MAURO OTTOLINI “Sea Shell – Musica per conchiglie”
Sea Shell is the new project of the multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Mauro Ottolini. It consists of a record and a cartoon that represent an act of devotion to the marine world and, at the same time, a denunciation of the problems that put it in danger, such as pollution.
“Sea Shell – Ottolini explains – intends to be a contribution of love and civilisation towards man and nature”. At the root of the project is a research that has lasted for many years. After having investigated the use of shells as a musical instrument, thanks to the teachings of the Maestro Steve Turre, Ottolini collects shells from all parts of the world, repairs them and transforms them into wind instruments and, sometimes, percussion instruments.
With his friend Maurilio Balzanelli he began to record and superimpose the sounds of shells on the sounds of nature, as if the voices of the shells tell us through music what they have seen in the sea.
Musica per Conchiglie is therefore a work realised without using conventional musical instruments, but using sounds obtained exclusively from shells from the seas of all the world. Sea Shell mixes the natural sounds of the sea, the wind, the cicadas, the resounding stones of Pinuccio Sciola, the abandoned cans on the beach, the musical toys, the aboriginal instruments and the handcrafted Sardinian instruments in a perfect harmony with the percussions, with the voices of whales or with the sound of crushed marine debris.
Sea Shell is a record produced by Azzurra Music, together with the cartoon La reina de las conchas, an excerpt from the record, for which the visual artists Hermes Mangialardo and Piero Schirinzi have been involved.
The Sea Shell live show/concert is one of a kind. The band is a sextet: Mauro Ottolini – shells, trombone, instruments made with pumpkins; Antonio Njgen Coatti – shells; Vincenzo Vasi – nose flute, theremin, musical toys, cans, cups, plastic material and sound waste; Giulio Corini – double bass; Maurilio Balzanelli and Simone Padovani – percussions.