Q&A | State of Emergency: Michele Montolli – Bass Player, Composer and Arranger
Michele Montolli is an Italian-born musician who studied violin from the age of seven, switching later to electric bass. By the age of seventeen he had taken up classical double bass at Verona’s Conservatory. Following this he moved to Graz in Austria where he graduated in 2009 in Jazz Double Bass with the great Wayne Darling.
Michele has worked all over Europe, in New York, Tokyo and in the Balkan Peninsula, fusing Afro-American tradition with years of classical training and experimental form-free music. Credits include Knoel Scott and Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), Julie Dexter, Heidi Vogel, Don Menza, Lami Bajram Istrefi, and Amira Kheir.
You are happiest when …
… it’s sunny
What is the best thing everybody says about you?
What is your earliest memory?
I forgot it!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I cooked a good risotto for 50 people
Tell us a secret
In the fridge
The last song you listened to today
Once upon a dream, Sleeping Beauty
What makes you unhappy?
What is your favourite word?
The best place to watch the sunset
Hill above town
Happiness smells like….
Fear smells like…
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
The last book you read
Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
Do you sing or dance under the shower?
What does love feel like?
Where is home?
In da heart
Michele is currently touring the UK with State of Emergency’s international dance theatre production Where Is Home?, presenting great music and dance from South Africa, mixed with urban culture from London and Los Angeles. The show includes new composition from singer/songwriter and producer Steve Marshall and Grammy winning South African flautist, Wouter Kellerman, and will take the stage at Circomedia in Bristol on 26 and 27 October.
October 19th, 2016