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Updated Pro Bio

Posted in Biography, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2010 by bottabass

“Jaco Pastorius would be proud to hear the bass chops of jazz artist Alessandro Bottura. His latest record, “Morning Grooves” is a smooth fusion of rock, jazz, and pop instrumentals all rolled into one amazing sound. Bottura’s bass playing speaks for itself and is immediately evident right from the opening track, “Out of Sight.” His jazz fueled bass runs fly up and down the neck and are nicely driven by some outstanding guitar/drum work. Bottura changes gears a bit and slow things down on “Sweet Tears,” which also highlights his staccato playing skills. Any fan of Jaco Pastorius or of virtuoso bass playing will love this album, plus the band behind Bottura is just as exceptional as he.”

Shaun H. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

“Jaco Pastorius Meets Frank Zappa. Truly Fabulous Artistry.”

Author: Bababooey (Executive Producer of the Howard Stern Show)

“The artist from Modena proposes a hot and sophisticated work…The record is the synthesis of the bassist’s enterprising research. It comes out under the overview of Maftrust Inter Vivos of Las Vegas. A curriculum rich and full-bodied that comes out from the composition exposed on this Morning Grooves. Alessandro Bottura, between straight funk and fusion virtuosity, gives wonderful hyper-technical attacks attended by research and bright and expressive solutions.”

– Fabrizio Maululu for Supportoitaliano Webzine

“Bottura is a really young italian multi-instrumentalist (born 1984) with solid musical bases built with harmony, drums, guitar, piano and electric bass studies. This kaleidoscopic preparation allowed him to compose, product and realize all by himself this work that can be collocated into Fusion music area. The broad spectrum of responsibilities assumed by the musician is a strong signal of his competences, character and potentials.”

– Vittorio Formenti for “Mescalina.it”

“Multifaceted and colorful, Morning Grooves is a continual delight on the staff, a carefree sound that comes from the best influences fusion, funk and electro. The technique comes out perfect from the first listen but the rest Bottura after five years of piano, guitar joined, on drums and finally to the electric bass on the disc that is practically the prince”

– Alessio Scicolone for “Extra! Music Magazine”

Alessandro Bottura was born on 3rd June 1984 in Modena, Italy.
He started to get interested in music since he was a child, studying piano for 5 years, then guitar and drums until 2000, when he landed to the bass as self-taught.
In the same year he started his first own rock band, NoLogo, with which he performed in lots of live shows, winning also the contest “Suonatecele 2” announced by La Tenda.
In 2002, more and more attracted by jazz and funk music, he started the “Accademia di Musica” in Modena, following both the theory class taken by M° Giuseppe La Monica and the instrument course with M° Enrico Lazzarini (2002-2006) and M° Glauco Zuppiroli (2006-2007).

After a one-year experience with the rock band Landslide Ladies, who took him in tour all across the country, in 2007 he confered the degree on music at the D.A.M.S. of Bologna and decides to move to the U.S. to join the Jeff Berlin’s “Players School Of Music” in Clearwater, Tampa, FL.

Back to Italy, he started following the multi-stylistic course at “PercentoMusica” in Rome, with some of the best Italian (and European) musicians such as Massimo Moriconi, Luca Pirozzi, Fabio Zeppetella, John Arnold, Michael Rosen and Massimo Fedeli.

By all those experiences, Alessandro starts to put together all the musical ideas that would constitute the backbone of his first release, “Morning Grooves”. The hard project of a solo release took life when he met online the present manager Mark A. Forrest of Maftrust Inter Vivos, based in Las Vegas, NV.This new support gave new lifeblood to the artist, that completed all the tracks of the album, recording all the instruments by himself, and published it in 2009, produced by Bucephalus Productions, Alessandro and Mark’s own record company.

Then, together with the new manager, he starts a huge web promotion of the album, getting lots of good results, topping the independent online jazz charts in US and obtaining more and more listeners and great audience feedbacks on LastFm, Grooveshark, Jango and IMISound.

The unexpected success of the project, convinced the couple to continue the collaboration and re-publish the album in 2010, with the remixes and remasterings of all the previous tracks plus two brand new unedited songs, as “Morning Grooves – Special Digital Edition”. Alessandro is now scheduling his first US tour, with the help of Mark, planned for the season of 2011/12.

2nd Interview for “Imbuteria Social Network”

Posted in Biography, Interview, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by bottabass

Translation of the second interview made by Balconaggio for “Imbuteria Social Network” on May 6th 2009 :

‘mbuti: “Independent music, independent artist, a mixed blessing?”
AB: “I think “mixed blessing” without question mark! Being independent involves a continuous effort both physical and economic to realize and promote yourself and your works; moreover, we’ve got to say that, unfortunately, Italy isn’t the best place to be in terms of attention to the emergent musical scene, expecially talkin’ about gendres that issue from the actual mainstream current. In the last years, thanks to a really infinite resource that’s the net, it seems like things are going better, since you’ve got the opportunity to submit your works not only to a “limited” public, like in case of really sporadic and badly remunerated live shows, but to the whole world.
After this, the best advantage in stayin’ “independent” resides in the total action autonomy that leads to the relization of a product that really reflects all that the musician has inside, that really is the expression of the deepest ego, without being manipulated by market’s logic that a relation with a major label would impose.”

‘mbuti: “Art and social, do you match them? And how?
AB: “In “The World as Will and Representation”, Schopenhauer told us that music, thanks to its universal language, express the most intimate essence of the world. So, if we think about Social as everything that regards the human society, then every kind of music, apart from gendres and composers, has in itself a social component, just because it has been composed by human beings.
Anyway, I personally think that there are several arguments, for example politics, that’s best for us to avoid because, in my opinion, are not so useful to Music, if ever the opposite, turning it, most of times, into mere political propaganda rather than into Art.”

Interview for “Imbuteria Social Network”

Posted in Interview, Life, Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by bottabass

Translation of the interview of 24th March 2009 made by Balconaggio for “Imbuteria Social Network”:

‘mbuti: “How many hours per-day do you dedicate to music in all its forms, what activity prevales and what’s your favorite one?”

AB: “Right now I’m working part-time, so my training time’s average is of  only 4-5 hours per-day, mainly focused on instrumental practice,  tryin’ to takin’ care of both the purely technical part and the more musical one, that is rhythm, harmony and melody.  Tipically to this second part belongs the activity that i prefer, that’s the study, the internalization and the reprocessing  of the great musicians, not only of the great bass-players: for example, studyin’ a Miles Davis’ solo or a Jimi Hendrix’s riff on the bass and putting them foward again varied and elaborated according to my musical taste in different contexts from the original ones, a brand new range of possibilities is opening out to my mind, lettin’ me discover things that you’ll never found written on a book! All of this, naturally, without forgetting that my instrument is the bass,  and a particulare cure (and of humble reverence) must be reserved to the great masters (such as Stanley Clarke, James Jamerson, Marcus Miller, John Paul Jones, Jeff Berlin and obviously Jaco Pastorius, just to name my favourites..), studyin’ whom you can realized that all of them has made the previous exercise!”

‘mbuti: “You’re really a good musician, in my opinion with the bass you’re at the highest levels, also your original compositions are valuable, can you describe us your creative process and your feeling toward interpretation?”

AB: “Thanks a lot for the wonderful compliments! For what concearns the creation of a piece, I ain’t got a precise pattern, or better,  I ain’t got a fixed point from where to start; it can be the main theme or the bass line or even the harmony to born  first, the only fundamental point that I pre-arrange is that the complete tune, regardless of how much complicated it can be in theory,  must flow with naturalness, with no rough edges nor screeches, fitting in all the parts so that they’ll sound just like one thing. This can seem like a banality, but it isn’t expected at all, least of all simple! Regarding the interpretation, well…as the always wise Massimo Moriconi says, playin’ is like makin’ love, is havin’ fun while makin’ others havin’fun (ok, ok, those who had the luck to talk with Massimo will certainly know that his version is DEFINITELY more direct and less “politically correct”!!!), is getting emotions across, the knowledge that one word said at the right moment in the right way sometimes worths like one hundred..”

For seeing the original italian version of the interview, click here