Luca D’Alberto is a classical composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist from the heart of Italy. His music is visceral with a life beyond itself, cinematic yet personal. 2017 sees the release of ‘Endless’, D’Alberto’s first recording for newly-formed, Berlin-based, neo-classical imprint 7K!. At its heart, ‘Endless’ is a blood and guts reimagining of what neo-classical can be, passionate and daring, music that jumps out from the shadows at you. Every instrument on the album is performed by D’Alberto himself, with album is engineering by Martyn Heyne and additional production by Henrik Schwarz. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from the heart of Italy, whose debut album ‘Endless’ will be the first release on 7K!. The album, for which Luca has composed all tracks and played all instruments by himself, is the result of his decision to shake up his classical training into new forms, using his talents to create a more contemporary style of music that also sees him exploring electronics with acoustic instruments.
1: A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.
2: You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
3: The end is as important as the beginning.
1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Small gestures, a body’s movements… everything can influence my compositions. Often I start from an emotion I’ve felt which could not be translated into words. My love for the beauty and appreciation of daily life, these are my starting points that influence my work. I try to create my own vocabulary by transforming images I see in my mind into sounds and melodies.
2.How and when did you get into making music?
A carillon was my key to enter into making music… When I was child the carillon was in the music room of out house, where my sister and my mother used to play the piano. The music room had no doors so the notes would expand throughout the floors and the stairs, invading the house. I would play the carillon every day so my mother, to prevent me from breaking it, would put it somewhere high where I would not be able to reach it, but somehow I always managed to. Maybe it was then that I realised I wanted to become a composer..create music was and still is for me like magic.
3.What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
I not have favourite albums but artists:
1) Pina Bausch
2) Richard Wagner
3) Johann Sebastian Bach
4) Alfred Schnittke
5) Martha Graham
4.What do you associate with Berlin?
Berlin for me is like an elegant woman with red hair in an elegant black dress with a blindfold on.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Rome influences me daily. After having composed I use to take a walk. There’s a small narrow street nearby my house which reveals the Colosseum at its end… it almost looks surreal. When it finally reveals the view, the Colosseum seems to crush you with its image and history. More than for its history I love Rome because of its hidden views.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I think a scientist to invent the music
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
5 J.J Cale
5.What’s your favorite place in your town?
Home. And Hampstead Heath.
6.If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Work for a charity and be a better cook.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
D’Angelo – Black Messiah
8.Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Terrence Malick. Anyway I’ve had the luck to collaborate with some of my artistic heroes. For my previous project “ESTASI” I collaborated with dancers of Tanztheater “Pina Bausch”, later the company asked for my work as composer and performer for its 40 years anniversary Festival.
The figure of Pina Bausch has had a very strong impact on my way of approaching music.
Other artists who I adore and who I’ve had the honour to be working with are Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway, couple in life and art. They’re two of the most important directors in the world, new projects with them are about to start.
I enjoy remembering “Obedience”, an imposing video installation created for the Jewish Museum in Berlin. An unforgettable experience.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Not a concert but ” Cafe Müller” a piece by Pina Bausch.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
The technology is important because in the studio I record all the instruments alone by myself, I like to create sound pyramids in which hidden themes chase each other. I need to stay with my self, instruments, microphones and a computer and I am ready to create my music world.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
My sister is an artist as well, she play piano and has made herself a name in the medieval historic Art period.
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