Inside the sonic tapestry of the music industry lives an enigma – Aria, whose real name is Mariano Schiavolini. Born from the thread of the 1970’s band Celeste, popularly known as Italy’s King Crimson, Aria emerged as an intellectually profound multi-instrumentalist and music producer, nurturing his craft with precision and heart.
A musical nomad, Aria relishes in his explorations of old American R&B, soul, blues, and Latin American rhythms. He ingeniously overlays these influences with the classical, rock, and progressive roots he grew up with, curating a conglomerate of music that is both diverse and melodic. His affinity for transforming unassuming rhythms into lush, emotionally grounded compositions, as seen in his collaborations with Peter Gabriel and South Africa’s treasured Soweto Gospel Choir, showcases his capability to form connections beyond language and culture, defying the superficial market trends that often dictate artistic creation.
At the core of his musical journey is the fundamental belief that genuine music rests in the hands of musicians, not computer algorithms. The digital age’s perfectionism, with its surgically precise performance, sterilizes the deeply human flavor of music. Aria takes this flavorful approach to his production, leaving traces of analogous imperfection and authenticity, akin to a well-loved vinyl record that resonates with the soul.
The nostalgia of romanticism evoked by rock stars in the bygone eras of the ’60s and ’70s lingers in Aria’s works of art. His plea for the resurgence of slow-dance music and the warm nuances amplified by hi-fidelity technology echoes the humanistic elements present in his compositions.
The sonic journey of Aria’s music is a seamless blend of various influences. Journey to the edges of auditory exploration with his latest single, “Smile”, and more on Spotify or Apple Music. For a visually conceptualized tour of his music, visit YouTube.
His vibrantly expressive musical style has found a home in the new single “Smile”, which encapsulates an inviting rhythm inspired by Latin-American musical styles, R&B influences, and uplifting vocals. The composition testifies to the wisdom harvested from his nomadic journey spanning several decades, demonstrating an array of intricate yet cohesive global influences Herded by the intricate beat of American bassist Joseph Patrick, alongside other internationally renowned musicians, “Smile” becomes a transcultural symbol of unity and positivity.
Aria’s journey extends into the genre of nu-jazz, with his upcoming release starring a renowned New York City jazz singer. His ensemble piece, “Broken”, aims to narrate the trials of refugees, seamlessly mingled with the versatile tones of both opera and pop singers.
For Aria, the quest for unity and joy envelops the purpose behind his craft. With creations shedding light on myriad issues like the Garissa University tragedy in Kenya (“Where Will it End”) and habitat destruction and animal extinction (“The Next Life”), Aria not only echoes political and cultural sentiments but bridges them through elastic threads of common human experiences.
His music transcends geographic and cultural borders, aggregating diverse facets of human life into an emotional masterpiece that resonates with you long after the music stops playing; it paints a poignant story that every listener can engage in. This transcendent quality of his work allows listeners to not only hear the music but feel it, fostering connections that truly make a difference in this fragmented world.
Music should be about more than just sound; it should weave emotions and experiences into a resonant tapestry that tells stories and unites people. Aria successfully stands as a testament to this ethos. His voice resounds in the realm of music, reminding us to treasure genuine, soul-stirring melodies that reverberate the highs and lows of our shared human existence.