Alessandra Celletti

Pianist and Composer




Alessandra Celletti comes from a purely classical background, but her musical and artistic experiences multiply with sudden deviations in a very personal music world; her unique and irreplaceable center of gravity is the piano. She made her debut in 1994 with "Les sons et les parfums", a collection of recordings dedicated to Debussy, Ravel and Satie and since then she released a great number of albums, both as author and pianist.

All through these years many have been the collaborations: with the Swedish conceptual artist Paulina Wallenberg Olsson, the saxophonist Nicola Alesini, the British composer Mark Tranmer (aka GNAC) with whom she released the album "The Red Pages"; the free movement of sounds has also made possible the meeting between Alessandra Celletti and one of the leading exponents of contemporary experimental electronic music, Hans Joachim Roedelius with whom, in 2009, she composed the album "Sustanza di cose sperata” (“Substance of things hoped for”), in the same year of "Alessandra Celletti plays Baldassarre Galuppi" an album dedicated to the venetian author of the eighteenth century.

2011 was the year of "Sketches of Sacagawea", a printed cardboard box containing a book and CD in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies, dedicated to the Native American heroin Sacagawea; at the same time a second special project was conceived with the German surrealist artist Jaan Patterson: an album soundtrack that accompanied the release of George Bataille’s previously unreleased book, "WC", for the publisher Transeuropa.

In the summer of 2013 Alessandra Celletti has been the protagonist of a daring bet, bringing her piano around Italy aboard a truck in the "piano piano on the road" tour. The entire route has become a documentary produced by the independent company Primafilm creative distrinct and it was selected in competition at the Edmonton International Film Festival in Canada, while the trailer was awarded the "Premio Roma Videoclip - Cinema Meets Music", XXI edition.

In the spring of 2015 Istituto Luce has produced the documentary "Mio Duce ti scrivo", directed by Massimo Martella, a documentary on the amazing collection of letters that many Italians wrote to Benito Mussolini (the Duce) during the decades of his dictatorship; the original soundtrack was composed by Alessandra Celletti; the documentary, has been released as DVD.

During 2016 Alessandra Celletti has focused on "Working on Satie", a project created together with figurative artist Onze. The work was created as a tribute to French composer of which in 2016 marks the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth; initially conceived as a live show, Onze and Celletti decided to release a CD and a DVD that have been published on October 26th to coincide with the debut at Romaeuropa Festival.

2018 begins with the composition of the soundtrack of the documentary "In the name of Antea" produced by Istituto Luce and directed by Massimo Martella, dedicated to the history of the works of art during the Second World War, while Alessandra Celletti turns her attention once again to the musical world of G.I.Gurdjeff with her twentieth album, "Sacred Honey", coming out on April 15th.

Alessandra Celletti's music is a kaleidoscope, an imaginary visual and audio world, that, with tenacity and tireless, swirling enthusiasm, she chooses to represent, in studio and on stage in concert: her live dates are moments of rare intensity.







What does music mean to you personally?

Music is my life. I play piano since I was six years old and I haven‘t memories without music. Music is the best medicine, a magical medicine, and it's also a fantastic way to communicate without obstacles or misunderstandings

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

No, I don’t! I think that music is a combination of logic and fantasy. There are mathematical relationships between sounds, but then these numerical relationships need a heart.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

I love many things: I have the passion to fly and so I could have been a pilot ... I love animals and I could raise donkeys ... and I also love medicine, and I could be a good doctor as well... But at the end I'm very happy with my piano.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

No, I'm not worried at all. At most I am curious to see what will happen. But in any case I'm sure that music (classical or not) will never disappear from the world. A world without music can not exist and there will always be someone to listen. What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role? Music has always had many functions: to have fun, to dance, to bring calm or cheerfulness, to help you sleep or stay awake .... I think that music will continue to have all these roles and as a musician I will try to give my contribution by giving emotions .

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

For an artist, creativity is always necessary, not just today. Certainly at this time there are so many means and technologies that sometimes you think you have to do more and that music is not enough. But this can be a double-edged sword. Sometimes it can also be good to go against the current. The important thing for an artist is always authenticity.

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts? How would you do this?

It is important to make each concert a "unique" event and to ensure that the audience is not simply a spectator but feels involved as a protagonist. We need to create a magical relationship between us and those who are there to listen...

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

It is impossible to choose just one piece. Of course there are some that I love more than others, often because they were born in special moments or because they tell something about me that I can not tell in words. "Dear to me" is a delicate lullaby: I remember the moment when I put my hands on the piano and those delicate notes came out. And then "Nightflight" in which I recount my recurring dream of flying. or "Abstract landscapes" a tribute to my beloved Erik Satie .... And then there is "Hundred dreams" a little song dedicated to my cat ... or "Azure", where my piano is mixed with the electronic sounds created by hans Joachim Roedelius. I know you asked me only one song, but as you can see I just can not choose.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

The first advice is to not have prejudices or conditioning. Listening as much as possible in a free way. Listen to different authors as long as you will surely find someone who can speak directly to your heart. I also think that it's important to not establish a musical hierarchy. Personally I like all kinds of music, so maybe my list of favourite artists can appear eccentric because I may include J.S. Bach and David Bowie, Brahms and Nick Cave, Galuppi and Philip Glass, Satie, Ravel....

Do you think about the audience when composing?

when I compose it is a very special moment, something is being born through me. At that moment I do not think about anything, but when I write a piece it is certainly to be listened.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

Just in these days I'm composing new pieces. After making so many cds, very soon I will record my first vinyl album and I'm very excited. It will be a totally analogical recording, without cuts. There will only be two tracks, one on the A side and one on the B side. A trip ...