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Lucio Franco Amanti´s Jazz cello
I can understand your confusion if you have always, as many do, considered Jazz as something strictly tied to smoky bars and Saxophone players!
Let me explain just for a moment:
During the last century, Cello has become everyday more popular not only as classical instrument but it has inspired also many sound experiments in other contexts, probably thanks also to its uncommonly wide range (a Cello has the same range of the four Saxes combined!!!).
My interest when approaching Jazz Cello is not only to produce “covers” of famous standards but to rediscover a form of art that seems to have been forgotten and almost feared in the classical music circles: IMPROVISATION
What is improvisation?
Even if nowadays it is mainly associated with Jazz, improvisation is an art form that was pretty common since the early times: one illustrious example is that J.S. Bach himself, during his lifetime, was better known for his improvisations at the keyboard than for his compositions!
Improvisation is what makes the musician being able to perceive an order where others cannot and then act on it through a process that meets half way between creation and tradition.
I believe that this is an invaluable skill that needs to be nurtured and can, once applied, make the artist be able to produce beyond the categories that the market imposes and, why not, maybe applied even outside the musical world.
That being said: no need of a music degree to listen to my music 🙂
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