The passion for the song
by Anita Laporta
Federica Pento was born on 18 April 1996 in Popoli and lives in Scafa, in the Province of Pescara.
Already winner of the “Best proposals” section on the occasion of the 19th International Singing Festival in Croatia (Rovigno) in 2015, winner of the International Singing Competition of Yerevan (Armenia) in 2014 and in the same year of the 10th International Singing Festival at Chieti, Festival that counted almost 800 participants among choirs and vocalists from Russia, Moldova, Armenia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, India, Ukraine and Italy. An event that was not by chance defined by the Orthodox parish priest, Father Anatoliy Grytskiv: “A true example of solidarity and instrument of union between peoples”.
National Critic of the Cantagiro 2016, Critics Award with President of the Jury Katia Ricciarelli, won the “2Duerighe Award” for the “Best unpublished song presented and for the perfect union Song – Interpreter”. .
In this chat, the international artist tells the story of his passion for singing and his innate sweetness and sensitivity.
Federica, how was your first approach to music?
I still remember it as it was today: a special moment.
I used to sing all day at home, the emotion and shyness did not allow me to “go out” and face the world.
One day my cousin Alessandro (Pento, ed), he literally took me and took me to his music school. Since then I have been singing with him for more than 8 years. Alessandro is a world-famous tenor, has taken the most important stages and taught me, in addition to singing, the importance of establishing the right balance with the public. Since then everything started.
The first major competition where I participated was in Chieti in 2014; I took it as a game and a reason for growth, I did not think I could win. A few months later I found myself in Armenia and from there a new world opened up.
Talking about your experiences abroad, how is Italian music seen and how do you feel about carrying our culture around the world?
Unfortunately, our culture is very often more appreciated abroad than in Italy.
When I won Yerevan’s “International Singing Festival” in Armenia on one of the most exciting nights of my life, broadcast live on State TV, I felt like a real star.
I have received praise from the public and critics even above my own expectations.
I was the first Italian singer to win, so much so as to get the invitation to be present as Guest of Honor at the prestigious “International Song Festival of Bulgaria” and at the “XIXth International Singing Festival in Rovinj (Croatia)”, who saw me among other things winner of the “Best Proposals of 2015” award.
Unlike the other competitions, where I brought all Italian songs, in Croatia I wanted to celebrate the evening (which coincided with the awareness day against violence against women), with the song “Je Suis Malade”.
My experience leads me to think how much work there is to do in Italy to emerge, and at the same time, how much desire for Italianness there is in the world.
From your words a great inner strength shines through. How important is “exterior beauty” to you today, especially in women in a sector like the entertainment industry?
Unfortunately, aesthetics today are often placed first among the various values, especially for a girl who wants to achieve success. Considering that the fundamental values for me are forgiveness, honesty, freedom, love, respect for life, I consider it important to compare myself with “examples” to be taken as a reference
Frida Kahlo explored feelings and emotions through painting: she transformed suffering into art, and that’s what I do when I paint or sing. I love this woman because she is eccentric, independent; despite its obvious difficulties and disabilities, it has always had a combative character. She has always been a strong woman, a symbol of the charm of wild women. She has always remained herself, opposing herself to what was inflicted on her; put to the test, he reacted, he learned to walk, he challenged his fate by exorcising his pains and finding in his painting his lifeline.
Looking at your latest Videoclip of “Color Train” shows a strong bond with painting and also with the world of children…
Treno a Colori represents for me the union of my greatest passions: singing, painting and children.
We could summarize all the content of “Treno a Colori” in one sentence: The magic of childhood is in the wonder of a virgin look that opens on the world.
With Treno a Colori we open our eyes and observe the world through a new, pure, naive look of a child. We are sitting on a train traveling and we are captivated by all the beauty around us; we notice, appreciate, breathe the colors, the differences, the nuances and, unfortunately, all the contradictions of this world.
Going through the steps of our existence we go through dark, sad moments; we are upset by the violence, the ugliness, the injustices of this time and the only thing that remains is to take refuge in the imagination.
The song was written and arranged by Gianluca Sole, with arrangements in collaboration with Fabio Torregrossa and the extraordinary participation in the violin of Giulia Di Tomasso.
Videoclip bears the signature of director Stefano Cesaroni, with the participation of Azzurra Sole (girl), Danilo D’Ortona (guitar), Massimo Polidori (drums) and Stefano Bassani (second guitar) of Lonesome Heroes, Make up by Simona Ruggeri and Aylar Violet.
A real team participated in the song and its success, and I really have to thank everyone for the great commitment and for all the passion they have been able to put on.
How is your record project on which you are currently working and what is set up?
My project includes a concept album, a series of songs all written by Gianluca Sole, my great friend as well as my Artistic Director, and interpreted by me, who tell stories told episodes.
The first story, “Lunincanto“, speaks of the moon crying the journey of death of a star, while we men and women from the earth are fascinated by this spectacle of nature: it essentially paints two different ways of looking at the same thing.
The second story, “Due Ali“, inspired by Hoyle’s theory (according to which a new life can be born from the death of a comet) is linked to the first story as a symbol of rebirth: the new soul dives into the sea, struggling between life and death, facing the adversity encountered during his descending journey in a continuous and eternal struggle for life, for survival and the desperate search for rebirth.
Every 4 months an unreleased track will come out until the last song is completed, from which it is possible to take the thrust to start again and produce other notes, other poems put into music. At the base of the project there is in fact the “cyclicity” of things, and the “time”, which allows and removes at the same time the possibility of savoring the senses of our existence.
Your talent has also been noticed by important productions and, despite your very young age (21), you have met different personalities on your artistic journey. Would you like to talk about it?
One of the greatest satisfactions in terms of musical productions was to receive from the RCO a proposal to insert the video clip of “Lunincanto” in a DVD of “Aerosmith” for sale in all the Mediastore of Italy, and online also ‘Abroad with a circulation of over 50,000 copies.
As for the personalities, I remember with great esteem and affection the meeting with Mogol; in the CET I had the chance to compare myself with a sacred monster of music: singing techniques, approach with the public, how to structure a text, these are just some of the subjects that experience has left me.
I had the enormous pleasure of being a guest of honor at the inauguration of the sculpture exhibition “Silenti Riflessi” by the world-famous sculptor Paola Romano, organized at the splendid scenario of the Domitian Stadium in Rome. Thanks to my SPC Sound label by Silvio Pacicca, I was a guest of many television programs, including Top The Top, soon aired on TV8 and Sky1, as well as guest at the evening “Meeting with the author Stefano Jurgens”, well-known Rai author from the time of Corrado and up to the present day alongside Paolo Bonolis in Mediaset. I can not fail to mention the important collaboration with M.o Angelo Valsiglio, well-known producer of Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti and many others.
The thing that fascinates me most about these great personalities is their “humanity”, and without that, I am sure, they would never have arrived where they are now.
How do you experience success and what do you expect for the future?
I am a very ambitious girl, but I am also humble. In order to embark on a musical career, the main ingredient is “passion”. I have a lot of passion for it, and I’ve never thought of using singing as a tool just to make money. Set seriously, however, becomes a “work” in all respects, and without any doubt, full of sacrifice.
For now I continue to study and work hard. Everything else, it will come.
Foto di: Fazio Gardini, Walter Scalera, Stefano Cesaroni