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A very adventurous band, this Italian Avant/Folk ensemble never got much attention during their fairly short formation during the early 80's, therefore information on this band is hard to find. Their music is very pleasant yet challenging, with also some notable classical and ethnic influences incorporated in their overall sound. The vocals plays a significant role in their music as well, with almost Zeuhl-ish male and female vocal stylistics that flows systematically well with the music. They released one studio album and one EP in 1981 and 1982 with their best release being the self-titled studio album wich represents everything musically decribed in this bio at its best, a truly admiring release and an essential of it's genre. Ensemble Havadią disbanded shortly after these releases, but they are both reissued on CD so if you stumble over it then check it out if you have a desire for avantgarde, folk and classical music.

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Ensemble Havadią RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Bj-1
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2 stars The second and final release (an EP this time) from this highy unique Italian avant-folk ensemble turned out to be a slight disappointment to me actually. While their debut was a very beautiful and adventurous effort rooted in Italian folk and classical music this one walks a complete opposite direction, focusing mainly on basic song structures that strongly resembles typical late 70's Italian pop music albeit of a more ethnic nature. Decent material but fairly uninteresting unless you enjoy this kind of music, and why Ensemble Havadią changed so drastically in style is still a mystery to me. The last track however, a 9-minute mini- epic, recalls their debut marvellously and saves this EP from being a stinker.

Otherwise, musicianship is steady and the sound quality is fairly good but as said; this is overall not as interesting as their debut album other than the last track. This EP got re-issued with their debut on CD in 2006. 2.5/5

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3.88 | 5 ratings

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Ensemble Havadią RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Bj-1
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4 stars A journey through a bit more odd landscapes than usual, perhaps?

The first release from this absolutely unique Italian ensemble is definitely an obvious pick for some of the most promising and interesting albums I have heard recently, or even during this year. After stumbling over these guys/gals I must admit that it took me a while before it really growed on me, but when it did it went from from just interesting to incredibly facinating. A true standout within the Italian RIO/Avant scene if you ask me. What about describing the music, you ask? Well, it could best be described as a very melodic kind of folk music mingling with some very prominent avantgarde and classical influences, with very interesting vocal use and additional instrumentation. The music is challenging but also very ethnic and beautiful up to several times, and while the avantgarde still is present quite often here this album is very accessible although it might take some time to fully get into it. It would be difficult to pick out some particular excellent moments from this album but I have to say that I especially like Il serpente burocratico, Gocce amare and Fuma el camin. Otherwise, it's a fairly cohesive album that should be listened from start to finish to fully experience it. Comparing Ensemble Havadią to another band would be easier, think of a slightly less avantgarde Opus Avantra (Introspezione-era) and there you go!

Before ending this review, I have to say that I was particulary impressed by the vocal arrangements on this album. The arrangements of the male/female vocals are excellent and manages to fit the complex music perfectly, and I can also sense some Zeuhl influences in the vocal work as well, although being less repetitive. The musicianship is about the same as the vocals; well- handled and systematically competent put together, including some really fine eclectic instrumentation on several of the tracks. So basically, Im saying that if you dig adventurous vocal oriented avantgarde, folk and classical music that is original and well-put together, then I urge you to check out this album. Highly recommended! 4.5/5

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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