As you may have noticed, I dropped last week’s #musicmonday. I was off for a quick holiday in my home country Sardinia/Italy. Now I’m back in Germany and even if I still got a lot of things to catch up, I’ll take some time to dedicate a few words to one of the most creative, most versatile and most interesting artists (that’s a lot of “most”) in the free music world. His name is Marco Lucchi, he is from Modena/Italy. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer that has released a REALLY impressive number of high quality releases during the past three decades (or so), most of the them are available for free and all of the are worth listening.
It’s almost impossible to pick out one “typical” release of Lucchi, as he is involved in so many different ideas and projects. To have a brief introduction of his work and his biography, it’s best to visit his soundcloud-page and read the bio there and listen to some of his past and present recordings.
I’m pretty sure, that if you have the slightest interest in experimental music, avantgarde music, folk music or ambient music, you will find a lot of music from Marco Lucchi to listen to and to enjoy. I’ve downloaded/listened to at least 20 releases of this guy and still, every new release I explore surprises me.
Here are some good releases to start with. They are not intended as a representative cross section, but simply some of my personal favorites:
- Marco Lucchi & Ensemble – Fados 1988-2008
- Marco Lucchi - Mater Natura
Marco Lucchi - Alina, un altro giorno
- Marco Lucchi - The Spleen
His latest release “The Spleen” (published on his bandcamp site only 10 days ago) is a wonderful example for his ability of blending ambient music with soundscapes and fragmentary melodies.
The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is a huge influence on some (not all!) projects of Marco. He seems to be fascinated by the simplicity and the emotional power of Pärt’s music. “Mater Natura” and “Alina, un altro giorno” (Alina, another day) are two very original attempts to rework two of Pärt’s major works (the Stabat Mater and the piano miniature Alina). You can find another Alina reference on the album Poets.
- Marco Lucchi - Homepage
- Marco Lucchi - facebook.com
- Marco Lucchi - bandcamp.com
- Marco Lucchi - soundcloud.com
- Marco Lucchi - webbedhandrecords.com