Interview with Pino, a global guitarist, "Magnet culture"
Yugawara-machi, Kanagawa Prefecture, has formed a friendly friendship city tie-up with Tivoli in Italy since September 2016. The city of Tivoli, located about 30 kilometers east of Rome, is a historic resort that dates back to the Roman era. It seems that Yugawara Town has been promoting private level exchanges with the Chamber of Commerce for many years. A common feature is having a tourism resource called a "hot spring". Therefore, in view of the future of utilizing hot springs and further promotion of attracting foreign tourists, we have reached a friendly friendship city alliance.
The other day, as a part of cultural exchange, we invited a guitarist Pino Forastiere living in Tivoli City to hold a concert. The venue was the "Hinoki Charity Concert Hall", which has a reputation for the warmth of a Japanese cypress. We spoke to Mr. Pino before the performance in a great location overlooking the sea.
How did you start playing the guitar?
When I was 5 or 6 years old, my older brother gave me a guitar. My father loved opera and grew up in an environment where music was always flowing, but I studied classical guitar at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.
Developed and played an original instrument called a 16-string guitar
I wanted a guitar with a wide range from low to high, like a piano, so I had a master craftsman, Davide Serracini, tell her ideas and make it. I really like this one guitar because it gives the sound of an orchestra. The album "Village Life" released last year played all the songs on this 16-string guitar.
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I heard this is your first visit to Japan
Yes, it is. It was very far from Italy, and Japan felt mysterious. We performed concerts in Mishima and Tokyo, but everywhere we went, everything felt fresh and thrilled like a child (laughs).
Tokyo was a busy city image, but Yugawara is rich in nature and calm. It may be because the atmosphere is similar to the city of Tivoli where I live.
What I value is always living relaxed. Whether you are making music or thinking about an artistic project, it is important that you have peace of mind.
The hinoki hall is full of the scent of trees and is a very relaxing space.
In Kanagawa Prefecture, we are promoting "magnet culture = magcal" from the idea of "attracting people with the charm of cultural arts and creating local liveliness".
Culture and art is exactly what attracts people!
By gathering various arts such as music and art, I think that the circle of people and the liveliness will spread further.
I have participated in guitar festivals in New York, etc., and meeting people from various countries and regions there has been a great asset.
For me, music is a "bridge" to interact with people.
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Composer and guitarist. Studied classical music (6 strings / 10 strings) at the Conservatoire di Santa Cecilia in Rome, then expanded into contemporary and rock. He has been loved by guitarists and musicians around the world for his skills in composition and performance that transcends genre, and regularly performs at concerts and festivals in Europe, the United States and Canada.
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