Interview with Marco Lo Muscio
Marco Lo Muscio (1971) is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation: organist, pianist and composer. After three university degrees ("Cum Laude"), Marco begins his international musical career. He has held more than 700 concerts during the most famous Organ and Piano Festivals and played in important Cathedrals and Concert Halls such as Cambridge's "Kings College Chapel", Oxford's "Exeter and Queens College Chapels", London's Westminster Cathedral, St. Petersburg's "Great Philharmonic Concert Hall Shostakovic", Moscow's Cathedral, "House of the Music", Gnessin Academy and Baptist Church; Prague's St. Nicholas, Leipzig's Nicholas Church; in all the Scandinavian countries, in France, in Poland, in Vatican City, in the Baltic countries, in Germany and more...His latter works, dedicated to Progressive Music, have gained excellent reviews in specialized international magazines in USA, UK, Finland (Colossus), Brazil, Italy...He is very active as a composer too, and his compositions for organ and piano are published by Erreffe Musica. In August 2009 his music was performed in London's "Annual Festival of New Organ Music". Marco's work has captured the attention of great musicians like Keith Emerson, Steve Hackett and John Hackett and infact the last CD dedicated to Tolkien (one year of work) "The Book of Bilbo and Gandalf" is born with the cooperation of Pär Lindh, Oksana Sinkova, John and Steve Hackett!
The Interview with “Festival in the Shire” journal
When did you first come across Tolkien's works? (i.e. how old, and which books etc.)
When you first read Tolkien, did you immediately think of music that would go with it?
What is it that makes Tolkien's worlds and works so special for you?
What is your musical background?
What other musical projects have you been involved with over the years? (this to give you a chance to talk about other works that are non- Tolkien, but from your creativity!)
How do you go about composing music?
Do you work with other musicians or is your work solo?
What kinds of music are your influences?
Have you any particular composer that you like? (classical, pop or any other)
You are based in Italy - can you tell us where you are, and does the countryside and region affect how you write music?
What do you think about the style and quality of the soundtrack to the Peter Jackson movies?
Is there any future Tolkien inspired project that you would like to work on?
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