Fabrizio La Piana is a guitarist and composer based out of Amsterdan, the Netherlands, and “Almond and Coffee” is his recently released album, where he, bassist Bernhard Hollinger and drummer Niels Voskuil deliver an extraordinary performances, creating a release that is both melodic and wild. There is certainly so much for everyone, as this album successfully combines Jazz with Prog Rock, making for a ride that’s exciting all the time.
Fabrizion talks for Progstravaganza about “Almond and Coffee.”
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
At the moment life is great, I am busy with promoting my album, composing music for a new project, and I am looking forward to have enough material for the new album!
Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “Almond and Coffee”?
“Almond and Coffee” is an instrumental trio album with Bernhard Hollinger on bass, Niels Voskuil on drums and me on guitar. The songs are originals with improvised jazz solos and some rock riffs. The style of this album is a mixture of jazz, rock, and prog, I would say.
What was it like working on the album?
I wrote these songs with Bernhard and Niels together; we shaped and refined them. It has been a really nice thing to do. I’ve enjoyed a lot to arrange my songs with them, perform them live, and then finally record them in the studio.
Are there any touring plans in support to “Almond and Coffee”?
I really hope so! For now I am working on a couple of promotional gigs here in Amsterdam and then will see.
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
I would like to tour the Netherlands and Italy first, as I think it would be the easiest to organise some shows in these countries.
Who and what inspires you the most?
I would say a beautiful tone and any musician with a beautiful tone inspires me.
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
I started studying classical guitar, then I got into rock/prog/metal, and then into jazz and blues. I am pretty open to any style of music. I just have to like the songs; it could be blues, jazz or metal… They all had an impact on my playing/musical taste.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
Just wanted to thank you for asking these questions and many thanks to anyone checking out my music!
Visit Frabrizio La Piana’s website here.