Here are few stills from the footage we shot last November in the North of India. The documentary will be about travelling the world with a guitar. We will focus on the power of Music as a universal tool of communication and will show you some of the amazing people one can met along the way.
Here i’m playing a bossanova version of “Simple Guy” enjoying the sunset in the island of Diu, an ex Portuguese colony that evokes flashes of Latin saudade with an “end of the world” kinda feel.
I wanted to bring my Music on the streets of India and Nagoa Beach was the perfect place to start. The locals seemed to appreciate my improvisations and Hindi versions of Bob Marley songs, even though, the Police might have another opinion!
Diu it’s the only place where Indians can buy and drink some booze in hundreds of square miles. Another challenge was to perform for drunken people having fun in the many bars of the old town!
One of my favourite states in India is Madhya Pradesh. It’s a central area dotted with small rural villages and huge baobab trees that misteriously grow in this part of the country. It’s the India that inspired Kipling for his “Book Of The Jungle” and i always try to spend a few days here, walking in the countryside, visiting old ruins and playing my guitar under the big tree at sunset.
Of course the people here reflect the simple beauty of the place. Very few tourists spend more than a night in town, and once you’re willing to meet the locals holy men and spend some time playing with the kids in the market, you can be sure that everybody is gonna remember you!
One of the most important moments of the movie is my encounter with Sharad Patel, a musician and music teacher who lives in Khajuraho, a small village in the countryside, visited by tourists just because of the famous erotic sculptures and amazing temples. We spent some time with him, his family and students in order to go beyond the touristic facade of the village. Few years back we casually met on a rooftop and recorded “Postcards From India” an impromptu album and i wanted to come back to give him few copies of the cd.
We also recorded some fantastic new sounds that together with the album will be the main soundtrack of the documentary. The music could be a mix of american slide guitar, folk and traditional Indian percussions.
India is also the land where spirituality and mistery play a big role in people’s daily life. A stop in the holy city of Varanasi was in order. We met local holy men and discussed philosophy and art.
In Varanasi we probably had the most unexpected gift: we met an incredible singer that rides his boat for a living but spends his time composing amazing music and lyrics. Of course we spent the morning with him sailing the holy waters of the Ganga river and jamming together.
The magic morning light gave me the inspiration for a brand new song, conceived and written before we could get back to the dock!
The last destination of the 6 weeks of shooting was Kolkata, the City Of Joy. Despite being often linked to images of misery and squallor, this is really an incredibly vibrant city. We spent few days shooting my busking sessions in the most iconic corners in order to raise money for the Kids Of Nimtalla, a slum by the river where my good friend Marta runs “A Mano A Mano”, a small independent NGO in support of street kids. More info and links for donations here: http://www.goccenelloceano.com/
The movie will be edited soon and the release is expected by the end of the summer! If you want to know more, keep following me here or on my FB page https://www.facebook.com/miserableman/ and don’t forget to check out news and free downloads on my website http://www.miserableman.com/