WASHINGTON, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In striking video, Italian pianist and composer Francesco Taskayali explains why he collaborated with an investigative journalist Ian Urbine draw attention to human rights and environmental abuses at sea The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.
The project, led by label Synesthesia Media, is an expansive global effort to bring The Outlaw Ocean Project’s investigative journalism to a wider audience by releasing music inspired by offshore reporting.
Covering genres from classical to hip-hop to electronic, hundreds of musicians from around the world have joined the effort. Many of the artists involved in the project draw from an audio archive of field recordings captured by Urbina while reporting offshore.
Growing up, Taskayali spent time living in Istanbul and Italy, and began composing music at age 13 with the song “E’ Sera”. The musician now lives Milan, Italyand has performed as a solo artist in over 15 countries around the world.
In 2010, Taskayali released his debut album “Emre”, a collection of all the songs he composed when he was just 18, which includes the single, “Additional terminal.” In 2016, he signed with the Italian neoclassical label INRI CLASSIC. In 2017, his album “Wayfaring” entered the top 100 of the charts in Italy. He collaborated with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project to release the album “Piano Waves” in 2020.
In a “Behind the Music” video posted by The Outlaw Ocean Project, Taskayali reflects on the impact of reporting by The Outlaw Ocean Project.
“I think this type of journalism is important because its audience is the global community. Humanity,” the Taskayali said.
Taskayali compared the silence felt at sea with the silence he experiences as an artist.
“The most beautiful thing you can experience at sea is silence,” he said. “As a musician you have to know what silence is and therefore you have to experience it.”
Francesco Taskayali’s “Piano Waves” is available on all stores, including Apple Music, YouTube and Spotify.
Synesthesia Media announces monthly new waves of releases on its social networks.
About the Outlaw Ocean Project:
The Outlaw Ocean Project is a nonprofit journalism organization founded by Ian Urbine which produces investigative reporting on environmental and human rights concerns at sea around the world. The project seeks not only to produce polished, narrative investigative journalism, but also to amplify that reporting by converting it into other media to reach new audiences around the world.
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