Classically trained musician who incorporates the language of contemporary electronic music into his pieces, which are furthermore strongly connected to the multimedia arts.
Italian composer and pianist Luca Longobardi represents the generation of classically trained musicians who incorporate the language of contemporary electronic music into their pieces, which are furthermore strongly connected to the multimedia arts. Born in 1976, Longobardi studied classical music in Italy and New York and went on to earn his doctorate in digital audio restoration in Rome in 2011. His works reveal a strong interaction between classical and contemporary music. The experience he has gained as a theatre musician has increased his interest in the relationship between sounds and spectacle; he has composed music for ballets and films and accompanied installations and experimental art productions (Atelier des Lumières - Paris, Carrières de Lumières - Baux-de-Provence, Kunstkraftwerk - Leipzig). At his multimedia performances and in his recordings, strongly experimental electronic music meets pure, ethereal and simple-seeming piano playing that nevertheless relays deep emotions.
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Interview with Luca Longobardi
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Piano Scholze Upright from 1985 Mics Oktava Ms-012 (modded, multi capsule) Synths: Dave Smith Prophet 6 Moog Mother32 Critter & Guitari Organelle Korg Volca Sample Roland Boutique Juno 06a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Elektron Digitakt Elektron Model-Samples Modular synth Controller: Korg NanoControl 2 Arturia Keystep Pedals: Strymon Timeline Strymon Big Sky Koma Elektronic BD101 Tomkat Cloudy Enjoy Electronic Reminder Cassette recorder: Tascam Porta02
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music director and artist in resicende for Carrières de Lumières (Baux-de-Provence), Atelier de Lumières (Paris), Bunker de Lumiéres (South Korea), Kunstkraftwerk (Leipzig). My main occupation was to compose and arrange the sountracks for the immersive shows that during these years have brought more then 6 million visitors to these locations. I write music fo movies (Lella, Mr. Quiconque, About Us), contemporary ballets (Barmoon, Prima del Piede il Passo, Te voglio bene assaje) and multimedia installations (Jeudi, un Quinto Corpo, the Biber Project).