Alessandra Celletti and Alberto Tre

Rome, Italy



Behind the Music

The reporting in The Outlaw Ocean is incredibly striking and unique. Ian highlights the stories of individuals in emotional ways while at the same time illustrating the realities of their lives without any flourish or fiction. The tales are wide ranging — traffickers and smugglers, mercenaries, poachers and slaves, as well as ecologists, doctors and volunteer vigilantes — making it difficult to say which chapter or character had the biggest impact for me. Each part of the book is a necessary piece in the puzzle of The Outlaw Ocean. The sea is a world full of mysteries and ambiguity. A place where it can be difficult to delineate between good and evil, cruelty and solidarity, illegality and vigilante courage. Only in understanding and knowing its complexity is it possible to work towards improvements and healing. 

Music — with its vibrations and rhythms — takes people by the hand and leads them to discover invisible worlds. The idea of grounding musical compositions in reality through the raw stories and with Ian’s field recordings is absolutely fascinating. Using sounds from the extensive audio library and with the help of my fellow musician, Alberto Tre, I hope to capture the duality of the sea shown by Ian — its serenity and unpredictability. It is a place of absolute freedom as well as a prison.

Alessandra Celletti and Alberto Tre
About Alessandra Celletti and Alberto Tre

Alessandra Celletti comes from a purely classical background, but her musical and artistic experiences multiply with sudden deviations in a very personal music world. Her unique and irreplaceable center of gravity is the piano. She made her debut in 1994 with “Les sons et les parfums,” a collection of recordings dedicated to Debussy, Ravel and Satie. In 2006, Alessandra imposed herself also as author with the album “Chi mi darà le ali,” although she also remains a valued interpreter of a vast repertoire that includes compositions of Janáček, Gurdjieff/de Hartmann, Scott Joplin and Philip Glass. 

She has made many collaborations with Italian and other international artists, including with one of the greatest exponents of contemporary experimental electronic music, Hans Joachim Roedelius. In the summer of 2013, Alessandra Celletti was the protagonist of a daring bet, bringing her piano around Italy aboard a truck in the “piano piano on the road” tour. The latest production of Alessandra Celletti's now vast discography is the colored vinyl in a limited edition of 500 numbered copies — #cellettiblue.

Alessandra Celletti's music is a kaleidoscope in which the different nuances of her compositional art find space. An imagined world, visual and sound, which with tireless tenacity and swirling enthusiasm Alessandra chooses to represent also in concert — live dating represents moments of rare intensity. She has played in Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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