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PLURIMA MUNDI

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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Plurima Mundi is a musical sextet: the leader is Massimiliano Monopoli(violinist), Grazia Maremonti(voice), Massimo Bozza(bass), Vincenzo Zecca(guitar), Pierfrancesco Caramia(drums), and Francesco Pagliarulo(piano). Listening to their music you will find bits of swing, classical, jazz-fusion, blues, and ethno-funk coming together as progressive rock. Vitality and energy are main ingredients of their creations, offering "a new renaissance, a search for new musical horizons which embrace technology." Released in May 2009 Atto I is their debut EP which can be obtained through MaRaCash Records or BTF. The band hopes to continue with a future full length project.

Donato Zoppo (MovimentiProg, Jam) writes "The main role of the violin let Plurima Mundi be the worthy heir of PFM and Curved Air, but thanks to their elegance and dynamics, they are heir of Jean Luc Ponty rock-jazz and Mahavishnu Orchestra too. Atto I is only the first step towards a really worthy project."

BTF's site notes: "Influenced by Osanna, PFM, King Crimson and Jethro Tull, Plurima Mundi features Lino Vairetti from Osanna singing the final track "Aria". The music of Atto 1 is the result of a classic symphonic progressive rock with the Mediterranean folk melodies."

They were unanimously approved by the RPI team not because they are a replication of a '70s act, but because their rather feisty attitude attempts to blend many styles into a contemporary sound that goes a different direction from many of the other current bands on the Italian prog scene. That said, there is still a healthy respect for the individual elements present in many of the classic RPI groups. The most obvious weapons are the leading role of Monopoli's violin, the lovely vocals of Grazia Maremonti, and the delightful keys of Pagliarulo. This is a band for any RPI fan who wants a modern, mature, and sprightly mix of jazz and classically influenced prog-rock and adult-contemporary music. It's pretty elegant stuff, you won't find much grit, grunge, or harshness in this sound.

[Bio by Jim Russell and the band, Sept 2009]

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3.40 | 5 ratings
Atto I
2009

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Atto I
Plurima Mundi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars The most appealing aspect of this EP is the sound of the individual instruments. Plurima Mundi has one of the silkiest violin tones I have ever heard; at times it is so full I mistook it for an accordion! I love the electric guitar tone, which is similar to my sound I would say, and the bass both thumps and pops. The soft feminine vocals are endearing, but occasionally she can wail in an unsettling way. The music is dynamic, ranging from almost inaudible, breathy passages to harsh dissonance. The extended piece "Laboratoria 30" is sometimes too disjointed for my taste, but may appeal to avant-prog fans. The fourth and final track has dramatic male and female vocals along with erratic drums and violin, not to mention pop and disco sensibilities

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Atto I
Plurima Mundi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Italian act Plurima Mundi hails from Taranto, led by classical-influenced violin player Massimiliano Monopoli.The six-piece line-up is completed with Massimo Bozza on bass, Vincenzo Zecca on guitars, Pierfrancesco Caramia on drums and Francesco Pagliarulo on piano along with female singer Grazia Maremonti.The debut of the band was the short EP ''Atto 1'' from 2009, released through Ma.Ra.Cash Records.

The album opens with the instrumental ''Ortus confuses'', a good mix of Classical-based violin drives and piano-led Jazz/Fusion with a nice amount of energy.''Nei ricordi del tempo'' will soften things.Driven by the symphonic violin passages of Monopoli, the dreamy and crystalline vocals of Maremonti and the overall dramatic atmosphere with some great guitar and piano work, this tracks comes like cross between OUTER LIMITS and CONQUEROR.''Laboratoria 30'' is the longest and more complicated track of the EP by far, featuring a fair amount of sudden breaks and dramatic interplays, alternating between fiery and calm atmospheres and highlighted by the ethereal voice of Maremonti along with the adventurous performances on violins, piano and guitars.''Aria'' features the guest appearance of Osanna's Lino Vairetti on vocals, however the tracks is rather the weakest in here with too many vocals and confusing Funk beats among the interesting instrumental prog parts.

Plurima Mundi are definitely a band with potential.''Atto 1'' was just a door to a full-length release, which hopefully sees the light someday.Recommended to a wide spectrum of fans, including Fusion buffers, Symphonic Rock followers and Classical Music lovers.

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Atto I
Plurima Mundi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Todd
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano!

4 stars Four stars for four elements!

This is an EP full of memorable melodies, intricate songwriting, and excellent musicianship. And above all, the feeling I have after listening to the four songs (roughly based on the four elements, earth, wind, fire, and air, respectively) is that all of the essential elements are there (pun intended, sorry) for incredible growth in their future releases. This album, though short, is outstanding and well worth seeking.

The band is fronted by virtuosic violinist Massimiliano Monopoli, and the violin is definitely the lead instrument in every song. The keyboards are handled by Francesco Pagliarulo, whose choice of timbre is usually electric or acoustic piano, and the effect is usually one of coloring and atmosphere. Guitarist Vincenzo Zecca plays a similar role, often taking lead but usually contributing to texture. The rhythm section is excellent, with Massimo Bozza on bass and Pierfrancesco Caramia on drums. The beautiful voice of Grazia Maremonti pulls everything together and provides many magical moments, especially when serving as a foil for the violin. I should note that Lino Vairetti from OSANNA guests on the last song, "Aria," trading vocals with Grazia in a fabulous interchange of ideas and contrasting tones and styles.

My favorite track is the longest, the almost eleven minute "Laborotorio 30." On this track you will find the essence of what I think PLURIMA MUNDI is trying to do. There is an excellent juxtaposition of styles, including classical, jazz, folk, funk, and straight symphonic prog, with interesting rhythmic ideas and melodies. The song begins with furious, angular themes being doubled by violin and keyboards, then by the guitar, always with the bass and drums providing propulsive texture. This segues into beautiful soaring melodies, highlighting the violin and then Grazia's beautiful voice. Back and forth goes the transition, creating an overall wonderful pastiche of sound and emotion.

I'm very enthusiastic about this band! This album is excellent and offers a taste of what we can expect in the future. 4.5 stars, rounded down for now, because I look forward to some growth coming over the horizon.

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Atto I
Plurima Mundi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by LinusW
Special Collaborator Italian Prog Specialist

3 stars Regardless of what tickles your fancy music-wise, you're likely to find at least something amiable with this collection of songs. While clearly not afraid to go full-out prog, there's still an almost equally strong pop sensibility to some of the movements here, unfortunately in somewhat less graceful and less inspired arrangements.

Plurima Mundi is a band with a knack for effortlessly jumping from style to style, with an equal part of good fun and serious skill in the compositional department to make it all work in the end. Ortos Confusus, the first track, is a perfect example of it. Melodramatic melancholia grows into a sunny, kind of Irish violin melody that falls into a sprawling, "É Festa"-propulsive theme that truly makes me think of the greats in Italian prog. Once you come back from the comparisons the music is now in jazz territory with walking bass and a nifty, playful piano beefing up the soundscape. And after that there's even more - symphonic, spiralling whirls of violin-saturated up-tempo sympho-rock that eventually concludes this song in a fashionably abrupt way. And that's just four minutes of music.

Nei Ricordi Del Tempo has a tender, slightly lounge-infused sound with soft-spoken guitar and the ever-present violin accompanying the emotional presence in Grazia Maremonti's vocals. Bordering on the sugary mediocrity of many Italian ballads, it's salvaged by some more of that tasteful, subtle intricacy and a strangely Kansas-esque excursion towards the end. Nice!

The "epic" Laboratorio 30 is definitely the high-point here. Initially busy and nervous and with that slightly disturbing touch of stressful paranoia that makes Dedicato A Frazz and Ys such gems. This is a powerful showcase of the band's assembled talent. Classy, classic and clever RPI played with passion. A pleasant return to more mellow and melodic territory serves as a welcome, under-stated break before the frenzy takes over again. For some reason though, there's a jarringly sweet middle-section where the violin instead shows an uglier side as sappy "string arrangement" backing. Rambling on for a bit too long that one, but soon forgotten during a jumpy, intense display in a calculated pseudo-Gentle Giant type of section. Great fun with mathematically applied guitar and fabulous, edgy solo runs from piano and violin (again reminding me of early Kansas). Vocalist Maremonti truly blossoms here, taking command of the song in a powerful and emotional display of why Italian is such an operatic language.

In the last song Aria, vocal duties are shared with Lino Vairetti from Osanna, in the most crossover of all the songs. A driven composition, with symphonic sensibilities and a twitchy, nervous atmosphere to it. Seamlessly, it sometimes grows into a funky rhythm pattern which works strangely well even in this more symphonic territory. A fine song, but somewhat failing in living up to its full potential.

At large, that's how I feel about the album as a whole. Plurima Mundi at this point in time tries to do so much at once they sometimes just don't feel focused. There's a bit of an unpleasant tension between the different parts. Not truly musically disjointed, there's too much talent involved for that. It's just not proper crossover potential, but rather quick jumps from one part of the spectrum to another. With so much capacity, it seems like a waste to me, especially since the complex, proggy parts are what they do best.

Some trimming could take this band to great heights.

3 stars.

//LinusW

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Atto I
Plurima Mundi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Another fresh sound from Italy

"Atto I" is the debut EP by the Taranto based Plurima Mundi, a new 6-piece outfit delivering lavish and elegant compositions that should thrill many RPI fans. They sound markedly different than many other current entries on the RPI scenes, different than the heavy-rock proggers, folkier entries, or those infused with metal or neo influences. As mentioned in my Bio, this band has a feisty compositional attitude and grabs every style in the book in the search for a unique sound?.and it works! Blending so many styles could be a disaster in some cases but not here.

The band is led by violinist/composer Massimiliano Monopoli with lyrics by vocalist Grazia Maremonti. The base sound is very modern fusion of jazz, rock, and classical music with dabblings in about every style. If the description is beginning to remind you of Quella Vecchia Locanda it would be understandable?but not very accurate. Plurima Mundi only occasionally recalls QVL via the violin/classical emphasis, most of the time the sound is more contemporary and light-hearted. There are pop sensibilities running through these tracks even as they are satisfyingly complex and daring. Sophisticated and mature in their talents, yet the attitude is playful and bold?this band is throwing everything at the wall here. The lead violin is backed by electric guitar, often funky bass, and energetic drumming, all of these lads delivering some monster chops. Alternately tracks will be led by Francesco Pagliarulo's furious piano runs. Another secret weapon is the soaring female vocals of Grazia Maremonti. While there are long and jamming instrumental sections, Grazia's vocals serve welcome change-ups throughout and give the songs some real balance and variety. The opening instrumental moves with mean dexterity from a Celtic flirt to some swift jazzy runs before a crazy violin rush to the finish line. "Nei ricordi del tempo" is more romantic and soft. "Laboratorio 30" is where things get pretty nuts, a 10-minute feast of progressive rock: dueling violin and electric guitar runs, a sweet vocal mid section before another chaotic ending. The closer "Aria" features an arresting duet between Grazia and special guest Lino Vairetti of Osanna. Both are superbly talented and the Italian vocals have that zest and life that fans expect. This is one of many examples where modern RPI is fully realized, building on the traditions that made the genre great, but morphing it into a new branch on the sound tree. They manage a difficult balancing act of birthing a sound that is satisfying to progressive fans while actually having more commercial crossover potential than many.

We were delighted to approve this band to RPI as they are fresh and full of potential, offering a different sound than many genre fans are used to. I'm really psyched to hear where this band goes with a full length release, but don't wait. Get this fine introduction while you can through MaRaCash's or BTF's website. The brief booklet does include full lyrics printed in Italian.

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