Paolo collaborated with local classical orchestras playing in hundreds of concerts and performing music from major composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky etc. For several years he collaborated with all the major wind bands here around and in Switzerland, participating in international competitions and finishing second or first. Paolo sometimes performed as soloist with wind band or piano accompaniment.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Classical music, I don't have a particular style, I just love experimenting
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Since I graduated in music, trombone to be precise, I started playing around with several groups like: a brass quintet, local classical orchestras, jazz big bands, wind bands with which I have participated in various international competitions often finishing second or first. I conducted a choir and a wind band and played sometime as soloist with wind band or piano accompaniment.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
All the major classical composers, but especially those from 1800 up 'till now, like Schuber, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Mahler, Schönberg, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, etc.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
A new piece for piano solo, but I stopped it for now since I'm doing something else to get some money
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
To get enough money to do it as my job, now it's just something I do when I have free time from my main job
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I have two different tracks, one is Romanza for instrument soloist and piano and the other is Rondeau Prestige. I like the Romanza because I wrote it for my instrument, the trombone, and I worked hard on the relation between the soloist and the accompaniment. I like Rondeau Prestige instead because it's for a larger group, a wind quintet, and using the Rondo form to experiment with the various sections of the piece changing the harmonic language and the style of each one, with the A section returning to keep the whole piece together.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
When in 1992 I went to Seville in Spain to play for the competition for a trombone place in the classical orchestra. I was still green and just graduated less than a year before.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I decide the style of the piece, then I wrote the two main themes and I start experimenting changing the line of the melodies, the harmonies, the interactions between the instruments, etc.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
No influence 'till now
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I listen to everything is classical (and sometime jazz) played on the radio, from early music like Machaut and Okeghem for example 'till now or nearly, like Poulenc, Stravinsky, Berg, Malipiero, Casella, Bartok, etc.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I worked in a metalworking industry to pay the tuition fees
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Don't write classical music, it may be more rewarding for the writer but it doesn't pay. And follow the main stream, people like to hear the same known things repeated over and over, just with different words and/or titles
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
First the subordinates, too many people who knows nothing about music, I always wonder how can it be, I don't think anyone would put a farmer (a great hard job, just it hasn't the skills required) to run a nuclear power plant. And second I'll promote more activities related to each musical genre, promoting diversity.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
It's and it has been everything in music, just think about the difference between composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, just to mention the best known. If you know the classical music composers and you listen to some piece you don't know you can link this piece to the right composer because of it.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I'm still a part time musician and during the years I changed a lot of jobs to keep going and I had to select "other" in the music genre selection because it's missing the oldest and progenitor to all the western music, the classical one.