors of music in Jazz Guitar Studies at California Sate University Long Beach, where he was a five time consecutive recipient of the “K-jazz” scholarship.

Will has performed, recorded, and worked with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, the New West Guitar Group, Gordon Goodwin’s “Big Phat Band,” Kim Richmond, Otmaro Ruiz, Sara Gazarek, Jane Monheit, and Gretchen Parlato.

Will has toured with The New West Guitar Group across the United States and to Malasia and the Philippines, and toured with his own original music across the United States and to Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Greece, and Turkey. Recent albums of his include the 2017 release of his world original music ensemble “Homenaje,” the 2018 release of his duet album “Will Brahm & Lia Booth,” and the 2019 release of his most recent album under his own name, “Venture Atlas.”

Will draws from a number of musical backgrounds from all over the world, giving his original compositions the combination of singing melodies, rich dense harmonic variations, and diverse exciting rhythmic motion. His 2019 album release “Venture Atlas” contains all original compositions of his, and he is joined by Chris Wabich on drum set and percussion, Diego Alvarez on percussion, Ahmet Türkmenoğlu on bass, and Katisse Buckingham on flute.

Will’s new album “Venture Atlas” is out now!
www.instagram.com/willbrahm/

WAITING FOR YOU Tania Vinokur Electric Violinist (Original) #taniaviolin #downtempo #electricviolin (Video)

“Waiting For You from Tania Vinokur is a euphoric world music flavored anthem, infused with her wonderful violin skills and warm vocals. Lush sound which flirts with trance though the synths used here and with details in music layering gives you a tickling harmonic groove on until end.”

-Nagamag.com

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/

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.

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