And another busy bee, Davide Borghi known mostly from Albireon has recorded a new album under this name, release another CD as Ekra and played some shows, also as The Blue Project. We invite you to read this short interview with Davide.
Tell us your way for a succesful or happy life. Do you think that man is able to live free from religion? What do you think is the meaning of our existence?
Not easy questions. I would say that a life could be defined succesful if you feel you are living the way you want and the way you feel the best. This requires to stay true to yourself, to be loyal to others and to pursue your dreams even through the hard times that occasionally may storm your existence. The world is a beautiful place and life could be full of joy and this is the time we’ve been given, so why not trying to enjoy it at best? I think family is the most important thing in life and if one does need a religion I would say why not? Despite all cynical ideas and extremism hidden behind every world’s religion, I find that sometimes could be a true comfort to believe in a superior being to pray and wish He would help you somehow. Meaning? No one probably, but I would love to found one…
How would you sum up your musical activity in 2015?
A wonderful year for me as a musician actually. I released Ekra’s “A Shelter For Stolen Teddybears” on Looney Tick Records which was a very important step for my solo project, finally finding peace and coming to terms with the fact I ran the risk of dying of anoxia only few hours old and had no hopes of survival from the Doctors. Luckily, I was strong enough to react and grew 42 years old healthy and happy so far, but this life will always be a great gift from me and this album is my way to deal with it. I also worked hard during 2015 to complete Albireon’s new album “L’Inverno E L’Aquilone” which is being released on Palace Of Worms/Torredei Records now. It’s a great step forward and it is a much more mature album, including typical Neo Folk ballads and subconscious experimental pieces with a deep touch of nostalgia and longing for childhood’s days. I really believe this album will set some kind of new standard, because in this record we really put our naked hearts by evoking our inner truth. I am really looking forward to see how people will react to it! We also had a wonderful live appearence at The “Memento Albus Silentio et Quietii” Festival in Frascati, near Rome, thanks to our friend Paolo Mosca who organized a sublime event on May 9th 2015. We played a wonderful set and shared stage with giants such as Camerata Mediolanense, Ataraxia and Argine. More recently, I played with The Blue Project at “Il Rumore Del Lutto” Festival in Parma, November 1st 2015 with Camerata Mediolanense and Colloquio. Not bad at all!!
How are you going to spend the upcoming holiday season?
We will have a family trip in Barcellona and then some peaceful day at home to have some relax with my daughters and… well… working on some music probably!
Is there any film / book / theatrical play / exhibition / computer game which made a particular impression on you in 2015?
Back in January 2015 I attended “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Parma’s Teatro Regio starring the amazing unbelievable Ted Neeley as Jesus. He delivered a supernatural incredible performance and I had the pleasure and the honour to meet him for a very friendly chat later the same night. His warm empathy and wise words gave me the final proof that the greatest artists are usually humble, genuine and great human being. Thank you, Ted.
Did this year change you in any way, changed your perception of the world, perhaps opened your eyes on something?
Actually yes. It was a very hard year with some very low moments. I used these difficulties to learn how to be a stronger and a better person and so far it worked, so I must say I definitely lost some kind of childish veil I used to have on my eyes. I still believe in fairytales, but I learnt to share them only with few very selected people.
Any moment of 2015 you’ll remember on your death bed?
Singing “Gli Aironi” at Frascati’s Festival while a girl from the audience was moved to tears by the song.
Your predictions for the world (in the political and cultural context) for 2016?
I don’t see anything good coming actually, but since everyone seems smart enough to teach you lessons in geopolitics I’ll just keep my mouth shut and fetch some gun to protect my family, just in case! Beside jokes, we all should remember how life is the greatest of gifts and children are humanity’s most precious treasure. This is broadly reflected in the new Albireon album…The title itself, “L’Inverno E L’Aquilone” (winter and a kite) speaks for itself. Songs as “Park Of Silent Angels” or “Beslan 2004” are even clearer on this…
Your personal plans, hopes, expectations for 2016?
Hope it will be better than 2015 and to be finally able to play somehwere in Poland!
The main photo by Stefano Oflorenz