Interview with Pascale Caristo in "" magazine
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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

How did you start your musical collaboration with Goatika Creative Lab? 

It all began in Ibiza, in one very nice club called "Las Dalias" where I had for habit to go. By chance or destiny, I was there for their first performance. I remember that I have been immediately impressed and attracted by their energy and the quality of their music. I knew their percussion player "Roei Fridman" from Israel, so we naturally spend the rest of the night all together and had a wonderful acoustic jam under the stars that was our first meeting.

Few days after our starlight's jam, the band called me and invited me to sing with them, they added an open microphone on stage and they gave me the freedom to improvise when ever I felt to do it in each one of their concerts. It has been a great experience for all of us and still a great memory. 

Then back to Moscow Pavel offered me to take part of his new project Air Goatika. We started to create our new program in Goa during the winter 2009. Our first concerts there was based only on improvisations, we had no expectation about our style and we can consider that the fusion of  " Air Goatika" is born and continue to grow from an experimental and energetic exchange with the public. 

The improvisation seems to be a big part of your creative process?

Yes it is. Improvisation is freedom, it is to be here and now, plugged to the universe. From my point of view, children are the best improvisators, they look at everything and every experiences as something new, without any prejudice created from the past and without any consciousness about the future. that's why they are so creative and so connected to the magic of life. I like to improvise lyrics on stage, I see the words floating in the air, they appears in the eyes of the people, in their smile, the wind bring some sentences, sometimes it's a bird or a tree, they are coming from everywhere, and I just have to sing the story that they tell me. Improvisation is emptiness, full of surprises. and the closer way for me to 

You traveled around the world. with which people you had the most pleasure to communicate? 

I have great pleasure to communicate with spiritual and open mind people who believe that peace & love is a reality to create all together and who act for this inner and external change in their daily life. Happily this community of people exist all other the world. It is not about race, not about color's skin, not about religion, not about profession, not about social level. It is all about being an open heart.

Do you think that the music you play with Air Goatika is commercial? And do you think that you can have some success in Russia?

It's depend what we mean by commercial. if it is to create music with a recipe dedicated to be in the format of the charts, we are not. 

But if it's mean that our music can touch a large international public who'll enjoy to come to our concerts, to buy our CD's, to listen to us on the radio or TV. In this case, yes, we can say that we are commercial. 

Air Goatika is a very young band "Victor Netesov" our wonderful trumpet player joined us only few month ago, our music is going to evolve and our main focus is to keep creating and experimenting our sound in interaction with the public. Success is an unpredictable alchemy. Time will show. Today I can only say without any doubt that our public in Russia is wonderful!!!

What is your impression about St.Petersburg and what do you expect from your next visit?

I love St Petersburg. I feel there all the magnificence of the Russian empire during the Romanov dynasty. grace and poetry. 

I like the architecture so delicate and the soft colors of the houses which give me always the sensation to walk in a fairy tale. It's a very artistic and inspiring city as much that the people I meet there. peaceful and creative, kind and generous, eternal lovers of life with a delicious sparkle of decadence. I have no expectation for my next visit, but I feel a deep joy to go back to play in this magic town the 17 September. 

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