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ARTIST ‣ Vicente Avella: A Reminiscence of Verona

Pianist and composer Vicente Avella has been writing and performing internationally since 1998. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, he has scored numerous independent films, orchestrated and worked on music production for major network television shows including Family Guy (FOX) and American Dad (FOX), and written music for worldwide advertising including Intel (Saudi Arabia), Red Bull Air Race World Championship (Brazil), and official branding for FPC Sports Channel (Colombia). Avella also performs regularly as a piano soloist, accompanist and in chamber groups. He is on the Faculty of the Berklee College of Music.

Three years ago, while working on my last album in Northern Italy, I stumbled by surprise upon the romantic city of Verona. During my stay in Italy, the workdays were highly rewarding and productive but long and intense, so I wasn't getting much of an opportunity to explore. That being said, a week into the work, after finishing a first pass on the twelve tracks, we decided to take a day off, step back, and better judge where we were standing on the mixes. I considered spending this day in my hotel room, listening to the mixes in a variety of speakers and a number of headphones, but I am thankful I decided against it. Instead, I bought myself a train ticket to Verona; a place I had only heard of in the opening lines of Romeo & Juliet that read: "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene". I brought with me a pencil, a notepad, a couple of headphones, and listened to mixes, making notes all day long as I explored this medieval city built between the meandering Adige River. I let myself get lost in the roman streets, the medieval piazzas, and walked up and down the riverbanks of the Adige. Listening to my album in such a setting has been engrained in me ever since. Verona is, and for a good reason, called the city of love. Yours, the first track on the album I was working on, is a love theme. Listening to my love theme while walking the streets and the riverbanks of this city of love seemed like serendipity. This video is my way of remembering that day.

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