For the first time in the three years that The Exchange has hosted the listening room, they will be featuring an international performer all the way from Italy next Wednesday, July 31. Hubert Dorigatti is certainly no Blues veteran, given his age, but the wide range of songs he has composed and the vast distances covered by his biography show that the musician born in Bruneck (BZ, Italy) in 1975 certainly has many different stages of life under his belt already.
Dorigatti has been a lover of music since he was a child. He started at the age of 6 playing the trumpet, and then at 12 changed to the guitar. Hubert is inspired by old American blues singers such as Lighnin Hopkins, Charlie Patton, and Bukka White and also younger singers including Eric Bibb and Keb Mo.
When asked how he came to discover the town of Bloomsburg, he said he came across it via an internet search. Yet again, proving the connectivity and closeness the internet can provide the art world.
Over the course of the last few decades, Dorigatti has explored various musical directions but felt particularly at home with Jazz, producing various CDs of his own compositions, some in collaboration with renowned musicians such as bass player Peter Herbert. Despite his love of Jazz and its different forms of performance, he never turned his back on Blues. During the 90s, he attracted attention with his first Blues band T.mo thanks to his virtuoso guitar skills and unmistakable voice, not to mention the authenticity he conveys through the music.
When asked about his creative process, Dorigatti explained, he doesn’t really have a formula for writing music. He just sits down, grabs his guitar and that is how the songs come out. From his experience, he says the music scene is a hard business. You have to work hard to achieve something. He views his trip to the United States as just another opportunity to share his music.
For musicians aspiring to follow in his footsteps, Dorigatti says you need to believe in yourself and manage yourself. He also says he has a long way to go for his career.
If you’d like to see Dorigatti in person, he will be performing songs from his new album Memphisto at The Exchange in Bloomsburg on Wednesday, July 31st at 7 p.m.. Admission is just $5 and BYOB is welcome w/ proper identification. Let’s give him a warm welcome!