Sunday, January 19, 2014

Oprachina - 140119 - Music Manumit Podcast


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In this episode: 
We talk with the creative commons jazz group Oprachina.

Here are Doug's notes from the interview.

Angelica is translating for us.

Fabio, the bass player, is here with us. Massimo and one other are late.

General/Music Questions

Tell us about your music and tell us what’s new!
Massimo and Adriano show up before we end the first question.

Opra-keen-a is proper prounounciation.

Oprachina is a neologism.

opra - work

china - work so hard your back is bowed

it means back-breaking work

year 2000 with monographic work. Saxophone player

Never stopped looking around (I am assuming for players)

written music, but never abandoned improvisation.

longtime friends - played together for more than 20 years

What are some of artists and genres that influence the band, CC or otherwise?
jazz bands and classical music

as a base, jazz and classical...but each has their own influences

Soft Machine

Why the name of the band?
Opra also means opra! double-meaning

must work hard in the music industry and for art

there is also a political meaning: hard work of people in the fields

What are your ambitions for this particular iteration of the band?
being musicians, you have the chance to play with many people. Sometimes close band relationships strain friendship, but this band was natural.

creating a space that was a common space -- no real leader of the band

one of the good things is that they are all relaxed

Doug asks for feedback from the listeners about the format at this point

License/Business Questions
What drew you to Creative Commons?

The license specifics seem to be the reason, so on to question 2!

Why do you use the the license you use?
BY-NC-SA 3.0 ← they say best because allows them to be professionals

100 of short movies from all over the world. Some are professional and some are ‘naive’

They have the chance to let people listen AND also to let them use it.

One movie was on the life of Angela Davis. Last lover of Malcolm X

Mountains that take wing. Christine Griffin?

Do you tour?

Single concerts though...that is, they do play live

Play jazz concerts, festivals,

Doug mentions Claudio, who is also in Rome

What is the Creative Commons culture like in Italy (and in Rome specifically)?
started in 2007. since then, they’ve learned many bands 

Germany, France and Poland

There is a rights organization in Italy: SIAE

Creative Commons on TV in Italy

SIAE controls copyright once you set up

one album with CC

second album not CC

the difference is second album was in traditional channels, but limited diffusion of new channels

What are your other artistic projects, if any?
each one does solo stuff.

Fabio plays bass and double-bass.


Looking forward to new oprachina album!

Massimo as guitar player has a solo album with acoustic, 12-string and electric guitar original compositions!

Massimo has a music school!

popular this context means low prizes...for the populace.

people can learn for their career or for other reasons

‘We float!’

What advice do you have for people wanting to release Creative Commons?
CC is a great chance.

One path is for rock, pop because wide distribution.

For more ‘intellectual’ music, it is harder, because follows more traditional music. critics can be snooty!

Moving Forward Questions
Who are some people you think we should try to get on the show (aka, who are the important people in Creative Commons music today)?

Paulo Pavon piano player (

Progetto Migala← World Music

Creative Blues band

Is there anything else you would like to say/tell us about?
Massimo: he wants artists to be stronger in the ‘intellectual’ music

Fabio: So much music. Curation is a problem -- world of mouth important

the audience gets to pick winners and losers

After we cut the mic...they say they want to tour the US! We’ll see.