Interview – Leonardo Barilaro

Leonardo Barilaro is an incredibly talented musician – I recently checked out his track, Not 32 Days Without A Note, and loved it! If you’ve not heard it yet, you can find the piece at the end of this interview.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Not 32 Days Without A Note, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

Not 32 Days Without A Note is part of the project Space Piano Music Everyday, where I release a new track every single day on Spotify and all main music digital distribution platforms, with the related videoclip. The flame of art, and so music must be kept alive day after day, in a life-long never-ending process. I started to play the piano 32 years ago and I had a full realization of this artistic marathon in 2006. Now I have decided to share with everyone the process of this journey.

The inspiration for this venture originates from my mantra, Nullo Die Sine Nota – Not a day without a note. In art there are no shortcuts, the grinding brings me nearer to the first concert on Mars, step by step. The music released every day is for piano solo, featuring prepared piano, synths and embedding a wide range of experimentations.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The global pandemic changed a lot of plans, above all live concerts, of course. But it also opened up new opportunities, for example during the lockdowns I did hundred of live streams, sharing my music and connecting from many people all over the world.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It depends a lot on what I am creating. There are ideas developed in one day and others elaborated on for months, like my last EP, Genesis.

Also, I am evolving my skills and it is a process that I truly love. The recording phase has a sort of liberating power in me.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Of course! With my project Space Piano Music Everyday, I am releasing a new single every single day.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

I just released the EP Genesis, more creations are on their way.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

The biggest influence is J.S. Bach. Recently I discovered a very interesting metal band, Pomegranate Tiger.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I have been based in Malta for 6 years now. In comparison with Italy, here the music scene is much, much smaller. The interesting side is the international aspect, you can meet people from literally all over the world.

And yes, of course I am influenced by the surroundings, mainly by nature and more specifically the sea, with which I have a deep connection.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Yes, two important upcoming concerts, but I will reveal more details when things are more defined.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

My shows are an oneiric travel through cinematic, nostalgic and unexpected space sounds.

Any last words for the fans?

Art is the real game changer for society. Follow my journey on my social media channels.