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Italian composer and musician Alessandro FARINELLA is probably best known in university circles, where his degree in philosophy on the Middle Age mnemotechnic of Giordano Bruno and his editing job on the italian translation of Spiritual and demonic magic both achievements of a fairly unique nature. Besides his more esoteric interests in the world of thoughts and knowledge Farinella has a nice resume as a musician too. He was a member of Italian band Brainstorm / Theatre from 1987 to 1993, has studied piano jazz with Marco Bianchi, written soundtrack music and performed an acoustic version of Genesis' "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" alongside Silvio Masanotti. In 2007 Farinella kicked off a solo career with the full length album "Momo", and in 2012 the second chapter of his career as a solo artist was made available as "Road to Damascus".

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 Road to Damascus by FARINELLA, ALESSANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Road to Damascus
Alessandro Farinella Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 really

Alessandro Farinella was the keyboard player of forgotten obscure late '80s italian band named Theatre who released only one album in 1993 named No More Rhymes But Mr. Brainstorm. Besides being a musician he is a well known in university circles , he has a degree in philosophy on the Middle Age mnemotechnic of Giordano Bruno, a quite intresting and unique afair in his career. In 2007 he begun his solo career and untill now he released 2 albums under his name, one named Momo in 2007 and second Road to Damascus in 2012. The album issued by MaRaCash records is a fairly good one from start to finish , toying with symphonic prog melted with eclectic and crossover prog passages. There are some really awesome instrumental parts like on the longest tune of the album The brave, his keybords shine and in combination with the guitar of Guido Mock done some good job. Another highlights are the opening track The battle, an instrumental track that shwos Farinella is able to compose some fantastic passages, from calm to more up tempo this pieces sets the mood for the entire album.Another big one in my opinion is Natural, I like a lot Farinella voice on this piece, very emotional and with good arrangements. Farinella voice is not among the best I've heared, is ok and fiting good into this type of music but is not awesome in terms of range. All in all, quite unknown italian musician, Road to Damascis is for sure a good listning and desearves little better then is seen today. 3.5 stars. Nice art work, Farinella dressed in armour with ruins behind him.

 Momo by FARINELLA, ALESSANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.07 | 9 ratings

Alessandro Farinella Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Born in 1967 in Milan, Alessandro Farinella was an original member and keyboardist of Brainstorm in 1987, who changed their name to Theatre at the fall of the 80's.He left the group before the release of its sole album ''No More Rhymes But Mr. Brainstorm'', focused in his studies in Jazz, but completely abandoned music after taking his deegree in Philosophy in 1998.In mid-00's he returned with ex-Tale Cue's guitarist Silvio Masanotti for a live acoustic version of Genesis' ''The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'' and soon after composed music for his first solo album ''Momo'', eventually released on BTF in 2007.He receives help also by ex-Premiata Forneria Marconi's drummer Roberto Gualdi and bassist Mauro Dell'Acqua, while a couple of guest singers appear in backing vocals.

''Momo'' is basically a song-oriented Art Rock effort, where Farinella shows his ability to combine interesting melodies, diverse instrumentation and sensitive, warm English vocals in atmospheric and melodic pieces.However there are also occasional washes from Neo Prog grounds, close to the likes of his former group THEATRE, as well as references to the Classic Prog era through the careful use of organ, mellotron and even harsichord.The main factor of the album though remains the melody and the expressive vocal work and Farinella does a nice job, offering a decent singing performance next to smooth guitar playing and the dominant presence of synthesizers.The music is easy-listening and quite memorable with plenty of well-crafted parts and harmonic lines.Still the man does not forget to present a more demanding side, like on the superb, all instrumental and very MARILLION/JADIS-like ''Roundabout'', featuring a perfect combination of electric guitars and keyboards, the sensitive ''Aletheia'' or the vintage-influenced eponymous track with the great combination of spacey guitars and flutes.Trully artistic approach, which at moments reminds of STEVE THORNE's solo works.

After many years Farinella tried to earn what he deserved as a member of Theatre, as he was the main composer of the group, despite not appearing on the 93' album of the group.Very good and melodic Progressive/Art Rock with a very sensitive side.Recommended.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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