I started my career as a sound recordist almost 30 years ago, in this time I’ve worked with all the major international TV channels, including BBC, NHK, CBC, RAI, on documentaries and news.
MASSIMO URBANI NELLA FABBRICA ABBANDONATA
In all these years, one particular job has stayed in my heart. Over several years from the late 1980s I was lucky enough to be asked to record live the legendary saxophonist, Massimo Urbani, for the now classic jazz documentary 'Massimo Urbani nella Fabbrica Abbandonata' directed by Paolo Colangeli. The film won the award for best jazz documentary of the year at the Jazz Image Festival in Rome in 1995.
I wanted to record his playing in a way that would reflect his unique style and portray the roughness of his soul. It’s hard, edgy and raw.
I have some very fond memories of spending time with Massimo and the crew, driving around Rome filming in the middle of the night and going to one of his performances, but above all recording him playing, improvising, on a balcony in his beloved Ostia, at sunset, and this is how I want to remember him forever.
Since 2015 I have worked primarily on collecting oral histories in Abruzzo for future generations. In these sound archives I try to capture all the aspects of what ‘makes’ a place. This place happens to be Fontecchio, Abruzzo. I have collected over 400 high quality recordings.
Also in the archives there are several testimonies of the local people, telling stories from the past, and for me these are probably the most valuable recordings of the ever-expanding collection.