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A QUESTION OF CHOICES…

We have to make choices each day and every moment of the day. Some are close to us and others further away. We don’t always have the time to think, realise or understand if they are the right ones … the time races by and we have to decide.

Over the past few days I have had choices to make. There were a number of factors involved: the time available to me, the number of steps connected to it, and the tension that a recording session in a studio brings with it; besides which, it might happen that decisions once made could be overturned in favour of new ones. The choice is not always the one you want but the one that is possible and necessary in the actual circumstances. Each decision is only the snapshot of a moment.

Moreover, for me the concept of sound related to taste and touch is totally subjective, as I see music and sound as something strictly personal. Everything happened at the Officina Musicale of Francesco Saponari, Giuseppe Mariani, and Giuseppe Saponari at Castellana Grotte. This is where my third CD took shape thanks to Believe Digital Italia, to the professionalism of Giuseppe Mariani (sound engineer) and to the fabulous Steinway & Sons 1917 model D of Farina Pianoforti in Ostuni. It is a completely new work for Piano Solo which I am proud to have created. It is a rich patchwork of nuances associated with very different states of mind, which I often like to combine together as if they were a palette of a thousand different colours.

The instrument is the means by which music reflects the state of mind of the player.

Playing an old and priceless instrument like the Steinway & Sons model D with its rich history, which includes the RAI, was  a n i n c r e d i b l y e m o t i o n a l e x p e r i e n c e . You just need to consider that it appears on the greatest stages in the world and is the choice of the vast majority of the best pianists in the world (Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim and many others).

Mitsuki Uchida (a Steinway artist) writes: ”When you start to play a Steinway D, your music changes. It takes you into a new world. To own one is a true privilege.”

I can say that the week I have just spent was truly s u r r e a l with regard to the intensity and immensity of the beauty and purity of sound.

With an instrument like that everything is possible, but even so choices still had to be made as regards meter and sound … because, just as in life, music is a question of choices!

 

“A passion for research, a vocation as a director, and an entrepreneur by chance.”

Two magnificent evenings of international pop music have just taken place… but that’s not all!

The leading lights of both evenings were the MAXIMAorchestra and the amazing voice of Sarah Jane Morris, an internationally famous performer, with TONY RÉMY on guitar as Special Guest.

What was unique about this wonderful Apulian experience was that the arrangements were original, and were made especially for the MAXIMAOrchestra… and this was all due to the intuition and brilliant ideas of Paolo Tittozzi, who, as he often says of himself, is “Passionate about research, has a vocation for directing, and is an entrepreneur by chance.”

Not a musician himself, but totally absorbed by it, he has been able to create a truly exceptional experience of content, repertoire and unique arrangements. These he personally commissioned from each individual arranger according to their character... from Vince Temperato myself, and from Antonio Molinini to Giacomo Battista, and others.

It has always been very stimulating for me to make arrangements for orchestra, and even to play around with well-known pieces from the Italian singer-song-writer LUCIO DALLA, from the rock music of DAVID BOWIE, from the Soul and R&B of JAMES BROWN, as well as the classical music of VIVALDI... and even more so when it is for a niche project like this one.

It was wonderful to work on masterpieces such as Sting’s EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, or Vivaldi's SUMMER… and so on.

Paolo Tittozzi is a true “visionary”, in the best sense of the word. He is farsighted like no one else, ‘a lucid madman’ as he calls himself.

It is thanks to him, that in March 2017 I had the chance and opportunity to arrange I’M A WOMAN, one of the songs of Sarah Jane Morris which she herself sang exquisitely on the evening of the 18th March at the Communal Theatre in Corato (with TONY RÉMY as Special Guest on guitar and Roberto Ottaviano on sax).

I had the honour and pleasure of reliving the same magic of that evening on the 20th October at the Cinema Theatre Impero in Trani, and then again on the 21st at the Palazzo Theatre in Bari. With that voice of hers Sarah is able to captivate and warm the hearts of all who hear her. 

Thank you Paolo! People like you are a special inspiration for the creative enterprise in our area, where funds to support us are becoming more and more scarce. 

With your simplicity and your daring you have contributed to reinforcing a parallel experience and to realizing the dreams of many!

L O N G L I V E T H E K I N G ! ! ! 

 

DREAMS ...

Dreams are sold to us as if they were abstract ... but actually our dream is in the here and now!If we are doing what we love that is a step towards fulfilling our dream … but step by step and our dream really does come true!

Over the long months I often wondered if I could do it but it didn’t in fact matter … it was good to believe it there and then, at each moment, and with each heartbeat … live for that goal and dream the dream that once fulfilled would become a further step towards a new goal ... on the way to yet another dream.

It is incredible how a telephone call can change your life, your mood, your whole day ... for better or for worse!

It happened for a second time … the first time was when I won the first prize in a competition for a music composition and now ... the V.I.T.A. Web Talent show!!!

It was impossible to believe it, yet, during those months I had done nothing but day dream about it and believe deep down that it could actually happen!!!

It is really true ... dreams do come true and everything is possible for those who believe!

It was such a strong emotional feeling to receive that telephone call that I had to stifle the sensation. I realised and guessed at once but just listened in silence, doubtful but certain at the same time that all would turn out well … partly because I sensed it, and partly because I knew I had the support of so many of you!

I really don’t know what has changed after that telephone call and I still have to find out, but I do know that if you really want something you will find the way to achieve it!

If I think about it, at the beginning anyone would have said I had no chance … my  music was simple and without any frills, it was music that had no pretensions whatsoever other than the wish to speak to the heart; besides it was only instrumental, without any words, in a contest where many very compelling artistes were taking  part and who could well have become new stars of pop, rock and the music of the moment …“young people love songs they can sing at the top of their voices in their cars, whether by themselves or with their friends, with the stereo blaring out” (as one of the fans commented, obviously not one of mine).

With hindsight and thinking it over, I could have been totally discouraged … mine were not  s o n g s . Yet I wanted to believe in it and now here I am enjoying my victory with you!!!

It came, despite the comments of people who said that there was no scope for me and my music in Italy, that my particular type of music was not suited to this talent show ... T H A N K Y O U Believe Digital Italia for proving that where there’s a will there’s a way and that in life as in music there are no limits ... the limits exist only in our minds...

 

 

V.I.T.A. Finalist

Out of over 150 who signed up for the selection phase, only 15 of us have reached the Final!

I would never have thought I could get past the selection, qualifying, and semi-final stages and to compete in the final, but thanks to all of you this has been possible!

So here I am staking on a really important chance to win a recording contract!

It is a considerable commitment but so rewarding!

Over the last few months many of you have shown that you believe in me and my music, which is truly amazing … so, now all of us together are staking our chances on reaching the F i n a l i s s i m a. This will be judged by Massimiliano Longo, the director of AMI and by members of a top jury made up of Vince Tempera, Umberto Iervolino, Enrico Molteni, Giovanni Gulino, Giordano Sangiorgi and Luca Stante.

Semplicemente Te, the competing piece for this stage of the WebTalent V.I.T.A. (Video Interactive Talent Awards), has once again given me the chance to compete against very different types of music, and despite its classical language we have got into the first 3… but the competition is still open, and will continue until the 22nd November, which is the final deadline. Then the winner will be decided by the number of views!

As a finalist in the innovative V.I.T.A. video-web talent show, organized and promoted by Believe Digital and Zimbalam, I have been able to enjoy a space all my own in an interview on All Music Italia, the Italian Music website.

In the interview I present my artistic career in music up to the present day, the piece itself and the video for this phase of the competition. I talk about why I decided to take part in V.I.T.A. and about how necessary it is to devote more space to classical music. After all, with its operas, it has been part of this country’s history in the world, and still is.

So I invite you to read my interview on All Music Italia and to watch Semplicemente Te, andask you to express your opinion in the comments under the video. In this way you can take an active part in what will be my destiny during the final stages of the contest!

Thank you!

Daniela

  

INSIDE ME

It is two weeks after the start of the semi-final of the V.I.T.A. Video Web Talent show, where artists with different musical styles try to win the battle for the highest number of views. Dentro me (Inside me) has had loads of views, likes, shares, and comments …but I have also received many special messages that are full of intensity and intimacy and reflect what you think of my piece. 

I have heard from many individuals, young people and adults, amateurs and experts, cinema directors and producers of music. Some have described scenes of imaginary stories they have experienced because of “Dentro me”, while others say “send me the pieces and I’ll produce them!”
Anyhow, reading your opinions is really entertaining and at times they are totally contradictory. This just confirms there is no absolute truth, but that the truth is something within us in the same way as “Dentro me” and is reflected outside ourselves, fluctuating between right and wrong …
How wonderful it would be to reach the competition final with the same warmth and intensity. I know we will really try!
The weather is hot and many of you are on holiday, but our final objective is much greater!
I thank each of you for the huge number of shares....wave upon wave of them have reached my Facebook Home Page, and they are still coming. This is a sure sign of your support.
My music and me are not enough … only you have the power to make it enough! So if you are convinced, view it and get other people to view it as much as you can. Only with a large number of views will I be able to get into the final and try to win “that” first prize …a record deal with Believe Digital for 15,000 euros!
Thanks to all of you if you do it and if you are already doing it!