Instruments Played: Guitar, Piano, Violin.
Favourite Instruments: Celesta, Cello, Didgeridoo, Hang, Ocarina.
Compositional Strengths: Harmonic Progressions, Melodic Lines, Rhythmic Patterns.
Favourite Music Genres: 8-Bit Music, Alternative Rock, Complextro, Contemporary Classical Music, Downtempo, Electronica, Jazz, Video Game Music.
Favourite Film Scoring Composers: Alan Silvestri, Brian Tyler, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jablonsky, Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL).
Favourite Classical Composers: Beethoven, Chopin, Stravinsky, Brian Crain, David Lanz, Federico Albanese, Isaac Shepard, Jo Blankenburg, Ludovico Einaudi, Roberto Cacciapaglia, Thomas Bergersen, Yanni, Yiruma.
Favourite Rock Artists: 3 Doors Down, 12 Stones, All Time Low, Alter Bridge, Blink-182, Blur, Dream Theater, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Joe Satriani, Jónsi, Muse, Nothing But Thieves, Radiohead, Simple Plan, Steve Vai, Sum 41, You Me At Six.
Favourite Electronic Music Artists: Amon Tobin, Armin Van Buuren, Big Data, BT, Dark Model, Galantis, Haywyre, Infected Mushroom, Jon Hopkins, Joris Voorn, Kygo, Nicky Romero, Ólafur Arnalds, Porter Robinson, Savant, Tritonal, Tycho, Zedd.
Favourite Pop Artists: Anamanaguchi, Birdy, Coldplay, Damien Rice, Like Swimming, Kings Of Convenience, Olly Murs, Peter Cincotti, The Goo Goo Dolls.
Favourite Book: “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig (1974).
Favourite Film: “The Legend of 1900” by Giuseppe Tornatore (1998) – Music by Ennio Morricone.
Favourite Places: Barcelona, Melbourne, Tokyo, Iceland.
Favourite Food: Borlenghi, Pizza, Tortellini.
Luca Montorsi is one of the composers behind the epic orchestral music project Intermundia.
His first contact with music dates back to 1998, when he was finally allowed to take his dad’s guitar out of its case (an old Yamaha classical guitar). It’s been love at first sight and from that moment onwards he seldom separated himself from his newly found best friend. He then decided to step it up to a professional level, pursuing a guitar performance degree at the well-respected Academy of Modern Music.
Shortly afterwards, he founded his first (punk rock) band and started writing songs and touring locally. That was only the first of many to come: during the following years, Luca spent a good part of his life playing across the whole country with several bands (spanning a wide variety of musical genres – from metal to commercial pop, all the way to indie / alternative rock).
Then, in 2006, something suddenly changed: he was drawn towards contemporary classical music and, whenever sitting at the cinema, he spontaneously started to pay more attention to the film score itself than the plot of the underlying movie. He began to explore this brand new world, made of massive orchestras and subtle synths (or, sometimes, the exact opposite) and couldn’t help but being profoundly amazed by the heterogeneity of emotional facets that such a simple interaction – the one between music and images – could create. As a result, while attaining his second degree at the Academy of Modern Music (piano performance), on one hand he shifted his interest towards classical music composition and, on the other hand, he started to eagerly approach the world of electronic music and sound design. He has never looked back since…
From a musical standpoint, his creative process is understandably influenced by each and every single one of the aforementioned aspects: still nowadays his attitude with regard to composing is deeply dependent on the primal authenticity of a “physical approach” to real instruments, as opposed to hiding behind a computer monitor tweaking the endless parameter list of an audio plug-in. Whether he chooses to pick up one of his many beloved guitars or to let his fingers run wildly on the wooden keys of a grand piano, he can’t help but rely on some sort of live playing to channel his flow of emotions into music (probably due to his ineradicable rock roots).
Aside from music, Luca nurtures a profound love for finance and math – which exert an undeniable impact on his compositions, often inspired by fractals and geometric series. Moreover, being an ardent future enthusiast, he enjoys delving into the more unexplored corners of newly invented technologies. 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, drones: these represent just a tiny fraction of his extensive universe of interests. Last but not least, he’s always been a passionate traveler and takes great pleasure in avidly exploring the world’s cultures.