Q&A | State of Emergency: Michele Montolli – Bass Player, Composer and Arranger

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? 
Italian stallion


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…
Rotherhithe Tunnel


What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A metronome


The last book you read
Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco


Do you sing or dance under the shower?


What does love feel like?
Like home


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

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