Italian jazz guitarist Eleonora Strino shares the challenges of being a musician in Italy during these difficult times. And check out Eleonora’s new ‘quarantined’ video below.
Eleonora Strino: Yes, the coronavirus effect in Italy was quite devastating. As you know, we are the second country in the world where it has spread, leaving the entire population stunned, terrified
In the first phase, the government gave an allowance of 600 euros for the self-employed but I, like many of my other professional colleagues, could not benefit from it.
Now it seems that the government is going to face this problem too and there will be new packages allocated to the so-called “weaker groups”. As a spokesperson for my category, I can say that what has emerged from this crisis is that the Italian music world needs a change at least on a par with other European countries where the profession of musician and artist exists and is protected.
Just as breaks in music are fundamental, in life too it is necessary to stop.
I hope that when there will be a recovery, each one of us will have a new and different conscience that will inevitably lead to a reform and I don’t say this only as a musician but above all as a human being or even better, as an inhabitant of planet earth. Now we have all had time to see, to really realize how things are going, without the blinkers of the frenzy of our previous life. Now that we’ve seen it, we can no longer ignore it.
As for my time in quarantine, I must say I’m responding rather well. It even seems to
Of course, I miss playing live already a lot, I’m very sorry for the concerts that have been
For me, Music is
a continuous research, the primordial energy, the spirit.
When I study, when I play, when I listen to an album, I try to feel inside me the infinite greatness of those who before and at the same time as me, have spent and
Talking about the technical aspect: I work a lot on the fluidity of the phrasing, on the right hand, on the time, on the intensity of the notes. Specifically, I’m deepening the minor melodic scales be-bop, some voicings extrapolated from these scales but slightly altered that in my opinion have an incredible sound. I’m dissecting one of the pentatonic scales played by Coltrane that I like very much.
At the same
Jazz Guitar Today: We thank Eleonora for her contribution – stay safe!