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Ferrari's fourth album combines the sounds of Zurich and New York.


The street sounds of Zurich and New York are set to collide this week with the release of a new album by Italian musician Domenico Ferrari.

"Commute" is the fourth album by Ferrari who was born and raised in Zurich.

The 32-year-old producer, composer and guitarist is also a former graduate of the Lucerne jazz school but his latest work shows Ferrari far-removed from his musical apprenticeship.

"People always ask me about my past and my jazz origins," he tells swissinfo with a resigned grin, "but for me, jazz only provides a fundamental knowledge which I can use to compose my music. I don't feel comfortable within jazz music any more. I just think electronic music has so much more room for experimentation."

Experimentation is certainly in evidence on Ferrari's new album, which blends soulful melodies and guest vocals with hypnotic drum beats and industrial sound effects.

Strong reviews

Early reviews have been fulsome in their praise. Switzerland's "Bund" newspaper described the album as "twelve musical pearls, sensually combining sensual intelligent pop, comforting soul music, unobtrusive jazz with a fractured 4/4 Ferrari engine.

"It will be a scandal if this record doesn't steal the hearts of London's (dance) music trend-setters," the paper concluded.

New York connection

Already a big fan of the Big Apple, Ferrari began his work on "Commute" during a six-month stay in New York. Some of the most striking songs on the album stem from his co-operation with the New York poet and singer Latasha Diggs.

"I met Latasha back in 2000, and at first we just hung out," recalls Ferrari. "I played her some of my music and she showed me some of her poems, and then I suggested that we could try putting the two together."

Recorded in New York and produced back in Zurich, the album has since moved beyond the confines of the studio. Earlier this year Ferrari, Diggs and drummer Jojo Mayer presented their collaborative efforts to a live and appreciative audience at the Solar Festival in Barcelona.

European tour?

"Right now I'm working on soundtracks for a couple of Swiss films," says Ferrari when asked about his current workload, "but I would like very much to take the album on a fairly large European tour.

"I have already received some offers to play in London and Rome, but tours can be very complicated and expensive, so whether I can play elsewhere depends a lot on how successful the album is."

Following its October 28 release in Switzerland, "Commute" goes on sale across Europe in November.

swissinfo, Mark Ledsom in Zurich

Domenico Ferrari

"Commute" is the fourth album by the Zurich-born Italian musician.
Ferrari trained as a jazz guitarist but now concentrates on the electronic music scene.
His new album contains guest vocals from New York poet Latasha Diggs and Basel-based singer Buonvicini.

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