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Matteo Bosi – The last inca dream

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This is Matteo Bosi's most recent world music video The last inca dream. This is what Matteo Bosi had to say when we asked:

Where did you get your inspiration for this video?

"This track is part of my project

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I collect music instruments since 2001, when I went to India for the first time during my PhD. The very first traditional instrument I purchased was a sitar: it has a wonderful sound and immediately reminds of distant cultures and places. Just a few notes are sufficient to depict a distant country...

During the following years I had the occasion to visit many countries, both for work and for leisure. Each time, when I got in touch with a different culture with its own musical traditions, I have tried to find some very typical musical instruments. So, during my travels and over the years, I collected a lot of instruments: several of them are very ethnic and have their own story about how I found them and how I purchased them. You can read some fun notes following the songs and the links you will find in these pages. My general idea was to collect cheap and "odd" instruments, that I can maybe use in my productions to give a distinct sound and a particular colour. I also built a couple of instruments following some ideas I have in mind. But I also have a lot of other "standard" instruments purchased in Italy at flea markets and in shops. Some other ones are part of my life and of my "musical history".

I began to use these instruments in my songs and one day, in 2013, it came to my mind the idea to make some videos of myself playing my instruments, and to specifically compose songs to blend them together. I decided to put together sounds from cultures very distant from each other, both culturally and geographically. I decided not to follow any music-philological direction. I just played what it came to my mind in that particular moment, expressing my feelings and my musical ideas. I made very different songs, not confined to a specific genre.

Counting all my instruments, I realized that I have more than 80. I admit that in a single case, I asked a friend to lend me a specific instrument that I missed but that was absolutely needed to complete a song.

Eighty musical instruments from the whole world. And 13 songs that usually reflects memories of travels, ideas of distant lands, foreign cultures and traditional sounds, and depicts original atmospheres and soundscapes.

I finally decided to board on a musical journey around the world. Following the steps of Willy Fog in the novel of Jules Verne, I named my project "Around the World in Eighty Instruments": follow me and enjoy this musical trip!

Regarding this particular track:

We visted Peru in 2014. It is really an awesome country and the sight of Machu Picchu is definitely breath-taking, even if you have to wake up at 4:00 in the morning to get the best experience! When I came back from this trip I began to listen to a traditional peruvian CD i bought from a band during our travel, and also to an old Inti Illimani record. Andean music is so beautiful, even if some of it may be quite sad. I had the inspiration to write this piece by listening over and over to Inti Illimani songs. I feel that "The Last Inca Dream" is really one of the best composition of this whole project. I believe it well depicts the sadness and nostalgia of an old population that completely disappeared from the Earth. I imagined the Inca shamans walking towards the top of their mountains, challinging cold and ice. They prayed their Gods to get their favours, while they see the Inca kingdom slowly fall."

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