INTERVIEW with Adov Carillon - Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer.
You can also visit his profile page with songs, lyrics and photos at ReverbNation: Reverbnation/carillon/
Adov is a musician, writer, poet from Italy. I wanted an insight into the mind of such a multi-talented master of many trades. I wanted to find out more about the creative tour-de-force that is Adov Carillon:
When did you first start playing and writing?
I started playing the guitar and composing when I was about 13 years old. I still play the guitar and write music and words.
How would you describe your music?
This is rather complicated as I’ve tried different experiments…Listen to a couple of songs, in any order, then to some different instrumental pieces like Back to Itaca, Costa Concordia Trilogy, or Realm of Hades - The Underworld, for example, then to some romantic ballads (Lorelei, Ophélie/Liberté, etc.) and judge yourself. So far I've composed "Concept Albums" i.e. albums with a thread to follow, whose songs are all interconnected. If you miss one particular song, you can't, sometimes, follow that conceptual or emotional thread any more. Such an album presents a conceptual and emotional complex. The listener’s mind moves in a circle from the beginning of the album to the end and back to the beginning again... along a designed path or “growth” pattern. It’s about the growing awareness or perception of something by a person, a more and more acute consciousness of the composer’s mind, perceptions, emotions, permeating through the listener’s mind...
How would you describe your style?
My style… are different styles. My mental attitude and musical activity is unifying distant worlds, countries, languages, periods, different kinds of scenery. All art, by definition, must have a style, that is it's own peculiar way of being, which does not imitate anything else and for which it can't be imitated, be it even a rubbish style or a gangnam style (:-
What or who has influenced you as a musician?
There isn’t such a thing as a direct influence on what I do, anyway here‘s a list of artists I do appreciate, with their works. If one really listens to them, I believe they are able to influence any new-born artist, even if he/she is deaf or blind…!:
- Genesis with Peter Gabriel (Nursery Crime, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway)
- King Crimson (In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of Poseidon)
- Emerson Lake and Palmer ( Pictures at an Exhibition, Brain Salad Surgery)
- Pink Floyd (Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Obscured by Clouds, The Dark Side of the Moon)
- Led Zeppelin (almost everything)
- Iron Maiden (Powerslave, The Number of the Beast)
- Lucio Battisti (1970-1976 albums...)
- Paco De Lucia, of course…
But I can’t forget these female artists (in alphabetical order):
Alanis Morissette, Ann Wilson, Carole King, Christine McVie, Cyndi Lauper, Dido, Katy Perry, Madonna, Melanie, Nancy Wilson, Sade, Stevie Nicks, Tory Amos...
…and a myriad of other names but nothing and no-one, maybe, with the same specific weight as these ones. .
As to classical music - Bach, Listz, Chopin, Beethoven, 12. Wagner,
I apologize for all those who certainly deserve our praise and yet stay outside of such a brief list…
And as a writer?
Homer, Confucius, the Latin poets Lucretius and Ovid, François Villon, William Shakespeare, William Blake, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Arnaut Daniel, H. Heine, C. Baudelaire, A. Rimbaud. I have put music to some of their works. Again, I apologize for all those noble names not included in the list…
What quote would best describe your life as an artist so far?
'Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgement difficult'! (Hippocrates)
What are you currently working on?
I am working on some classics, "The thought of what America would be like if the Classics had a wider circulation… troubles my sleep" (E. Pound, Cantico del Sole), most of all the relation between poetry and music. All of the writers I listed above wrote with a sublime sense of poetic rhythm (by the way, you can have a look at my book Teoria del Ritmo, Campanotto ed. Udine, Italy, Feltrinelli dist.). Some of their pieces of poetry are particularly suitable to be sung, and so I have tried to put my music to them.
I am still recording music, both old tracks and new ones. Among the new ones, an instrumental Trilogy to evoke the Costa Concordia tragedy at Isola del Giglio, Italy, 13 January 2012, the perfect soundtrack to that tragedy; a new version of The Tyger, a poem by Blake about the creation and Ophélie by Rimbaud, about the sense of beauty, happiness, madness, love, freedom, life and death. One of my province's is the romantic ballad. I have put a new music to the original Lied Lorelei by H. Heine (Buch der lieder, 1827) and to the Japanese translation of the poem. My Italian Lorelei is a free adaptation of the same theme.
What are your plans for the future?
First of all I am looking for some collaborators, a female vocalist, a keyboard/piano player, a drummer or percussionist, a videomaker, a music producer… (if interested, please, contact me - email@example.com). Then, we’ll see… I’m really interested in the recent developments of on-line music, so I’m looking forward to building my own web site and uploading my songs for free streaming. But also selling music on-line deserves some consideration…
Adov has so far released 4 albums: 'Romantic Ballads', 'Songs Of Freedom', 'Songs Of Madness' and 'Love Songs'.
Here are some tracks from these albums:
from SONGS OF FREEDOM // CANTI DI LIBERTA’
Back to Itaca
Il Continente Nuovo!
L'Egitto - Il Ritorno
The Tyger by W. Blake
from SONGS OF MADNESS // CANTI DELLA FOLLIA
Costa Concordia Part 2-To Sink or not to Sink, this is the Question
Costa Concordia Trilogy Part 3 - Realm of Hades
The Voice of the Ancient Bard
from LOVE SONGS // CANTI D’AMORE
Once more upon the Waters
from ROMANTIC BALLADS
Lorelei - Ft. Alexandra
So We'll Go No More a Roving
His theory of rhythm in the poetic text, dealing with metrics, phonology and stylistics, also applied to free verse, was published in Italian as 'Teoria del Ritmo' Editore Campanotto, Serie Zeta Università, Udine.
Appunti di Viaggio - A selection of lyrics
Here are a selection of Adov's beautiful lyrics for you to enjoy