Dublin has swarms of Italian immigrants with a tiny and essential baggage of artistic competence, willing to develop their ability in the profession they have chosen to fulfil . Among the many artists landing in Dublin, there is a musician who plays an usually on the back burner, dismissed instrument: the bass guitar.
Fabio Cascio, from Turin, 27 years old, has been living in Dublin for 15 months. Since he arrived in Dublin, he has started giving bass lessons, which he already did in Italy, after many years of study and devotion to music.
In Italy, Cascio has attended private lessons for 4 years with the musician Maiorino (from the band Mano Negra) . He graduated subsequently at CPM (Premiata Forneria Marconi school) in “Musical interpretation for electric bass, musical theory and harmony” and received a master’s degree in “Jazz walking bass improvisation” with Paolo Dalla Porta.
From 2003 on Fabio started his musical collaborations which he briefly reports: “In 2003 I had my first band, the E. Macario orchestra. Subsequently I was in a band which played cover versions of Genesis, Elvis Presley and Iron maiden. In 2004 I had the privilege of playing with Alessandro Gaza, a real guitar genius. In 2005 I joined Riccardo Lombardo in his band “Pirati” and played funky music with another band. Shortly after this experience, I played with another funky band called Soulstuff, with Riccardo Moffa. At the moment I am playing with Unseen Guest with whom I toured Germany and with the Midnight Swing Big Band, from Dublin.”
Fabio is really quick and highly motivated to cultivate his passion, his dream since he was a child. “My real ambition is not only to play music as a regular job but also to play with the greatest American musicians who have inspired me. I really like the way Americans think about music, more daring than in Europe because they seem to research experimentation altogether.”
Cascio is creating music for bass which will be ready soon. Cascio declares he doesn’t have a genre of his own, being his compositions a mix of all the musical influences he has grown up with.
“Your own music, the one you are creating for your own pleasure, is really hard to label because it comes from within and it’s not planned before but it comes after many years of study.
Studying an instrument is very important to communicate with musicians and find your way in a world of arbitrary rules. It’s like alphabet and grammar learning. The most important thing, what really makes a difference, is the ability to translate into musical forms all your inner melodies.”