I am very happy to be able to release this
interview. I am very close to friends in the USA because some people
have founded a fan club on Facebook dedicated to me on 2013 after my
concert tour between
Canada. USA, and
way of introducing you to our readers is to link to your
When did you first realized that you had musical talents
and where did you study?
The music has always accompanied my
life. At the age of eight we moved from the city to the countryside. I
was spending a lot of time alone, because my parents both worked. I was
spending whole days surrounded by nature with my only friend: music. St.
Augustine used to say who sings pray twice. I believe that anyone who
expresses himself through art prays twice because as Pope Francis says,
art expresses the beauty of divine creation.
I am deeply tied to the Abbey of
Valvisciolo in the first place because my parents got married there,
then because I went there to study organ many times. To obtain the
Master degree in Musical Composition, you must study organ and Gregorian
chant. Today as well as being place for my spiritual recollection, it
remains a point of reference in my life. I often spend pleasant moments
of confrontation and dialogue with my friends Cistercian friars.
My favorite composition is your Ave
What inspired you to compose it?
After AA the opening of the World Youth 2016 in Błonia
Poland. I strongly felt the need to compose a piece dedicated to
the Blessed Virgin. It was presented at the world premiere
at the Saredthe Sacred Harmony
concert held in Krakow, Poland, on the occasion of the Night Sacred
Kracow. The Ave Maria i was dedicated to Pope Francis.
This iTThe idea was born as a thank-you to the intention of last August's
prayer of Pope Francis dedicated to artists
[...] th"... artists guardians of the beauty
that heals the wounds of the soul all the artists of our time go
to the prayer of August
because through the works of their ingenuity
they all help to discover the beauty of the Creation
You are a prolific compose. Please list the titles of you compositions
It is true. I composed and produced a lot
of music of various kinds: sacred music, like the Ave Maria, symphonic,
contemporary, electronic, string quartets and a lot of music for Cinema,
Theater and TV. In addition to having the satisfaction of classifying me
as a finalist at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lithuania 2017 with the
EP 7 Days, my compositions are published by prestigious labels such as
Universal Music. Here is a link to my
What was your response when you learned you had won the Orpheus Award
2016 Cinematic Piano Accordion GeM duo?
It is always very rewarding to receive prizes and
awards and in these years they have been different. The Eurovision Song
Contest 2017, the Nomination JPF Music Awards 2017 from USA for the album Modern
Accordion and the Orpheus Awards from 2008 to 2016, are just a few examples. But
the musical research, the composition and the silence remains my world. If you
like, here are some prizes and letters of appreciation by famous artists such as
Ennio Morricone, Leo Brouwer and Nicola Piovani.
your opinion, how does sacred music enhance one spirituality?
Music brings us closer to God. Sacred music invites
us to a deep inner concentration and touches very deep emotional
strings. Since ancient times, melismatic, Gregorian or polyphony singing was an
instrument of invocation and prayer. Today, despite the profound socio-cultural
changes, sacred music remains the main instrument for internalizing the faith.
You also love jazz. Is there any connection between spiritual music and
The Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane said that you have to study a lot
and then forget it all when you play. I feel very good when I play or
make music. I feel a deep contact with my inner part in different ways
when i play sacred music or jazz. The music becomes a multi-sensory
experience for me. As well as there is no difference between human races, there
is no distinction, especially today, between the various musical languages. They
all become an expression of the human soul.
Caravan - Marco Lo Russo Marco Lo Russo aka Rouge in
Mediterranean accordion live jazz world music
What are the titles of some of the films for which you composed?
I realized and collaborated on several film
productions like composer of the soundtrack or like accordionist
performer and also an actor musician. In addition to the various films and soap operas
of which I composed the soundtrack, the major film experience, like
accordionist, was with the composer Oscar Award Nicola Piovani, of the
soundtrack of the film
Life is Beautiful
Thank you for a great interview. In closing, here is one of
your classic videos.
Schindler's list - J. Williams, Marco Lo
Russo accordion Guido Felizzi Violin on TV2000 Ichnos