Maria Grazia Rago is an Italian pianist and composer. She studied piano with Lea Cumbo and Eliodoro Sollima and in Milan with Marcello Abbado and Bruno Canino. Her composition studies came at Conservatoire Supérieur de Danse et de Musique de Lyon, France. We decided to catch up with her for an exclusive interview with the National Post.
What inspired you to get into music?
Music has inside a world of expressing the inexpressible, drama, story, dream, tragedy, truth that we can’t see but we can hear and when it happens you’re hit but it leaves you without pain.
This is why I was inspired to get into music.
How would you describe your music?
It’s very difficult to describe my music.It’s like breathing, how you can explain the movement of the breath?
But if I try describe it…Inside every note, inside the rhythm is the heartbeat, the story of the people I met in the past, the people of the present and the imaginary people I will met in the future.
What would you say is your recording and song writing style?
Neoclassical. In the album “Burnt streets” that will be released in autumn I tried to mix the two languages: classic and rock.
I think the electric guitar is the voice of the world. Intense and burning.
Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
Music is a journey and it’s a privilege to be inside it.We learn how to talk, we don’t learn how to listen. Listening to one another is important in order to grow and appreciate differences.Music tell us to do that.In the next 5 years time I see my career to continue to learn how to listen, to experiment new musical languages,to reach more people and to give voice to the unheard stories.