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MICHELE DIMITRI

MICHELE DIMITRI
MICHELE DIMITRI
Photo by Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi
MICHELE DIMITRI
MICHELE DIMITRI

“Once the song was written and recorded, I didn’t bother to search for an idea, sitting at a desk and trying to squeeze something out. I preferred the idea to come to me. And in fact the images that made up the video popped into my head as if someone had chucked them at me”. The words of Michele Dimitri, alias Mick Dimitri. A 17-year-old from Rome, he’s had a pencil in his hand since the age of 2, and at 7 he started teaching himself to play the drums. At 8 he began learning acoustic and electric guitar, and took lessons in jazz piano with the maestro Andrea Beneventano. Despite being younger than the minimum age requirement, he was accepted for the Berklee College of Music clinics, held during the 2014 Umbria Jazz Festival. He played solo guitar in the Berklee ensemble conducted by Mark Shilansky, and won the participation to the Boston Five Week Summer Program in 2015, as best guitarist in the clinics. In October 2016 he released his first self-produced EP, “Running in the Dark”, with a video viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube. “As I grew up, I focused my entire life on exploring beauty and creating it”. But beauty can also be a curse, and Mick Dimitri knowsthis very well: “This devotion of mine to beauty has brought a lot ofsuffering too. The price I pay for doing what I love best has always been alienation”. His song - brimming with that isolation - is a hymn to solitude in his second native language - English - in which the dreamlike, although green, visuals accompanied by the lyrics arrive like intuition forcefully thrown. Two islands become lost in the waters of catharsis, an archetypal and ambivalent image on which “each person can project their own experience”.

The story has been written by Maria Teresa Sammarco, writer.

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