What Music? TARKAMPA!


Sometimes friends and  people ask me what music I am busy with. This year I’ll be fifty (!) and i make music since I was a small kid, so approximately since 35 years. I passed through many genres ’cause I was studying and playing with bands at the same time.  Musical life took me in many different sound-places, but I somehow remained the same, in relation to sound and rhythm. My biggest influences were of many types from rock to contemporary classical and ambient electronic, with a special interest also for poetry, theater and cinema.

TARKAMPA is now for me a recipient for all this influences, running away from the main common areas  of music classification. This makes the project very fresh all the time. Here I am not a classical composer, a pop artist, a free improviser, a poet, an electronic music artist or a songwriter, but I am all and none of these at the same time.

I started with in a bar in Barcelona with this name (TARKAMPA), singing songs accompanied with electric guitar and looper-pedal, and making a new show every each Sunday night, for 4 years or so. But I was coming from the “art” scene of galleries, contemporary conceptual performance, and other linked fields of action. I was bored by intellectualism and luck of wide sight in the art world.

I discovered that in the so called popular music there is so much to be done, like in any other genre. And I feel we are on a seminal turning point. All categories of music and spectacle, like the entire western culture itself, are passing through a deep crisis, and I think it’s the right moment for reinventing not only the sound , but also the way to communicate with people and consequently also the way of making “art”. My instrument Tarcordium has been a tangible consequence of this attitude, together with my continuos investigation in electronic music and en vocal extended tecniques.

This is the main thing. Music and art is  a very important part of real human communication. If you communicate in a fresh and positive way, the necessary contents will be vibrating of their own life. And we can then forget any intellectual recipient.

So, I am looking forward to meet more and more friends and people who wanna share this sentiment, and move on, out of the stereotypes of love, of music, of relationship and finally  out of the stereotyped models of life.

Riccardo Massari S.  (founder of TARKAMPA)

More comments of our activities with TARKAMPA in the future – stay linked, and thanks to all you friends for the lovely and kind  support in these years!


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(Photo by Fran Saéz, Barcelona)

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