Our interview with Leo Pari: the EP “Live at Jedi Sound Studio”

Our interview with Leo Pari: the EP “Live at Jedi Sound Studio”

Cristiano Di Capua · 2 years ago · Art

Increasingly, the live show dimension is one of those things we keep missing. For real.
In fact, as a superhero comes to help us Leo Pari, who thanks to his EP “Live at Jedi Sound Studio” available from today, October 15 on every digital stores, gives us a breath of normality with 4 pieces all rearranged in a live performance. A parenthesis of intimate music, able to awaken in us the desire for concerts, but also a hidden pacifist criticism to the institutions that continue, directly or indirectly, to bend a market such as live music.
Just for this occasion, Collater.al decided to ask Leo some questions about this release just to better understand the message behind this work.

1. Listening to “Live at Jedi Sound Studio” immediately jumps to the ear the introspective and intimate mood that you wanted to represent, almost as if they were 4 caresses. How do you live the relationship between the figure of the artist and that of the author, both roles that you play?

For me, the role of artist and author are two sides of the same coin. It’s actually wonderful to be able to move between these two “disciplines of the same sport” because when I write pieces for others I can allow myself to say and tell stories that maybe told by me would be not very credible, but instead sung by a young girl or a mature interpreter are more suitable. When, however, I take the time to write for myself I always pay attention to the fact that the songs must be for me and therefore talk about how I feel, what I feel, in short, be intimate and true.

2. You were born in Rome, a fascinating and unique city. How is your relationship with your city? Has it evolved over time or do you still see it with the eyes of when you were a child?

No, actually I don’t see Rome at all with the eyes of a child. It’s a place full of problems that should be solved very quickly, now we hope that the next elections will bring a breath of fresh air. It’s a city that, unfortunately, continue to love.

3. In your songs you seem to be able to express yourself in a simple, but effective way. From what do you draw your inspiration?

The inspiration for my songs can really be taken from anything. To give a summary answer I take inspiration from life, from what happens to me or what I see happening to others. That’s why very often I write verses, but just in an almost automatic way, as if I felt obliged to do so, I just can’t resist. When I hear a story that strikes me and that touches me emotionally, that’s when I get inspired.

4. Covid forced everyone to come to terms with their own loneliness. How did you experience that period? Do you think you came out of it as a better person, or did it affect some aspect of it?

I had a lot of patience during the Covid and then I had somehow also the luck to “move” because for work I kept turning, so I was not really segregated at home. Surely this experience has taught me that it’s good to appreciate the moments of slowness, meditation, and reflection that often occur in the frenzy of everyday life.

5. We are very happy that finally, even if slowly, the live shows are starting again. We saw that you have already announced some of your dates. “Live at Jedi Sound Studio” has within it 4 songs that refer to the dimension of the live performance, perhaps to be closer to those who follow you. How does it feel to be on stage again?

I can not tell you because actually I have yet to go back on stage, but already the idea that I’m going to do it soon is very exciting. The live aspect of music, at least as I see it, is fundamental. It’s both a way to be close to the people who follow you and who enjoy listening to you, but also a way to revisit some works that are written.

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Gender Theory, the photographic project by Rossella Agostini

Gender Theory, the photographic project by Rossella Agostini

Claudia Fuggetti · 1 week ago · Photography

“How would we live if we didn’t have pre-established gender models?”

This is the question posed by the project Gender Theory by the photographer and filmmaker Rossella Agostini. After graduating in photography from Columbia College in Chicago, the artist decided to focus her research on the celebration of the individual as such and his relationship with the surrounding world.

The exploration of interpersonal relationships is highlighted by a type of aesthetics that prefers subjects visible from afar placed in empty spaces: together with the enhancement of beauty out of the ordinary Rossella thus creates a narrative coherence. The artist has described her photographic series as follows:

“Gender Theory” is a photo series that rejects the idea that gender is strictly binary by exploring a reality where identity is not socially constructed. It touches upon the issues of gender and sexuality and demonstrates how the biological sex, gender identity and gender expression are not always aligned”.

Through an elegant role-playing game, Rossella’s images tell a story capable of reaching the public immediately, it is no coincidence that Gender Theory won the London Photo Festival in 2018.

Visit the artist’s website here.

Gender Theory, il progetto fotografico di Rossella Agostini | Collater.al
Gender Theory, il progetto fotografico di Rossella Agostini | Collater.al
Gender Theory, il progetto fotografico di Rossella Agostini | Collater.al
Gender Theory, il progetto fotografico di Rossella Agostini | Collater.al
Gender Theory, il progetto fotografico di Rossella Agostini | Collater.al
Gender Theory, il progetto fotografico di Rossella Agostini | Collater.al
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Everything we saw at Linecheck

Everything we saw at Linecheck

Anna Frattini · 4 days ago · Photography

We have already talked about Linecheck, the event dedicated to the Italian and international music ecosystem. We attended the event ourselves, and – through the lens of Andrés Juan Suarez – this is what we saw. We breathed in an air of novelty in an occasion for meeting and discussion that allowed us to discover new talents and many of the emerging musical trends. In short, an unmissable event within the framework of Milan Music Week. Our favorite performances were those of Daniela Pes, 72-HOUR POST FIGHT, and Post Nebbia. This year’s theme was #ManyKisses, with the intention of seeing music as an ecosystem: a polyamorous community that grows through continuous dialogue among its members, the circulation of inspiring and creative energy, along with the exchange between established personalities on the scene and emerging artists.

ph. Andrés Juan Suarez

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Bodies in freedom, photography by Lucas Cerri

Bodies in freedom, photography by Lucas Cerri

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Lucas Cerri is a French photographer, born in Cannes, who ranges from travel photography to portraits, but the vocation for this art came almost by chance. 

In fact, Lucas was born as a musician, then over time, in addition to expressing emotions, thoughts and feelings through notes and melodies, he also began to do through images. 

Since then, whether analogue or digital, the camera has always been part of his days. 

Scrolling through his website and delving into his portfolio we can immediately see how Lucas Cerri manages to range from travel photography, with which he takes us to every corner of the world, from Iceland to the United States, from warm Portugal to cold Norway, to intimate and delicate portraits. 

Among his works the nude plays a predominant role and the body, with its shapes and lines, becomes almost a sculpture to be captured in all its naturalness. Often, the bodies he takes are immersed in nature, almost overwhelmed by it, and looking at Lucas Cerri’s photographs we feel that sense of freedom that we feel when we dive into the deep waters of the sea, or when we run through desolate fields. 

Below you can find a selection of shots, but to discover all the works of Lucas Cerri visit his site and follow him on Instagram

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What happens when the phone gallery becomes a photo project?

What happens when the phone gallery becomes a photo project?

Giorgia Massari · 5 hours ago · Photography

«A risky project, a bit like writing,» Catanian photographer Salvo Sibilla explains when talking to us about his street photography project entitled Sani e Salvi. It is a project that was not born to be so. A collection of private amateur shots, taken with an iPhone, that take on a public dimension. It all begins in 2020 when Salvo starts shooting on the street, partly to seek company in a new city-which in the case of Milan is capable of making you feel very lonely, and partly to capture the extravagance around him that he was not used to. In the summer of 2022 he decided to go public and share part of his smartphone gallery. Salvo encapsulates in one project his amateur shots “full of lights, faces and lives,” as his collaborator and friend Loris Di Bella puts it. Stripped of their intimate dimension, the “anti-ethical” photographs – using Salvo’s words – come to life by dialoguing with each other and realizing the presence of a great common denominator: immediacy layered with extravagance.

Sani e Salvi does not stay only in Milan. He travels different streets and different cities, from Milan to Amsterdam, from Rotterdam to Sestri Levante, from Finale Ligure to Pedara, and finally from Bologna to Catania, Salvo Sibilla’s hometown. Salvo’s favorite subjects are elderly people, he himself tells us the reason for this choice. «The first reason, the most human one, is because they remind me of my grandparents, the people I miss the most since I moved to Milan. I am a very romantic person, so I look for this aspect in my shots as well. In older people I find the same pure and kind soul of my grandparents».

This project becomes for Salvo Sibilla a kind of adaptation therapy in a new city. Coming from Catania and landing in Milan, the cultural differences are many. «I liked walking in the street and observing everything around me. Coming from a small town like Catania, unfortunately you are born with stereotypes and mental limitations. When I arrived in Milan, these visual limits began to fall away, all those aspects that I initially judged as extravagances became normality today». The photographs thus become a way of relating to the new everyday life and, at the same time, of discovering a new city. In this sense, it is interesting to emphasize Salvo Sibilla’s photographic approach, which he himself describes as “somewhat anti-ethical.” «My technique is to act like a tourist. I stop by pretending to look for a street and take the photograph of the person, very closely,» he explains, «Very often older people do not notice it, as well as my grandparents although they, with time, have learned to recognize my methodology and now they are very happy when I take them, they feel a bit like the protagonists».

«Sani e Salvi can be said to have been born recently and still has everything to discover and to have come to the end, gaining wisdom,» we read again in Loris Di Bella’s text. Therefore, the project does not end here; on the contrary, it becomes for Salvo Sibilla a starting point that has taught him «to never give up,» as Salvo confesses to us, who closes the interview by quoting the phrase of a friend of his: “keep doing what you do regardless of everything and everyone.”

Courtesy Salvo Sibilla

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