Taking music beyond a mere sonic experience, Louis Siciliano, the creator of the MUMEX trio, is a wild mind indeed with music that boasts the ability to take listeners through their own personal voyage. With a new LP, Folds of Time, on it’s way, we got chatting to the man behind the moniker to get our heads round such an intriguing concept…
STM: When was the last time you discovered an artist through word of mouth?
In Los Angeles. At THE WORLD STAGE, among the friends who frequent this jazz club we often exchanged advice, impressions and an invitation to listen to new talents.
STM: How useful is the tool of ‘word of mouth’ when an artist is just starting their career?
I believe it is very important. It is essential to be able to rely on real relationships.
STM: What were your first ‘tools of promotion’ when you first started in music?
At the time I recorded tapes and gave them around, then years later the CDs.
STM: What made you choose the path of music?
It is a vocation. A call. He saved my life. Many of my friends have been devastated with drugs, many are gone. Music also protected me because I have totally dedicated myself to it with deep devotion and I still dedicate myself to this day as a monk.
STM: What do you think the industry would look like without streaming platforms like Spotify?
I believe that today we cannot do without these technologies but let’s remember that recorded music is like seeing a photograph. It is one thing to see the photo of our girlfriend / boyfriend and another thing to go out for dinner. Live Music is the heart of it all. Without live music and performance, music doesn’t exist for me.
STM: How would you describe the group dynamic between the three of you?
We are very focused on listening. It is a dynamic of listening and cooperation. Then I’m lucky that Bob and Mauro also esteem me as a producer.
STM: Where does MUMEX TRIO, and this new record, fit within the contemporary scene of classical music?
I believe that MUMEX Trio can be loved by the Jazz audience, by the Global Music audience as well as by the contemporary Classical Music audience but also by all the innovations that come from the electronic avant-garde. Our language can reach all people who are curious, who ask to be able to experience new emotions. It is no coincidence that someone has called our music HOLISTIC JAZZ.
STM: How did the initial stages of creating the new album come about?
Working with Roberto Bellatalla on the MUMEX meta language. We spent hours and hours exploring the chapters of the book. From there then we felt the need to expand the duo and we met Mauro Salvatore. We started making music together and naturally our music emerged. It was a natural birth.
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