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FEATURE STORY JASSNIRO 1. The craziest thing that has happened in your music career? Something strange happened some time ago when I composed the song "And you are far from me." I was looking for a vocalist who could best interpret this song. At that time I was in contact with a young student in Cairo, with a passion for soul music, ambient, lounge, and dance. I sent her the basic instrumental partition and she started working on the song. She asked what type of intonation was needed for the song, and told me that she had some technical problems with the choice of a microphone, because she did not know how to cope to purchase what she wanted in the maze of the great Egyptian metropolis. In short, everything was ready, the setting was pretty good , her persuasive voice, with some verses sung in Arabic, gave the song a touch of sensuality . Now it was necessary to complete the whole thing by choosing a picture for the cover of the single. Sifting through photos of my Egyptian vocalist , I chose a set of photos taken at the University of Cairo in a garden across several date palms. I actually thought her image was spontaneous and natural. One morning, I received a message from her, quite upset, saying that she was dropping the project because I had not previously consulted her on the choice of the picture. She resented that her fellow students had been unadvertently in with her musical world and she did not want to mix the two things up even a bit. What a pity! Everything actually went wrong from then on, I could not send the song performed by such a persuasive, sensual Egyptian female vocalist on distribution. This is so emblematic of the fact that often in music we face insurmountable difficulties created by prejudices, barriers, and cultural distances that hinder our sphere and creativity. 2. Your song ‘I love you ‘is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio? Really! I did not have the chance to listen to the song on the radio although I have already seen it on the playlists of the radio stations where is going on air .. 3.What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single? The basic inspiration of the song "I love you" stems from the lack of communication quite common nowadays in relationships and in the passions of love. The song is about that particular push and motivation that all true lovers find in order to step forward and overcome moments of crisis by inverting all the phases of negativity in love and changing it into more positive attitudes towards the partner. “Anytime I tried to understand things, I made it for you…” This phrase summarizes in brief the inspiration for the song, therefore the positive qualities that unfold each time to keep the relationship alive by maintaining the thin thread of connection, like on a razor’s edge, practicing virtues such as tolerance, understanding, sensitivity and generosity to others .. 4.Is it often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music? Yeah, I agree with that statement (great art arises from difficult times..) A long time ago I organized a trip with my former classmate in Switzerland, in the area of Canton Ticino, and was joined by my former partner. Something during this trip did not work, there were too many tensions in this trio, who knows! Misunderstandings with my ex girlfriend that were unclear before, in due time, emerged in this trip as a loose cannon. In short, problems of communication, and also the interaction between my friend and my former partner did not turn into proper empathy to make the trip enjoyable, so many quarrels sprang up suddenly out of control in the group.. Then time came to reach the Italian-Swiss border, and at Como, the relationship with my ex-girlfriend broke off. We left with the feeling of turning a pleasure trip into a traumatic rupture of our relationship, and in fact, so it was ...On the return trip to Rome by train, I decided to get the first impressions of the trip, and to narrate the experience of this unexpected interruption of relationship by composing "Intercity," an instrumental track of great inspiration, dedicated to that experience on the train that brought me back to Rome, chanting the rhythmic cadence of the rails on the tracks, along all the train stops, in that mixture of sadness and loss that comes at the end of a love. 5.How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician? (example ,down to earth, serious, fun-loving,complicated). I would say maybe complicated, I am a good music listener and this is perhaps the quality that every composer should have to be able to integrate various styles and forms in his music. The word ‘artist’ is somehow misused. From my point of view, a musician, a composer, is someone that can understand music, someone who lets it enter his life more deeply than others .. Imagine something intimate, like for example , when you go to the bathroom and shut the door close for privacy, something like that!, Perhaps an artist is someone who goes to the bathroom…Laugh! 6. What has your experience been like working with other people on your team? Surely it is always good to work with other people and be able to achieve a good level. I must say that, in my case, I was able to interact quite well over time with several African American vocalists and also with Italian instrumentalists , such as a very versatile trumpeter and of great insight who lives in Rome, You can hear his muted trumpet phrases of a nice cool jazz in my song , "it's time for love". 7. Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family? Yes, in fact, I come from a family of talented music lovers!. On my mother’s side, my uncle was actually a composer and concert pianist of classical music, especially Chopin; his sister, that is my grandmother, played the piano extremely well. She loved the piano so much that, a few days before she died, she got up from her bed, gathered all of us, children and grandchildren, and performed her last classical sonata by Debussy. On my father’s side, my grandfather was a good mandolin player . . 8.What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging? Surely music takes you into a particular dimension, I would say sensorial, where all your inner being comes out disruptively outside , and where the vibrations of your soul materialize. Therefore, a unique and unrepeatable experience. The real challenge is to improve day after day, setting the objectives in the short and long term, as indeed in other professional fields and sectors of our life. For example, for a composer, writing a nice successful soundtrack is an ambitious goal, and I really hope one day to be able to reach this goal. 9.Who are your role models in music? I always listened to 80's funk and bands such as Shakatak, Shalamar, Gap Band, Midnight Stars, One Way, the Chic, twinkling my eyes also to 60'/70/80’ s music such as Otis Redding,the Vandellas,Sam &Dave, the Jackson Five, Kool & the Gang, also some good, chill out lounge, like the "Cafe' Del Mar" collection, alongside some nice Afro-beat by Fela Anikulapo Kuti and various African musicians (traditional and modern ones). I also fancy “blue note" jazz artists such as Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, till the modern ones, such as Pat Metheny, Charles Lloyd, Ralph Towner, the classic orchestra of Burt Bacharach, and the cool voice of Michael Franks and Elvis Costello . 10.Describe your best or most memorable experience. Definitely a memorable concert at the beginning of my music path when, as a keyboardist, I joined a band of ethnic African musicians that performed on a live tour throughout all major Italian cities. We played in a great concert on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, at the Cagliari harbor. It was a great success; we were received with great enthusiasm and affection from the audience. 11.What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance? I think it's important for them to believe in every moment of their artistic path, to believe in their ideals, their unique style, their own special way of expressing themselves musically and in being a good artist. Of course it is also important to be able to channel their efforts and to mature, and also consider carefully the various offers, as in today’s music market you do not always receive commercial offers that are appropriate to your ambitions, probably because, sometimes, these offers are not that honest and credible . 12.What’s the next for you as an artist? Is there a new single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? My last single is entitled "Dreams without a name." In a sense I have been inspired to compose this instrumental track by the famous song by Toni, Tony, Tone, "Anniversary" .The song is certainly dedicated to the world of my unnamed dreams, and it is therefore an imaginary journey into my fantasy dream world, which is part of everybody’s everyday life.In particular, I refer to the unknown symbols that we develop through the dimension of dreams, almost like anonymous characters, without a name and identity. I believe that dreams in life are the engine and the drive of something exceptional that then maybe it will happen in real life or the signal for a radical change of direction and perspective for our future.
You can listen to Jassniro by browsing a link "Sundown Lounge Podzine" by Larry Winfield from S.Francisco. Sundown Lounge is a laid back international weekly podzine of extremely eclectic music, spoken word, weird science, progressive politics, interesting audio goodies, and occasional etc. Physically, I'm in the completely gentryfied and contentious (and constantly renovated) left coast oasis of art, culture, and social experiment called San Francisco. Until I land a base of operations and a day job, I'll be experiencing the Bay Area "al fresco," but metaphorically, the beach house is perched at the western end of Golden Gate Park near Sunset Beach. I've added insulation, a few blankets and a portable heater and you can only wear sandals some days, but the sunsets are still wonderful and the scientists, poets and musicians still come through and jam to the surf... (just double click on the photo below and you'll get redirected to "Sundown Lounge Podzine) http://www.larrywinfield.com/sundownlounge.htm
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JASSNIRO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT ON INDIE MUSIC CHANNEL
Sounds Like: Loose Ends Featuring Jane Eugene, Shalamar, jassniro
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Bio: Jassniro started his musical journey as a keyboardist by joining the Afro ethnic band ‘Kilimandjaro,’ with live concerts performed all over major Italian cities. and with a special event in the city of Rovereto,”Africa for Italy” playing with artists such as Chala Mouana and Aziz Inanga in a ...See Full Bio
“I Love you _a song ABSOLUTELY BLEW MY MIND listening to it, it is so unique in so many different ways because its cool and quite. It has perfect melody, rhythm and even great tune! Definitely a great upbeat and slow song. this song is also smooth and long that it catches my ears. I like the randomness of the talking also because its unique to this song.The mic quality is amazing, one of the best one ive heard. Really unique song, keep up the good work! The singer's pitch control is great, the tune is on point. The rhythm of the song is really cool also, matches with the words nicely. This record starts with a female spoken word performance that's somewhat artistic. I like the "I love you" part. Then she starts singing in a soulful tone. It's a record that moves along with the beats in slow motion. It's low energy music but it has a nice relaxing groove. I think this record is unique and fairly well produced. The song starts out with a catchy drum line and the hypnotizing voice. .”