Sit in with us, as we interview, Marco Calliari.
Marco, thank you so much for taking the time to join us on Italian American Girl for this interview:
Marco your parents are Italian immigrants and you live in Canada. How has your Italian Canadian upbringing molded your musical career?
At home, my parents listened to a lot of opera. My dad had all the Pavarotti collection in vinyl and my mom always had the Italian radio on. So from Renato Carosone to Toto Cutugno to Pavarotti, these are pretty much my first Italian influences.
I think what’s most fascinating about you is that your musical genre started out in heavy metal and then organically grew into Italian traditional music, what about that process surprises you most? Do you still perform heavy metal music?
I’ve always been influenced by many different styles of music, going from rock to metal and pop also. Heavy metal is the music that inspired me to learn music, it inspired me to pick-up a guitar and to scream my head off when ever I felt like it. I actually just went back to playing with my metal band, Anonymus to mark their 20th anniversary. 9 shows in one month, three years after my departure really felt good…I can still kick ass!
Do you think growing up with different cultures surrounding you has made you more of aware of the message you want to convey through music?
That’s for sure, growing up in a multicultural environment just proved to me that no matter what culture, you can always find something in common. I try to create this fact in my music, I call it World music, blending traditional sounds and music from all around the world.
More recently, you made your first ever performance trip to New York City at Joe’s Pub, what was that experience like and did you feel like this is was a pivotal moment in your career?
It felt great, I love new challenges and the U.S. is a pretty huge challenge. I think starting out in New York city was a great experience, I just couldn’t wait to play at Joe’s Pub especially for the Putumayo Italia CD lauch. Performing in New York was great.
What type of music and or songs will we be hearing from you in the future? Where do you want to take the “Italian” traditional influence?
I’m presently working on my third album, a full length CD filled with original compositions. For the last four years I’ve been mixing different sounds from around the planet to create these new songs. The songs are mostly written in Italian with a little bit of French, Spanish and Algerian.
You’ve also performed in Italy, what was it like returning and performing in your family’s hometown as an Italian Canadian?
It felt like an accomplishment, as much for me than my parents. I’m very lucky to go and play in my parent’s home country, I’ve been performing there since 1999.
Do you choose to perform certain songs for their meanings?
Yes and no, I think first of all I choose a song thinking of it live wise? I think of the performance and how the public will react, will they stand up and clap or will they dance to it or even jump up and down to it?
Do you see yourself collaborating with Italian singers/ or songwriters for future albums?
Yes, I have two collaborations on my next CD, one with Enrico Greppi from Bandabardò (Florence, IT) and another Italian singer I can’t reveal for now, sorry?
What kind of career do you hope to accomplish in North America and when will we see more of you here in the United States?
Hopefully I’ll be touring across the U.S. in the years to come, but a goal for me would be to put out my next CD in the U.S. But for now I’ll be performing in November in New York city, and can’t wait to do so!
Lastly, what do you want the Italian Americans to know about Marco Calliari..?
I want them to know that there’s a son of Italian immigrants that’s pushing our Italian heritage as far as he can for the love of the music, the history and “la patria”.
Marco, thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to seeing in New York this November.
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November 11, 2009
(Marco Calliari Will Be Performing Along With Italian Folk Singer/Star: Peppe Voltarelli. --Italian singer).