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CARNASCIALIA

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CARNASCIALIA was an Italian folk prog project that was founded from the ashes of CANZONIERE DEL LAZIO in the late seventies. The founders Pasquale Minieri and Giorgio Vivaldi as well as Carlo Siliotto were all previously members of that group. CARNASCIALIA released only one album. In this album the group consisted of Pasquale Minieri (guitar, bass, vocals), Giorgio Vivaldi (percussion, flute), Carlo Siliotto (violin), Demetrio Stratos (vocals), Clara Murtas (vocals), Nunzia Tambara (vocals), Piero Brega (vocals), Luciano Francisci (accordion), Tommaso Vittorini (sax), Maurizio Giammarco (sax), Mauro Pagani (violin, mandolin), Danilo Rea (piano), Marcello Vento (drums) and Pablo Romero (tin whistle). The most famous members for progressive music fans were obviously Demetrio Stratos of AREA and Mauro Pagani of PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI fame.

The only album was released in 1979 and it carries the group's name. The music in this album can be considered avant prog folk. It is hard to compare this group to the other groups of the seventies Italian scene but it is somewhat similar at least to some works of CLAUDIO ROCCHI. The music is not similar to the symphonic groups of the Italian scene, which were the most famous ones, but the music is nevertheless very good and should please fans of prog folk.

CARNASCIALIA was an interesting group in the avant prog folk scene. Recommended!

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4.18 | 18 ratings
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1979

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 Carnascialia by CARNASCIALIA album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.18 | 18 ratings

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Carnascialia Prog Folk

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars I must admit I have been completely blown away by this album. I usually stay away from anything labeled as Folk, but I feel the Folk label is a little misleading here. I like the description given in the bio here as he describes them as Avant / Folk. There are definite Folk and Avant flavours to this record but it certainly wouldn't truly fit in one or the other in my opinion. This band rose from the ashes of an Italian Folk band called CANZONIERE DEL LAZIO so again there is that flavour for sure.This was released in 1979 and includes PFM's Mauro Pagani on violin and mandolin and also AREA's legendary vocalist Demetrio Stratos. He sings on two tracks but there other singers, in fact there are 14 people playing on this album altogether. I found out about this band about a month ago when reading through this RPI reference book I purchased which lists all the Italian prog bands and their albums including pictures of the album covers. What made me investigate this record was the fact that Demetrio Stratos was on it. What has impressed me so much with this album is how adventerous it is, as well as all the interesting ideas they have implimented. I mean if your a fan of Avant and RPI you will be playing this one a lot. On my final listen (before this review) as I drove into work today I had a lump in my throat on three different occassions from what I was hearing. Nothing like wiping away tears that have been caused by the music I am listening to.

"Canzone Numero Uno" opens with intricate guitar as the vocals join in. It turns fuller as the bass arrives .Beautiful and moving stuff. It's fuller again 2 1/2 minutes in as the violin and percussion arrive and the tempo picks up. A top three. "Fiocchi Di Neve E Bruscolini" is where Demetrio shines vocally. At one point I had a revelation because he's making these sounds like an instrument and it made me think of AREA right away and I thought "I didn't know that sound was done through Demetrio's vocals on those AREA albums". Incredible ! He's making all kinds of different sounds and expressions throughout this track. Music kicks in after a minute.This sounds so cool with the percussion and flute helping out. "Almeisan" opens with piano and atmosphere.It sounds like two pianos then we get violin around 2 1/2 minutes. Gorgeous. Sax too then vocals before 6 1/2 minutes.

"Kaitain" is a top three for me. Intricate sounds with atmosphere to start. Actually these intricate sounds continue to the end. Vocal melodies from Demetrio before 2 minutes. The sax joins in and it trades of with Demetrio. Man this sounds incredible. "Cruzeiro Do Sul" opens with wind chime-like sounds as the vocal melodies create a rhythm.This is both interesting and really good. Violin and other sounds join in until the sound becomes thick and dense as it all blends into one. So good ! The wind chime-like sounds are back to end it. "Gamela" has this electronic beat as other sounds join in. It settles with a beat before 2 minutes.Violin and bass join in too. It picks up and gets fuller 4 1/2 minutes in with vocals. Great sound here as the female vocal melodies and sax help out.

This is music for someone who's looking for something a little different. It's challenging and adventerous yet romantic and passionate. I call it RPI. Now I can't wait to get the sister album to this one.

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4.18 | 18 ratings

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Carnascialia Prog Folk

Review by The Hemulen
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4 stars First of all, I feel obliged to point out that I have only heard this album on mp3. It seems to be otherwise completely unavailable, unless you can track down a copy of the LP.

To fill in those of you pondering over the details of this album, until such time as a decent biography is added, the group were formed by a few members of the disbanded Italian folk band Canzoniere del Lazio. They roped in the likes of Mauro Pagani of PFM and Demetrio Stratos of Area to record an eclectic album of six very different tracks fusing various styles of folk and world music with rocky and proggy touches. The project may well have seen a second album (and more still, who knows?) were it not for Stratos' tragic and untimely death that same year.

Now, onto the music:

Canzone Numero Uno - A spirited, highly folkish song with a distinctly celebratory atmosphere. If this doesn't make you grin widely and tap your feet then nothing will.

Fiocchi Di Neve E Bruscolini - A short Stratos showcase with spoken words and strange vocal noises, flowing into a quirky percussion and tin whistle piece. One of the more avant-garde pieces, but quite brilliant, to my ears at least.

Almeisan - A highly laid-back and atmospheric piece built around gentle piano, violin and saxophone, with the sound of pebbles being dragged by the tide as a constant flowing companion. Utterly beautiful.

Kaitain - The incomparable Stratos returns, this time delivering something more tuneful but still extremely other-worldly. This time his unique vocals are underpinned by a rhythm tapped out on some kind of stringed instrument. The track also features tuned percussion, strings and saxophone, and has a rather detached feel.

Cruzeiro do Sul - Another very alien sounding song that I really can't compare to anything else. I've simply never heard another song like it. The base of it is constant tinkling bells and a simple choral phrase looping again and again, mirrored by piano, with all sorts of other instrumental goings on ebbing and flowing beneath it. The vocals die out halfway through, and in comes Stratos again to do. something with his voice. I don't know what he does, but it sounds rather good. This all makes a lot more sense when you hear it, trust me.

Gamela - This track starts out with some tuned percussion coupled with some jolly basslines, improvised violin (Pagani finally getting a chance to really show what he's made of). Eventually an almost-mexican sounding melody comes in and brings the song, and indeed the album to a wonderful, upbeat conclusion.

Highlights: Very tempted to say all of them, but let us stick with. "Canzone Numero Uno", "Almeisan", "Cruzeiro do Sul"

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