Tuesday, April 17, 2012

L' Alba Di Morrigan Interview

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are a trio that loves to range over music: melancholic sounds, powerful breaks, sporadic jazz episodes, "classics" excerpts and texts aimed mainly to reflection on the meaning of being and the possibilities of human knowledge.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

We are not used to label or describe our sounds. What we can say is that they are certainly thick with emotions and that we do not basically have composition schemes of any kind.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The message we wish to offer is basically directed toward a quick awakening of consciousness; "Silence" is a praise clearly inspired by the Zen concept of "silence", "Snowstorm" is a metaphor of the winter of life and the subsequent "rebirth" of everything, "Holy Mountain Pt.1 e 2" is our transposition in music and lyrics of the meaning of the great cinematographic work of A. Jodorowsky, "Lilith" fundamentally deals with human weaknesses, "The essence remains" tells of a man who is through a near-death experience and who re-evaluates his past experiences with different types of logic, or rather "higher" ones. Actually the only song in contrast is "The fairies' circle", a song speaking of the immense charm of the fair sex, a text which is strongly due to a woman to whom I personally owe a lot. I am particularly impressed by the thought you exposed about the "Morrigan world" as a concept of its own, and frankly there we intended to propose something innovative, well-calibrated and original, but still within the range of a few musical references already known.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Morrigan represents violence and war, it's the queen of the eros as a hate disseminator and therefore, metaphorically, the Goddess of darkness. The dawn is the moment when darkness fades to make room for lightness. Well, "L'alba di Morrigan” (the dawn of Morrigan) is that short moment of equilibrium between "day" and "night"; the perfect union between the most obscure part of humanity and the most noble; the brief moment in which both harmoniously coexist in a balance without prevailing over one another, stopping, even though just for a few moments, the (ironic) dualism of which man is a slave.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

So far the show we remember with the maximum affection is the one with the Callisto, great artists and excellent people.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

We set some tour dates and we will shortly publish all the news about tour planning on our social networks.

7. On a worldwide level how has your music been received by music fans?

I hope fine! But I think time will answer your question. Now we can only wait and work hard!

8. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

Of course L’alba di Morrigan is our main activity, anyway each one of us occasionally works on other studio and live projects.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We must admit that we already wrote several songs, but now our focus is aimed to The Essence Remains and to its launch.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We have an extensive background that ranges from the most extreme metal to the softest, a great love for jazz and blues, Celtic music, classical music and experimental progressive and, why not, for electronic music. We mainly love good music, the music that conveys emotion, no matter its genre. Actually metal is more prevailing than generic musical education, but, as I said before, we love all the different branches that music can offer.

11. What role does Paganism and Occultism play in your music and how would you describe your views on these topics?

We have different thoughts on this. Basically I (Ugo) and Alessio are really more sensible on this subject, even though I think the term occultism is in itself misleading, above all due to the wrong meaning people usually give it.

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Ale loves painting and does exhibitions, and he's really a great chef and loves to read (recently George Martin is among his favorites), and he enjoys writing (in fact he's working on his first novel). Luca is fond of music and I think he's one of the most updated people I have ever known in this matter, he loves art, nature and tranquility (let's say he's the most quiet in the group), and he loves to cook, too, and does it very well.
I read a lot but I prefer reading "esoteric" books, I am very interested in domestic policy, I like martial arts and I practice them, but actually I love almost all sports, and let's say I am the most "restless" of the band; It's maybe strange but I cook for fun, too (we are Italian, aren't we?) and, about common features, all of us love the arts and cinematography and we have a great interest in psychology and human dynamics. Finally, we have plenty of dogs and cats!

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks for the interview and special thanks to our fans, as they are really giving us much love and support. Hugs to you all!

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