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Young Italian composer wows Doha audience with original compositions

الملحن الإيطالي الشاب يبهر جمهور الدوحة بمقطوعاته الأصلية

 

Doha: In a rare music moment, gifted young Italian composer and pianist Alessandro Martire (pictured) has impressed a capacity audience at the Katara Opera House playing original compositions from his three albums including the soon-to-be-released “Share the World.”

Presented by the Italian Embassy in collaboration with the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara), the special concert held on Friday saw the composer play 17 of his compositions on the piano accompanied by a talented string quartet from the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra playing violin, viola and cello.

Welcoming the audience at the show, H E Alessandro Prunas, the Ambassador of Italy to Qatar, underlined the strong, continuing partnership between the Italian Embassy and Katara.

“I would like to thank the Cultural Village through its General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti for this wonderful cooperation that we have enjoyed and will continue enjoying. Tonight’s event marks another step in our collaboration,” said H E Prunas.

H E the ambassador stressed that Italy has “a long tradition of music and music composers” and that Martire is “a man of his time” whose music has been inspired by different places as he travels around the world.

At 27, Martire has already been to dozens of countries having had four international tours and with two successful albums and several singles under his belt.

Young Italian composer wows Doha audience with original compositions

H E Alessandro Prunas, the Ambassador of Italy to Qatar, and Dr. Khalid Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara, at the concert. Pic: Salim Matramkot/The Peninsula

Speaking during his performance, he cited one very important composition titled “Ena” which was inspired by his journey to Japan.

“Ena is a small town in Japan where I started a new project to play for students three years ago. It was really important for my career because I understand the power of sharing by means of culture which is an amazing way to connect people. I was in Ena in a room with different cultures which gave me a lot of inspiration and great experience,” he said.

He shared his penchant for blending music with natural landscape including the desert where he will play music as part of his latest project combining music, culture and nature.

Expressing great delight and deep gratitude  in his Doha debut, he said the show was a special preview concert ahead of the release of his third album “Share the World” at the end of this month. It was a treat to music lovers as they listened live to the tracks from his yet to be launched album including its title track “Share the World.”

The prolific songwriter also performed his singles opening the concert with the acclaimed single “Truth” as well as selected tracks from his first two albums “Melodia di Vita” (2015) and “Flames of Joy” (2016) closing the show with “Graven Images” from the second album. 

Having formal training in piano and composition, Martire has already performed in prestigious universities and theatres around the world. 

Among the highlights of his career are his international tours namely “Melodia di Vita World Tour” (2013) which covered the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Switzerland, South Korea and Italy; “Da Sempre in Tour” which began in Italy in 2015 and included Germany, Russia, Italy, Singapore and Indonesia; “Flames of Joy World Tour” – a month-long tour to cities of 10 countries  including Addis Abeba, Canberra, Hong Kong, Dubai, Pretoria, Bratislava, Guanghzou, Seoul, Verona, Jakarta, and Belgrade; and “Flames of Joy World Tour 2.0 and 3.0” (2017 and 2018) during which he performed in Japan, Russia, Poland and Vietnam with the Soul Academy Orchestra.

By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula

شهد مسرح دار الأوبرا بـ «كتارا» الأمسية الموسيقية لعازف البيانو والملحن الإيطالي أليساندرو مارتير، التي أقامتها المؤسسة العامة للحي الثقافي «كتارا»، بالتعاون مع سفارة إيطاليا لدى قطر.

وتعكس مؤلفات مارتير الموسيقية ثراء فنياً متنوعاً؛ حيث استوحى تعابيره الموسيقية من التراث الموسيقي الكلاسيكي والعناصر المعاصرة باستخدام الألحان بشكل متناسق وجذاب.

وبهذه المناسبة؛ أكد سعادة الدكتور خالد بن إبراهيم السليطي أن «كتارا» حريصة على مدّ جسور التواصل بين مختلف الثقافات والشعوب من خلال الفنون والإبداع. وقال: «إن ما قدّمه الفنان الايطالي المعروف أليساندرو مارتير يعطي نبذة عن الموسيقى الإيطالية الكلاسيكية العريقة والمتفردة».

من جهته؛ أشار سعادة أليساندرو برونس، سفير إيطاليا لدى قطر، إلى أن مارتير يُعتبر من الفنانين والمؤلفين الموسيقيين الإيطاليين الشباب الذين يمتلكون موهبة موسيقية واعدة ترتكز على تأثر الفنان بثقافات متعددة.

من جانبه؛ أعرب الفنان الإيطالي أليساندرو عن سعادته بتقديم أمسية فنية على مسرح دار الأوبرا بـ «كتارا»، مضيفاً: «أنا سعيد بتعريف جمهور (كتارا) على فقرات موسيقية من ألبومي الجديد الذي سأقوم بإصداره خلال أسبوعين».

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