Composer Daniele Luppi is perhaps an unlikely hometown hero for Milan, the northern Italian city known principally for its influence on the fashion industry.
“Rome,” his last LP, enjoyed international success, due in part to the household names attached to the project—Jack White and Norah Jones just have that Midas touch. In August 2017, Luppi released “MILANO,” an album that, like its predecessor, features a number of prominent artists including Karen O from indie rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs. For “MILANO,” Luppi drew inspiration from his adolescence, when he honed an interest in music and the arts more generally. Since his youth, Luppi has been attuned to the creative energy of the city; and, in Milan, there’s no better way to get acquainted than through the eyes (and ears) of an artist.
The Duomo is one of Milan's most recognizable landmarks. Photo by @ing.iu.
- Milan, Italy
- Artist and producer
- Los Angeles
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Daniele Luppi's new album, "MILANO."
What inspired "MILANO"?
"MILANO" was inspired by reflecting on the years I spent in Milan during the 1980s as a young teenager. I started to realize that I could make a connection between Milan and New York, considering what was going on in each place from a social and cultural point of view. Artists in New York were trying to say similar things to what I was wanting say in Milan. Misfits and outcasts resonated in both, but also a sense of hedonism, and I thought it would be interesting to follow that association: to mix the sound of New York with the narrative and visual backdrop of Milan. I also found that creatives like David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld, who lived in NY, have long collected Milanese-designed furniture. These same creatives were traveling to Milan where they were inspired by the city’s shapes and colors, and its brilliant sense of style. Essentially, there was a sort of artistic cross-pollination in and out of Milan and I based the backbone of the album on that thought.
The eccentric yet stylish Straf Hotel. Photo by @focaluomo.
What's the best choice for a hotel in the city?
My favorite hotel in all of Milan is the Straf. I love it for its quintessential Milanese attention to detail, and for the curation of its furniture and architectural design.
The 18th-century opera house, Teatro alla Scala. Photo by @metropolitanfloors.
If you want to hear live music, where do you go?
Hands down the best concert venue in Milan is La Scala. It is located right in the center of the city and has impeccable sound. Aside from the killer location, just the fact that Giuseppe Verdi conducted his operas there is enough to give me thrills and chills.
Endless upscale shops can be found on the famous Via Montenapoleone. Photo by Charles Traub, courtesy of Daniele Luppi.
As a local, what do you tell visitors they just can't miss in Milan?
I suggest just taking a walk around all the tiny streets in these areas—Navigli, Brera, and Via Montenapoleone—to discover the workshops, cafés, jewelry and furniture stores, and artisans that are found here, a bit off the beaten path. It's easy to lose track of time on one of these satisfying walks.
Osso Buco alla Risotto Milanese, which gets its intense color from saffron. Photo by @nom_nom_adventures.
And what might you typically order on a night out?
Osso Buco and saffron risotto.
The views from the Museo del Novecento are just as worth seeing as the art that lines the museum's walls. Photo by @alenateri.
Best place to find musical inspiration in Milan?
The Museo del Novecento, just a few steps from Il Duomo, with its incredible footage on Bruno Maderna’s work and all the amazing works of art by 20th-century artists.
Love fills Milan's central Piazza Duomo. Photo by Ferdinando Scianna, courtesy of Daniele Luppi.
What’s one thing people may not know about Milan?
Milanese people have an understated elegance and glamour, which is often mistaken for being unwelcoming or snobbish, but they just need a little time to warm up! Once they do, it’s usually for a deep, long-lasting relationship.
The Castello Sforzesco is one of the largest citadels in Europe. Photo by @viajeros_por_europa.
If you're looking to relax in Milan, where do you go?
Sitting on the closest bench to the wonderful Michelangelo’s "Pieta," at the Castello Sforzesco. There, you have a view of greatness.
What makes Milan a special place?
I love so much about Milan, especially the sense of style and the forward-thinking attitude regarding design and culture. It's the entrepreneurship and strong-willed optimism that have allowed many great things to happen here.
Where do you like to go for dinner?
Giacomo for its ambience and traditional dishes.
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The country I picked to do my report on was Italy. Italy, officially the
Italian Republic, is an independent nation in southern Europe. The word
"Italy" comes from the ancient Oscan language and means "Calf". Italy is a
fairly small, important mediteranean country of about 116,328 square miles.
Its capital city "Rome" is both the industrial center as well as the cultural
center of Italy. Romes current population is about 2,786,307 people. With
the countries over all population estimated at 57,904,628 people, at a density
of 498 people per square mile. 72% of these people living in urban areas,
while 28% of the population resides in rural areas. Some of Italy's major
imports include industrial raw materials, petroleum, meat, and cereal grains.
The principal exports are manufactured goods and craft items, along with
fruits and vegetables. Italy usually suffers a trade deficit, but the difference
is partly offset by its large and profitable tourist industry and by money sent
by Italian citizens working abroad. Italy is a country far from being land-
locked, with 9 major ports including Genoa, Trieste, Taranto, Venice,
Savona, and Naples. Italy has been historically important since Roman times,
and millions of tourists are attracted each year to its ancient cities and art
treasures. Modern Italy is an important industrial nation and a leading
member of the european community, also known as the "EC". Italy's
principal trading partners are other members of the EC, especially Germany
Italy's government was originally a republic, then was a monarchy,
then a republic, then a monarchy. It was reverted back to a republic for a
final time in 1946. According to the constitution, executive power lies with
the cabinet, and legislative powers are vested in a parliament consisting of a
630-member chamber of deputies and a 315-member senate. Except for a
few life members of the senate (including former presidents and some
prominent citizens nominated by the president), both houses are elected
directly by universal adult suffrage for 5-year terms unless dismissed earlier.
The president of the republic is head of state and is elected to a renewable 7-
year term by a joint session of Parliament and three delegates from each of
the regional legislatures. Executive power rests with the council of ministers
headed by the prime minister appointed by the president. The principal
political party is the Christian Democratic party, which has led or
participated in every government since 1945. Other major parties are the
Democratic Party of the Left (the former Communist party) and the Socialist
party. Smaller political groups include the Social Democrats, the
Republicans, the Greens, the Liberals, and the neo-Fascist Italian Social
Movement. THE END
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