Chak talks about how to enhance the message of the music and add very personal feeling.
I think Music is the expression of the human race Spirit: we listen, play and create music essentially because we need to pull out this Spirit and to rejoice in It!
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
Of course I agree! But what would be the Music without the Math Spirit? I think the Fantasy Spirit needs to ride a strong horse to reach the Infinity …
If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
There’s no doubt about that: a doctor! After all, I think that playing and healing can be the same thing …
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
No, because my music is just an attempt to mix together a classical and modern approach: I’m an Alchemist in that sense …
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?
I strong believe that the meanings and the emotional senses of classical music remain the same (and mustn’t vary!) in all ages, and the transformation consists in finding new ways to present that music to allow ‘changing’ people to understand and deeply feel what they are listen to.
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?
I think I’ve answered in the previous point …
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
It’s my greatest doubt: why a musician is so creative and productive when he make silence inside him (it happens also to me!)? The creativity is a matter of ‘abandonment’, not a voluntary act … and today a classical musician needs to be more creative also in the presentation phase, as I told before …
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
I agree that the musicians MUST do something to attract the young generation, but the biggest obstacle to overcome is our fear that the classic music will result contaminated by a modern (and often ‘easy’ considered) taste! I repeat what has been said before, namely we MUST find new ways to perform classic music: a person who lived during XVIII century didn’t feel as any modern one! If I need to create a surprise effect, I think today I must work hardly than in the past!!!
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
My favourite piece is Nocturne Solitude’s … I won the Akademia Awards in 2015 for the best Instrumental/Piano song, and I was very happy about that! This is an improvisation (my first step in every creative approach to a new composition) and I made it after a few days of my Daddy’s death … He was an accordion’s child prodigy and taught me mostly to be humble and passionate in every aspect of life, especially in music …
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?
It’s exactly what I try to do! I noticed that I pay so much attention that the resulting mix is not so confused, and to avoid that I think it’s necessary to smartly synchronize the different artistic expressions! My daily effort is especially this …
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
If I should recommend a composer, I strongly suggest to know and listen that with the same Zodiac sign: I’m firmly convinced that the musical expression in any zodiac period has something universal … I think also that this affinity can be healing, and it can reveal some part that are hidden and not well known to us; from this point onwards, anyone can proceed to listen other composers and find other affinities or not.
Generally speaking, I’d recommend to know WHY a particular piece of music was composed, in WHAT PERIOD of the composer was written and WHICH was the emotional state in that moment, and if there is some symbolism hidden in the composition.
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?
When I think of what you did in the past, every composer made music ‚on commission‘, and wonderful masterpiece were born because someone was searching for some business, do you agree? So I think the situation compared tot he past is not really changed; I don’t judge what is happening today: I think it is a natural evolution (for better or worse!), and, perhaps, a return to the past!
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
Experience has taught me that if I forget the audience, the public responds positively, so I think we mustn’t have expectations to satisfy our listeners! So, I say: forget, play, listen to the atmosphere at the end of execution, and if it is all ok, you’ll continue to listen to your just played music ... and the audience too!
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
I’m preparing a new prototype of piano, just to enhance the message of the music; I’ll publish my first video into which I’ll explain, in some artistic way (I hope …), my very personal feel about the music.
If you like, stay in touch … Chak! (The Alchemist …)