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MEZZ GACANO

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MEZZ GACANO is a musical project by David (e) Nino Urso MEZZATESTA, born from the ashes of Multimedial Stigghiolizing Enteprise (formerly Slapamdeus) and Tchazart. The original project comes to life in Parma1997. The first concert took place at Bataclan in Salsomaggiore Terme (PR) in February 1998 with Fabrizio LAZZARETTI on electric piano, Pietro "pillino" PIZZUTO on bass, Piero De GAETANO on drums and of course Davide MEZZATESTA on guitar; influences of the period are Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Gong, Naked City, Mr. Bungle and Ozric Tentacles. In October of the same year Davide and Pietro moved to Palermo and met to form The KATERBA together with Giovanni Di MZARTINO on keyboards and Gaetano Di GIACINTO on drums. The Group, which performs live only once at the "Casetta Bianca" in Casteldaccia (PA), broke up in 2000 giving birth to two parallel evolutions, Paul Teglia & The Goodmakers Of S**t (now SUOLO) and MEZZ GACANO.

In May 2001 the "MEZZ GACANO BAND" stabilize in the following quintet:
- Davide MEZZATESTA / vocals, guitars
- Marco MONTEROSSO / vocals, guitars
- Giovanni Di MARTINO / backing vocals, keyboards
- Lucio GIACALONE / bass
- Piero PITINGARO / drums
In September 2002 they produced "Pal˛ra di BoskÓuz" (Sasime 001).

In 2004 the formation changed its structure acquiring a more "art rock" form (Henry Cow, Art Bears, This Heat); the new "acquisitions" are Marco Lo CICERO on electric bass and double bass, Francesca LUBRANO on vocals (and co-author of Proshanije's text) and Gaetano Di GIACINTO (formerly with KATERBA) on percussion. With this training and with the help of various external collaborators (including the Zarcone Brothers) the "new" MEZZ GACANO recorded "Avangandastrialopiteco" (Sasime 002) "unofficial" self-produced disc in 100 copies all sold at the presentation on 24 October 2004.

From 2004 to 2008 Davide MEZZATESTA (now definitely MEZZ GACANO) devoted himself exclusively to "solo" works - "MezzGuitar" (Sasime rare 001), "Megghiu Sulu" (Sasime rare 002). In May 2008 MEZZ GACANO returned to the studio to record ten new tracks for "Ozocovonobovo" and in the meantime put together the so-called "BoskÓuz band" to celebrate the first five years since September of the same year exit of "Pal˛ra di BoskÓuz". In 2009 the "BoskÓuz Band" records "Live @t Nino Label" (Sasime / nino Label) in the NINO LABEL studios. In 2010 the line-up changes the rhythm section further, this time investing in Fabrizio VITTOR...
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Pal˛ra di boskÓuz
2002
4.50 | 2 ratings
Avangandastrialopiteco
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ozocovonobovo
2009
5.00 | 2 ratings
Froka
2016
5.00 | 2 ratings
Kinderheim
2017
4.08 | 5 ratings
OzocovonobovO MMXX
2020

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Fabbrica 102
2018
5.00 | 1 ratings
TabŘs
2019
5.00 | 1 ratings
Olofraga (Live in Teatro Biondo)
2019
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Froka Live
2019
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ex Carcere Femminile - Palermo 2002 (Live Split with Anatrofobia)
2020

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Happy New heart
2009
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Workplace
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Oyelo Revenge
2020

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4.08 | 5 ratings

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Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars The album "OzocovonobovO MMXX" created by a multi-instrumentalist Davide MEZZATESTA aka MEZZ GACANO has various sound appearances and unexpecting developments all around. I'm very happy to get Davide's email directly (thanks Davide) and to meet such wonderful musical diversity via his latest creation. At first a mysterious and weird sound world should be spread into our brain and it's quite tough for us to digest promptly (trust me) but this opus is kinda narcotic agent ... to listen carefully is just to get immersed in it without choice. Also attractive that lots of session musicians play as collaborators, and all of them have the same goal to melodic confusion (lol).

Stumbling wind instrument plays ("Ozomeztro"), massively heavy guitar power phases ("Huiut"), jazzy funky rhythmical melody temptation ("Ojelo Vojoje", one of my favourite songs) ... colourful sound approaches can be heard here and there. "Unghstum" is clearly a favourable hard rock tinged with avantgarde seasoning. "Carmelo In My Room", a safe and sound ambience plus sudden melodic dissection in the latter part, reminds us of the similar vein to a French Giant L'infonie.

"Pomoflower MMXX", another masterpiece in this creation, is exactly a mixture of his musical essence. Complicated movements, brilliant sound ornamentations, quiet lesions, distorting synthesizer parasites, electronic eccentricities, and so on, all are squeezed into this track. "The Sunny Son Of BlŘtenstaub" in the same vein of Red Noise or Patrick Vian has critical sarcastic vibes and contro-inspirational hints filled with improvisational saxophone tips and sort of delightful acoustic guitar lullaby. The last "Sunny Son of BlŘtenstaub meez Ubao e i Bioboi" gets more and more cynical and dissonant, and flooded with multiple instrumental violence obviously to give the audience excessive comfort.

Let me say I'm wondering why Davide can launch such a colourful sound production. ;)

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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