Toni Jardini talks about how he is trying to find out different colors and touches to make the music the most emotional possible and why for some people, nothing that has been presented until now is enough...
Everything. Classical music for me is like a fuel , which I need to be supplied all the moment and, without it I cannot live.
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
The usual definition of fantasy is “the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable”. Music is more than fantasy, because it can be shared to all the people, even although the feeling each one will have will be unique.
If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?
Actually I would have been a professional musician, if I was not a IT Professional. Music for me is a passion and only passion.
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
I’m not worried about the classical music’s future and I don’t totally agree that classical music audience is getting old. People have different tastes, different needs and different understanding of what is good for them and what satisfies their souls. People look for music that feed them, feed their needs, and those needs depend on where they are in life, in world, depend on their souls. It’s not a question of qualifying or judging, but it is a question of having what feeds your life, your soul and where are you into the music world.
What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?
Human being needs to be creating and re-creating things all the time. It’s part of our essence. We are essentially transforming things constantly and it will never stop. By other hand, our evolution is built under a main cycle, where we get back to previous things periodically. Classical music wouldn't be different and we will be trying to create and re-create songs, instruments, structures, timbres, performances, techniques, technologies. I can see only amazing things for all types of tastes!
When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?
Only good things. I’m not that kind of person that is afraid of new things. And I definitely recommend people to stop thinking that what’s old school or what’s consolidate is the best. Let’s explore and be open and enjoy new (good) things!
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? What’s the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
People need to find seeds that feed their soul. And they will always be looking for it. For some people, nothing that has been presented until now is enough. They will for sure be creating new ways. Diversity is a good word to start being used more often in classical music's world. We should be open for new good things!
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
Taste, even musical, for most part of it, is something you need to get used to. So, young generation needs to know it more, to be more exposed to it. Nowadays millennials are exposed to social media and connected all the time, but doesn’t know that classical music exists. Parents need to introduce classical music their children since their first months of life. Media may explore the classical music even more. It's a social movement that might happen. It's an endless (re)discovery.
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favorite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
I don’t have a favorite piece, but a few of them. It’s hard to pick a specific one, because it depends on my mood, moment of my life. So, favorite thing is very mutable. All my compositions are not truly composed, because I just listen to them on my mind. I just need to listen and play/write it!
We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?
My grandma always tell me that similar attracts similar. For me, any kind of art combined results in better art. I’m a real enthusiastic of good combinations!
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
My advice is exactly how I started loving classical music! Start watching 1930s-1950s cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Tom and Jerry), which made use of classical music in an amazing way: creating a great effect of character’s moves and making the audience to develop a sense of connecting the classical music rich dynamics with the different episode story moments. I’m pretty sure that it won’t take that long to start loving classical music and the discovery will be automatically.
Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree? We are speaking about the supply and demand rules and how to sell your “product” in your case your compositions. How do you see it?
It was always like that and it will be, considering proper proportions. The present products may become a valued art in the future. Many of most important artists in the past were poor and dead poor as well. Now, everyone recognize that what they produced is immeasurable. It may happen for many of us and try to sell our “product” now may seem very difficult.
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
To be honest, I do not have any expectations about who listens to my compositions, although I would be glad to know that they were capable to feel the same emotion I usually feel when I listen to my compositions and take the same good effect in the body and soul those music can make.
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
My latest compositions were a set of Nocturnes (so far 14 of them) for Piano, that are very lyrical and emotional. I really feel deeply sensitive when I listen to them. My experiments consist in finding out different touches to make the music the most emotional possible. In classical music world, I’m not the innovation guy, for sure, however, I really enjoy appreciating other’s new experiments, especially when the results are great!