About six months ago I started developing a new musical project that is very personal to me.
I have always wanted to combine the two genres I grew up with: jazz and Italian folk music. I chose some Italian songs that I loved for their lyrics and melody, then reharmonized them using chord types borrowed from the music of Kenny Wheeler.
I decided to name this project after the poems collection “Ossi di seppia” by my favourite Italian writer Eugenio Montale. I feel that the music echoes the same sense of longing and melancholy that Montale’ s poems have, along with the desire to find the ultimate meaning of things.
The following tracks were recorded at the end of May at Leeds College of Music with the help of Ed Maughan on production and the beautiful sound of Adam Taylor on guitar.