Catching Up With Dan Moretti
I recently interviewed tenor saxophonist Dan Moretti. Dan has performed with several notable musicians including Aretha Franklin, Mike Stern and Dave Samuels and he lists Sonny Rollins, Michael Brecker and John Coltrane as some of his musical influences. His new album, Tres Muse mixes jazz with influences from New Orleans, the Caribbean and folk music.
Dan kindly shared a little about his musical style, his upcoming project in Italy, and his new album.
Mimi Soul: What are some of the things that inspire and influence your music?
Dan: I draw inspiration from life, especially music that is coming from a pure place. I like to experience what is beyond the music and how composers and performers prepare themselves to come from that place.
Mimi Soul: If you could describe your musical style using 3 words, which would you choose?
Dan: Soul, Latin and Swing
Mimi Soul: I read that you teach Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music. What advice would you say you give most often to aspiring musicians?
Dan: Stay true to yourselves, prepare by becoming proficient and be able to say “YES” when someone asks you to do a gig or project.
Mimi Soul: Congratulations on being awarded the MacColl Johnson Fellowship for jazz composers. I hear that recognition will take you to Italy to record an original project. Could you tell us a little more about that?
Dan: My plan with this project is to musically demonstrate how the African rhythmic and melodic influence can be used consciously to compose music that will move traditionally influenced Italian accordion folk music to a non-traditional and innovative musical result. The organic nature of this compositional process will be carried out in collaboration with La Piccola Orchestra La Viola, which consists of 12 accordions, an Italian percussion section, drums, bass, and vocals.
Mimi Soul: Could you tell us a little about your upcoming album, Tres Muse?
Dan: To me, Tres Muse is all about trio playing. This group happens to be like a jazz power trio with electric bass, drums and tenor. It’s all about the interplay between the players and the harmonic freedom given by not having a chord instrument; it is also all about having fun.
Thanks for sharing with us Dan! You all can listen to samples of Dan’s music and read more about Tres Muse by visiting his website.