G.side by side I Alessio Velliscig, father and son, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia are synonymous with quality music. Giancarlo has been the deus ex machina of important reviews for over 50 years, ranging from jazz to new trends without forgetting the roots of popular music.
Alessio, after the scientific baccalaureate, continued his studies at the conservatory. Composer, arranger, singer and guitarist, he feels like an author on a “continuous journey”, with stretches of road traveled alongside his father. iMagazine he proposes them to you because, in a period of gaps between generations, they represent a positive example of continuity in diversity.
Giancarlo Velliscig, more than 50 years of passion and profession between music, poetry and entertainment. How have the tastes of Friulians changed?
“I think that, as almost everywhere, even among the Friulians there is a homologation in the tastes and musical options that, as one of the worst consequences of the globalization in which we live, tends to make us lose originality and specificity, without further investigation. aspects linked to shared social problems, but instead limiting themselves to enhancing imaginary microcosms in a scenario that exposes, in day-to-day life, especially young people, a progressive frustrating individual loneliness. The global standardization determined by the media and social networks is flattening everything, even the tastes of the people, and leaving the heart has become a defect, no longer an improvement of the person or the l ‘artist, but his self-exclusion’.
Cultural knowledge and diplomatic dynamics in relations with public bodies always involved in major events. What are the insights and secrets of your enduring career?
“There are no secrets, if not a curiosity about what is beautiful and valid in the world and the desire to capture it and bring it back to our community, always trying to maintain autonomy and freedom of thought even before the more conditioning authorities, which, moreover, change over time. I want to think that what I have achieved is the result of a quality in planning that I have tried to maintain over time; this has borne fruit as feedback from the public that has always rewarded us, and sometimes even from criticism, although conditioned by increasingly intrusive political power.
A meeting that changed your professional and personal life?
“The approach to this world had a first impulse when, a lifetime ago, in my country we tried, with a local cultural club, to bring to Aiello a concert of Area, those of Demetrio Stratos … It was a disaster by a devastating storm, but it gave me a strong light on this world. These were the years of the great prog and rock concerts in Carnera, but also of Friulian and political popular music, in which I dealt with the Aiello’s song. Over time, however, the experience of music organizer of a legendary Udinese club was decisive Cadillac which in the early eighties represented the benchmark of a new way of meeting music, especially jazz. And from here, in spite of the enormous difficulties, a long activity that still continues ”.
You started your activity as a manager, organizer of cultural events when there were no agencies, foundations and professionals with a “turnkey” bill. How do you feel today surrounded by a proliferation of “supply”?
“That supply has grown enormously is certainly a reality, but it often does not correspond to an increase in quality and artistic level; it’s certainly a good thing that a lot of people engage in art, music, and try to express themselves in a creative way; In my opinion, the problems arise from the lack of filters and authorized evaluation criteria, capable of determining the value of a project or an artist. This leads to a proliferation of managementagencies of reservation, press offices, which often completely lose the link with the object of his work, which should remain a cultural and artistic product, but instead is treated like any other article on the market. I try to listen to everything that comes my way and that is proposed to me in a thousand ways, every day, but in the end I dare how it has impacted me a lot and I think it has value. In this way, it often happened that my choices anticipated the “success” of young artists who then had national and international feedback.
Giancarlo Velliscig (ph. Luca D’Agostino Phocus Agency)
Alessio Velliscig in concert
Jazz music, poetry, Friulian folk songs, Italian pop and auteur songs: where does your heart beat?
“If I can, I’ll answer them all. In fact, music has always involved me in all its expressive forms and genres; I also love opera. However, I can certainly say that I consider progressive music irreplaceable. in the history of humanity, from King Crimson to Genesis, through Area, through Pink Floyd … and then, precisely because of the value and social impact it represented and in some way, also decided, the French and Italian singer-songwriters are two genres that in my opinion have been able to express unattainable levels of compositional and textual richness, so much so that I think they should be destined to represent what could be defined as a “new classicism.” Jazz is gone. to become a love later, having devoted time and attention to it only after the most youthful qualifications, in which case it is a relationship more intellectual than heartfelt, which is why I hate jazz interpreted as a “pasteurized background. “or as a pairing with wines or spicy salami, e otherwise degrading. It’s not easy to describe. “
How do you imagine the future of live entertainment, in the theater and in the arenas / squares / parks?
“I think that shows, and especially concerts, find their true essence in being able to perform live, with an audience with which it is essential to relate and connect; the audience represents the justification for the creative commitment of an artist or a band and is functional to the quality of the performance; in commercial terms, of course, anything can travel over the internet and over the air, but the emotional involvement that is established between the musician and his audience is irreplaceable. That said, in fact I fear that, in the name of the homologation of consumption that many want to impose on us, we are increasingly moving towards a “remote” use, digitized and manageable for major of the planet that in each sector will want less and less to find the capacity of originality and diversity, too risky for his business “.
What talent would you like your child to have?
“I wish I had the voice of Alessio, which represents the real synthesis between that of the parents. It represents the most expressive and blues, I would say “international”, that can be heard among our Friuli neighborhoods. I hope he can find a way to express himself and consolidate himself also because of his truly extraordinary compositional skills that deserve a much more attentive audience ”.
Alessio Velliscig, advantages and disadvantages of being a child of art?
“Among the advantages is the fact that I grew up with a vision of respect and appreciation for art and culture in a broad sense: my family has always looked at the possibilities of established and emerging art. We have always believed in the artistic and expressive qualities of “minorities” and this in my opinion has significantly nurtured my creativity; second, the opportunity to grow in the closeness and friendship of extraordinary artists. I do not find great inconveniences, if not those that can derive from being (and being surrounded by) dreamers, visionaries and idealists ”.
How do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
“I would like to be part of a renewed and heterogeneous music scene, recognized and supported by the community, and with a strong and empowered audience, who would like to take the time to listen and perform what they hear and not just want to be. possibly with a less media monopoly of “talent showIn any case, I will be there to give my input, preferring the performance alive, hoping to have written something meaningful and resuming exploration of this wonderful planet everywhere and everywhere. I feel this need especially after the restrictions caused by the pandemic, so I know what I will do but not exactly where. “
How do you define your musical soul?
“My musical soul would say it’s that of a singer-songwriter on a continuous journey.”
Music and reading texts in the theater: a form of show that is finding a strong appeal. Or is it just a matter of cost containment?
“I am confident in the potential of this type of performance: they are stimulating for both artists and the public, a good opportunity to get to know really curious themes, stories and characters and to refine the relationship between different expressive fields. These are often projects in which I collaborate with my brother Giuliano, who is also a musician (and editor), and with whom I have a special understanding, a fact that is very important in this artistic field, given the structures and rhythms that there is. often free and dynamic ”.
A dream of yours to come true in the profession?
“A secret dream I had was to propose a collaboration to Franco Battiato (who left us recently), I always thought that one of my songs (Apnea) would have been magnificent along with the Master … So, eliminating that possibility, I simply dream of performing again even outside of Europe with my original music, at festivals full of energy and extraordinary humanity. I wish my next album could represent my “nomadic” spirit with depth and energy ”.
Does the geographical marginality of the FVG have more strengths or weaknesses?
“A strength lies, obviously, in the linguistic and cultural variety of our territory and its possibility / need to be discovered and represented artistically, as well as the widespread talent of our artists. I think that the weaknesses are only in the hearts of those who do not believe in these strengths and, sometimes, in the provincialism of a certain public and certain promoters.
How important are roots to you?
“The roots can be geographical or cultural and, although both are important, I prefer to give more value to the latter. In this sense I would certainly say the tradition of popular music that my parents passed on to me and since then Aiello’s songthe poetry of Leonardo Zanier but also the sound of Intti Illimani, Jimi Hendrix and del progressive rock which I have listened to since I was a child and which I consider fundamental to my artistic growth. Geographically, my family has backgrounds in almost every province in the region, particularly the Natisone Valleys (I remember with emotion the voice of my paternal grandmother who sometimes sang traditional songs in her Benedictine dialect) and the “ bisiacaria ”. And where there are no origins, surely many friendships and artistic collaborations have arrived. I like to think that I have more and more expanding roots.
How do you feel, professionally, different from your father?
“My father, in addition to being a skilled composer, has always been dedicated to the cause of promoting culture with his organizational skills. I can’t deny that I myself have learned part of the trade and that I have in my heart the cultural development of the territory, but I am more passionate about being on the other side of the “barricade”, I want to be a musician and the two activities (organizational and performative) do not always coexist easily. If we talk about how we differ from an artistic point of view, he admits that I owe him a lot and respect a lot as an author, I personally think that I am more attracted to metaphysical issues and he more attracted to pragmatic arguments, although there are many elements of continuity I hope, fortunately for me ».