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Subject: A journey through the Italianprog scene
Date Posted: October 18 2009 at 08:26
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CONTEMPORARY
ITALIAN PROG SCENE
 
By Andrea Parentin
 
 
A SHORT FOREWORD
 
Italy is a complex country with many different regions and cities. Almost each one has its own culture, dialect and traditions. Moreover, almost every city in Italy can boast at least one interesting prog band. So, at this point I think it could be useful to plan an imaginary journey through Italy and its culture while listening to contemporary local prog bands, the same bands that you could hear live on stage if you plan a real journey through Italy nowadays.  If you can’t go to concerts, no problem. Through the official websites of the bands or their MySpace pages you can listen to plenty of tracks for free... Well, most of the bands listed here could fit the subgenre called http://www.progarchives.com/subgenre.asp?style=28" rel="nofollow - Rock Progressivo Italiano . There are many exceptions, of course, but there’s no room for cover bands or tribute bands. Are you interested? Let’s start...
 
LIGURIA
 
Probably the best departure point for a journey through the current Italian prog scene is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genoa" rel="nofollow - GENOA . Genoa, the capital of the Italian region Liguria, also known as the city of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre_della_Lanterna" rel="nofollow - Lanterna because its lighthouse is one of the landmark of the city, is not only the place of birth of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus" rel="nofollow - Christopher Columbus and of violin virtuoso and composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccol%C3%B2_Paganini" rel="nofollow - Niccolò Paganini but also the home city of many prog bands. The best known are I New Trolls who started their career in 1966 influenced by beat and psychedelia. In 1967 on their debut album Senza orario, senza bandiera, which is usually considered the first Italian concept album, they collaborated with two other great artists from Genoa, singer-songwriter Fabrizio De Andrè and composer and producer Gian Piero Reverberi. In 1971 they turned to progressive rock and later to pop. Nowadays I New Trolls continue to keep alive their repertoire with excellent live performances even if they have now split into two branches with old and younger members playing in two different line-ups. The first one is La Leggenda dei New Trolls ( http://www.myspace.com/newtrollsofficial" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), featuring founder members Vittorio De Scalzi and Nico Di Palo, who in 2007 released an interesting new album with an orchestra, Concerto Grosso, The Seven Seasons. Historic New Trolls members Gianni Belleno and Giorgio D’Adamo recently joined La Leggenda dei New Trolls and now they are all working on a new “Concerto Grosso” with composer Luis Bacalov. The other branch is Il Mito dei New Trolls ( http://www.myspace.com/newtrollsilmito" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), featuring historic members as Ricky Belloni and Giorgio Usai, more focused on the pop side of I New Trolls’ repertoire although on stage they also perform pieces from the progressive period of the band. Well, the history of I New Trolls is rather complex. In 1973, after the first New Trolls split up, former members of the band formed three new different groups: New Trolls Atomic System, Ibis and Tritons. In 2008 Maurizio Salvi, former member of I New Trolls and Ibis, tried to revive one of these offshoots with a new line-up under the name Ibis Prog Machine ( http://www.myspace.com/quotibisquotprogmachinequotipmquot" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).  
 
I New Trolls are not the only prog band from this city formed in the late sixties and early seventies still in activity. Delirium ( http://www.myspace.com/deliriumitaly" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) are alive and kicking too and in 2009 they released an excellent brand new album called Il nome del vento. By the way, former member of Delirium Ivano Fossati ( http://www.ivanofossati.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) after leaving the band started a successful solo career and is now one of the most appreciated Italian singer-songwriters. Another historic band in activity are Latte e Miele ( http://www.myspace.com/lattemieleprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) that reunited in 2008 for an international tour, a live record and new projects. Nuova Idea are back too on the initiative of drummer Paolo Siani who in 2010 gathered around him other old members of the band and some friends for a new album on Black Widow Records, Castles, Wings, Stories and Dreams featuring old stuff rearranged and some new tracks (the name of this project is Paolo Siani and friends featuring Nuova Idea). Other bands that were formed in Genoa during the seventies and that recently came back to life are Picchio dal Pozzo ( http://www.picchiodalpozzo.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and Garybaldi. Historic names from the seventies progressive rock scene from Genoa are also Gleemen, Bambibanda e Melodie, J.E.T., Osage Tribe, Duello Madre and La Famiglia degli Ortega. They’re not active any more, but you never know!
 
Anyway, the prog vein of Genoa has not dried up yet and its contemporary prog scene is still full of talented musicians. Undoubtedly a very important and prolific one is Fabio Zuffanti ( http://www.myspace.com/fabiozuffanti" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), bass player and composer who is behind many projects of great interest to prog lovers. The first one is Finisterre ( http://www.myspace.com/officialfinisterreblog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a band that began life in 1993 with a symphonic sound although over the years their music has been contaminated by other influences and a slight pop touch. Then there are Höstsonaten ( http://www.myspace.com/hostsonaten" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), who started as a Fabio Zuffanti solo project and have a more acoustic, pastoral sound. La Maschera di Cera ( http://www.myspace.com/mascheradicera" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) are another band formed on the initiative of Fabio Zuffanti featuring a vintage sound heavily drawing on the legacy of the seventies Italian prog scene. In 2010 they recruited a new guitarist and released a very good album, Petali di fuoco. Other projects of Fabio Zuffanti that deserve mentioning here are Aries ( http://www.myspace.com/spacearies" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), featuring a more folk prog vein with Celtic influences, and Rohmer ( http://www.myspace.com/rohmerofficial" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), an experimental project with a strong electronic touch. In 2000 Fabio Zuffanti also composed a rock opera, Merlin – The Rock Opera, and now is working on a new one, Cime tempestose, inspired by Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights. Another member of Finisterre, La Maschera di Cera and Rohmer, Agostino Macor, started a jazz-rock-experimental side-project called Zaal ( http://www.myspace.com/zaalproject" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) featuring Fabio Zuffanti as a guest, which should be of some interest to prog lovers.
 
In my opinion there are also very interesting projects started by singer and lyricist Mercy and bassist Diego Banchero, musicians who feature in the line-ups of bands as Malombra ( http://www.myspace.com/malombraitalia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Il Segno del Comando, both formed in the nineties and featuring a hard, dark sound. In 2003 Mercy formed Ianva ( http://www.myspace.com/ianva" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a very interesting project featuring a folky, pastoral sound while Diego Banchero is now behind two other interesting acoustic driven projects, Egida Aurea ( http://www.myspace.com/egidaaurea" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Recondita Stirpe ( http://www.myspace.com/reconditastirpe" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Another former member of Malombra, Fabio Casanova, started a solo project called Sad Minstrel ( http://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Sad-Minstrel/170928712941452" rel="nofollow - Facebook ). Two members of Ianva, Fabio Gremo and Francesco La Rosa are also involved in another band with a much heavier sound, Daedalus ( http://www.myspace.com/progdaedalus" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). The latest Ianva album included the collaboration of keyboardist Elisa Montaldo, founder member in 2006 of Il Tempio delle Clessidre ( http://www.myspace.com/iltempiodelleclessidre" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) along with veteran Stefano “Lupo” Galifi, vocalist on the famous Museo Rosenbach album “Zarathustra” and later rock-blues singer in local cover bands. The name of the band was inspired by the title of a part of the suite “Zarathustra” and the initial idea of the band was to play on stage the whole of the first Museo Rosenbach album with the original singer and new arrangements featuring vintage sounds. After some line-up changes (the current line-up features also Fabio Gremo on bass), in September 2010 the band released an amazing eponymous debut album containing only original pieces. Another founder member of Il Tempio delle Clessidre, bassist Gabriele Guidi Colombi, left the group and formed along with other experienced musicians a new band called La Coscienza di Zeno ( http://www.myspace.com/lacoscienzadizeno" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
Neo prog lovers will appreciate Eris Pluvia ( http://www.myspace.com/erispluvia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a band formed in the late eighties and still in activity. In 2010 they released an interesting new album, Third Eye Light. In the same style we find The Ancient Veil ( http://www.myspace.com/ancientveil" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), formed by one of Eris Pluvia’s founder members, Alessandro Serri, after he left the band. On the initiative of another Eris Pluvia member, Mauro Montobbio, Narrow Pass( http://www.myspace.com/thenarrowpass" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), a band whose roots go back to the eighties, recently reformed. Narrow Pass is the English translation of “Pietre Strette”, a wild an evocative spot on Mount Portofino, not far from Genoa. Their latest album, In This World And Beyond, was released in 2009 and features the collaboration of La Maschera di Cera vocalist Alessandro Corvaglia and Il Tempio delle Clessidre keyboardist Elisa Montaldo.  
 
Another interesting local artist is Giorgio Cesare Neri ( http://www.myspace.com/giorgiocneri" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) who in 2009 released his debut album Logos, a work full of vitality and surprises that was conceived as a spiritual path, from birth to the final curtain of death. Giorgio Cesare Neri composed, arranged and recorded all the tracks in his home studio with the collaboration of some guest musicians who helped enrich the sound and the result is quite good. Giorgio Cesare Neri is also one of the founder members of Agarthi Sound Factory ( http://www.myspace.com/agarthisoundfactory" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a band formed in the mid nineties that had an ephemeral life. In 2008 old members joined again for new projects.
 
Well, the contemporary prog scene of Genoa is particularly rich and varied, it can satisfy every taste. You can find here other neo prog bands such as Aelian ( http://www.aelian.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and Trama (founded in the mid nineties and featuring a keyboardist from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiavari" rel="nofollow - Chiavari , Luca Scherani - http://www.myspace.com/lucascherani" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) or jazz-rock fusion bands as The Great Complotto ( http://www.myspace.com/greatcomplotto" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Cripta ( http://www.myspace.com/criptaquartetto" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and The Presage ( http://www.myspace.com/thepresagerock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), an old project that guitarist Giacomo Caliolo is trying to revive. Psychedelic rock lovers can listen here to Fungus ( http://www.myspace.com/fungusforyou" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), dark art-rock lovers will surely enjoy an interesting band called Tenebrae ( http://www.tenebrae.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) while prog folk fans will probably appreciate the solo works by flutist Gian Castello ( http://www.myspace.com/giancastello" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) or the dark neo-folk of a band called Tears of Othila ( http://www.myspace.com/tearsofothila" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Worth mentioning also are the classically inspired works of guitarist Maurizio Oddone ( http://www.myspace.com/mauriziooddone" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the experimental Calomito ( http://www.myspace.com/calomito" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a post rock band called Hermitage ( http://www.myspace.com/hermitagepostrock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the emerging Cahier Noir ( http://www.myspace.com/cahiernoir" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), formerly Parànomy, featuring metal influences.
 
To conclude our visit to Genoa, I think it’s useful to add that active in this city is an association called http://www.centrostudiprogitaliano.it/" rel="nofollow - Centro Studi per il Progressive Italiano whose goal is to study and promote Italian Progressive Rock. One of the founders, http://scrittoreprog.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow - Riccardo Storti , wrote a whole book about the prog scene of the seventies in Genoa, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_-_jy1BFDf6w/Ryi9v2aLZnI/AAAAAAAAAAk/kn-rZMAjFsI/s1600-h/codicezena.jpg" rel="nofollow - Codice Zena , and a biography of I New Trolls, http://www.movimentiprog.net/immagini/pubblicazioni/pestosushi.jpg" rel="nofollow - New Trolls, dal pesto al sushi . In Genoa you can also find the headquarters of the independent label http://www.blackwidow.it/" rel="nofollow - Black Widow Records , specialized in progressive rock with a special leaning towards dark-prog productions.
 
But Liguria is not only Genoa. East of Genoa, from the nearby city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Spezia" rel="nofollow - LA SPEZIA come Ancestry ( http://www.myspace.com/ancestryband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), and a new promising band called Foresta dell’Equilibrio ( http://www.myspace.com/forestadellequilibrio" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Then, west of Genoa, there’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savona" rel="nofollow - SAVONA , which, during the seventies gave us bands such as Corte dei Miracoli and Il Giro Strano. The best known historic band from Savona is The Trip ( http://www.thetripofficial.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), which was formed in the late sixties and reunited in 2010 for some concerts and new projects. Another local band from the seventies, Il Cerchio d’Oro ( http://www.myspace.com/ilcerchiodoro" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), was recently revived and in 2008 released an excellent album, Il viaggio di Colombo. Anyway the prog scene of Savona also features more recent bands. Worth  mentioning are some of the many projects of guitarist Fabrizio Bonanno such as Equiseti and the heavier Wounded Knee ( http://www.myspace.com/woundedknee1" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and a young folk rock band called Il Ponte di Zan ( http://www.myspace.com/ilpontedizan" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) whose name was inspired by an old local legend about a haunted bridge. There is also an interesting contemporary band from the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varazze" rel="nofollow - Varazze , Armalite ( http://www.myspace.com/armaliteprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). In 2008 they contributed to the project of Colossus/Musea, http://www.colossus.fi/125/index.php?id=59,0,0,1,0,0" rel="nofollow - Inferno - A Progressive Rock Epic with their symphonic sound, mostly inspired by Genesis and Marillion.
 
Last but not least the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperia_%28city%29" rel="nofollow - IMPERIA , on the border with France. This is the setting, in the imaginary town of Ombrosa, of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baron_in_the_Trees" rel="nofollow - Il barone rampante , a wonderful novel by Italian writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italo_Calvino" rel="nofollow - Italo Calvino . Nearby the city of Imperia there’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanremo" rel="nofollow - Sanremo , a town famous for its flowers and as host to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanremo_Music_Festival" rel="nofollow - Sanremo Music Festival , a song contest that is considered almost a sanctuary of the “canzone italiana”, the traditional melodic Italian song. Nonetheless during the seventies this area also gave us prog bands such as Il Sistema, Celeste and Museo Rosenbach ( http://www.museo.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ). On the initiative of founder member Alberto Moreno Museo Rosenbach began a new life in the nineties with a different line-up. Another former member of Museo Rosenbach, drummer Giancarlo Golzi, in the mid seventies joined three former members of J.E.T. (Piero Cassano, Carlo Marrale and Aldo Stellitta) and is still active with a band based in Genoa called Matia Bazar, definitely more pop oriented. A neo-prog band called Nostalgia ( http://www.myspace.com/nostalgiaprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) also come from this town but for prog lovers today Sanremo is above all the city of the independent label specialized in progressive rock, http://www.mellowrecords.com/" rel="nofollow - Mellow Records , founded by Mauro Moroni and former Celeste member and solo artist Ciro Perrino ( http://www.myspace.com/ciroperrinoofficial" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
 
PIEMONTE and VALLE D’AOSTA
 
And now we head north to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedmont" rel="nofollow - PIEMONTE and to its capital http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin" rel="nofollow - TURIN , the first capital of Italy. This city is well known for its automobile industry, for landmarks such as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_Antonelliana" rel="nofollow - Mole Antonelliana and as home to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin" rel="nofollow - Shroud . Here there’s another interesting, busy prog scene. The best known prog band from Turin are Arti e Mestieri ( http://www.myspace.com/artimestieri33" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), formed in 1974 and still active today. Some offshoots of this band are active as well as Esagono ( http://www.myspace.com/esagono" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), formed in the seventies by former Arti e Mestieri member Marco Gallesi that recently reunited and Venegoni & Co. ( http://www.myspace.com/venegonieco" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) formed by former guitarist of Arti e Mestieri Gigi Venegoni. In Turin there are also the headquarters of the independent label specialized in progressive rock http://www.electromantic.com/" rel="nofollow - Electromantic Music , founded by Arti e Mestieri keyboardist, leader and solo artist Beppe Crovella ( http://www.myspace.com/beppecrovella" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Beppe Crovella also started some side-projects that should be of some interest to prog lovers such as Tower, Mosaic, Secret Cinema and Romantic Warriors. The latest in order of time is a psychedelic project called Steeo ( http://www.reverbnation.com/steeo" rel="nofollow - ReverbNation ). 
 
Arti e Mestieri is not the only local band formed in the seventies that continues to play. Recently, on the initiative of guitarist Roby Munciguerra, Procession ( http://www.myspace.com/processionroby" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) have been reformed with a renewed line-up and in 2007 released an album featuring new songs and old stuff with new arrangements, Esplorare, while another former Procession guitarist, Marcello Capra ( http://www.myspace.com/marcellocapra" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), in 1978 started a solo career and is still active today. Other active bands whose roots date back to the seventies are, Aquael a.k.a. Maury e i Pronomi ( http://www.myspace.com/mauryeipronomi" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Mass Media ( http://www.myspace.com/massmediaprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Sintesi ( http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/sintesi" rel="nofollow - ReverbNation ) and, from the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinerolo" rel="nofollow - Pinerolo , Dedalus ( http://www.dedalus-group.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ). In the past Turin also gave us bands such as Circus 2000, Errata Corrige, Gli Alluminogeni, Aton’s, Horus, Zauber, Clarion, Circle Of Fairies, Fancyfluid, Abiogenesi, Empire, Sačka, Camera Astralis, Pictures and Contrappunto. By the way, Aton’s were formed in 1977 and are not active anymore, but their leader Pietro Ratto ( http://www.myspace.com/pietroratto" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) started a solo career and in 2009 released an album in the same vein as his old band, Il folle. Another interesting band from Turin with a long career is Calliope ( http://www.calliopeonline.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) that began life in 1989. After a long pause they are now working on new projects. 1989 also saw the formation of Syndone ( http://www.syndone.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) who recently reformed after a long hiatus on the initiative of keyboardist and composer Nick Comoglio. In 2010 they released a new album, Melapesante.
 
Of course, the prog scene of the city is not stuck in the past. Close to Turin lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venaria_Reale" rel="nofollow - Venaria Reale from where comes a whole progressive rock orchestra, Ainur ( http://www.myspace.com/ainurband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), whose music has been inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. They have released three albums so far, the latest in 2009, entitled Lay Of Leithian. From a prog orchestra we pass to a project which sets out to compose, perform and record rock operas. Euthymia ( http://www.myspace.com/progettoeuthymia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) were formed in 2008 and in 2010 they released their first rock opera featuring strong seventies influences, L’ultima illusione, on the independent label Electromantic. Then, among the emerging prog artists and bands from Turin there is the very promising Baroque ( http://www.myspace.com/baroquetorino" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) that started their activity in 2004. After many intense, sparkling live performances in 2009 they released their debut album, La fiaba della buonanotte, on the French label Musea Records. Baroque have a funny and very theatrical approach that leads to an amazing musical delirium full of irony and interesting intuitions. Despite the name, do not expect to listen to a clone of PFM or to a “baroque music ensemble veined with rock” but to an original band full of energy and ready to start a sonic assault on conventions. Other local contemporary prog bands and projects that deserve mentioning are N.y.X. ( http://www.myspace.com/nyxsound" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Orchestre Celesti ( http://www.myspace.com/orchestrecelesti" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Janice Lintner ( http://www.reverbnation.com/janicelintner" rel="nofollow - ReverbNation ), Le Ceneri di Alice ( http://www.myspace.com/leceneridialice" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Chiave di Es ( http://www.myspace.com/chiavedies" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Ombraluce ( http://www.ombraluce.net/olNew/default.asp" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), The U.K.O. ( http://www.myspace.com/theukoprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), and Eyering ( http://www.myspace.com/eyeringprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Last but not least, in my opinion the prog influenced singer song-writer Davide Tosches ( http://www.myspace.com/davidetosches" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the metal troubadours Lou Quinse ( http://www.myspace.com/louquinsemetal" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) might be of some interest to prog lovers.
 
Anyway, Turin is not the only city in Piemonte which can boast interesting prog bands. The birthplace of Italian writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umberto_Eco" rel="nofollow - Umberto Eco , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandria" rel="nofollow - ALESSANDRIA , about 90 km south-west from Turin, saw the formation of a band called Quo Modo Vitae ( http://www.myspace.com/quomodovitae" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) in the seventies. They never had the chance to record an album then and it’s a pity but recently some of the old members joined up again to play live and to work on new and old pieces and, well, I think it would be high time for a debut album! In Alessandria we can also listen to the excellent Imagin’Aria ( http://www.myspace.com/imagin39aria" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), to the projects of guitarist Cristiano Mussi ( http://www.myspace.com/cristianomussi" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and to some emerging bands such as the melodic Roccaforte ( http://www.myspace.com/roccaforterockband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the heavier Anziana Regina ( http://www.myspace.com/anzianaregina" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the psychedelic Cosa Rara ( http://www.myspace.com/cosararaband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). In the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casale_Monferrato" rel="nofollow - Casale Monferrato we can listen to a melodic prog band called Abaco ( http://www.myspace.com/abacobanda" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Another town in the province of Alessandria, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortona" rel="nofollow - Tortona , in the early seventies gave us a band called I Leoni while now it’s the time of the heavy and dark Ufomammut ( http://www.myspace.com/ufomammut" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
And now to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asti" rel="nofollow - ASTI , about 55 km south-east of Turin which in the seventies gave us Locanda delle Fate ( http://www.locandadellefate.eu/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ). After an ephemeral reunion in the late nineties the band is now back with a renewed line-up and in summer 2010 they played their first concert since the late seventies. Former Locanda delle Fate keyboardist and composer Michele Conta ( http://www.myspace.com/micheleconta" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) has not taken part in the reunion and is working on a solo project. Asti was also home to Archensiel, an interesting prog-folk band that in 1989 released a beautiful album, http://www.btf.it/default.asp?ij=3&qa=p&qb=sc&xy=cl007&jk=3113&zp=104D&ln=E&opt=dettaglio" rel="nofollow - Piöva , re-released by Akarma in 2004. Archensiel guitarist Massimo Brignolo is now in the new line of Locanda delle Fate. The prog scene from Asti can also boast the emerging Fata dell’Ombra ( http://www.myspace.com/fatadellombra" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the interesting Cantina Sociale ( http://www.myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomcantinasociale" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) that in 2009 released an excellent album entitled Cum Lux. Cantina Sociale’s singer Iano Nicolò ( http://www.myspace.com/ianonicolo" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) is also the singer in the new line-up of Arti e Mestieri.
 
Well, almost every city in Piemonte gave birth to at least one prog band that is worth listening to. In http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuneo" rel="nofollow - CUNEO we find the folk-jazz Falafel Project ( http://www.myspace.com/falafelprojectitalia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Pandora ( http://www.pandoramusic.eu/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) that after an amazing debut album for BTF in 2011 released a sophomore album entitled Sempre e ovunque oltre il sogno. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra,_Italy" rel="nofollow - Bra , a town  50 km south of Turin and 50 km north-east of Cuneo, there comes Colster ( http://www.myspace.com/colstermusic" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), an emerging band influenced by psychedelic sounds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biella" rel="nofollow - BIELLA in the seventies gave us Odissea while today it is home to a folk-jazz project called Abnoba ( http://www.myspace.com/vaifacile" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and an interesting band called The Mellon ( http://www.myspace.com/mellonband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), inspired by esoteric and dark atmospheres. Then, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vercelli" rel="nofollow - VERCELLI come the veterans Il Castello di Atlante ( http://www.ilcastellodiatlante.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), formed in the seventies and still in perfect shape. Another local band of great experience is the neo-prog Arcansiel ( http://www.myspace.com/arcansiel" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) whose roots go back to the eighties. Arcansiel’s leader, Paolo Baltaro ( http://www.myspace.com/paolobaltaro" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), in 2009 released a solo album on Musea Records. The province of Vercelli, to be more exact an area called Valsesia, is also home to an emerging band called Coma Berenices ( http://www.myspace.com/comabereniceseu" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novara" rel="nofollow - NOVARA comes Consorzio Acqua Potabile ( http://www.capgroup.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), a band formed in 1971 and still active today while from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domodossola" rel="nofollow - Domodossola , a town in the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Verbano-Cusio-Ossola" rel="nofollow - VERBANO-CUSIO-OSSOLA comes the psychedelic King Suffy Generator ( http://www.myspace.com/kingsuffygenerator" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). By the way, Domodossola is also the birth place of Alberto Fortis, a famous Italian singer songwriter whose first two albums might be of some interest to prog lovers.
 
To conclude our visit through far North-West Italy, we go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aosta" rel="nofollow - AOSTA , the capital of the autonomous region http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aosta_Valley" rel="nofollow - VALLE D'AOSTA . Here during the seventies Paradiso a Basso Prezzo were based while now the city is home to I Treni all’Alba ( http://www.myspace.com/itreniallalba" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) that were formed between Aosta and Turin in 2002. All the members of the band are experienced musicians with different influences and in 2008 they released their first full length album, Folk Destroyers, on the independent label Smartz Records. Each track is illustrated in the beautiful booklet with a drawing by the painter Domenico Sorrenti and the music flows away  as in a long suite where quiet acoustic and folky passages melt into fiery percussion rides and vice versa. The name of the band, I Treni All’Alba, means “the trains at dawn...”.
 
 
LOMBARDIA
 
Now we head East, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombardy" rel="nofollow - LOMBARDIA and to its capital http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan" rel="nofollow - MILAN where you can find one of the most important musical scenes in Italy. Milan is known throughout the world for landmarks such as its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Cathedral" rel="nofollow - Gothic Cathedral and the temple of Italian opera, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala" rel="nofollow - La Scala . It was from here that what is probably the most famous Italian progressive rock band, Premiata Forneria Marconi ( http://www.pfmpfm.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), took off in the late sixties. This band is still in perfect shape, especially on stage, and in 2010 released a new album, A.D. 2010 - La buona novella, a remake of a concept album by Fabrizio De Andrè inspired by the apocryphal gospels. Another band that started its career in the late sixties and that is still active today with a renewed line-up are I Giganti ( http://www.giganti.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) but their repertoire now is more focused on the “beat” stuff they released in the sixties than on their absolute masterpiece Terra in bocca. In 2009 the original album (plus a bonus track) was re-released along with a book of 272 pages, http://www.il-margine.it/index.php/it/i_libri/catalogo/terra_in_bocca" rel="nofollow - Terra in bocca - Quando i Giganti sfidarono la mafia , and in 2010 all the original members of the band (except the late Sergio Di Martino) reunited just to perform the whole work in theatres. By the way, former member of I Giganti, Mino Di Martino, who was also involved in other projects during the seventies such as the experimental Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale and Telaio Magnetico, now leads a prog folk project called Il Compleanno di Mary ( http://www.myspace.com/ilcompleannodimary" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Two other bands that were formed in the late sixties in Milan and that are still active are I Dik Dik ( http://www.dikdik.it/prima_pagina.html" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and Formula 3 ( http://www.myspace.com/formulatre" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Both bands collaborated in the seventies with famous singer-songwriter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucio_Battisti" rel="nofollow - Lucio Battisti and now their repertoire is more focused on the songs written by Battisti and lyricist Mogol than on their short prog period.
 
In this city Antonio Bartoccetti and Doris Norton started their long artistic partnership at the end of the sixties as Jacula. They are still active today as Antonius Rex ( http://antoniusrex.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and their last album, Per Viam, where dark music flows away like the soundtrack of a horror movie or a thriller, was released in 2009 on the independent label Black Widow. Recently two of the many outstanding one-shot bands that were formed in Milan during the seventies, Maxophone ( http://www.maxophone.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and Alphataurus ( http://www.alphataurus.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), also reunited for some concerts and new projects. Amongst the seventies bands from Milan that are no longer active (although a reunion in some cases is always possible) and deserve mentioning are Pholas Dactylus, Alusa Fallax, De De Lind, Jumbo, Aktuala, Ricordi d’Infanzia and Il Volo.
 
Another band of veterans that in some way is still active arethe Stormy Six. Stormy Six were formed in Milan in the sixties as a “beat band” and were later involved in the political movements of the left wing. They were also among the founders of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_in_Opposition" rel="nofollow - Rock in Opposition movement. In recent years they joined up again for some live performances with a repertoire more focused on their prog folk albums rather than on their experimental period. Former singer of Stormy Six Umberto Fiori recently started an acoustic project along with guitarist Luciano Margorani called simply Fiori & Margorani ( http://www.myspace.com/fiorimargorani" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) while one of the founder members of the band, http://www.francofabbri.net/" rel="nofollow - Franco Fabbri , now is a well known musicologist and teaches at University. Area, along with Stormy Six, were one of the most radical and committed bands of the seventies scene, linked to the left wing movements. Recently the band reformed without the late singer Demetrio Stratos and the late drummer Giulio Capiozzo but the atmosphere of their concerts is rather different from the seventies and the music is all that matters now. Keyboardist Paolo Fariselli ( http://www.fariselliproject.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) has also released some interesting solo albums while guitarist Paolo Tofani ( http://www.myspace.com/tofanipaolo" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) is still active too as a solo artist but he has radically changed life style and is now a follower of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Society_for_Krishna_Consciousness" rel="nofollow - Hare Krishna movement . Former bassist of the Stormy Six Claudio Rocchi ( http://www.claudiorocchi.com/frame.html" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), who in the past was also involved with the Hare Krishna movement, in the seventies started a solo career as a singer-songwriter releasing some albums that should be of interest to prog lovers. Other singer-songwriters of the seventies Milanese scene that are still in activity and that should be of interest to prog lovers are Claudio Fucci ( http://www.myspace.com/claudiofucci" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Eugenio Finardi ( http://www.eugeniofinardi.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ).
 
However progressive rock in Milan was not dead on the wane of the seventies and the current musical scene of the city features many very interesting bands that keep up the flag of prog. You can find here some good “neo-prog” groups such as Edera ( http://www.myspace.com/ederaweb" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), H20 (who formed in 1977 although they couldn’t release their debut album until 1997) and the “Genesis-like” The Watch ( http://www.thewatchmusic.net/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), born from the ashes of a band called The Night Watch. A recent solo project in “Genesis style” is also that of Alessandro Farinella ( http://www.myspace.com/alessandrogfarinella" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), former member of Theatre, helped by http://www.myspace.com/silviomasanotti" rel="nofollow - Silvio Masanotti , former guitarist and composer of Tale Cue. From an idea of Francesco Zago, former member of the aforementioned The Night Watch, an interesting project was launched that blends classic symphonic rock with avant-garde, Yugen ( http://www.myspace.com/yugenband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Other local bands with a strong avant-garde taste are the Allegri Leprotti ( http://www.myspace.com/allegrileprotti" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Nichelodeon ( http://www.myspace.com/nichelodeonband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Nichelodeon, a “chemical laboratory engaged in performing audio-visual crafts”, are mainly the brainchild of Claudio Milano, vocalist and composer who started to work on it in 1997. In September 2010 the independent label Lizard Records released their first studio album, Il gioco del silenzio, featuring many guest musicians and an extremely rich and colourful overall sound. Well, experimental music is not everyone’s cup of tea but in this case the result is a well balanced concoction of styles that gives strength to the poetical content of the lyrics.
 
On the prog folk side there are Reverie ( http://www.myspace.com/reverieweb" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a band formed on the initiative of composer and guitarist Valerio Vado, former member of the symphonic-prog band Lethe. Prog folk lovers might find some interest also in the West-Coast influenced Come le Foglie ( http://www.myspace.com/comelefoglieclf" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) who began life in the seventies although they never had the chance to release an album then. Recently they met again and in 2010 finally released an album on AMS/BTF, Aliante, featuring old stuff and new pieces.
 
With a more conventional Italian prog-style we can find Filoritmia ( http://www.filoritmia.it/filoblog/songsmenu.asp?menu=full" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), who in 2009 released the excellent Passaggi and Ubi Maior ( http://www.myspace.com/ubimaiorband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) who in 2009 released the very good, Senza tempo. Ubi Maior’s keyboardist Gabriele Manzini recently started a solo project called Archangel( http://www.myspace.com/archangelsworld" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). From Milan there also comes an interesting rock-opera composer, Marco Burgatto ( http://www.myspace.com/ilcastelloinmezzoalmare" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), whose projects feature Ubi Maior’s rhythm section. An interesting new band that draws on seventies influences is Calibro 35 ( http://www.calibro35.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) who take inspiration from the soundtracks of the seventies Italian B-movies about crime and violence, a genre usually called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliziotteschi" rel="nofollow - Poliziottesco . Calibro 35 recorded some covers from the seventies and some original tracks in the same style and released an eponymous debut album in 2008, followed by an excellent sophomore one in 2010, Ritornano quelli di... Calibro 35.
 
Milan also gave us the symphonic prog project Gan Eden - Il Giardino delle Delizie ( http://www.myspace.com/381103269" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and a band now based in London that in 2009 released a debut album for BTF in pure Rock Progressivo Italiano old-style, Il Ruscello ( http://www.myspace.com/ilruscello" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). With a sharper sound and some hints of metal then there are VIII Strada ( http://www.myspace.com/ottavastrada" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) who had the chance to play live also with Area’s Patrizio Fariselli as a special guest, and Anacondia ( http://www.myspace.com/anacondia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Anacondia’s guitarist Walter Marocchi is also involved in an interesting jazz-rock side-project called Walter Marocchi Mala Hierba ( http://www.myspace.com/waltermarocchi" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). If you love mystical atmospheres and a dark sound, try Il Ballo delle Castagne ( http://www.myspace.com/ballocastagne" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). The name of the band means “The Chestnuts Ball” and it was inspired by a legend involving http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Alexander_VI" rel="nofollow - Pope Alexander VI (1431-1503) and his questionable habits: the “Chestnuts Ball” was a kind of “Satanic Sabbath” where naked women used to dance in the light of chandeliers picking up chestnuts from the floor with their mouths. In 2011 they released an interesting album on the independent label http://www.hauruckspqr.com/" rel="nofollow - Hau Ruck S.P.Q.R. , distributed by http://www.blackwidow.it/" rel="nofollow - Black Widow Records . It’s a concept album titled Kalachakra inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_Time_%28film%29" rel="nofollow - Wheel of Time , a documentary film by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Herzog" rel="nofollow - Werner Herzog .
 
Other interesting local bands that deserve mentioning are the theatrical, amusing Il Babau e i Maledetti Cretini ( http://www.myspace.com/ilbabauimaledetticretini" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the very promising symphonic Imaginaria ( http://www.myspace.com/imaginariablog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Well, there’s music for every taste here, from the neo prog of Anomalia ( http://www.myspace.com/anomalsound" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Natural Mystic ( http://www.myspace.com/naturemystic" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Nomalia ( http://www.myspace.com/nomalia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Soulengine ( http://www.myspace.com/soulengineband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), The Redzen ( http://www.myspace.com/theredzen" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Riddle ( http://www.myspace.com/riddleband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Ad Maiora ( http://www.myspace.com/537815737" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), to the folk jazz of Dissoi Logoi ( http://www.myspace.com/dissoilogoi" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the fusion of Lalucecontro ( http://www.myspace.com/lalucecontro" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the psychedelic Giöbia ( http://www.myspace.com/giobia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the melodic Psicosuono ( http://www.myspace.com/psicosuono" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Althea ( http://www.myspace.com/altheamedia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), and the metal influenced Atlantis 1001 ( http://www.myspace.com/atlantis1001" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Dagorlad Battleplain ( http://www.myspace.com/dagorladbattleplain" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Pindaric Flight ( http://www.myspace.com/pindaricflight" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). In Milan you can find also the headquarters of the independent label http://www.btf.it/" rel="nofollow - BTF , specialized in Italian progressive rock and some venues with a strong leaning to progressive as La casa di Alex.
 
And now let’s visit the other cities of Lombardia. Nearby Milan there’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monza" rel="nofollow - MONZA , in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brianza" rel="nofollow - Brianza area, best known for hosting every year the Formula 1 Grand Prix. In the seventies E.A.Poe came from here while now it’s the time of Zita Ensemble ( http://www.myspace.com/zitaensemble" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), an instrumental project that blends progressive, jazz and psychedelic influences, and of the “Celtic rage” of the folk metal Furor Gallico ( http://www.myspace.com/furorgallico" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). The nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meda,_Lombardy" rel="nofollow - Meda is home to Forza Elettro Motrice (F.E.M.) ( http://www.myspace.com/femprogband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a promising emerging band that in 2011 released an interesting demo titled Sulla bolla di sapone inspired by a science-fiction story by German writer Kurd Lasswitz (1848 – 1910).
 
About 55 km North-West from Milan lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varese" rel="nofollow - VARESE , which in the seventies gave us Cincinnato and Hunka Munka. In Varese today we can listen to Court ( http://www.courtband.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), a band formed in 1990 by five skilled young musicians. In 2007 they won the Los Angeles Music Award as the best Alternative Artist with their third album Frost Of Watermelon, released ten years after Court’s previous work. Their “recipe” is tasty and well balanced, the band is not stuck in the past and you can find in this work not only echoes of Genesis and Pink Floyd but also some particular, “grungy” passages. Other interesting bands from the province of Varese are Ske ( http://www.myspace.com/skegroup" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a side project of Yugen keyboardist Paolo “Ske” Botta” who in 2011 released an album titled 1000 autunni, then Atto IV ( http://www.reverbnation.com/attoquarto" rel="nofollow - ReverbNation ), Ego ( http://www.myspace.com/egoprogit" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Sirena ( http://www.myspace.com/sirenagroup" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and a hard-psychedelic band called Emmablu ( http://www.myspace.com/emmablusuperrock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Almost half way between Milan and Varese there’s a little town called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuggiono" rel="nofollow - Cuggiono , birthplace of the Italian minstrel Angelo Branduardi ( http://www.angelobranduardi.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ).
 
About 45 km north of Milan lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Como" rel="nofollow - COMO , on the western arm of http://www.lakecomo.it/eng/index_eng.asp" rel="nofollow - Lake Como . From here there comes the “prog chamber music” of Gatto Marte ( http://www.gattomarte.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and the symphonic prog of Mogador ( http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/mogador" rel="nofollow - ReverbNation ), an interesting band with many seventies influences. Como is not far from the border between Italy and Switzerland, so I think it’s worth taking the chance to cross the border and go up to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugano" rel="nofollow - LUGANO to find a “non Italian Italianprog band”, Aliperdute. It’s a pity that this band is not active at the moment, but luckily their music is still available in free legal download from the site cantine.org so take your time, relax for awhile, and listen (click http://www.cantine.eu.org/gruppi/audioplay.php?gruppo=aliperdute&canzone=distruzioni_per_l_uso" rel="nofollow - here ) .
 
On the other arm of Lake Como lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecco" rel="nofollow - LECCO , the city where a famous novel by the Italian writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Manzoni" rel="nofollow - Alessandro Manzoni , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Betrothed_%28Manzoni_novel%29" rel="nofollow - I promessi sposi , is set. In the seventies Lecco gave us the “Christian prog” band Messaggio ‘73 and Biglietto per l’Inferno ( http://www.bigliettoperlinferno.com/home/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ). Biglietto per l’Inferno started their activity in 1972 and, until they split up at the end of 1975, they were a terrific band on stage. In 2007 on the initiative of original members Giuseppe “Pilly” Cossa (piano, accordion) and Mauro Gnecchi (drums, percussion) a new project called Biglietto per l’Inferno.folk was formed for some live performances featuring the old repertoire of the band and in 2009 a new album was released on the independent label BTF featuring new arrangements of the historic pieces, Tra l’assurdo e la ragione. The original vocalist Claudio Canali retired from ordinary life and today he’s a monk of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Saint_Benedict" rel="nofollow - Order of Saint Benedict , so the lead vocals are now provided by a female singer, Mariolina Sala. Anyway the old singer gave his blessing to the new project and “Fra’” Claudio appears as a special guest on two tracks of the album. Another original member of the band, Giuseppe “Baffo” Banfi, features as producer and helped the band in studio. I have to say that the new project is excellent, the new arrangements feature folk influences but respect the spirit of the old compositions and the result is a well crafted, balanced mix of fresh sounds and vintage suggestions. As in the past, the concerts are still the band’s pillar of strength and their performances attract many people, so old and young enthusiastic fans are pushing the band to go on. In fact, the new project is not a boring unplugged version of the old band but a lively act still able to stir emotions. By the way, former bassist of Biglietto per l’Inferno, Fausto Branchini, takes no part in the new project but he has not given up music and is working on a rock opera under the name Fausto Branchini - Biglietto per l’Inferno. Other contemporary prog bands from Lecco, with a heavier sound influenced by metal, are Evil Wings ( http://www.myspace.com/evilwingsband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) whose vocalist and guitarist features also in the new line-up of Il Biglietto per l’Inferno.folk, Willow ( http://www.myspace.com/willowbandofficial" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Leader Braun ( http://www.myspace.com/laederbraun" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Drivhell ( http://www.myspace.com/drivhell" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Dropshard ( http://www.dropshard.net/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ).
 
From Lecco, heading north east, we go now to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sondrio" rel="nofollow - SONDRIO , a town situated in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valtellina" rel="nofollow - Valtellina , in the heart of the Alps, which during the seventies gave us a band called La Pentola di Papin. Today it’s the time of the jazz-rock sound of Fetish Panda ( http://www.myspace.com/fetishpanda" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
From Sondrio we head south to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergamo" rel="nofollow - BERGAMO , the birthplace of the famous opera composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaetano_Donizetti" rel="nofollow - Gaetano Donizetti . Today in Bergamo opera and prog can merge with the operatic vocals of tenor Mauro Ghilardini and his prog opera project Minstrel ( http://www.minstrel.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ). In the past Bergamo gave us bands such as I Raminghi, Madrugada, Perdio and Mo.Do. Now we find bands such as the excellent La Torre dell’Alchimista ( http://www.latorredellalchimista.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), Prowlers ( http://www.myspace.com/prowlersprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Tilion ( http://www.myspace.com/tilionmusic" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Prowlers’ and Tilion’s keyboardist Alfio Costa ( http://www.myspace.com/alfiocosta" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) recently also started two side projects, one is the symphonic Colossus Project ( http://www.myspace.com/colossusproject" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) that in 2010 released a debut album on Musea Records while the other is the more experimental Daal ( http://www.myspace.com/396078679" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) featuring Roman drummer Davide Guidoni. Bergamo is also home to two interesting folk rock bands, Lingalad ( http://www.lingalad.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), a band inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien who in 2010 released a good album on Lizard Records, La locanda del vento, and the folk-metal Folk Stone ( http://www.myspace.com/folkstone" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Other local bands that deserve mentioning in my opinion are Heliantus ( http://www.myspace.com/helianthuus" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Darshan ( http://www.myspace.com/darshanpsychedelicrock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).  
 
Not far from Bergamo lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brescia" rel="nofollow - BRESCIA , known as the “Leonessa d’Italia” (the Lioness of Italy) after ten days of popular uprising that took place in the city in the spring of 1849 against Austrian rule. From here in the seventies there came a band called Dalton. For prog lovers now Brescia is the city of bands such as Notabene ( http://www.myspace.com/notabeneprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Corte Aulica ( http://www.myspace.com/corteaulica" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and other projects of drummer and composer Gustavo Pasini, such as Lithos and Alma Sideris ( http://www.myspace.com/almasideris" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). When visiting Brescia, have a break and listen to some good music while having a drink or eating something at the Canterbury Café, the owner is Gustavo Pasini himself. From Brescia come also one of the most interesting emerging bands of the Italian prog scene, Del Maiale Non Si Butta Via Niente ( http://www.myspace.com/delmaialenonsibuttavianiente" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) who are working on their debut album, then Moog ( http://www.moogg.net/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), the prog folk La Cantina di Ermete ( http://www.lacantinadiermete.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and Diamante ( http://www.myspace.com/diamanteofficial" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), heavy prog oozing love for Uriah Heep. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiari" rel="nofollow - Chiari , a town nearby Brescia, is the birthplace of musician, composer, producer and former PFM member Mauro Pagani ( http://www.officinemeccaniche.biz/mauropagani/layout2.htm" rel="nofollow - Official Website ). Well, in Chiari there was a bakery called Forneria Marconi that inspired the name of the most famous Italianprog band. In 2009 Mauro Pagani also wrote a novel set in the Italian prog scene of the seventies, http://www.ibs.it/code/9788817023177/pagani-mauro/foto-gruppo-con" rel="nofollow - Foto di gruppo con chitarrista .
 
Back west now, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavia" rel="nofollow - PAVIA , 35 km south of Milan, which in the past gave us I Numi, Armonite and a band linked to the right wing movements called Acroama ( http://www.myspace.com/acroamait" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Well, Acroama recently reformed and are working on new stuff. Today here we can also listen to the prog folk of Andrea Vercesi ( http://www.myspace.com/vercesiandrea" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and, from an area called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomellina" rel="nofollow - Lomellina , to a young band called Corvi di Pietra ( http://www.myspace.com/corvidipietra" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Nearby Pavia, in the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigevano" rel="nofollow - Vigevano there are the headquarters of the independent label http://www.maracash.com/store.htm" rel="nofollow - Ma.Ra.Cash Records , specialized in prog. Vigevano is also the hometown of bands such as Mary Newsletter ( http://www.myspace.com/marynewsletter" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Jester’s Joke. Then, east of Pavia lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodi,_Italy" rel="nofollow - LODI where we can listen to Liquid Clock ( http://www.myspace.com/liquidclock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a band that have been active since 2007 blending jazz/rock and funky grooves with many other influences. In 2010 they released their first self-produced album, Sense of self.
 
Still heading east we reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremona" rel="nofollow - CREMONA , best known for its musical instrument manufacturer: this is the city of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amati" rel="nofollow - Amati family , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guarneri" rel="nofollow - Guarneri and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Stradivari" rel="nofollow - Stradivari . Here we can listen to prog bands and artists such as Mappe Nootiche ( http://www.myspace.com/mappenootiche" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Master Prova ( http://www.myspace.com/masterprova" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Mario Cottarelli ( http://www.myspace.com/mcottarelli" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) while the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crema,_Italy" rel="nofollow - Crema in the recent past gave us a band called Vedda Tribe. Still heading east we conclude our visit to Lombardia in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantua" rel="nofollow - MANTOVA , the city of the classical Roman poet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil" rel="nofollow - Virgil . Here there are based bands such as Moongarden ( http://www.myspace.com/moongardenband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Submarine Silence ( http://www.myspace.com/submarinesilence" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Obscura ( http://www.myspace.com/obscuraband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Catafalchi del Cyber ( http://www.myspace.com/catafalchidelcyber" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the psychedelic Baba Jaga ( http://www.myspace.com/baba-jaga" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
 
VENETO
 
We visit now http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veneto" rel="nofollow - VENETO starting from its particular, beautiful capital built on the lagoon, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice" rel="nofollow - VENICE , the city of artists and adventurers such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Vivaldi" rel="nofollow - Antonio Vivaldi , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomaso_Albinoni" rel="nofollow - Tomaso Albinoni , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Goldoni" rel="nofollow - Carlo Goldoni , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintoretto" rel="nofollow - Tintoretto , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Tiepolo" rel="nofollow - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaletto" rel="nofollow - Canaletto , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giacomo_Casanova" rel="nofollow - Giacomo Casanova and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo" rel="nofollow - Marco Polo . The most famous prog band from Venice are Le Orme ( http://www.leorme-officialfanclub.com/IT_home.html" rel="nofollow - Official fanclub ) who started their career in 1966 and are still active and in perfect shape although they recently went through some line-up troubles. The current line-up features the veterans Michi Dei Rossi and Michele Bon while the new vocalist is Davide “Jimmy” Spitaleri from Metamorfosi. In 2011 with the renewed line-up Le Orme released an excellent brand new album, La via della seta. By the way, new Le Orme’s bass player Fabio Trentini also leads a side project in a prog pop vein called Moonbound ( http://www.myspace.com/moonboundmusic" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Le Orme’s original vocalist and bass player Aldo Tagliapietra ( http://www.aldotagliapietra.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) left the band in 2010 but he’s still active as a solo artist and recently teamed up with two other former members of the band, keyboardist Tony Pagliuca ( http://nuke.tonypagliuca.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and guitarist Tolo Marton ( http://www.tolomarton.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) for some concerts. Tony Pagliuca left the band in 1992 for a solo career and in 2010 released an interesting album, featuring piano solo versions of some pieces taken from the old repertoire of the band, entitled Après midi – Ormeggiando while Tolo Marton left Le Orme in 1975 for a solo career as a blues-rock guitarist.
 
By the way, in 1979 Le Orme dedicated an album, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=2306" rel="nofollow - Florian , to a famous café of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_San_Marco" rel="nofollow - Piazza San Marco , the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caff%C3%A8_Florian" rel="nofollow - Caffé Florian , where you can listen to classical chamber music while sipping a drink. Such an  atmosphere perfectly fits also the recent works of Venetian pianist and composer Luciano Basso ( http://www.lucianobasso.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), who in the seventies released some interesting prog albums. Another excellent historic local band still in activity are Opus Avantra ( http://www.donelladelmonaco.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), led by vocalist Donella Del Monaco. They recently released a DVD recorded live in Japan, Viaggio Immaginario – Live in Tokyo. Opus Avantra also recently availed itself of the help of flutist Mauro Martello who is behind a project called Sidera Noctis ( http://www.myspace.com/sideranoctis" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) which should be of interest to prog folk lovers.
 
In the past Venice gave us also bands such as Il Mucchio, I Cocai, Spirosfera and Bondage. Another experienced band from Venice are Quanah Parker ( http://www.quanahparker.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), formed in 1981 and reformed in 2005 after a long hiatus. The eighties also saw the formation of Lost Tales who are still active although they have released only one album so far. Other contemporary local bands that deserve mentioning are the jazz-rock oriented PostMeridiem ( http://www.myspace.com/postmeridiemcombo" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the experimental Litai ( http://www.myspace.com/litaiband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the eclectic Egonon ( http://www.egonon.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), the neo prog Allen Grey ( http://www.myspace.com/allengreyarchiveforseptember" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and a dark electro acoustic project called Unfolk ( http://www.myspace.com/unfolk" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) while from the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Don%C3%A0_di_Piave" rel="nofollow - San Donà di Piave comes Lorenzo Monni ( http://www.lorenzomonni.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), a multi instrumentalist with a classical background who blends classical influences with rock and electronics in an original way. In 2010 he released an interesting, challenging instrumental album entitled The Swans Of Extremistan.
 
North of Venice lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treviso" rel="nofollow - TREVISO , which in the past gave us prog bands such as Capsicum Red, Asgard and Apryl. Today here we can find Faveravola ( http://www.faveravola.com/ftp.faveravola.com/Faveravola.html" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), a band formed by some veterans who have been active since the seventies and who in 2007 released the beautiful concept album Contea dei cento castagni. Interesting contemporary bands from this city are also Aphelion ( http://www.myspace.com/aphelionspace" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), an instrumental project featuring metal influences, and Magnetic Sound Machine ( http://www.myspace.com/webmsm" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), highly recommended to jazz-rock lovers. Other bands from Treviso that deserve mentioning are Antilabé ( http://www.myspace.com/antilabe" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Geo’s ( http://www.myspace.com/geos2007adventure" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Synderesi ( http://www.myspace.com/synderesi" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). In Treviso there are also the headquarters of the independent label specialized in prog http://www.lizardrecords.net63.net/" rel="nofollow - Lizard Records . Then, from the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montebelluna" rel="nofollow - Montebelluna comes bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni ( http://www.myspace.com/albertorigoni" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) while from a beautiful place north of Treviso, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cison_di_Valmarino" rel="nofollow - Cison di Valmarino , comes an interesting melodic prog band called Ephemeris ( http://www.myspace.com/ephemerisrock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Leaving Treviso, still heading north we enter the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belluno" rel="nofollow - BELLUNO and the amazing alpine area of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolomites" rel="nofollow - Dolomiti , where we can listen to Idea Ostile ( http://www.myspace.com/ideaostile" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and to a young prog band called John Silver Band ( http://www.myspace.com/johnsilverband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
And now back south, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padua" rel="nofollow - PADUA , the city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_of_Padua" rel="nofollow - Saint Anthony , 40 km west of Venice. Padua is also the birth place of the famous architect http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Palladio" rel="nofollow - Andrea Palladio , whose XVIth century villas in the area of Padua, Venice, Vicenza and Treviso are amongst the most beautiful of Italy, and of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Belzoni" rel="nofollow - Giovanni Battista Belzoni , adventurer, engineer and Egyptologist to whom is dedicated a new concept album by the prog band from Turin Arti e Mestieri, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=25195" rel="nofollow - Il grande Belzoni . In the past Padua gave us bands such as Eneide, Mellonta Tauta and Audio while the contemporary prog scene features bands such as the folk jazz Calicanto ( http://www.calicanto.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), the psychedelic Astralia ( http://www.myspace.com/astraliaproject" rel="nofollow - MySpace ),, Laatia ( http://www.myspace.com/laatia" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Hypnoise ( http://www.myspace.com/hypnoise" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the metal influenced Centrica ( http://www.myspace.com/centrica" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Twinspirits ( http://www.myspace.com/twinspiritsband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). In the seventies one of the very few bands linked to the right wing movement, La Compagnia dell’Anello ( http://www.compagniadellanello.net/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), also began life here. The band is still in activity and they’re working on a new album. According to some interviews with the band, it will be a self produced double album in two parts. The first will be heavily prog influenced and will feature a concept inspired by the work of the poet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Pound" rel="nofollow - Ezra Pound . The second will feature some new tracks and old unreleased stuff re-arranged. At the moment a new track is available, a piece dedicated to a pilot of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeronautica_Nazionale_Repubblicana" rel="nofollow - Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana , Giovanni Battista Boscutti, who died in 1944 fighting against the Allied forces that were bombarding the city of Padua
 
South of Padua lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rovigo" rel="nofollow - ROVIGO where we can listen to a good contemporary band called Anfiteatro ( http://www.myspace.com/glianfiteatro" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Here there started an interesting band called A Piedi Nudi. Their guitarist, Nicola Gardinale, has changed musical direction and has formed a blues-rock project called Nic-G And The Mogsy ( http://www.myspace.com/nicgandthemogsy" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
Leaving Rovigo, we head now back north to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicenza" rel="nofollow - VICENZA , which in the past gave us bands such as Abissi Infiniti and Top Left Corner. Now it’s the time of Absenthia ( http://www.absenthia.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), an excellent band that combines tradition with heavier sounds and in 2009 released an excellent self produced debut album, Tenebrae Vinc**t. Not far from Vicenza, in a town called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassano_del_Grappa" rel="nofollow - Bassano del Grappa , which in the past gave us bands such as Antephonia and Slogans, you can find a very good CD shop, http://www.pickuprecords.it/records/records.htm" rel="nofollow - Pick Up Records .
 
We conclude our visit to Veneto in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verona" rel="nofollow - VERONA , the city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_and_Juliet" rel="nofollow - Romeo and Juliet , also known for its landmark ancient Roman amphitheatre, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verona_Arena" rel="nofollow - Verona Arena , which is internationally famous for its large-scale opera performances. You can find here a good contemporary prog scene featuring excellent bands such as the jazz rock D.F.A. ( http://www.myspace.com/dutyfreearea" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Logos ( http://www.logosprog.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and Astrolabio ( http://www.myspace.com/558605171" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a new band born from the ashes of Elettrosmog ( http://www.myspace.com/elettrosmogrpi" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a band that in 2007 released an interesting album entitled Monologando. Other prog bands from Verona are the neo prog Marygold ( http://www.marygold.net/rockband/Italiano/Index_IT.htm" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) and Iperuranio ( http://faxuno.magix.net/website#0" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), the young and very promising Gran Torino ( http://www.myspace.com/grantorinoprog" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Side C ( http://www.myspace.com/sidecaltrolato" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the experimental Reqviem ( http://www.myspace.com/reqviem" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Le Maschere di Clara ( http://www.myspace.com/lemascherediclara" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), then Oltremare ( http://www.myspace.com/oltremare" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Calia ( http://www.myspace.com/caliarock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), D’Anima ( http://www.myspace.com/danimaband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Castelli in Aria ( http://www.myspace.com/castellinaria" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Masons ( http://www.myspace.com/MASONSyeah" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Il Fauno di Marmo ( http://www.myspace.com/ilfaunodimarmo" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the metal influenced Methodica ( http://www.myspace.com/methodicaband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the folk-oriented Domus de Janas ( http://www.myspace.com/domusdejanas" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). A good venue for prog lovers in this area is the http://www.clubilgiardino.org/" rel="nofollow - Club il Giardino .
 
 
TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE and FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA
 
From Verona we head north and travelling along the shores of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Garda" rel="nofollow - Lake Garda we reach the autonomous region http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trentino-Alto_Adige/S%C3%BCdtirol" rel="nofollow - TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE / SUDTIROL . On the north banks of the lake in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Trento" rel="nofollow - Province of Trento lies a beautiful town called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riva_del_Garda" rel="nofollow - Riva del Garda   home to the neo prog Men Of Lake ( http://www.myspace.com/menoflake" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the Italian “zehul” Runaway Totem ( http://www.runawaytotem.com/index_main.htm" rel="nofollow - Official Website ). The nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arco_%28TN%29" rel="nofollow - Arco gave us the folk rock La Guerrigliera ( http://www.myspace.com/guerrigliera" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) while http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rovereto" rel="nofollow - Rovereto , a few kilometres east, in valley of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adige_River" rel="nofollow - Adige River , gave us the excellent, particular Universal Totem Orchestra ( http://www.myspace.com/universaltotemorchestra" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), Aviolinee Utopia and the experimental Outopsya ( http://www.myspace.com/outopsya" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). Heading north along the river we reach the capital of the region, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trento" rel="nofollow - Trento , home to Phaedra ( http://www.phaedramusic.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), who, in 2010, after many years of hard work released a good debut concept album called Ptah. Still heading north we reach the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Bolzano-Bozen" rel="nofollow - Province of Bolzano-Bozen , on the border with Austria, where we find a “neo-prog” band that have been active since 1980 called Mad Puppet ( http://www.madpuppet.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ).
 
Until 1918 Trento, Bolzano, Gorizia and Trieste were part of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria%E2%80%93Hungary" rel="nofollow - Austro–Hungarian Empire . So, now we cross an inmaginary bridge and go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trieste" rel="nofollow - TRIESTE , the far east of Northern Italy, on the border with Slovenia, a city loved by the Irish writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joyce" rel="nofollow - James Joyce who taught English here between 1904 and 1920. From Trieste, that now is the capital of the Italian autonomous region http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friuli-Venezia_Giulia" rel="nofollow - FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA , there comes Gino D’Eliso ( http://www.myspace.com/gino.deliso" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a singer-songwriter who in 1976 released a very interesting album with strong prog influences, Il mare. This city is also home to composer and guitarist Alfredo Lacosegliaz, who in the late seventies played in a short-lived project called Ensemble Havadià closely related to the Stormy Six’s label L’Orchestra. He’s still active with a solo career and a new project called the Alfredo Lacosegliaz Patchwork Ensemble that should be of interest to prog folk lovers. In 2010 they released an album called http://www.cnimusic.it/lacosegliaz.htm" rel="nofollow - Pan duro and in 2011 another interesting one, Hypnos. The most famous contemporary prog band from Trieste are Rhapsody Of Fire ( http://www.rhapsodyoffire.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), influenced by heavy metal and classical music. There are also other interesting prog bands here such as the metal influenced Sinestesia ( http://www.myspace.com/sinestesiaband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Notturna ( http://www.myspace.com/notturna" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) or the more original J’Accuse..! ( http://www.myspace.com/jaccusemusic" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) who in 2008 released an excellent debut album on Mellow Records, Abbandono del tempo e delle forme. Other local prog bands and artists are the prog-pop Proteo ( http://www.myspace.com/proteoprogpop" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the “klezmer prog” Passover ( http://www.myspace.com/musicaliberapassover" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the neo prog of the young multi instrumentalist and composer Luigi De Santi ( http://www.reverbnation.com/luigidesanti" rel="nofollow - ReverbNation ), the experimental solo project of composer Sandro Glavina called L’Uomo e l’Ombra ( http://www.reverbnation.com/luomoelombra" rel="nofollow - ReverbNation ), the prog-jazz Frequency On Border ( http://www.myspace.com/frequencyonborder" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the heavier Soundrise ( http://www.myspace.com/soundrisetrieste" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).
 
Not far from Trieste heading north along the border with Slovenia we reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorizia" rel="nofollow - GORIZIA , on the banks of the river http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isonzo" rel="nofollow - Isonzo , home to Cooperativa del Latte and a very interesting emerging band called The Rebus ( http://www.myspace.com/therebusband" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). We can now cross the old border between Austria-Hungary and Italy and go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udine" rel="nofollow - UDINE which in the past gave us a project called Nascita della Sfera. The current prog scene of this city features bands such as the jazz-rock Assolo di Bongo ( http://www.adibgroup.it/%28S%28ipio51550hgm2xjuyoyndjfm%29%29/default.aspx" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), the classically influenced Quasar Lux Symphoniae ( http://www.qlsprog.com/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), the folk prog La Munglesa( http://www.myspace.com/munglesa" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the instrumental jazz folk Démodé ( http://www.myspace.com/wearedemode" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the jazz rock So What ( http://www.myspace.com/daydream9" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the psychedelic Aiperion ( http://www.myspace.com/aiperion" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and Haab Cycle ( http://www.myspace.com/haabcycle" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), who were born from the ashes of another psychedelic band called Astral Loom ( http://www.myspace.com/astralloom" rel="nofollow - MySpace ). South of Udine, there is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervignano_del_Friuli" rel="nofollow - Cervignano del Friuli , near the ruins of the ancient Roman city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquileia" rel="nofollow - Aquileia , home to the neo prog Linea Nazca ( http://www.myspace.com/lineanazca" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and two metal influenced bands, the young Azure Agony ( http://www.myspace.com/azureagony" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the veterans Garden Wall ( http://www.myspace.com/gardenwallonline" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), a band that have been active since the late eighties.
 
We conclude our visit to Friuli-Venezia Giulia in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pordenone" rel="nofollow - Pordenone with the symphonic prog band Barrock ( http://digilander.libero.it/barrock/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ), the prog jazz pianist Remo Anzovino ( http://www.remoanzovino.it/" rel="nofollow - Official Website ) who in his latest album Igloo collaborated with PFM’s drummer Franz Di Cioccio, the psychedelic Iperico ( http://www.myspace.com/iperico" rel="nofollow - MySpace ), the experimental, raw Inter Nos ( http://www.myspace.com/internosrock" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) and the folk prog Tarantàs ( http://www.myspace.com/tarantas" rel="nofollow - MySpace ).    
 
 
 



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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: October 18 2009 at 08:28
EMILIA-ROMAGNA
 
Now we jump over to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilia-Romagna" rel="nofollow - and its capital http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna" rel="nofollow - , famous for its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Bologna" rel="nofollow - , the oldest in Europe, and its cuisine. In the past the city gave us a band called Sensitiva Immagine, but in the seventies the prog scene of this city was not very prolific although Bologna is the home of important singer-songwriters such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Guccini" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucio_Dalla" rel="nofollow - and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudio_Lolli" rel="nofollow - . Times have changed and now the musical scene of Bologna features many very interesting prog bands. Here we can find some excellent experimental jazz rock bands such as Deus Ex Machina ( http://www.myspace.com/deusexmachinait" rel="nofollow - ) and Accordo dei Contrari ( http://accordodeicontrari.com/" rel="nofollow - ) or psychedelic projects such as Stereokimono ( http://www.stereokimono.com/" rel="nofollow - ), Ellephant ( http://www.myspace.com/ellephantmusic" rel="nofollow - ), Mariposa ( http://www.myspace.com/mariposamusicagruppo" rel="nofollow - ), Chandra ( http://www.myspace.com/chandraband" rel="nofollow - ) and Alhambra ( http://www.myspace.com/alhambrakollektiv" rel="nofollow - ). Alhambra’s leader Andrea Monetti (who plays the flute in La Maschera di Cera’s albums as well) also started other projects such as Amanita, Arjuna, Ku and AMR and leads a small independent label called http://www.flyagaric.it/" rel="nofollow - . Another excellent band from Bologna are Sithonia ( http://www.myspace.com/spettacoloannullato" rel="nofollow - ), whose members are also involved in interesting side projects such as Meseglise ( http://www.myspace.com/meseglise" rel="nofollow - ) and Sipario ( http://www.myspace.com/sipariobo" rel="nofollow - ). Other very interesting local bands are Akt ( http://www.myspace.com/bandakt" rel="nofollow - ), Barock Project ( http://www.myspace.com/barockprojectofficial" rel="nofollow - ), Stranafonia ( http://www.myspace.com/stranafonia" rel="nofollow - ) and TenMidnight ( http://www.myspace.com/tenmidnight" rel="nofollow - ). Among the local emerging bands which also deserve mentioning, in no particular order, are Moorder ( http://www.myspace.com/moorder" rel="nofollow - ), Antikythera Mechanism ( http://www.myspace.com/antikytheramechanisms" rel="nofollow - ), Madre ( http://www.myspace.com/madremusic" rel="nofollow - ), Chance:Risiko ( http://www.myspace.com/chancerisiko" rel="nofollow - ), Alma Ensemble ( http://www.myspace.com/almaensemble" rel="nofollow - ), Semeion ( http://www.myspace.com/semeionband" rel="nofollow - ), Prophexy ( http://www.myspace.com/prophexy" rel="nofollow - ) and AltaVia ( http://www.myspace.com/altaviamusic" rel="nofollow - ),  the latter born from the ashes of a band called Zabov ( http://zabov.altervista.org/index.html" rel="nofollow - ) and formerly named Ennerdale. If you like a heavier, theatrical approach you can listen to In Tormentata Quiete ( http://www.myspace.com/intormentataquiete" rel="nofollow - ), certainly closer to Opeth than to the classic Italianprog masters. On the prog folk side there are La Via della Seta ( http://www.myspace.com/laviadellaseta" rel="nofollow - ), Caffé dei Treni Persi ( http://www.myspace.com/caffedeitrenipersi" rel="nofollow - ) and Antica Tradizione ( http://www.myspace.com/anticatradizione" rel="nofollow - ), the latter linked to right wing movements. Bologna is also the base for an Italianprog artist from Switzerland, Alex Carpani ( http://www.alexcarpani.com/" rel="nofollow - ): his latest album The Sanctuary, released in 2010, features a beautiful art cover by http://www.paulwhitehead.com/" rel="nofollow -
 
The contemporary prog scene of Bologna is effervescent and rich but you can find some good music also in the other cities of the region. From a small town south of Bologna, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porretta_Terme" rel="nofollow - , comes the singer-songwriter Stefano Testa ( http://www.myspace.com/stefanotesta1949" rel="nofollow - ) and his excellent “prog cantautorale”. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrara" rel="nofollow - , 50 km north of Bologna, come the young, hard Liquid Shades ( http://www.myspace.com/liquidshades" rel="nofollow - ) and a post rock band called Penelope sulla Luna ( http://www.myspace.com/penelopesullaluna" rel="nofollow - ) while the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cento" rel="nofollow - is home to a band called Cormorano ( http://www.myspace.com/cormorano" rel="nofollow - ), strongly influenced by Area. Cormorano’s singer and leader, Raffaello Regoli, had the chance to meet Area’s singer Demetrio Stratos and to learn singing from him in the seventies. Since 1996 he has organized a music festival dedicated to the “Master of the Voice”, the Rassegna di musica diversa - Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos ( http://www.modomusica.com/omaggiods/" rel="nofollow - ).
 
South-East of Bologna, in the past the area called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romagna" rel="nofollow - , including the cities of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forl%C3%AC" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesena" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravenna" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimini" rel="nofollow - and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino" rel="nofollow - , gave us bands such as Guercia and Foglie di Vetro. This area is best known for its discotheques and for its entertainment industry and in the seventies one of these discotheques, L’altro mondo, became famous for the jam sessions of many prog artists. Forlì is the birthplace of guitarist Riccardo Zappa ( http://www.riccardozappa.it/" rel="nofollow - ), an interesting artist that started his career in the seventies and who is still active today. The current prog scene of Romagna features bands such as the excellent Una Volta Eravamo in Sette ( http://www.myspace.com/unavoltaeravamoinsette" rel="nofollow - ) who in 2010 released a self produced debut concept album, La ballata del vecchio marinaio, inspired by the poetry of Samuel T. Coleridge, then there are Le Ore Devianti ( http://www.myspace.com/oredevianti" rel="nofollow - ), the hard Buttered Bacon Biscuits ( http://www.myspace.com/butteredbaconbiscuits" rel="nofollow - ), the psychedelic Kisses From Mars ( http://www.myspace.com/kissesfrommarsband" rel="nofollow - ), the post rock projects Neil On Impression ( http://www.myspace.com/neilonimpression" rel="nofollow - ) and Venezia ( http://www.myspace.com/venicescenario" rel="nofollow - ), the dark, heavy Witchfield ( http://www.myspace.com/witchfield" rel="nofollow - ) and the prog folk Araba Fenice ( http://www.myspace.com/arabafenicefolk" rel="nofollow - ).
 
And now let’s take the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_Aemilia" rel="nofollow - heading north west and visit the other cities in the region. First we go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modena" rel="nofollow - , the city of the famous tenor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Pavarotti" rel="nofollow - and of the painter http://www.macmazzieri.com/" rel="nofollow - , whose works appear on some famous prog album covers. Here we can find the hard, psychedelic Donkey Breeder ( http://www.myspace.com/donkeybreeder" rel="nofollow - ). From Modena there also comes a popular folk rock band called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modena_City_Ramblers" rel="nofollow - ( http://www.myspace.com/modenacityramblers" rel="nofollow - ). Although they can hardly be classified as a prog band, their committed “combat folk” has been very influential on the recent Italian prog-folk scene.
 
Then we go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia" rel="nofollow - , the birthplace of poet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovico_Ariosto" rel="nofollow - . This place is home to bands such as Mangala Vallis ( http://www.mangalavallis.it/" rel="nofollow - ), Trama Sonora ( http://www.tramasonora.it/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1" rel="nofollow - ), Master Experience ( http://www.myspace.com/masterexperience" rel="nofollow - ), Arcanoise ( http://www.myspace.com/arcanoisemusic" rel="nofollow - ) and a folk rock project called Matelda ( http://www.myspace.com/matelda" rel="nofollow - ). Not far from Reggio Emilia there is the castle of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canossa" rel="nofollow - . On the initiative of drummer and founder member of Mangala Vallis Gigi Cavalli Cocchi a prog rock opera, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=12830" rel="nofollow - Canossa , was released in 2006 which was inspired by the character of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_of_Tuscany" rel="nofollow - , featuring Mangala Vallis, Arcanoise, Master Experience, Trama Sonora and others. By the way, Gigi Cavalli Cocchi has recently teamed up with vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and keyboardist Cristiano Roversi and now they are working on a new project called Cavalli Cocchi, Lanzetti & Roversi ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cavalli-Cocchi-Lanzetti-Roversi/122245744505023" rel="nofollow - ). The nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novellara" rel="nofollow - gave us one of the most popular Italian pop-rock bands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomadi" rel="nofollow - ( http://www.nomadi.it/" rel="nofollow - ) who in the early seventies released (as almost everyone else in Italy in that period) some albums with soft prog influences that might be of interest to prog lovers.
 
From Reggio Emilia to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parma" rel="nofollow - , the city of orchestra conductor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arturo_Toscanini" rel="nofollow - and of famous opera composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Verdi" rel="nofollow - . In the seventies Parma gave us Rocky’s Filj and Acqua Fragile. Franz Dondi, bassist and founder member of Acqua Fragile is still active and is trying to keep the band alive with a renewed line-up under the name Acqua Fragile Project ( http://www.myspace.com/acquafragileproject" rel="nofollow - ). Other contemporary prog bands from this city are the very interesting Altare Thotemico ( http://www.myspace.com/altarethotemico" rel="nofollow - ) and the emerging SlideA ( http://www.myspace.com/slideaband" rel="nofollow - ). We conclude our visit to Emilia-Romagna in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piacenza" rel="nofollow - . The current prog scene of this city features an interesting band, Wicked Minds ( http://www.myspace.com/wickedmindsitaly" rel="nofollow - ), who started in 1987 as a trash metal act and only in 2000, after keyboardist Paolo “Apollo” Negri had joined with his Hammond, found a “new dimension” which is more hard-progressive oriented and the band has released some very interesting works. Other local bands that deserve mentioning are Mindflower ( http://www.myspace.com/mindflowerprojects" rel="nofollow - ), Art And Illusion ( http://www.myspace.com/artandillusion" rel="nofollow - ), David’s Lodgers ( http://www.myspace.com/davidslodgers" rel="nofollow - ) and the experimental Pertegò ( http://www.myspace.com/pertego" rel="nofollow - ). I also recommend listening to an excellent band called Lagartija ( http://www.myspace.com/lagartijaband" rel="nofollow - ) and the emerging Big Muff Project ( http://www.myspace.com/italianbigmuff" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
TOSCANA
 
And now we cross the northern part of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apennine_Mountains" rel="nofollow - and go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuscany" rel="nofollow - and its capital http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence" rel="nofollow - , the cradle of Italian http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance" rel="nofollow - . This is the city of artists and personalities such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dante_Alighieri" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donatello" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandro_Botticelli" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccol%C3%B2_Machiavelli" rel="nofollow - and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci" rel="nofollow - just to name but a few. In the past this city gave us prog bands such as I Califfi, Campo di Marte, Sensations’ Fix, Bella Band, Triade, Standarte, Hopo, Chiave di Volta and Il Trono dei Ricordi. Campo di Marte’s leader Enrico Rosa ( http://www.myspace.com/enrosa" rel="nofollow - ) is still active and every now and again he still performs the old tracks of the band, along with some new stuff. He also started a new jazz blues project called Link XII ( http://www.myspace.com/link12band" rel="nofollow - ). Founder member of Il Trono dei Ricordi, Alessandro Lamuraglia ( http://www.myspace.com/lamuraglia" rel="nofollow - ) now is a composer of soundtracks for cinema and TV commercials while his brother and co-founder of the band, Paolo Lamuraglia, started a prog folk project called Carmains Ensemble ( http://www.myspace.com/carmainsensemble" rel="nofollow - ). The best known contemporary prog band from Florence are Nuova Era ( http://www.myspace.com/walterpini" rel="nofollow - ), formed in the eighties and kept alive by keyboardist and leader Walter Pini. In Florence we can also listen to the Gothic prog Goad ( http://www.goad.it/" rel="nofollow - ), the dark, hard Sancta Sanctorum ( http://www.myspace.com/sanctasanctorumband" rel="nofollow - ), the psychedelic London Underground ( http://www.myspace.com/londonunderground2010" rel="nofollow - ) and the folk oriented Bizantina ( http://www.myspace.com/bizantinaethnic" rel="nofollow - ) whose repertoire features original tracks and traditional songs from the Mediterranean area re-arranged by the band. Bizantina’s latest work is a musical called http://www.italymusic.net/musicstore/product_info.php?cPath=368_408&&products_id=1263&dowload_IN_CARRELLO=no" rel="nofollow - Orlando tarantato , inspired by the http://sicilyweb.com/english/articles/sicilian%20puppets.htm" rel="nofollow - . Other local bands that deserve mentioning are Le Porte Non Aperte ( http://www.myspace.com/554300213" rel="nofollow - ), Magredea ( http://www.myspace.com/magredea" rel="nofollow - ), Biofonia ( http://www.myspace.com/biofonia" rel="nofollow - ), D.S.B. ( http://www.myspace.com/diessebi" rel="nofollow - ), Enima ( http://www.myspace.com/enimamusic" rel="nofollow - ), Etesii ( http://www.myspace.com/etesii" rel="nofollow - ), MotoreImmobile ( http://www.myspace.com/ilmotoreimmobile" rel="nofollow - ) and the psychedelic Ombra Esterna ( http://www.myspace.com/ombraesterna" rel="nofollow - ).
 
But Toscana is not only Florence and in the other cities of the region we can find some interesting prog bands too. A town near Florence, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesto_Fiorentino" rel="nofollow - , is home to a heavy prog band called Juglans Regia ( http://www.myspace.com/juglansregia" rel="nofollow - ). They started their activity in 1992 as a metal band (under the name of Raising Fear) but their style changed over the years taking a more progressive direction. In 2008 they released Visioni parallele, their best work so far, featuring some guest musicians on keyboards and back vocals that helped to enrich the overall sound. Heading west we pass through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prato" rel="nofollow - , home to the experimental Laboratorio del Sogno Lucido ( http://www.myspace.com/laboratoriodelsognolucido" rel="nofollow - ) and the psychedelic Raven Sad ( http://www.myspace.com/ravensadband" rel="nofollow - ). Then we go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistoia" rel="nofollow - where we can find some interesting prog folk bands such as L’Apprendista Bardo ( http://www.myspace.com/lapprendistabardo" rel="nofollow - ) and Les Griotes ( http://www.myspace.com/griotes" rel="nofollow - ), then the psychedelic La Favola di Esis ( http://www.myspace.com/lafavoladiesis" rel="nofollow - ) and the melodic Fantasia Pura Italiana ( http://www.myspace.com/fpifantasiapuraitaliana" rel="nofollow - ). Pistoia also gave us the best known accordionist Riccardo Tesi who in tha past started a prog folk project called Ritmia. South of Pistoia lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empoli" rel="nofollow - where we find a promising band called Opra Mediterranea ( http://www.myspace.com/opramediterranea" rel="nofollow - ). Then we head north west and pass through the small town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altopascio" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to a young Christian prog band called S91 ( http://www.myspace.com/s91band" rel="nofollow - ). Finally we reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucca" rel="nofollow - , birthplace of composers as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giacomo_Puccini" rel="nofollow - , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Geminiani" rel="nofollow - and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Boccherini" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to a particular singer-songwriter who should be of some interest to prog fans, Emanuele Bavieri ( http://www.myspace.com/emanuelebavieri" rel="nofollow - ). 
 
On the coast of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrrhenian_Sea" rel="nofollow - we visit the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Massa-Carrara" rel="nofollow - . The city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrara" rel="nofollow - , famous for its http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Marble_quarry,_Carrara" rel="nofollow - , gave us some interesting prog bands such as the neo prog Cage ( http://www.myspace.com/progressivecage" rel="nofollow - ), Lethean ( http://www.myspace.com/letheancarrara" rel="nofollow - ) and the prog folk Bededeum ( http://www.myspace.com/bededeum" rel="nofollow - ) who in 2009 released an excellent committed album, Oltre il sipario, dedicated to the memory of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacco_and_Vanzetti" rel="nofollow - , two Italian anarchists executed without a fair trial in the U.S.A. in 1927. Travelling south we now go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisa" rel="nofollow - , the city famous for its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaning_Tower_of_Pisa" rel="nofollow - and hometown of the physicist, mathematician and astronomer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei" rel="nofollow - , son of lutenist and composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Galilei" rel="nofollow - . The best known artist from this area is probably tenor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Bocelli" rel="nofollow - who reached success with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_te_partir%C3%B2" rel="nofollow - Con te partirò , a piece composed by Francesco Sartori who from 1992 to 1997 was a member of the Venetian prog band Le Orme. Pisa is home to prog bands such as Egoband ( http://www.myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomego" rel="nofollow - ) and Germinale ( http://www.myspace.com/germinale" rel="nofollow - ). At the moment Germinale are on hold, so their guitarist Salvo Lazzara started an acoustic side project called Pensiero Nomade ( http://www.myspace.com/pensieronomade" rel="nofollow - ). Other bands from Pisa are the folk prog Filarmonica Municipale Lacrisi ( http://www.myspace.com/filarmunicrisi" rel="nofollow - ) and the psychedelic Ceke ( http://www.myspace.com/ceke" rel="nofollow - ) and Milvus ( http://www.myspace.com/milvusmigrant" rel="nofollow - ) while the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volterra" rel="nofollow - is home to the metal influenced Quintessenza ( http://www.myspace.com/quintessenza" rel="nofollow - ) and the heavy, bizarre Il Maniscalco Maldestro ( http://www.myspace.com/ilmaniscalcomaldestro" rel="nofollow - ).
 
From Pisa to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livorno" rel="nofollow - , the birthplace of opera composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietro_Mascagni" rel="nofollow - . In the seventies Livorno gave us Capitolo 6 (but half of the members of the band were from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viareggio" rel="nofollow - ). Now it’s the time of some emerging bands such as Alfa Nefer ( http://www.myspace.com/alfanefer" rel="nofollow - ) and Est Morgana ( http://www.myspace.com/estmorgana" rel="nofollow - ). From the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecina_%28LI%29" rel="nofollow - come Decuplico ( http://www.myspace.com/decuplico" rel="nofollow - ), a band formed in the mid eighties who recently reformed. Still heading south we visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grosseto" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to some interesting emerging bands such as Gran Turismo Veloce ( http://www.myspace.com/granturismoveloce" rel="nofollow - ), Gramma ( http://www.myspace.com/grammakoine" rel="nofollow - ) and Opificio Sonoro Maremmano ( http://www.myspace.com/opificiosonoro" rel="nofollow - ).
 
We head north east now, towards the beautiful city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siena" rel="nofollow - , best known for a special horse race that dates from the middle-ages, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palio_di_Siena" rel="nofollow - . In the seventies Siena gave us an interesting Christian-prog band called Genfuoco ( http://digilander.libero.it/genfuoco/" rel="nofollow - ) who, after a long hiatus, came to life again in 2000 for some live performances. Siena is also the home city of an interesting acoustic project that blends classical and folk, Inchanto ( http://www.myspace.com/inchanto" rel="nofollow - ), and of a well known progressive rock webzine, http://www.arlequins.it/" rel="nofollow - . The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Siena" rel="nofollow - is the base for some interesting prog bands such as Profusion ( http://www.myspace.com/profusionrock" rel="nofollow - ), in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colle_di_Val_dElsa" rel="nofollow - , Zundapp ( http://www.myspace.com/zundapp" rel="nofollow - ), in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chianciano_Terme" rel="nofollow - , and Labirinto di Specchi ( http://www.myspace.com/labirintodispecchi" rel="nofollow - ), in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiusi" rel="nofollow - . Still heading north east we conclude our visit to Toscana in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arezzo" rel="nofollow - home to a very promising dark organ driven project called Three Monks ( http://www.myspace.com/482416345" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
MARCHE
 
And now back to the coast of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adriatic_Sea" rel="nofollow - for a visit to the region called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marche" rel="nofollow - . In the late sixties http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urbino" rel="nofollow - , the birthplace of painter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael" rel="nofollow - , in the northern http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Pesaro_and_Urbino" rel="nofollow - , gave us Anonima Sound Ltd., while http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesaro" rel="nofollow - , the birthplace of opera composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gioacchino_Rossini" rel="nofollow - , is home to an interesting contemporary band called Odessa ( http://www.myspace.com/odessazone" rel="nofollow - ) and two emerging bands, Rosso Imperfetto ( http://www.myspace.com/rossoimperfetto" rel="nofollow - ) and the prog folk Ricatti Acustici ( http://www.myspace.com/ricattiacustici" rel="nofollow - ). 
 
Heading south we pass through the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senigallia" rel="nofollow - , where we find a prog folk band called Silverea’s Daffodil ( http://www.reverbnation.com/silvereas" rel="nofollow - ), then we reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancona" rel="nofollow - , the capital of the region. In the seventies this city gave us a jazz rock band called Agorà. Now the prog scene of Ancona features the experimental Garamond ( http://www.myspace.com/garam0nd" rel="nofollow - ), and an emerging band called Vicarus ( http://www.myspace.com/vicarusgroup" rel="nofollow - ) while from the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiaravalle,_Marche" rel="nofollow - come Oloferne ( http://www.oloferne.com/" rel="nofollow - ) who began life in 1999 trying to blend different influences ranging from medieval atmospheres to folk rock and progressive. Since then they have been alternating concerts and activities for theatre maturing a very good experience on stage. In 2008 they released a self-produced album called “Segno d’acqua” which in my opinion is their best so far. Before leaving the province of Ancona we visit the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castelfidardo" rel="nofollow - , best known for its http://www.festivalcastelfidardo.it/citta_festival.php?page=benvenuti&lingua=it" rel="nofollow - , an international music festival dedicated to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accordion" rel="nofollow - , and for its http://www.accordions.com/museum/" rel="nofollow - . Here we can listen to a prog band called Noxter ( http://www.myspace.com/noxter" rel="nofollow - ).
 
Still heading south we go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macerata" rel="nofollow - where we find a young band called Acid Rain ( http://www.myspace.com/acid5rain" rel="nofollow - ). Nearby this city lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recanati" rel="nofollow - , hometown of poet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giacomo_Leopardi" rel="nofollow - and of tenor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beniamino_Gigli" rel="nofollow - , which in the past gave us bands such as Lothlorien and Malleus. The current prog scene of the province of Macerata features The M.O.D.S. ( http://www.myspace.com/themodsitalia" rel="nofollow - ) from the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civitanova_Marche" rel="nofollow - and Pangaea ( http://www.myspace.com/pangaeaprogband" rel="nofollow - ) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camerino" rel="nofollow - . Then we pass through the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermo" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to the post rock veined of psychedelia of Pineda ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pineda/182266465154285" rel="nofollow - ), the new project of Umberto Giardini, a.k.a. Moltheni, an artist from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SantElpidio_a_Mare" rel="nofollow - . We conclude our visit to Le Marche in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascoli_Piceno" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to the prog fusion of a band called Exprosin ( http://www.myspace.com/exprosin" rel="nofollow - ) and to Paradiso Sotterraneo ( http://www.myspace.com/paradisosotterraneo" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
UMBRIA
 
An now we go east, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbria" rel="nofollow - and to its capital http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perugia" rel="nofollow - . Perugia is a beautiful city full of art and history but nowadays it’s best known for a mysterious crime that continues to make the highlights of the newspapers, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Meredith_Kercher" rel="nofollow - . Perhaps it is not by chance that an excellent prog band such as Il Bacio della Medusa ( http://www.myspace.com/ilbaciodellamedusa" rel="nofollow - ) comes from here. In 2007 they released a wonderful concept album inspired by the dark story of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Malatesta" rel="nofollow - and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesca_da_Rimini" rel="nofollow - , Discesa agl’inferi d’un giovane amante. Other contemporary bands from Perugia are Vitalba ( http://www.myspace.com/vitalba" rel="nofollow - ), formed in 1991, which came back to life in 2009 after a long hiatus, the classically inspired This Harmony ( http://www.myspace.com/thisharmony" rel="nofollow - ) and the psychedelic Red Onions ( http://www.myspace.com/redonions" rel="nofollow - ). In the seventies the city gave also us L’Estate di San Martino ( http://www.estatedisanmartino.it/" rel="nofollow - ), another band that recently reunited. By the way, Perugia is the home city of Augusto Croce, founder of the site http://www.italianprog.com/" rel="nofollow - , a precious resource for Italian prog lovers.
 
A town north east of Perugia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gubbio" rel="nofollow - , is home to The Titans ( http://www.myspace.com/carlotitans" rel="nofollow - ) that recently released their debut album on Musea Records while the prog guitarist Giampaolo Cavalieri ( http://www.myspace.com/gpaolocavalieri" rel="nofollow - ) comes from the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gualdo_Tadino" rel="nofollow - . South east of Perugia there’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisi" rel="nofollow - , the birthplace of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi" rel="nofollow - , patron saint of animals. From here comes an emerging prog band called Pneuma ( http://www.myspace.com/pneumaweb" rel="nofollow - ). 
 
Heading south we pass through the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foligno" rel="nofollow - with bands such as Melpein ( http://www.myspace.com/melpein" rel="nofollow - ), In Assenza ( http://www.myspace.com/inassenzadiossigeno" rel="nofollow - ), Niagara ( http://www.myspace.com/niagaraprog" rel="nofollow - ) and the post rock L’Uomo di Vetro ( http://www.myspace.com/luomodivetro" rel="nofollow - ). Then we visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoleto" rel="nofollow - where a famous summer music and opera festival called  the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_dei_Due_Mondi" rel="nofollow - is held every year. Here we can listen to Vieux Carrè ( http://www.myspace.com/mellontatauta" rel="nofollow - ), a band that was formed in 2003 as Chiaroscuro. In 2005 they changed name and released their first self-produced full length album Gli spiriti, i corpi e le menti. They have been influenced by historic progressive bands such as Genesis, BMS and PFM but their music has its own touch of originality and it’s really worth checking out. Spoleto is also home to Alias Mundi ( http://www.myspace.com/aliasmundi" rel="nofollow - ) and Emisferi Paralleli ( http://www.myspace.com/emisferiparalleli" rel="nofollow - ), bands that were born from the ashes of Semi Infermità Mentale ( http://www.myspace.com/seminfermitamentale" rel="nofollow - ). Our next stop is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terni" rel="nofollow - , the city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine" rel="nofollow - , where the prog artist Roberto Vallerignani and his project called UD ( http://www.myspace.com/robertovallerignani" rel="nofollow - ) comes from. We conclude our visit to Umbria in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orvieto" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to a band called Gerico ( http://www.myspace.com/gericoweb" rel="nofollow - ) and to the Old Rock City Orchestra ( http://www.myspace.com/oldrockcityorchestra" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
LAZIO
 
For the next stage of our journey we head south west, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazio" rel="nofollow - and to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eternal_City" rel="nofollow - , the capital of Italy, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome" rel="nofollow - . This city is renowned for its landmarks as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colosseum" rel="nofollow - and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City" rel="nofollow - , a true state inside the city. The prog scene of Rome has always been extremely rich. In the seventies Rome gave us, among others, bands such as Il Paese dei Balocchi, Semiramis, Panna Fredda, Quella Vecchia Locanda, L’Uovo di Colombo, Libra, Flea/Flea On The Honey, Etna, Pierrot Lunaire, Albero Motore, Buon Vecchio Charlie, Bauhaus, Officina Meccanica, Laser, Kaleidon, Samadhi, La Seconda Genesi, I Teoremi, Rustichelli & Bordini, Canzoniere del Lazio, Carnascialia, Grosso Autunno, Stradaperta, Ars Nova, Janus, Quel Giorno di Uve Rosse and in more recent times Ezra Winston, Gallant Farm, Divae, Mirage, Venus Tebla, La N.A.V.E. and Montefeltro. Some prog bands and artists that began their career in the seventies are still active and many historic prog bands recently reformed. Metamorfosi ( http://www.metamorfosi.org/" rel="nofollow - ) reformed in the mid nineties and in 2004 released a good album, Paradiso. At the moment they are working on a new album, Purgatorio. Vocalist Davide “Jimmy” Spitaleri in 2010 started a collaboration with Le Orme while keyboardist Enrico Olivieri also plays with Gli Alunni del Sole, a “romantic pop” band from Naples. Il Rovescio della Medaglia ( http://www.ilrovesciodellamedaglia.it/" rel="nofollow - ) recently have come to life again on the initiative of founder member Enzo Vita and in 2011 they released a new album, Microstorie. Murple ( http://www.murple.it/" rel="nofollow - ) reformed in 2007 on the initiative of three original members, Pier Carlo Zanco, Duilio Sorrenti and Mario Garbarino. In 2008 with the help of a young female vocalist, Sabina Gagliardi, and a of new guitarist, Edoardo Massimi, they recorded a brand new album that was released by the independent label Btf, “Quadri di un’esposizione”. It’s a concept album inspired by some works by the Russian painter Victor Alexandrovich Hartmann. Modest Mussorgsky, who was a friend of the painter, composed his piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition” on the emotional wave that was provoked by these pieces of art. Well, Murple’s album is not a rock interpretation of Mussorgsky’s music (as EL&P’s), but an original work inspired by the same paintings. La Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno came back to life in 2009 on the initiative of founder member Luciano Regoli with a renewed line-up and under the name La Nuova Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno ( http://www.lucianoregoli.com/" rel="nofollow - ) they released an excellent album in 2010, Il pittore volante. By the way, during the nineties Luciano Regoli was the singer of a prog metal band still in activity, D.G.M. ( http://www.dgmsite.com/" rel="nofollow - ). Another recent comeback is Reale Accademia di Musica ( http://www.myspace.com/ramrealeaccademiadimusica" rel="nofollow - ) although no original member is part of the new project. The new line-up was gathered around Adriano Monteduro who joined the band for their second album in 1974. After a disappointing album in 2008, the new line-up released a better work in 2009, Tempo senza temp”. Rane Concave ( http://www.myspace.com/raneconcave" rel="nofollow - ) are another band that was formed in the seventies but never had the chance to record an album. Recently they have reunited too and are working hard to finally release a debut album.
 
Toto Torquati ( http://www.tototorquati.com/" rel="nofollow - ) after the release of two solo “prog” albums in the early seventies, continued his career as a session man, arranger and producer. During the years he collaborated with many Italian pop stars and singer songwriters but he didn’t release any other album until 2009. On April 1, 2009 I was in Rome and I had the chance to attend the showcase where Toto Torquati presented his new work, Vita, Amore e Musica (Life, Love and Music). He was introduced by his old “pupil” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudio_Baglioni" rel="nofollow - , who is now one of best known Italian melodic singer-songwriters, and who sang three of his old hits arranged by Toto Torquati. Then Toto Torquati performed almost all the tracks of the new album with the help of a band of young musicians. Well, Toto Torquati was like a keyboard wizard performing his charms and the show was emotionally intense and full of pathos. I was really impressed by the vitality and the energy he could transmit to the public. The new pieces are almost completely instrumental but on stage a speaker read a short poetical commentary for every track. It took almost twenty years for Toto Torquati to compose, record and refine the tracks on this work, but the result is remarkable. Former member of Pierrot Lunaire, Arturo Stàlteri ( http://www.myspace.com/arturostalteri" rel="nofollow - ), after the band split up started a solo career and is still active too while drummer Carlo Bordini of Rustichelli & Bordini recently joined forces with Taprobans’ keyboardist Gianluca De Rossi for a new project called De Rossi & Bordini ( http://www.myspace.com/derossiebordini" rel="nofollow - ).
 
Rome was also where Perigeo formed. Perigeo, the most famous Italian prog jazz band, recently reunited for some live performances. Another very famous and influential prog band from Rome are Goblin / Cherry Five, two names for the same band! The success of the band is bound to their soundtracks for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dario_Argento" rel="nofollow - ’s films. Four of the original members reunited in 2005 and recorded a new album under the name Back To The Goblin ( http://www.backtothegoblin.com/home.php" rel="nofollow - ) while founder member, keyboardist and composer Claudio Simonetti started another project called Daemonia ( http://www.myspace.com/daemonia" rel="nofollow - ) performing old Goblin pieces with new arrangements. Another former member of the band, Maurizio Guarini, is now based in Canada where he has formed another project to perform Goblin’s repertoire, Orco Muto ( http://www.myspace.com/orcomuto" rel="nofollow - ). Well, in 2010 Claudio Simonetti joined with Massimo Morante and Maurizio Guarini again for a new project under the name New Goblin ( http://www.newgoblin.com/" rel="nofollow - ). The new line-up is completed by Bruno Previtali and Titta Tani from Daemonia. Well, the never ending story of Goblin continues...
 
The most famous prog rock band from Rome is Banco del Mutuo Soccorso ( http://www.bancodelmutuosoccorso.it/" rel="nofollow - ), who started their career in the seventies and are still active today. To be more exact they come from a small town in the surroundings of Rome, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marino,_Italy" rel="nofollow - , best known for its “Sagra dell’uva”. Some members of the band as Vittorio Nocenzi, Gianni Nocenzi ( http://www.myspace.com/nocenzispace" rel="nofollow - ), Francesco Di Giacomo and Rodolfo Maltese ( http://www.myspace.com/rodolfomaltese" rel="nofollow - ) have released some interesting solo albums as well. Banco del Mutuo Soccorso members Rodolfo Maltese and Pierluigi Calderoni were also involved in a side project featuring a strong Mediterranean flavour called Indaco. Another Indaco founder member, Mario Pio Mancini, recently reformed this band under the name Nu Indaco ( http://www.myspace.com/nuindaco" rel="nofollow - ). The current line-up of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso features on sax Alessandro Papotto who plays also with another prog band, Periferia del Mondo ( http://www.myspace.com/periferiadelmondo" rel="nofollow - ). By the way, Marino is also home to a project called Embrione and a very promising band called Senza Nome. Embrione ( http://www.myspace.com/embrione81" rel="nofollow - ) are mainly the brainchild of Emanuele Correani. In 2008 they released a debut album for the independent label http://www.terresommerse.it/shop/index.php?categoryID=36" rel="nofollow - featuring a good “prog cantautorale”. Senza Nome ( http://www.myspace.com/senzanomeband" rel="nofollow - ) were formed in 2003 and after an intense live activity featuring a particular theatrical approach, in 2008 they released a very interesting eponymous self-produced debut album. Their main influences are the Italian prog masters of the early seventies that they blend with an original touch and poetical lyrics.
 
The current Roman prog scene is very rich and features a wide range of bands. Arpia ( http://www.myspace.com/arpia1" rel="nofollow - ) have been active since 1984 although they are not very prolific. In 2009 they released their third album, Racconto d’inverno, conceived as a long acoustic suite. The rhythm section is never invasive, acoustic guitars are omnipresent, there are not spectacular solos but the music perfectly fits the mood of the lyrics and flows away describing in notes what Arpia’s leader Leonardo Bonetti described in words. In fact Racconto d’inverno was released along with a book, a novel by Leonardo Bonetti of the same title, and they’re like two sides of the same coin. Dunwich ( http://www.myspace.com/dunwichband" rel="nofollow - ) are another band formed in the eighties. The current line-up was assembled in 2004 on the initiative of keyboardist and composer Claudio Nigris after three albums released in the nineties and a long hiatus. For their last studio album, Heilagmanoth, they were helped by a large number of guest musicians (including a choir and a string quartet) who provided an extremely rich musical texture. The result is a very interesting blend of dark metal, classical music, Celtic and Medieval influences that every now and again might recall Rhapsody (Of Fire). Vu Meters ( http://www.myspace.com/vumeters" rel="nofollow - ) are a kind of super group formed by three experienced musicians who played in other bands such as Ezra Winston and Divae. “Dark City”, their debut album, was released in 2007 and it’s the result of long “jam sessions”. It’s a completely instrumental work where the music flows like magma from volcano slopes, blending delicate beautiful melodies with fiery and raw passages. The mood is dark and disquieting like the art cover painted by drummer Ugo Vantini. Lovers of the Canterbury sound will probably appreciate a band called Grey Lagoon ( http://www.myspace.com/greylagoon" rel="nofollow - ). Their influences range from Canterbury to psychedelia and space rock and in 2006 they released a first self produced work, Syncretic. Their last work is an album dedicated to the memory of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Hopper" rel="nofollow - , Valentine Days. It was released in 2010 and features collaborations with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daevid_Allen" rel="nofollow - and http://www.nielsvanhoorn.com/" rel="nofollow - . Other bands from Rome that have been active for many years and are really worth listening to are Mad Crayon ( http://www.myspace.com/madcrayon" rel="nofollow - ), Greenwall ( http://www.myspace.com/greenwallmusic" rel="nofollow - ), Taproban ( http://www.myspace.com/taproban" rel="nofollow - ), Doracor ( http://www.myspace.com/doracor" rel="nofollow - ), the jazz influenced Fonderia ( http://www.myspace.com/fonderia" rel="nofollow - ) and Nosound ( http://www.myspace.com/nosoundnet" rel="nofollow - ). By the way, Nosound’s guitarist Paolo Vigliarolo before joining the project led by Giancarlo Erra played with a band called Il Bacio di Giuda andit’s a real pity that this experience came to an end. Il Bacio di Giuda’s former vocalist Marco Tesoriero ( http://www.myspace.com/marcotesoriero" rel="nofollow - ) now follows a solo project of music and poetry, anyway, never say never. Recently two other prog bands from the past have reformed, Leviathan ( http://leviathanprog.altervista.org/" rel="nofollow - ) and Arcadelt ( http://www.myspace.com/arcadeltband" rel="nofollow - ).
 
Well, the current Roman prog scene features also some bands trying to blend music and cinema in their live shows. RanestRane ( http://www.myspace.com/ranestrane" rel="nofollow - ) were formed in 1996 with the goal to compose and perform a “rock-opera”. The band chose a famous Werner Herzog film, “Nosferatu The Vampyre”, and commented it with music and original lyrics. They started their live activity in 2000 and conceived their shows as a “cine-concerto”, with the images of Werner Herzog’s film flowing in the background. In 2006 they released their rock opera on a self-produced studio double album and at the moment they are working on a new “cine-concerto” inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film “Shining”. RanestRane’s multi-instrumentalist and composer Riccardo Romano also started a melodic progressive side project called Maredelnord ( http://www.myspace.com/islanegra" rel="nofollow - ). Another local band performing “cine-concerti” is Memoria ( http://www.myspace.com/memoriabladerunner" rel="nofollow - ), that was formed in 1991. In 2004 they tried to comment with notes and words Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner, from the science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Androids_Dream_of_Electric_Sheep%3F" rel="nofollow - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? . Memoria’s bass player Gianfranco Vigneri is also involved in another melodic prog rock project called Colmena ( http://www.myspace.com/colmenaitaly/" rel="nofollow - ).
 
In Rome there are many pubs and venues where you can attend prog rock concerts, but at least two in particular deserve a mention, http://www.stazionebirra.biz/" rel="nofollow - and http://www.crossroadsliveclub.com/" rel="nofollow - . Among the many Roman emerging bands and artist in my opinion worthy of mention are, in no particular order,  Ederadirame ( http://www.myspace.com/ederadirame" rel="nofollow - ), La Bocca della Verità ( http://www.myspace.com/laboccadellaveritaprog" rel="nofollow - ), La Danza dei Fauni ( http://www.myspace.com/ladanzadeifauni" rel="nofollow - ), Lineateorica ( http://www.myspace.com/lineateorica" rel="nofollow - ), Progetto Esperia ( http://www.myspace.com/esperiaprog" rel="nofollow - ), Il Cavallo di Don Juan ( http://www.myspace.com/ilcavallodidonjuan" rel="nofollow - ), Simposio d’Agosto ( http://www.myspace.com/simposiodagosto" rel="nofollow - ), KeyBridge ( http://www.myspace.com/kbridgeband" rel="nofollow - ), Echoesthree ( http://www.myspace.com/echoesthree" rel="nofollow - ), Layra ( http://www.myspace.com/layrasproject" rel="nofollow - ), Ampio Spettro ( http://www.myspace.com/ampiospettro" rel="nofollow - ), No Disc ( http://www.myspace.com/nodiscprog" rel="nofollow - ), Seventh Will ( http://www.myspace.com/seventhwill" rel="nofollow - ), Turbo Elephant Project ( http://www.myspace.com/turboelephantproject" rel="nofollow - ), Master of Ceremony ( http://www.myspace.com/masterceremony" rel="nofollow - ), Effetto Catherine ( http://www.myspace.com/effettocatherine" rel="nofollow - ), Grendel ( http://www.myspace.com/grendelweb" rel="nofollow - ), Vendetta di Montezuma ( http://www.myspace.com/vendettadimontezuma" rel="nofollow - ), Praeludium ( http://www.myspace.com/4praeludium" rel="nofollow - ), Fausto Bisantis ( http://www.myspace.com/zeitmasse" rel="nofollow - ), Nogales ( http://www.myspace.com/nogalesasud" rel="nofollow - ), Arvalia ( http://www.myspace.com/arvalia" rel="nofollow - ), Apple Device ( http://www.myspace.com/appledevice" rel="nofollow - ), Overfourteen ( http://www.overfourteen.eu/" rel="nofollow - ) and Alchimia ( http://www.myspace.com/alchimia93" rel="nofollow - ). The best known experimental post metal bands from Rome are probably Novembre ( http://www.myspace.com/novembre1" rel="nofollow - ) and Zu ( http://www.myspace.com/zuband" rel="nofollow - ). By the way, members of Zu are also involved in a completely different project that might be of some interest to prog lovers, the folk oriented Ardecore ( http://www.ardecore.com/home.php" rel="nofollow - ). For post rock lovers there are AIIR ( http://www.myspace.com/a2rband" rel="nofollow - ), Il Silenzio di Ghisa ( http://www.myspace.com/ilsilenziodighisa" rel="nofollow - ) and La Seconda Eclisse ( http://www.myspace.com/lasecondaeclisse" rel="nofollow - ) while jazz rock lovers might well be interested in Anagramma ( http://www.myspace.com/anagrammaband" rel="nofollow - ), Circolo Culturale Federico Magnani ( http://www.myspace.com/circoloculturalefedericomagnani" rel="nofollow - ), Garuà ( http://www.myspace.com/garuamusic" rel="nofollow - ), Worldream ( http://www.myspace.com/worldreamusic" rel="nofollow - ), Virtual Dream ( http://www.myspace.com/virtualdreamband" rel="nofollow - ), Quartech ( http://www.myspace.com/quartech" rel="nofollow - ) and Staralfur ( http://www.myspace.com/staralfurmusic" rel="nofollow - ). On the prog folk side there are the committed folk rocker influenced by prog Enrico Capuano ( http://www.myspace.com/enricocapuano" rel="nofollow - ), then guitarist and composer Pasqualino Ubaldini ( http://www.myspace.com/pasqualinoubaldini" rel="nofollow - ) and some bands as Ypsos ( http://www.myspace.com/ypsosband" rel="nofollow - ), Stilema XXI ( http://www.myspace.com/stilemaxxi" rel="nofollow - ), Sequoia Bisquits ( http://www.myspace.com/sequoiabisquits" rel="nofollow - ) and Verbamanent ( http://www.myspace.com/verbamanentband" rel="nofollow - ). Folk prog lovers will probably also appreciate Giulia Tripoti ( http://www.myspace.com/giuliatripoti" rel="nofollow - MySpace ) an interesting and eclectic female singer-songwriter in love with experiments and musical blending. She’s involved as a vocalist and songwriter in many projects such as the progressive-literary Beta Elements ( http://www.myspace.com/betaelements" rel="nofollow - ), the ethno folk Terramaris ( http://www.myspace.com/terramaris" rel="nofollow - ) and the post-rock alternative Blumenberg 67 ( http://www.myspace.com/blumenberg67" rel="nofollow - ). Last but not least Marco Lo Muscio ( http://www.marcolomuscio.com/" rel="nofollow - ), a classical organist and pianist with a strong passion for prog who re-arranged and interpreted some prog classics for organ and piano solo. He also recorded some albums featuring original tracks that should be of some interest to prog lovers. His last album The Book Of Bilbo And Gandalf features guest stars such as Steve Hackett, John Hackett and Pär Lind.
 
Anyway Lazio is not only Rome. There are prog bands also in the other towns of the surroundings such as The Balmung ( http://www.myspace.com/thebalmung" rel="nofollow - ) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentana" rel="nofollow - , La Sfera ( http://www.myspace.com/lasfera" rel="nofollow - ) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velletri" rel="nofollow - , Falena ( http://www.myspace.com/falenaweb" rel="nofollow - ) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocca_di_Papa" rel="nofollow - , Le Maschere Vuote ( http://www.myspace.com/mascherevuote" rel="nofollow - ) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerveteri" rel="nofollow - , VZ69 ( http://www.myspace.com/vz69prog" rel="nofollow - ) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tivoli,_Italy" rel="nofollow - and Lily Alice ( http://www.myspace.com/lily.alice" rel="nofollow - ) from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzio" rel="nofollow - . North of Rome, in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viterbo" rel="nofollow - , which in the seventies gave us Blocco Mentale, we can now listen to some emerging bands as Il Giardino Onirico ( http://www.myspace.com/ilgiardinoonirico" rel="nofollow - ) and Archaeopteryx ( http://www.myspace.com/archaeopteryxitalia" rel="nofollow - ) and an experimental project called La Guerra delle Formiche ( http://www.myspace.com/laguerradelleformiche" rel="nofollow - ). South of Rome, in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latina,_Italy" rel="nofollow - we can listen to the neo prog Mytho ( http://www.reverbnation.com/mytho" rel="nofollow - ), then Clan Banlieue ( http://www.myspace.com/clanbanlieue" rel="nofollow - ) and Mururoa ( http://www.myspace.com/mururoaband" rel="nofollow - ). East of Latina lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frosinone" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to a folk rock project called Musicisti del Basso Lazio ( http://www.myspace.com/musicistibassolazio" rel="nofollow - ) that recently released an interesting album called Terra di fuoco. We conclude our visit to Lazio in the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rieti" rel="nofollow - , east of Rome. Here we find a band called Novalia ( http://www.novalia.it/" rel="nofollow - ) that were formed 1985 on the initiative of multi-instrumentalists Raffaello Simeoni and Stefano Saletti. Their music features strong Mediterranean influences and should be of some interest to prog folk lovers. Raffaello Simeoni ( http://www.myspace.com/raffaellosimeoni" rel="nofollow - ) has also released two solo albums and is involved in some side projects. Stefano Saletti ( http://www.myspace.com/stefanosaletti" rel="nofollow - ) has released some solo works too and he’s also involved in another interesting folk project called Piccola Banda Ikona ( http://www.myspace.com/piccolabandaikona" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
ABRUZZO and MOLISE
 
And now we head east, where we visit the regions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abruzzo" rel="nofollow - and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molise" rel="nofollow - . Passing through the devastated city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAquila" rel="nofollow - , we can listen to the prog influenced singer-songwriter Cristian Di Prospero ( http://www.myspace.com/cristiandiprospero" rel="nofollow - ) and to his notes inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_LAquila_earthquake" rel="nofollow - . Then we reach the Adriatic coast and the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teramo" rel="nofollow - , which is home to Picaroon’s Spark ( http://www.myspace.com/picaroons" rel="nofollow - ), Peripatetica ( http://www.myspace.com/peripatetica" rel="nofollow - ) and Clepsydra ( http://www.myspace.com/clepsydraband" rel="nofollow - ), the latter from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giulianova" rel="nofollow - , a town on the coast north of Teramo. A small centre in the province of Teramo, http://www.abruzzo2000.com/abruzzo/teramo/isoladelgransasso.htm" rel="nofollow - , in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Sasso_e_Monti_della_Laga_National_Park" rel="nofollow - gave brith to a particular artist, the painter Tonino Leandro Mirandi, a great prog fan, whose work includes many http://www.toninomirandi.it/Fiume%20Felona%20e%20Sorona/LeOrme_Fel_Sor_Fiume.htm" rel="nofollow - (by the way, the avatar I use on the forum of progarchives.com is one of them, entitled Ritorno al nulla: verso la fine).
 
Heading south along the coast we reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pescara" rel="nofollow - , the birthplace of controversial poet and writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriele_DAnnunzio" rel="nofollow - . This city gave us Diapason, Preghiera di Sasso and Akron, a band formed in the nineties that released some albums for Black Widow Records. Today the best known band from this city are Areknamés ( http://www.myspace.com/areknames" rel="nofollow - ), that gathered in 2001 around composer and keyboardist Michele Epifani. The name of the band comes from the title of a Franco Battiato song on the album “Pollution”, although their main sources of inspiration are not Italian. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2003. With a second excellent album the band went further exploring the possibilities of mixing vintage instruments sounds and love for Seventies prog masters such as Van Der Graaf Generator or Genesis with new ideas and in 2010 they released a new interesting work, In Case Of Loss. Although in their overall sound you can listen to some echoes from the past hanging in the air, Areknamés are not just a clone of someone else playing by rote and trying to stir nostalgic feelings in their listeners, on the contrary, the song-writing of the leader Michele Epifani is absolutely brilliant. Other bands from Pescara are Xenitia ( http://www.myspace.com/xenitia" rel="nofollow - ), Insider ( http://www.myspace.com/insiderband" rel="nofollow - ) and Unimother 27 ( http://www.myspace.com/unimother27" rel="nofollow - ).
 
Then, still heading south we go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chieti" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to a band called Nuda Veritas ( http://www.myspace.com/progettonudaveritas" rel="nofollow - ). Next stop is the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ortona" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to Distillerie di Malto ( http://www.myspace.com/distilleriedimalto" rel="nofollow - ). We conclude our visit to Abruzzo and Molise in the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campobasso" rel="nofollow - , home to Ifsounds ( http://www.ifsounds.com/" rel="nofollow - ), a band that began life in 1993 under the name of If. Their latest album Apeirophobia was released in 2010 on the independent American label Melodic Revolution Records and is their best so far.
 
 
CAMPANIA
 
And now we head south west, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campania" rel="nofollow - and its volcanic capital, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naples" rel="nofollow - . The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Naples" rel="nofollow - is famous all over the world, especially the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canzone_Napoletana" rel="nofollow - that has become a true genre of melodic song in itself. The city gave us prog artists and bands such as Cervello, Città Frontale, Uno, Nova, Fabio Celi e gli Infermieri, Gigi Pascal e la Pop Compagnia Meccanica, Luciano Cilio and Saint Just. Saint Just’s former member Jenny Sorrenti ( http://www.jennysorrenti.it/" rel="nofollow - ) is still active and is trying to revive the band under the name Saint Just Again ( http://www.myspace.com/saintjustofficial" rel="nofollow - ). Other Saint Just former members Tito Rinesi ( http://www.myspace.com/titorinesi" rel="nofollow - ) and Toni Verde ( http://www.myspace.com/toniverde" rel="nofollow - ) are active too as solo artists. In particular, Toni Verde is behind a new project that should be of interest to prog lovers, a rock opera called L’arca di giada. The debut show was scheduled in Rome on December 2, 2010. Jenny’s brother Alan Sorrenti ( http://www.alansorrenti.com/" rel="nofollow - ) is still active too but now he’s far from prog and he’s best known for his works as a pop singer.
 
The best known historic prog band from Naples are Osanna ( http://www.osanna.it/" rel="nofollow - ), formed in the early seventies and still active with a renewed line-up led by founder member Lino Vairetti and in perfect shape on stage. In 2009 they released a new album, Prog Family featuring new arrangements of their old pieces with the help of David Jackson from Van Der Graaf Generator who appears as a special guest. Another Osanna former member, bassist Lello Brandi ( http://www.myspace.com/lellobrandi" rel="nofollow - ) recently released an album featuring some blues oriented new tracks and some old Osanna pieces revisited. Other Neapolitan bands from the seventies still active today are Il Balletto di Bronzo ( http://www.myspace.com/ballettodibronzowebsite" rel="nofollow - ), with a new line-up featuring their old keyboardist Gianni Leone, and Napoli Centrale, the band led by saxophonist James Senese ( http://www.myspace.com/jamessenese" rel="nofollow - ). By the way, for a short period the line-up of Napoli Centrale featured on bass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pino_Daniele" rel="nofollow - who is now one of the most famous Neapolitan artists.
 
The contemporary scene from Naples also features some very interesting new bands such as I Pennelli di Vermeer ( http://www.myspace.com/ipennellidivermeer" rel="nofollow - ), a band formed in 2003. All the members of the band were fond of painting, so they decided to call their project “I Pennlli di Vermeer” (that means Vermeer’s Brushes) in honour of the Dutch painter Vermeer (1632-1675). This passion for painting can also be found in their music, a wonderful patchwork of different influences and styles ranging from symphonic rock to ska, tango, baroque and nursery rhymes. La primavera dei sordi (The springtime of the deaf), their first full length album was released in 2008 on the independent label La Canzonetta and the result is excellent: the ten tracks were composed mixing together different colours like in painting, combining shadows and light with sarcasm and irony. The lyrics are full of double meanings and are often sung in a very particular, theatrical way. Other interesting modern bands that deserve mentioning here are the aggressive Gecko’s Tear ( http://www.myspace.com/geckostear" rel="nofollow - ), the Mediterranean flavoured Malaavia ( http://www.myspace.com/malaavia" rel="nofollow - ), the symphonic Grimalkin ( http://www.myspace.com/grimalkinprog" rel="nofollow - ) and the excellent prog folk project of guitarist and composer Riccardo Prencipe called Corde Oblique ( http://www.myspace.com/cordeobliqueunofficial" rel="nofollow - ). Naples also gave us a metal influenced band called Presence and their vocalist and solo artist Sophya Baccini ( http://www.myspace.com/sophyabaccini" rel="nofollow - ). In 2009 Sophya Baccini released her first solo album, Aradia, featuring a long suite about the friendship between two women, Aradia and Elide, and its importance for the way of life and full self realisation of the protagonist Aradia. Among the local emerging bands which also deserve a mention are Controtempo ( http://www.myspace.com/controtemponapoli" rel="nofollow - ), Gorgeous ( http://www.myspace.com/gorgeouspace" rel="nofollow - ), Zion ( http://www.myspace.com/zionprog" rel="nofollow - ), the neo-prog VisionAir ( http://www.myspace.com/visionairband" rel="nofollow - ) and the excellent folk jazz Slivovitz ( http://www.myspace.com/slivovitz" rel="nofollow - ) who in 2009 released a very good album on the American label MoonJune Records, Hubris. The nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigliano" rel="nofollow - is home to the metal influenced Nuova Ipotesi ( http://www.myspace.com/nuovaipotesi" rel="nofollow - ), featuring female vocals and a lot of energy.
 
Heading south along the Tyrrhenian Sea coast we pass through the beautiful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalfi_Coast" rel="nofollow - to reach our next stop, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salerno" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to the solo project of Marco Grieco called Macromarco ( http://www.myspace.com/macromarcogrieco" rel="nofollow - ) and to some emerging prog bands such as Goyah ( http://www.myspace.com/goyah" rel="nofollow - ), Camera Chiara ( http://www.myspace.com/camerachiara1" rel="nofollow - ) and another band called Lothlorien ( http://www.myspace.com/lothlorien2007" rel="nofollow - ) to not be confused with the band of the same name based in the Marche. In the surroundings we also find bands such as Indagini su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto ( http://www.myspace.com/indagini" rel="nofollow - ), from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angri" rel="nofollow - , and Magni Animi Viri ( http://www.myspace.com/mavband" rel="nofollow - ), from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battipaglia" rel="nofollow -
 
Heading north we go now to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avellino" rel="nofollow - , in an area called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irpinia" rel="nofollow - . Prog artists and bands such as Notturno Concertante ( http://www.myspace.com/notturnoconcertante" rel="nofollow - ), Guernica ( http://www.myspace.com/guernicarockband" rel="nofollow - ) and Oderigi Lusi ( http://www.myspace.com/oderigilusi" rel="nofollow - ) come from here. For the next stage of our journey we head north west, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caserta" rel="nofollow - , best known for its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caserta_Palace" rel="nofollow - . Here we can listen to the psychedelic Psychopathic Romantics ( http://www.myspace.com/psychopathicromantics" rel="nofollow - ) and to a young prog band called Agasias ( http://www.myspace.com/agasias" rel="nofollow - ) while the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capua" rel="nofollow - is home to another young emerging prog band called Dama del Lago ( http://www.myspace.com/damadellago" rel="nofollow - ) that after a period of hard studio work managed to record an interesting debut album called “Echi d’acqua” (Echoes of water) under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/it/deed.en_GB" rel="nofollow - . Heading east, we conclude our visit to Campania in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevento" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to prog bands such as Algebra ( http://www.myspace.com/algebraitaly" rel="nofollow - ), Oniric ( http://www.myspace.com/oniricband" rel="nofollow - ) and Potsdamer Platz ( http://www.myspace.com/potsdamerplatz" rel="nofollow - ) and to the Mediterranean prog fusion of guitarist Gio’ Gentile ( http://www.myspace.com/giogentile" rel="nofollow - ). Here there are also based the folk rock oriented Sancto Ianne ( http://www.myspace.com/sanctoiannebn" rel="nofollow - ) and Enrico Falbo ( http://www.myspace.com/enricofalbo" rel="nofollow - ), a multi-instrumentalist who recently released a debut self-produced solo album inspired by “elfish landscapes”, Canti Silvani, that should be of some interest to folk prog lovers. Enrico Falbo is also a member of a post rock band called Il Cielo di Bagdad ( http://www.myspace.com/ilcielodibagdad" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
PUGLIA
 
Heading east now, for the next leg we go back to the Adriatic coast, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apulia" rel="nofollow - . We go first to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foggia" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to a young band called Moon Eclipse ( http://www.myspace.com/mooneclipseband" rel="nofollow - ). Then we turn south to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barletta" rel="nofollow - , best known for the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disfida_di_Barletta" rel="nofollow - , a battle between French and Italian Knights that took place on February 13, 1503. It consisted in a mounted tournament and was won by the Italians. Here we can listen to a psychedelic prog band called Orient Express ( http://www.myspace.com/officialorientexpress" rel="nofollow - ). Then we pass through the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisceglie" rel="nofollow - , birthplace of classical guitar virtuoso and composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauro_Giuliani" rel="nofollow - . Still heading south along the coast we pass through the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoli" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to two interesting emerging bands, the post rock Corridoio... Con Figure e Luci ( http://www.myspace.com/corridoioconfigureeluci" rel="nofollow - ) and La Biblioteca Deserta ( http://www.myspace.com/labibliotecadeserta" rel="nofollow - ) that after two demos and much trouble (including the loss of all their instruments that were stolen after a concert near Naples in 2009) have finally released a first full length album on the independent label Faro Records, Travelling Without Gravity, featuring ethereal psychedelic sounds and spacey atmospheres.
 
Still heading south we arrive in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bari" rel="nofollow - , the capital of this region. The best known artist from Bari is probably http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Modugno" rel="nofollow - , but in the seventies Bari also gave us some good prog bands such as Festa Mobile and Il Baricentro. The current prog scene of the city is rich in interesting and very promising bands. One of my favourites is Assenzio ( http://www.myspace.com/assenzioprog" rel="nofollow - ) that were formed in 2004 by five skilled musicians with the aim of blending influences of classic progressive rock bands such as PFM, BMS and Area with more recent sounds. 2005 marked the release of their excellent self-produced debut album, ’Avon, an interesting concept album about the seven capital sins featuring a very good sound quality although it was completely recorded and mixed in the band’s home studio. Well, Assenzio’s guitarist Gigi Lorusso is a teacher of sound recording techniques as well! By the way, Assenzio’s members are also involved in other projects such as the very interesting La Variante Chevac ( http://www.myspace.com/lavariantechevac" rel="nofollow - ) and U’Papun ( http://www.myspace.com/upapun" rel="nofollow - ). Other interesting local bands are Floating State ( http://www.myspace.com/floatingstate" rel="nofollow - ), Le Marionette Ribelli ( http://www.myspace.com/lemarionetteribelli" rel="nofollow - ), Iniqua ( http://www.myspace.com/iniquabari" rel="nofollow - ), Odi et Amo ( http://www.myspace.com/odietamoprog" rel="nofollow - ), Chiquita Noir ( http://www.myspace.com/chiquitanoir" rel="nofollow - ), Telenauti ( http://www.myspace.com/telenauti" rel="nofollow - ), Noise Overtones Therapy ( http://www.myspace.com/noiseovertonestherapy" rel="nofollow - ) and the Mediterranean ethno-pop project Radiodervish ( http://www.myspace.com/radiodervish" rel="nofollow - ). Members of Floating State started also a side project called Folletti di Vetro ( http://www.myspace.com/follettidivetro" rel="nofollow - ) featuring new arrangements of Fabrizio De Andrè’s songs. Before leaving the province of Bari there’s the time to have a quick look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravina_in_Puglia" rel="nofollow - , a town west of Bari in an area called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murgia" rel="nofollow - . Here we can listen to some emerging prog bands such as La Quinta Essenza ( http://www.myspace.com/laquintaessenza" rel="nofollow - ) and Divinae Laude ( http://www.myspace.com/divinaelaude" rel="nofollow - ).  
 
Leaving Bari, heading south we first pass through the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutigliano" rel="nofollow - , also known as the “città dell’uva” (the city of grapes) because of its renowned vineyards, where another excellent band, Architrave Indipendente ( http://www.myspace.com/architraveindipendente" rel="nofollow - ), come from. The band was formed in 2004 by musicians in love with analogical sounds. Their self-produced debut album, the excellent Azetium a 8 piste, was released in 2009 only on vinyl! Then we reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molfetta" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to the psychedelic Obscure Paths ( http://www.myspace.com/obscurepaths" rel="nofollow - ). Then we pass through the “white town” of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostuni" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to Trimaira ( http://www.myspace.com/trimaira" rel="nofollow - ) and to Silent Tears ( http://www.myspace.com/silentearsband" rel="nofollow - ). Our next halt is the city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brindisi" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to Aufklarung ( http://www.myspace.com/aufklarungprogband" rel="nofollow - ) and to the psychedelic Lenula ( http://www.myspace.com/lenulaband" rel="nofollow - ). Then, finally, we arrive in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecce" rel="nofollow - , the main city of an area called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salento" rel="nofollow - , the south eastern extremity of Italy. This area is best known for a particular dance called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizzica" rel="nofollow - and for an annual music festival dedicated to this dance, http://www.lanottedellataranta.it/eng/" rel="nofollow - . This area is home to prog bands such as Abash ( http://www.myspace.com/abashband" rel="nofollow - ), Aria Palea ( http://www.myspace.com/ariapalea" rel="nofollow - ), Tempu’s ( http://www.myspace.com/tempusprogband" rel="nofollow - ), Muzak ( http://www.myspace.com/incaseofmuzak" rel="nofollow - ), Shedim ( http://www.myspace.com/shedimrock" rel="nofollow - ), RetrAvantgarde ( http://www.myspace.com/retravantgarde" rel="nofollow - ), the hard, dark L’Impero delle Ombre ( http://www.myspace.com/limperodelleombre" rel="nofollow - ) and the metal influenced Historia ( http://www.myspace.com/historiametal" rel="nofollow - ). Some members of RertAvantgarde are also involved in a side project called Melanalogica ( http://www.myspace.com/melanalogica" rel="nofollow - ).
 
For our next stop we head north west along the coast of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionian_Sea" rel="nofollow - , to the city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taranto" rel="nofollow - where we conclude our visit to Puglia. The city is home to some interesting prog bands such as Plurima Mundi ( http://www.myspace.com/plurimamundi" rel="nofollow - ), Ritratto di un Mattino ( http://www.myspace.com/ritrattodiunmattino" rel="nofollow - ), Sin Terra ( http://www.myspace.com/sinterrataranto" rel="nofollow - ), Exedra ( http://www.myspace.com/exedraband" rel="nofollow - ), Nuclide ( http://www.myspace.com/nuclide" rel="nofollow - ), Le Meccaniche Illusioni ( http://www.myspace.com/lemeccanicheillusioni" rel="nofollow - ), Samsara ( http://www.myspace.com/samsarataranto" rel="nofollow - ) and, in the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grottaglie" rel="nofollow - , Vino Zingaro e la Sospensione del Giudizio ( http://www.myspace.com/vinodelgiudizio" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
BASILICATA and CALABRIA
 
Now we head north west, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilicata" rel="nofollow - . First we pass through the city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matera" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to a Gothic folk band called Lupi Gladius ( http://www.myspace.com/lupigladius" rel="nofollow - ) and to the martial folk Hautville ( http://www.myspace.com/hautville" rel="nofollow - ). Then we reach the capital of the region, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potenza" rel="nofollow - . Here we can listen to a psychedelic prog project called La Scentifica ( http://www.myspace.com/lascentifica" rel="nofollow - ) and to Ethn’n’Roll ( http://www.myspace.com/ethnnroll3" rel="nofollow - ), a young band formed in 2009 that blend Mediterranean influences with committed lyrics and a strange Oriental taste led by ukulele, bass and percussion.
 
Then we set off again, direction south west, leaving Basilicata for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabria" rel="nofollow - . We pass first through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosenza" rel="nofollow - , where a prog band called Aedos Cluster Of The Waterfall ( http://www.myspace.com/aedoscluster" rel="nofollow - ) come from, then we pass through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotone" rel="nofollow - , the city of birth of late singer-songwriter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rino_Gaetano" rel="nofollow - who in the seventies collaborated with Perigeo and Pierrot Lunaire. Our next leg is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catanzaro" rel="nofollow - where we can listen to the heavy Citriniti ( http://www.myspace.com/citrinitibros" rel="nofollow - ) and to some emerging bands such as Aridha ( http://www.myspace.com/aridha" rel="nofollow - ), Le Hibou ( http://www.myspace.com/lehibou" rel="nofollow - ) and Nera Luce ( http://www.myspace.com/neraluceband" rel="nofollow - ). Catanzaro is also the birthplace of Enzo Capuano ( http://www.enzocapuano.it/" rel="nofollow - ) who in the seventies released an interesting prog album, Storia mai scritta, and is now a well known opera singer.
 
Still heading west we finally reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Calabria" rel="nofollow - , the largest city in the region, where we conclude our short visit to Basilicata and Calabria. The city is home to prog bands such as Jet Leg ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/JetLag/110631907820?v=wall" rel="nofollow - ), XII Icona ( http://www.myspace.com/dodicesimaiconaweb" rel="nofollow - ) and the metal influenced Akhenhaton ( http://www.myspace.com/akhenathonmetalprog" rel="nofollow - ) while in the seventies the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmi" rel="nofollow - gave us an excellent prog band called Apoteosi.
 
 
SICILIA
 
It’s time now to challenge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scylla_and_Charybdis" rel="nofollow - crossing the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Messina" rel="nofollow - . We begin in this way our visit to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicily" rel="nofollow - , an island and an autonomous region of Italy. First we visit the city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messina" rel="nofollow - , where William Shakespeare’s comedy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Much_Ado_about_Nothing" rel="nofollow - Much Ado About Nothing is set. Here we can listen to Addamanera ( http://www.myspace.com/addamanera" rel="nofollow - ), a band that blends folk and psychedelia in an original way, then to the young Moon Fire ( http://www.myspace.com/moonfire2010" rel="nofollow - ) and to some post rock bands such as Denied Light ( http://www.myspace.com/deniedlight" rel="nofollow - ) and The Morning Light ( http://www.myspace.com/morninglightproject" rel="nofollow - ). Not far from Messina lies the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milazzo" rel="nofollow - home to Taberna Mylaensis ( http://www.myspace.com/tabernamylaensis" rel="nofollow - ), a band that should be of interest to folk prog lovers and active since 1975. Then we head south along the coast until we arrive at the small town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Teresa_di_Riva" rel="nofollow - , near the beautiful ancient town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taormina" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to Conqueror ( http://www.myspace.com/conqueror1" rel="nofollow - ), an excellent contemporary prog band that in 2010 released a beautiful concept album, Madame Zelle, inspired by the adventurous life of a woman called Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, also known as http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari" rel="nofollow - .
 
Still heading south, we pass through the town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acireale" rel="nofollow - , almost at the foot of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Etna" rel="nofollow - , where an interesting emerging band called Mechanical Butterfly ( http://www.myspace.com/mechanicalbutterflyband" rel="nofollow - ) come from. In another town near the volcano, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belpasso" rel="nofollow - , we can listen to an excellent band called Malibran ( http://www.myspace.com/malibranprog" rel="nofollow - ). Malibran began life in 1987 and in 2010 they released a very good new album entitled Trasparenze. Next stop is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catania" rel="nofollow - , the birthplace of opera composer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Bellini" rel="nofollow - . This is where prog artists and bands as Franco Battiato ( http://www.battiato.it/battiato/" rel="nofollow - ) and the neo prog Edith ( http://www.myspace.com/edithct" rel="nofollow - ) come from.
 
Still heading south we pass through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syracuse,_Sicily" rel="nofollow - , a city founded by the ancient Greeks and rich in history. Its most famous character is the inventor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes" rel="nofollow - . Here we can listen to a particular, theatrical “folk metal” band called Fiaba ( http://www.myspace.com/fiabaweb" rel="nofollow - ). Then, heading south west we reach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragusa,_Italy" rel="nofollow - , the ancient http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybla_Heraea" rel="nofollow - , where we can listen to Randone ( http://www.myspace.com/randoneprog" rel="nofollow - ), an excellent band that in 2006 released an amazing concept album inspired by the history of this city, Hybla Act I. Our next halt is in the nearby town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modica" rel="nofollow - , in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyblaean_Mountains" rel="nofollow - , where we find an interesting folk prog band formed in 1994, Mas-Nada ( http://www.myspace.com/masnadamodica" rel="nofollow - ).
 
We head north west now directed to the heart of Sicily, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caltanissetta" rel="nofollow - , where we find an emerging prog band called Neamatis ( http://www.myspace.com/neamatis4" rel="nofollow - ) while in the nearby small town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazzarino" rel="nofollow - we can listen to Viola Drunken ( http://www.myspace.com/violadrunken" rel="nofollow - ), a band that blends hard rock and psychedelia with Italian “canzone d’autore” and touches of seventies prog. Their second album was released in 2009 and it’s a conceptual one, Di fate e streghe (Of Fairies and Witches).
 
Then we set our course south west, to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrigento" rel="nofollow - , best known for an archaeological site, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valle_dei_Templi" rel="nofollow - , which inspired an album by prog jazz band Perigeo, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3495" rel="nofollow - La Valle dei Templi , featuring a beautiful art cover. This area, in the imaginary city of Vigata, is the setting for the crime stories of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvo_Montalbano" rel="nofollow - , a character created by the famous Italian writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Camilleri" rel="nofollow - . This is where a dark and “catacombal” prog project called Ultima Missa ( http://www.myspace.com/ultimamissa" rel="nofollow - ) come from.
 
We head north west now, to the seaport town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsala" rel="nofollow - , a place usually associated with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Garibaldi" rel="nofollow - and his http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expedition_of_the_Thousand" rel="nofollow - and best known for its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsala_wine" rel="nofollow - . The town is home to two prog bands, Braindead and Il Castello delle Uova ( http://www.myspace.com/castellodelleuova" rel="nofollow - ), while in the nearby city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapani" rel="nofollow - we find a prog project called TP Overdrive ( http://www.myspace.com/tpoverdrive" rel="nofollow - ). Then we head east and conclude our visit to Sicily in its capital, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palermo" rel="nofollow - . In the seventies the city gave us Era di Acquario while today here we can listen to two very interesting contemporary prog bands, Bright Horizon ( http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15978220156" rel="nofollow - ) and Coral Caves( http://www.myspace.com/coralcavesproject" rel="nofollow - ). Worthy of mention are also the young Indicative ( http://www.myspace.com/indicativeband" rel="nofollow - ).
 
 
SARDEGNA
 
It’s time now to set off and sail across the sea heading north west, to another Italian island and autonomous region, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardinia" rel="nofollow - , and its capital http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cagliari" rel="nofollow - . The city gave us in the past prog artists and bands such as Pierpaolo Bibbò ( http://www.pierpaolobibbo.it/" rel="nofollow - ) and Gruppo 2001. Gruppo 2001’s keyboardist and singer Piero Marras ( http://www.myspace.com/pieromarras" rel="nofollow - ) is still active and is now one of the most appreciated singer-songwriters from Sardinia. The current prog scene from Cagliari features an interesting band, The Yleclipse ( http://www.myspace.com/theyleclipse" rel="nofollow - ), who in 2008 released a concept album, Trails Of Ambergris, about the history of the island, freely inspired by the events of 1792-1793, when the French army tried to occupy Sardinia. Other prog bands from this city are Akroasis ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/AKROASIS/418019305104?v=info" rel="nofollow - ), I Collegium ( http://www.myspace.com/collegiumforever" rel="nofollow - ) and the emerging Entity ( http://www.myspace.com/entityprog" rel="nofollow - ) and Sistema ( http://www.myspace.com/sistemasistema" rel="nofollow - ).
 
The other cities of the island have also their prog bands. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oristano" rel="nofollow - in the seventies gave us Salis while today it’s the time of a folk rock band called Nur ( http://www.myspace.com/nuronline" rel="nofollow - ). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassari" rel="nofollow - , in the north west part of the region, is home to White Sunset ( http://www.myspace.com/whitesunset" rel="nofollow - ) and Capside ( http://www.myspace.com/capside" rel="nofollow - ) while the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuoro" rel="nofollow - has an emerging band called Getsemani ( http://www.myspace.com/getsemani2" rel="nofollow - ).
 
Our prog tour of Italy is coming to an end now. Almost every day new bands are formed or bands split up and you can be sure that every Italian prog tour will be different from the previous one. So, after a break in the beautiful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Smeralda" rel="nofollow - , you can always take a ferry-boat from the seaport town of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olbia" rel="nofollow - , cross the sea, land back on the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Peninsula" rel="nofollow - and have another spin!

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Posted By: NotAProghead
Date Posted: October 18 2009 at 08:39
Great job, Andrea! Clap

Your article can be used as a good guide through RPI.


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Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: October 18 2009 at 08:43
Andrea, that is freakin' fantastic.  Grazie my friend.

My Italian tour itinerary is now complete. 

And he even gets the the Architrave and the Il Babau on there, damn I am impressed!  Seriously, thanks for this outstanding piece which I look forward to absorbing into my cranium. 

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Posted By: American Khatru
Date Posted: October 19 2009 at 08:29
Goodness.  You should get paid for such work!  I know of course it isn't about money, but still!  Going to print this out now to read on train.  Thank you from the bottom of my little prog-lovin' heart.

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Posted By: Luca Pacchiarini
Date Posted: October 19 2009 at 09:38
Amazing work, very accurate


Posted By: UpsideDown Ocean
Date Posted: October 19 2009 at 16:20
really great and accurate work!!! guess i'll discover a lot of bands i didn't know thanks to you!! great job!

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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: October 19 2009 at 17:04
Thumbs Up very good Andrea!!!

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Posted By: J-Man
Date Posted: October 19 2009 at 20:12
Clap Nice job, Andrea! I don't know too much about RPI, so this really could be helpful!Clap

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Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: October 23 2009 at 15:33
Incredible job Andrea ! Clap  This is really going to help a lot of people including myself.You should win some award for this.

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Posted By: tszirmay
Date Posted: October 24 2009 at 10:20
Forza Andrea, che bello lavoro! Amazing work, you are a maestro!

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Posted By: orchestre celesti
Date Posted: October 24 2009 at 11:12

Enjoy Orchestre Celesti New Album: " Black & Red": a feq song in http://www.myspace.com/orchestrecelesti - http://www.myspace.com/orchestrecelesti  , also entirely available in http://amiestreet.com/music/orchestre-celesti/ - http://amiestreet.com/music/orchestre-celesti/

Thank you in advance for your comments.
 
Italian Prog ON!


Posted By: orchestre celesti
Date Posted: October 24 2009 at 11:15

Enjoy Orchestre Celesti new album: "Black & Red": a few track on http://www.myspace.com/orchestrecelesti - http://www.myspace.com/orchestrecelesti  and entirely available in http://amiestreet.com/music/orchestre-celesti/ - http://amiestreet.com/music/orchestre-celesti/ .

Thank you in advance for your comments.


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: October 25 2009 at 05:22

Thank you for the positive comments!



Posted By: apps79
Date Posted: October 25 2009 at 16:49
Awesome!Trully awesome!!!
 
Bravo Andrea e grazie tanto!!!Clap


Posted By: mourningknight
Date Posted: October 25 2009 at 17:29
This is incredible. RPI is in my top three favorite sub genres (with Symphonic and Eclectic) and I am looking forward to reading this fully. Thank you!

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: November 03 2009 at 12:40
Fascinating reading Andrea, the RPI genre is a bottomless pit of bands waiting to be discovered. Until a few years ago I knew little of it besides PFM and still feel like I'm only scratching the surface but have made some excellent discoveries, my latest favourite being Biglietto Per L'inferno, awesome stuff!
 
Excellent work Clap


Posted By: memowakeman
Date Posted: November 03 2009 at 21:26
This is excellent, awesome Andrea!!

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: November 04 2009 at 04:08
Thanks, by the way I'v just up-dated the article including a few more links... I really hope you can enjoy the journey Smile
 
 


Posted By: katatsumuri
Date Posted: November 07 2009 at 15:57
wow! great work! complimenti! I take this chance to suggest a particular band to everybody...it's called "Emily's Mystic Game" (http://www.myspace.com/mysticgame), they are from Milano and they are really young! I'm not sure but I think they're all under 20 years old...I've seen them playing live the day before yesterday and I was extremely impressed...check it out!

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Posted By: njk81
Date Posted: November 08 2009 at 07:49

i speack for the band "del maiale non si butta via niente"..

We are very glad that you told about our band.. i don't know how you know us, but we say thanks for the little comment you put in this post..
 
by now we made one cd-demo by ourself.. you can contact us on our my-space adress... www/myspace.com/delmaialenonsibuttavianiente
 
un grugnito!!


Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: November 10 2009 at 02:46
incredible Andrea, I look forward to reading this over several days




Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: November 10 2009 at 03:26
Wonderful!

Very good that it covers the different regions in Italy.


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: November 10 2009 at 04:07
Originally posted by njk81 njk81 wrote:

i speack for the band "del maiale non si butta via niente"..

We are very glad that you told about our band.. i don't know how you know us, but we say thanks for the little comment you put in this post..
 
by now we made one cd-demo by ourself.. you can contact us on our my-space adress... www/myspace.com/delmaialenonsibuttavianiente
 
un grugnito!!
 
Thank you for your music and for keeping alive Italian prog rock. I especially like your song "La madre" that was available in free download from your official website. The tracks that you uploaded on your myspace are very good as well. I'm looking forward to you debut album!
 
bye!
 
andrea


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: November 10 2009 at 04:11

I've just updated the article adding a few more bands and links...

By the way, if you like the Italian prog scene don't forget to visit every now and again Finnforest's blog where you can also find comments about bands that are not on PA (not yet at least!):
 
http://www.myspace.com/italianprog - http://www.myspace.com/italianprog
 
 


Posted By: cristianomussi
Date Posted: November 18 2009 at 16:45

Thank you very much ...

All the best
 
Cristiano Mussi


Posted By: UndercoverBoy
Date Posted: November 18 2009 at 21:19
My mind just asploded with all the information there.  I think there are enough bands here to last a lifetime.


Posted By: domizia
Date Posted: November 19 2009 at 03:05
Outstanding job, Andrea!Clap

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RPI=> http://www.camelotclubprog.net" rel="nofollow - Camelot Club Prog ...but also> http://www.maracash.com" rel="nofollow - MaRaCash records.


Posted By: 1967/ 1976
Date Posted: December 01 2009 at 11:55
A good RPI band from FIRENZE is ENIMA.
 
http://www.myspace.com/enimamusic - http://www.myspace.com/enimamusic
 
I have their first self produced Ep. Review coming soon.


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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: December 03 2009 at 10:56
Thanks, I've just updated the article adding a few more bands and links...


Posted By: 1967/ 1976
Date Posted: December 04 2009 at 08:04
Originally posted by 1967/ 1976 1967/ 1976 wrote:

A good RPI band from FIRENZE is ENIMA.
 
http://www.myspace.com/enimamusic - http://www.myspace.com/enimamusic
 
I have their first self produced Ep. Review coming soon.
 
Review is in Italian Prog thread on PA and in http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=401029670&blogId=520753722 - http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=401029670&blogId=520753722


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Posted By: domizia
Date Posted: December 15 2009 at 05:23
I've got to thank you once more, Andrea, thanks to your list I'm getting to know so many unreleased but extremely interesting bands. I owe you.

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RPI=> http://www.camelotclubprog.net" rel="nofollow - Camelot Club Prog ...but also> http://www.maracash.com" rel="nofollow - MaRaCash records.


Posted By: s2r
Date Posted: December 30 2009 at 01:05

Hello Andrea!

With reference to your excellent job, I'd like to submit to your attention some update about folk-prog group Reverie. 

The group has published some cds, the latest of which, "Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno", got very good reviews worldwide. Further to their myspace page, already indicated in the report, check also their official website www.reverieweb.com and their facebook page to know more about them and to get more news!

Thank you!

Myriam Canonne

[email protected]




Posted By: s2r
Date Posted: December 30 2009 at 01:07

Hello Andrea!

With reference to your excellent job, I'd like to submit to your attention some update about folk-prog group Reverie. The group has published some cds, the latest of which, "Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno", got very good reviews worldwide. Further to their myspace page, already indicated in the report (www.myspace.com/reverieweb), check also their official website www.reverieweb.com and their facebook page to know more about them and to get more news!

Thank you!

Myriam Canonne

[email protected]




Posted By: s2r
Date Posted: December 30 2009 at 01:11
Hello Andrea!
With reference to your excellent job, I'd like to submit to your attention some update about folk-prog group Reverie. The group has published some cds, the latest of which, "Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno", got very good reviews worldwide. Further to their myspace page, already indicated in the report (www.myspace.com/reverieweb), check also their official website www.reverieweb.com and their facebook page to know more about them and to get more news!
Thank you!
Myriam Canonne
[email protected]



Posted By: 1967/ 1976
Date Posted: January 08 2010 at 09:31
A band that I discovered via My Space is:
 
UndiciGradi
 
( http://www.myspace.com/11gradi - www.myspace.com/11gradi )
 
UndiciGradi is from Este (PD).
 
Today I received their demo CD "Live".


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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 10 2010 at 08:52
MILANO CALIBRO... PROG!
 
CALIBRO 35 are an Italian band based in Milan that takes inspiration from the soundtracks of the seventies Italian films about crime and violence, a genre usually called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliziotteschi - Poliziottesco .
 
If you are not familiar with this genre have a look at the opening sequence of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milano_calibro_9 - Milano calibro 9 , soundtrack by Osanna and Luis Bacalov, where you can find a great contrast between the sweetness of the music and the almost surrealistic violence of some images:
 
 
Calibro 35 recorded some covers of soundtracks from the seventies and some original tracks in the same style and released an eponymous debut album in 2008.
 
Official website:  http://www.myspace.com/calibro35 - http://www.myspace.com/calibro35
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/calibro35 - http://www.myspace.com/calibro35
 
Here you can listen to the new album :
 
http://www.rockit.it/album/12554/calibro-35-ritornano-quelli-di-calibro-35 - http://www.rockit.it/album/12554/calibro-35-ritornano-quelli-di-calibro-35
 
Some Calibro 35 videos:
 
 
 
 
 
You can compare the last two tracks with another scene from Milano Calibro 9:
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 11 2010 at 08:27
CORDE OBLIQUE: PROG FOLK FROM CAMPANIA
 
Corde Oblique is the brainchild of Riccardo Prencipe, guitarist and composer from Napoli, that gathered around him some skilled musicians with experience in other bands for a project that should be of interest for prog folk lovers. The music ranges from original tracks with a strong Mediterranean flavour to acoustic covers of bands like Anathema and Sepultura...
 
This track was inspired by an old Medieval village in Campania, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casertavecchia - Casertavecchia :
 
 
Some other videos:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flying, an Anathema’s cover, in studio and live featuring Danny Cavanagh
 
 
 
Official website: http://www.cordeoblique.com/ - http://www.cordeoblique.com/
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/cordeobliqueunofficial - http://www.myspace.com/cordeobliqueunofficial
 
Facebook :  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=ts&gid=112666472185 - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=ts&gid=112666472185
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 12 2010 at 08:33
PROG AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT: TERRA IN BOCCA
 
I Giganti were basically a vocal quartet, active since 1964… They were part of the “Italian beat” scene until 1971, when they decided to change their musical direction and released their only progressive effort, “Terra in bocca (Poesia di un delitto)” = “Soil In The Mouth (Poetry of a Crime)”, a complex concept-album about “mafia”. If you are too lazy to read a long review about this album, then you can watch this interesting “radio documentary” :
 
 
In 2009 the original album (plus a bonus track) was re-released and came out along with a book of 272 pages. A very original packaging at a very reasonable price... You can purchase the book (it’s in Italian but it features 16 pages of pictures and it’s really better than any other booklet) and the CD from this link:
 
Edizioni il Margine website:
http://www.il-margine.it/index.php/it/i_libri/catalogo/terra_in_bocca - http://www.il-margine.it/index.php/it/i_libri/catalogo/terra_in_bocca  
 
Some “unplugged” happenings have been organised to promote book and CD, featuring founder member Enrico Maria Papes...
 
 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=86899793019 - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=86899793019
 
You should be able to listen to the whole album on YouTube, just clicking http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1EAF28A9216A8B61&search_query=terra+in+bocca - here
 
For a translation of the lyrics click http://www.arlequins.it/translations/Giganti-Terra.asp - here
 
I Giganti are still active with a renewed line-up but their repertoire now is more focused on the “beat” stuff they released in the sixties than on their absolute masterpiece http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=5015 - Terra in bocca . Anyway, on their MySpace you can listen to a new shortened version of the suite...  
 
Official website:   http://www.giganti.it/ - http://www.giganti.it/
 
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/igiganti - http://www.myspace.com/igiganti
 
Some live videos :
 
 
 
Former member of I Giganti, Mino Di Martino, who was also involved in other projects during the seventies like the experimental http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2859 - TELAIO MAGNETICO and http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2862 - ALBERGO INTERGALATTICO SPAZIALE , now is the leader of a prog folk project called IL COMPLEANNO DI MARY...
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/ilcompleannodimary - http://www.myspace.com/ilcompleannodimary
 
Some videos by IL COMPLEANNO DI MARY
 
 
 
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 13 2010 at 15:51
PROG FUSION FROM LOMBARDIA
 
LIQUID CLOCK come from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodi,_Italy - Lodi , in Lombardia. They have been active since 2007 blending jazz/rock and funky grooves with many other influences... The line up features Ennio Petriliggieri (bass), Marco Zaffignani (drums), Massimo Emmanuele (guitar) and female saxophonist Sabrina De Mitri.
 
They have just released their first album, Sense Of Self, that you can buy at the concerts of the band or legally download for free clicking   http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/60223 - HERE
 
 
 
More info about the band:
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/liquidclock - http://www.myspace.com/liquidclock
 
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liquid-Clock/45250214109 - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liquid-Clock/45250214109
 


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: February 13 2010 at 15:55
Cool Andrea, thanks for the new leads!

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 14 2010 at 04:15
OUT OF FASHION ?!
 
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DÉMODÉ are a young band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udine - Udine . They are proud of their classical roots but open to contaminations with folk and jazz. Their name means out of fashion but, despite the name, their music sounds sparkling and fresh...
 
 
 
You can listen to their first EP just clicking http://www.rockit.it/album/11359/demode-friuli-demode-ep - HERE
 
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More info about the band:
 
Offical website: http://www.wearedemode.com/ - http://www.wearedemode.com/
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/wearedemode - http://www.myspace.com/wearedemode
 
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Demode/48472507926 - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Demode/48472507926
 


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: February 15 2010 at 08:53
Very very nice!Clap

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 15 2010 at 14:26
PROG & CLASSICAL...
 
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=293 - QUASAR LUX SYMPHONIAE are another band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friuli - Friuli . They have been active since 1976 and their style is strongly influenced by classical music. Their last album, http://www.qlsprog.com/en/discografia-qls/qls-discography-synopsis.html - Synopsis was released in 2009 and can be purchased from the official website. Here you can watch an interview with the band, in Italian but with English subtitles:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh5-g0iDeh4&feature=player_embedded -
 
If you visit Italy don't forget to go to some classical music concerts... Well, QLS’s leader http://www.qlsprog.com/en/membri-band/paolo-paroni-keyboards-and-piano.html - Paolo Paroni  is also a classical musician and an orchestra director that here you can appreciate in a different setting:
 
 
 
 
 
More info:
 
Quasar Lux Symphoniae official website: http://www.qlsprog.com/en - http://www.qlsprog.com/en
 
Paolo Paroni official website: http://www.paoloparoni.com/index_english.html?Itemid=1 - http://www.paoloparoni.com/index_english.html?Itemid=1
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 16 2010 at 10:39
CLASSICAL & PROG (METAL!)
 
From Udine to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trieste - Trieste  and to other suggestive settings for some classical concerts...
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EintiMBDng -
 
Did you recognize the flutist? He’s Manuel Staropoli, brother of Alex, keyboardist of the prog metal band from Trieste http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1268 - RHAPSODY (OF FIRE) . Manuel plays flute and recorders on all Rhapsody of Fire’s albums and here you can watch him with the band live on stage:
 
 
Usually Rhapsody Of Fire name Angelo Branduardi among their influences... Comparing these videos you can guess why!
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHGwNi2UO6g -
 
Manuel Staropoli’s MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/manuelstaropoli - http://www.myspace.com/manuelstaropoli
 
Rhapsody of Fire MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/rhapsodyoffireband - http://www.myspace.com/rhapsodyoffireband
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 09:16
DANGEROUS KISSES FROM PERUGIA...
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perugia - Perugia is a beautiful city full of art and history but nowadays it is best known for a mysterious crime that continues to make the highlights of the newspapers, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Meredith_Kercher - Murder of Meredith Kercher . Perhaps it’s not by chance that from here come an excellent dark prog band like http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1561 - IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA ( http://www.myspace.com/ilbaciodellamedusa - MySpace ) whose name recalls the mythological character of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa - Medusa but also the effects of a meeting with a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jellyfish - Jellyfish (the Italian word for Jellyfish is Medusa).
 
Il Bacio della Medusa project was started in 2002 by Simone Cecchini ( http://www.myspace.com/simonececchinicircus - MySpace - vocals, 6 & 12 acoustic guitar, mandolin, charango), Federico Caprai ( http://www.myspace.com/kapraproject - MySpace - bass) and Diego Petrini ( http://www.myspace.com/diegopetrini - MySpace - drums, organ, keyboards, piano, vibraphone, percussion). In December 2003 Simone Brozzetti ( http://www.myspace.com/simonebrozzetti - MySpace - guitar) and Eva Morelli ( http://www.myspace.com/artrockprogressive - MySpace - flute) joined the band and in 2004 they released their  eponymous debut album (the album was re-released in 2008 by Black Widow Records and it is available now also on vinyl). The beautiful art cover painted by Federico Caprai tries to describe the content and the mood of the album: dark and poetical lyrics, an intersting mix of progressive, hard rock and classical music that reminds me every now and again of bands like Biglietto Per l’Inferno, BMS and Jethro Tull...
 
 
The opener “Requiem per i condannati a morte" begins with an uneasy sound of greedy crows waiting for the hangman’s duty... On heavy guitar riffs, filtered vocals describe the dismay of people sentenced to death by hanging, people without dreams and with the fear into the blood, desperate eyes gazing from shady prisons, “damned souls sold out to justice”... Then the tension melts in an acoustic ballad (A post mortem dream: end of a winter) where a deep sense of pity prevails: “At least let the ground receive our humble bones”...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzmERREK6Ss&feature=related -
 
Next comes “Orientoccidente”, almost an electric dream on the footsteps of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo - Marco Polo with an “Eastern air in Western ground” feeling, featuring interesting bass lines and guitar riffs...
 
 
The long epic “Scorticamento di Marsia” is probably the “plat de résistance” of this work. It was inspired by the myth of the satyr http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsyas - Marsyas , great flutist who challenged    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo - Apollo in a music contest and was punished by the god with death by flaying. “Let the wind blow in my flute / That now lies on the ground”... The track features many changes or rhythm and mood with an excellent work of flute and sax (provided by the guest musician Angelo Petri) and inspired theatrical vocal parts...
 
Good also the next track “Il vino (breve delirio del vino)”, where an evocative accordion sound and the lyrics remind me of some http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Baudelaire - Baudelaire ’s “maudits” poems about the consolatory powers of wine for desperate people...  
 
The “baroque” ballad “Cantico del poeta errante” is another excellent track in three parts with the flute in the forefront and inspired vocals, while the long finale “De luxuria, et de ludo, et de taberna” is a tribute to the Italian poet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecco_Angiolieri - Cecco Angiolieri and is built upon one of his poems...
 
 
In 2007 the band, with a new member in the line up, Daniele Rinchi ( http://www.myspace.com/danielerinchi - MySpace – violin, viola), released a wonderful concept album inspired by the dark story of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Malatesta - Paolo Malatesta and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesca_da_Rimini - Francesca da Rimini , http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=18214 - Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante , where the music flows away in a long suite for almost an hour without breaks, with sudden changes of rhythm and atmosphere... The two main characters were portrayed by the poet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dante_Alighieri - Dante Alighieri in his “ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy - Divina Commedia ” but Dante’s poetry is only the starting point from where the band develops a very original musical and poetical journey...
 
 
The opener “Preludio: il trapasso” describes in music and words the moment when Paolo’s soul leaves his mortal body and begins the journey towards hell... “Look at my body / It lies bloodless on the ground... Heavy boats sail towards hell / The air is burning upon me / In the silence I’m looking for you...”.
 
Delicate and expressive piano, flute and violin passages are the ideal background for Simone Cecchini’s passionate vocals evoking a love stronger than death and that sound even more dramatic in the following “Confessione d’un amante” (Confession of a lover)... “Into the crowd we’re looking for each other / But the dark is between us.... Francesca I love you for this eternity / At length the light will come even into this dark caves / Let the trumpets blare / The beast is snarling upon us”...
 
 
The instrumental “La bestia ed il delirio” (The beast and the delirium) marks a change of mood, the rhythm goes up and there is room for fiery organ solos, heavy guitar riffs and “infernal dances” led by violin and flute... Then a marching beat introduces “Recitativo: è nel buio che risplendono le stelle” where the voice of Simone Cecchini describes an infernal landscape with bent trees dripping blood... “The scream of the man by now lies defeated on the ground / All I can do is gather my shadow / Like an old worn and stinking coat fallen down behind me... Oblivion is the cancer of knowledge... It’s in the dark that lies the magic of every light / It’s in the dark that the stars shine...”
 
In “Ricordi del supplizio” (Souvenirs of the torment) a flute “à la Jethro Tull” and a mellow rock sound underline the expression of rage against the murderer... “I remember the violence of my death / His breath upon my neck...”. Then “Nostalgia, pentimento e rabbia” (Nostalgia, repentance and rage) lead to the instrumental “Sudorazione a freddo sotto il chiaro di luna”, where “the blood runs cold under the moonlight”...
 
 
In Melencolia (Melancholy) a soaring feeling of nostalgia comes on the wings of beautiful notes of flute veined of exotic echoes... “Once I caught a prohibited apple / A bit couldn’t stop my hunger / I drank from a springing wine source / A sip couldn’t stop my thirst... Why on earth when I thought to love / A day like another the blade of a dagger / Led me back into the ground...”
 
 
The last tracks are almost completely instrumental and, in a crescendo of emotions, lead to an amazing and dramatic finale for this journey towards hell of a young lover, carried away by the hot wind that benumbs his limbs... “E fu allora che dalle fiamme mi sorprese una calda brezza celeste”, “Nosce te ipsum: la bestia ringhia in noi”, “Corale per messa da requiem” and “Epilogo: conclusione della discesa agl’inferi d’un giovane amante” are the perfect conclusion for a flawless album.
 
You can find a translation of the lyrics clicking http://www.arlequins.it/translations/Bacio-Discesa.asp - HERE .
 
You can find an interview with the band clicking http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=48641 - HERE
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 21 2010 at 02:55
PURE ITALIAN FANTASY FROM TOSCANA...
 
FANTASIA PURA ITALIANA (that means pure Italian fantasy) are a young band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prato - Prato blending Italian melody, rock and poetry. Some of their pieces are interesting and in my opinion deserve some attention...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7El3hspG8AU&feature=related -  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5aOzQ37MeA&feature=channel -  
 
More info:
 
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fpifantasiapuraitaliana - http://www.myspace.com/fpifantasiapuraitaliana
 
Facebook: http://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Fantasia-Pura-Italiana/277821934023 - http://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Fantasia-Pura-Italiana/277821934023


Posted By: ANDREW
Date Posted: February 21 2010 at 06:52
near city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Spezia - LA SPEZIA come http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1156 - ANCESTRY ( http://www.myspace.com/ancestryband - MySpace )!!!
 
I live in La Spezia and i know that band, i own a copy of their debut, good album!!!
 
FORZA SPEZIA!!!


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 22 2010 at 10:38
MAXOPHONE ARE BACK!
 
MAXOPHONE reformed in 2008 and now are looking forward to play live. The 2010 line up features founder members SERGIO LATTUADA (keyboards, vocals) and ALBERTO RAVASINI (acoustic guitar, keyboards, lead vocals) plus MARCO CROCI (bass, vocals), CARLO MONTI (drums, percussion, vibraphone, violin) and MARCO TOMASINI (electric guitar, vocals). I’ve stumbled by chance on this message on an Italianprog forum where they ask for http://arlequins.forumfree.org/index.php?&showtopic=5564&st=0&#entry61807 - HELP ... Is there anybody interested to organize a concert featuring Maxophone? Well, contact them! They are ready for a Spring and Summer 2010 tour.
 
By the way, if you don’t know who Maxophone are, this a retrospective of the band:
 
Maxophone were formed in 1972 by six excellent young musicians who were able to blend rock with jazz and classical influences in a very personal way... Their music was well performed and rich in ideas but they were only able to release one eponymous album before they split up on account of the financial troubles of their label. The lyrics of the album were not written by the members of the band but by some “friend-lyricists” who helped them to describe in words what they were trying to describe with notes and the overall result was definitely good...
 
 
The opener “C'è un paese al mondo” (There’s a country in the world) is introduced by a piano pattern and features many changes of rhythm... Good vocals and evocative lyrics draw images of a fantastic country that “grows in the mind upon equality roots”, “without thieves of truth”, where “freedom dances”... The music keeps on swinging from classical to rock to jazz almost giving a sense of harmonic utopia... Here you can watch the band perform this track live on Italian TV in 1976:
 
 
“Fase” is an excellent instrumental track where the members of the band showcase their great musicianship performing a well balanced blending of jazz, rock and classical influences...
 
 
“Al mancato compleanno di una farfalla” (To the missed birthday of a butterfly) features a good classical guitar intro that leads to a bittersweet and romantic atmosphere... The song is about the quest for ideals... In the lyrics dreams and the struggle for a better world are compared to the flight of a butterfly: “The butterfly goes / It shines of freedom / It swings and goes further / Next year what will remain of its colours? / Other butterflies will take its colours and will be flying in its place... If my strength to go further will fail at length / Take my colours and keep on going / By yourself,  without me!”.
 
 
Organ and soaring desperate vocals drawing the image of an attack in the street for political reasons introduce “Elzeviro”, a song that evokes the “leaden atmosphere” of political confrontation in Italy during the Seventies and its “long hours” full of blind hatred... “They’ve fixed me / Six against one / Convulsions of a power / That is crumbling by now...”. Good track where the music gives a sense of tension and impending drama...
 
 
The intro of the oneiric “Mercanti di pazzie” (Merchants of follies) is taken from Paul Hindemith’s Harp Sonata. The music is evocative and leads you into an “artificial” dreamy mood but, in my opinion, here the lyrics are not as inspired as in the other tracks...
 
 
The long finale “Antiche conclusioni negre” is a kind of tribute to black music (jazz and gospel) and features “a trumpet screaming new truths” and an Italian “gospel finale”. An excellent track concluding an excellent album...
 
 
The re-release on CD features two bonus tracks, the interesting “Il fischio del vapore” and the weak “Cono di gelato”...
 
 
On the whole, “Maxophone” is a great album, released by a band that deserved more luck... Anyway, although the album didn’t have the success it deserved in 1975, as years passed by it has become a “cult one” for progressive fans and I think it’s a must for every prog collector...
 
In 2005 was released “From Cocoon To Butterfly”, a special deluxe box set including a CD with 10 vintage tracks recovered from outtakes and alternate demo material from 1973-1976, plus a DVD with live footage from a 1976 concert at RAI studios in Torino. The booklet is very rich, including old pictures of the band, a complete biography and detailed information about the content of CD and DVD (in Italian and English).
 
All the recordings on the CD have been carefully remastered but even a good remastering can’t perform miracles when the sources are demos or home-made recordings... Nonetheless you can find here four very interesting tracks that have never appeared before... Particularly good are the opening track “Kaleidophonia”, a long instrumental where the band showcase their great musicianship blending classical influences and jazz, and “Dadaida”. Both these tracks were written for a second album that was never completed and although they’re just demos, the recording quality is good. “L’isola” and “Il lago delle ninfee” are good tracks that didn’t find room on their “official album” and it’s a pity that the sound quality of the original tapes was so poor... The other six tracks are just unreleased alternative versions of material originally released on their eponymous album in 1975.
 
 
 
The DVD footage was professionally filmed by Italian TV in 1976 and has a bonus video track of the re-formed Maxophone in 2005, playing one live track at Radio Popolare studios in Milan, an instrumental version of “Mercanti di pazzie”. The DVD also includes bonus features, such as interviews with all the members of the band (an English translation is available). The quality of the video is really good. Maxophone were one of the most interesting “one shot bands” of the Italian progressive scene in the Seventies. As you can read on the booklet, “Maxophone’s first and only album matured over the years like a bottle of expensive wine, becoming exquisite in taste and has gradually gained prestige”. This work is complementary to that album and its aim is to give a full overview of the band’s activity...
 
More info and contacts:
 
Official website:  http://www.maxophone.it/ - http://www.maxophone.it/
 
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maxophone/43741311346 - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maxophone/43741311346
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/maxophone - http://www.myspace.com/maxophone
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 23 2010 at 14:19
CINE-CONCERTI...
 
In these days  RanestRane are performing a new rock opera, a cine-concerto inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick - Stanley Kubrick ’s film http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_%28film%29 - The Shining . Here you can watch some videos taken from a concert in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepi - Nepi .
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNmw10zuVx0&feature=related -
 
 
You don’t know who are Ranestrane? Well, http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=3765 - RANESTRANE are an Italian prog band from Rome that was formed in 1996. The aim of the musicians involved in this project was to compose and perform a “rock-opera”, so they chose a famous http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Herzog - Werner Herzog ’s film, “ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu_the_Vampyre - Nosferatu the Vampyre ”, and commented it with music and original lyrics. They started their live activity in 2000 and conceived their shows as a “cine-concerto”, with the images of Werner Herzog’s film flowing in the background. In 2006 they released their rock opera on a self-produced studio double album, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=18680 - Nosferatu il vampiro ...
 
  
  
In 2005 another (prog) rock opera about vampires was released by PFM, and a comparison is due...
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hLwaikiYVc&feature=related -
 
In my opinion both works mix prog elements with a strong melodic flavour and are in some way complementary: if you like the subject matter and PFM’s “Dracula” I’m sure you will love this good and elaborate work by Ranestrane too. “Nosferatu il Vampiro” is conceived like a long suite in two parts that can be appreciated also without images. The music flows steady without really weak moments alternating changes of rhythm and gloomy atmospheres to light and intense melodies. The beautiful art cover reproduces a painting by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar_David_Friedrich - Caspar David Friedrich called http://hipogrifos.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/friedrich_cemetery1.jpg - Cloister Cemetery in the Snow and it perfectly fits the overall mood of the album. Vocal parts featuring original lyrics are intertwined with fragments of the film dialogues that contribute to keep up the tension... “I had a dream my love / But it’s so strange / That I cannot remember it”...
 
You can listen to the complete album on last.fm, just click http://www.lastfm.it/music/RanestRane/Nosferatu+Il+Vampiro+Opera+Rock+disc+1 - HERE and http://www.lastfm.it/music/RanestRane/Nosferatu+Il+Vampiro+Opera+Rock+disc+2 - HERE
 
By the way, RanestRane’s multinstrumentist and composer Riccardo Romano started also a melodic progressive side project called MAREDELNORD...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34aDUbKwfaY&feature=channel -  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGbWa0PmCUg&feature=channel -
 
Here you can watch Riccardo Romano playing mandolin with Steve Hogart...
 
 
 
More info:
 
RANESTRANE
 
Official website: http://www.ranestrane.com/ - http://www.ranestrane.com/
 
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ranestrane - http://www.myspace.com/ranestrane
 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RanestRane/34846534710?v=app_2344061033#!/pages/RanestRane/34846534710?v=wall - http://www.facebook.com/pages/RanestRane/34846534710?v=app_2344061033#!/pages/RanestRane/34846534710?v=wall
 
 
MAREDELNORD:
 
Official website:  http://www.maredelnord.it/ - http://www.maredelnord.it/
 
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/islanegra - http://www.myspace.com/islanegra
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 25 2010 at 11:49
THE (DARK) LIGHT OF A NEW DAWN...
 
 
 
TEARS OF OTHILA are a dark “neo-folk” project from Genova that should be of some interest for folk-prog lovers... In 2008 they released http://www.arkrecords.net/RELEASES/Ark-Releases-TEARSofOTHILA.htm - Renaissance! , their debut album for http://www.arkrecords.net/ARKsite.htm - ARK Records
 
More info:
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/tearsofothila - http://www.myspace.com/tearsofothila
 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tears-of-Othila/131800640773#!/pages/Tears-of-Othila/131800640773?v=info - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tears-of-Othila/131800640773#!/pages/Tears-of-Othila/131800640773?v=info
 


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: February 25 2010 at 11:54
Cool, Grazie for the new "friend" Andrea!
 
People may not realize that along with the vibrant RPI scene, Italy boasts a very deep well of folk and electronica/trance/psych groups, I run into them all the time. 
 
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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 26 2010 at 16:05
BREAKTHROUGH FROM HELL...
 
 
The track performed above is called “Evasione dagl’inferi” that means "Breakthrough from Hell", by Ethn’n’roll, a young band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potenza - Potenza that was formed in 2009. They blend Mediterranean influences with committed lyrics and a strange Oriental taste led by ukulele, bass and percussion...
 
 
 
More info:   http://www.myspace.com/ethnnroll3 - http://www.myspace.com/ethnnroll3
 
 


Posted By: memowakeman
Date Posted: February 26 2010 at 17:36
You are awesome Andrea, love several of the videos you have posted!!

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 27 2010 at 09:13
IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO AND THE ORGANIZED DELIRIUM
 
A book + CD about Il Balletto di Bronzo and its masterpiece http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=155" rel="nofollow - Ys was published in 2009, http://www.eclysse.com/it-IT/project.php/1/Il-Balletto-di-Bronzo-e-lidea-del-delirio-organizzato.htm" rel="nofollow - Il Balletto di Bronzo e l'idea del delirio organizzato , by http://www.facebook.com/people/Gianmaria-Consiglio/725679329" rel="nofollow - Gianmaria Consiglio
 
For more info about the book click http://www.eclysse.com/it-IT/buy.php/1/Il-Balletto-di-Bronzo-e-lidea-del-delirio-organizzato.htm" rel="nofollow - here and send an e-mail to the author.
 
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&ref=mf&gid=358341861322" rel="nofollow - link
Gianmaria Consiglio’s MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/gianmariaconsiglio" rel="nofollow -  link
 
The included CD features live tracks by Il Balletto di Bronzo and Gianni Leone recorded between 2001 and 2008 and some unreleased track recorded by Gianni Leone between 1985 and 1987, for more than 68 min. total length... Well, Gianni Leone reformed the band some years ago with a new line up and is still active on stage...
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAyT7tv1Vf4&feature=related" rel="nofollow -
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g59ctL9HLj8&feature=channel" rel="nofollow -
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77yJS5DRetY&feature=channel" rel="nofollow -
 
 
Actually, on the first listening you could find “Ys” a little bit boring… Foggy lyrics that draw dreadful images, gloomy vocals, anguish and fear dropping out every now and again… “A man is there with his face down / The ivy already covers his body / Black is the blood / On the wounds of his torn ears”… Definitely a hunting and dark mood hanging over the whole album. If you’re looking for something relaxing probably it’s better avoid it… But if you’re more patient I’m sure that you’ll find that the music is rather good… Gianni Leone is a very skilled musician with a solid classical background… Lyrics are not the strength of this album, but here vocals are more like an instrument interacting with the band to stir emotions… There are many changes of rhythm, wonderful keyboards and guitar solos, powerful bass lines and drumming, you can find here many influences blended together in a very interesting and personal way, from classical to jazz, from avant-garde to hard rock… All in all no wonder if many people love this work! And no wonder if Gianni Leone do not love this album anymore: he seems like a prisoner of “Ys” and after this album his inspiration almost run over… “And the darkness around him / Then was inside him…”…
   
Il Balletto di Bronzo MySpaces:
http://www.myspace.com/ballettodibronzowebsite" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/ballettodibronzowebsite
http://www.myspace.com/ballettodibronzo" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/ballettodibronzo
 
Un-official website:  http://web.tiscali.it/ysland/" rel="nofollow - http://web.tiscali.it/ysland/
 
 


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: February 27 2010 at 09:18
Boring?????   Never i say!!!  Wink

Nice work on these video montages man.  My only complaint about all these great Italian books that keep coming out is that there are no English versions.   There have been several lately.  I know it is expensive to do an English edition but I'm sure there is a hungry RPI fan base out there who would buy them. 

I'm gonna have to write my own I guess....LOL


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Posted By: Todd
Date Posted: February 27 2010 at 21:00

Andrea's and Jim's blogs are perfect examples of how to do it!  Bravo!  Clap



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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: February 28 2010 at 08:00
A FRESH DROP OF WATER IN THE PROG STREAM...
 
 
 
CLAN BANLIEUE are a young and fresh prog band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cori,_Italy - Cori ( http://www.nuovipanorami.it/italia/lazio/cori/cori.html - view ), in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Latina - Province of Latina ...
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/clanbanlieue - http://www.myspace.com/clanbanlieue
 
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 01 2010 at 08:18
BLADE RUNNER: ANOTHER PROG CINE-CONCERTO
 
Did you enjoy the post about RanestRane? Well, if you did I’m sure you’ll love this one too...
 
MEMORIA are a prog rock band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome - Roma that was formed in 1991 on the initiative of guitarist Marco Spatuzzi ( http://www.myspace.com/marcospatuzzi - MySpace ).  In 2004 they tried to comment with notes and words http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridley_Scott - Ridley Scott ’s film http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner - Blade Runner , from the science fiction novel by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick - Philip K. Dick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Androids_Dream_of_Electric_Sheep%3F - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ...
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-RQgPIa-ww&feature=related -
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cclBm2z7p1k&feature=related -
 
More info about MEMORIA:
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/memoriabladerunner - http://www.myspace.com/memoriabladerunner
Official website:  http://bladerunnerrock.com/ - http://bladerunnerrock.com/
 
 
By the way, Memoria’s bass player Gianfranco Vigneri is also involved in an another melodic prog rock project called COLMENA...
 
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/colmenaitaly/ - http://www.myspace.com/colmenaitaly/
Official website:  http://www.colmena.it/


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: March 01 2010 at 08:50
Nice stuff.  I like the Colmena project too.  The keys add so much to their sound as opposed to just going with the basic rock package.  

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 01 2010 at 14:19
A WINTER TALE
 
Arpia are an Italian prog band from Rome that have been active since 1984. The present line up features multi instrumentalist and composer Leonardo Bonetti (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and keyboards), Paola Feraiorni (vocals), Fabio Brait (acoustic guitar) and Aldo Orazi (drums). http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=23712 - Racconto d'inverno (A Winter Story) is their third album and it seems to mark a change in the musical direction of the band. It is conceived as a long acoustic suite where melancholic musical landscapes are drawn by male and female vocals...
 
 
The rhythm section is never invasive, acoustic guitars are omnipresent, there are not spectacular solos but the music perfectly fits the mood of the lyrics and flows away describing with notes what Leonardo Bonetti described with words. In fact “Racconto d’inverno” is not only a musical work but also a novel. They’re like two faces of the same coin. It’s very difficult to appreciate the mood and the atmosphere of this album without knowing what it’s about. The main sources of inspiration for this opera were http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalker_%28film%29 - Stalker , a 1979 science fiction film directed by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Tarkovsky - Andrei Tarkovsky and “Racconto d’autunno” (An Autumn Story), a novel by the Italian writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommaso_Landolfi - Tommaso Landolfi (1908-1979)...  
 
 
Well, cine-concerto plus readings!
 
According to Leonardo Bonetti it was impossible for him just to put in music and words the work of Landolfi and he decided to write his own novel to shape his feelings in a better way. The result in my opinion is very good and I enjoyed both book and music. The plot is settled somewhere in the mountains of Northern Italy, not far from a border, during the period 1943-1945. After the Italian army disbanded, Northern Italy was poisoned by the conflicts between Nazi-fascists and bands of partisans... “Crime and Pride / Our lady the Black Death / Is marching without pain...”. Desperation, death and hunger are the background for this work that tells the story of a desperate man, running away from this gloomy country looking for an escape. The fugitive arrives in a tumbling down villa built upon the ruins of an ancient abbey, a kind of labyrinth haunted by a strange presence... A man tries to help him to cross the border but they are trapped in winter weather and have to come back to the villa. Here dreams and reality melt while hope and love come out under the shadows of an impending death. The titles of the tracks are just like the titles of the chapters of a book. The tracks are not separate entities but movements of a long suite while lyrics recall the story narrated by the book evoking images and feelings. The contrast between male and female vocals is the strength of a bold and complex album with a peculiar “unplugged” rock sound. Then, on stage they alternate music and readings...
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjcnVKBUfeU&feature=channel -
 
Well, quite different atmosphere if compared with Arpia’s previous album http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=12851 - Terramare  from where is taken this other video, inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsieur_Verdoux - Monsieur Verdoux , a film directed by Charlie Chaplin in 1947 about the story of  an unemployed banker who becomes a serial killer... “If a single crime never pays / With nine killed wives you are a hero / Monsieur Verdoux!”
 
 
 
More info about the band:
 
Official Website: http://www.arpia.info/ARPIA/ENTER.html - http://www.arpia.info/ARPIA/ENTER.html
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/arpia1 - http://www.myspace.com/arpia1
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=70282207124 - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=70282207124
Last.fm:  http://www.lastfm.it/music/Arpia - http://www.lastfm.it/music/Arpia
 
 
For more info about the book click http://www.mariettieditore.it/catalogo/scheda.asp?IDFolder=137&IDOggetto=10327&Novita=&mCO=BvupsfBvupsf%2D%21Ujupmp&mCW=BOE%21%29%21DA%29%24Ujupmp%24%21MJLF%21%28%26cpofuuj%26%28%21%2ADAPS%21%29%24JTCO%24%21MJLF%21%28%26cpofuuj%26%28%21%2ADAPS%21%29%24BvupsfBvupsf%24%21MJLF%21%28%26cpofuuj%26%28%21%2ADAPS%21%29%24Bvupsf3Bvupsf%24%21MJLF%21%28%26cpofuuj%26%28%21%2ADAPS%21%29%24Bvupsf4Bvupsf%24%21MJLF%21%28%26cpofuuj%26%28%21%2ADAPS%21%29ucmDbufhpsjf%2FUftup2%21MJLF%21%28%26cpofuuj%26%28 - HERE


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: March 01 2010 at 18:04
Bravo!   Arpia's album was one of my top 5 picks for the Collab poll.  Amazing album.  Clap

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 02 2010 at 15:23
A PRESENT FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR LOVERS...
 
Do you like classical guitar? Well, then you have to listen to this guitarist from Genova...
 
 
 
MAURIZIO ODDONE is an experienced guitarist that arranged for solo classical guitar some rock-prog favourites like “Stairway to Heaven”  and “From The Beginning” ...
 
You can legally download for free his album White Lilium just clicking http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/62297" rel="nofollow - HERE
  
More info about the artist:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/mauriziooddone" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/mauriziooddone
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maurizio-Oddone-Chitarrista-Compositore/197020792982" rel="nofollow - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maurizio-Oddone-Chitarrista-Compositore/197020792982
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 04 2010 at 08:29
A NEW PROG-PROJECT FROM PADOVA
 
LAATIA is a psychedelic/space project from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padua - PADOVA featuring drummer Enrico Pintonello and multi instrumentalist Marco Martin. In 2009 they released their first demo that you can check just clicking http://www.mixpod.com/standalone.php?id=36834316 - HERE .
 
More info:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/laatia - http://www.myspace.com/laatia
 
 
Well, Enrico Pintonello ( http://www.myspace.com/enricopintonello - MySpace - http://hu-hu.facebook.com/pages/Enrico-Pintonello/23581567310 - Facebook ) plays also with http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=3844 - APHELION , a “prog/fusion” band based in the near city of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treviso - Treviso that in 2008 released a debut album for Lizard Records called http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=19049 - Franticode , mixed by http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=430 - DEREK SHERINIAN ...
 
 
More info:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/aphelionspace - http://www.myspace.com/aphelionspace
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 04 2010 at 14:55
MURPLE LIVE
 
On March the 21st  2010 MURPLE will play live in Rome (Free entrance!)
 
More info:
http://www.crossroadsliveclub.com/ - http://www.crossroadsliveclub.com/
 
The band will perform pieces from their debut album, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=2825 - Io Sono Murple and from their last one, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=20043 - Quadri di un'esposizione .
 
Murple was one of the many “one-shot bands” of Italian prog scene of the early seventies. After the release of their very good debut album in 1974, they disappeared...
 
“Io sono Murple” is a concept album featuring two long suites, about the feelings of a penguin compelled “to bow and act as a juggler”, “like a reed bowed by the wind”, “among the threads” of  “a world of dwarfs and clowns” that “penetrates into your bones promising to be faithful without knowing any faith”… Well, I quoted part of the lyrics trying to explain the subject with words while the wonderful album cover try to explain it with images… Now all that you have to do is close your eyes and listen to, because if the subject is rather strange the music is excellent…
 
 
In 2007 three of the original members, Per Carlo Zanco (vocal, piano, keyboards), Duilio Sorrenti (drums, percussion) and Mario Garbarino (bass) reformed the band and, with the help of some guest musician like Sabina Gagliardi (vocals) and Edoardo Massimi (guitar), recorded a brand new album that was released by the independent label Btf in 2008. The album came out with a good packaging and an interesting booklet where you can find the explanation of the “conceptual work“...
 
In 1874 took place in St. Petersburg an exhibition dedicated to the work of the Russian painter Victor Alexandrovich Hartmann. Modest Mussorgsky, who was a friend of the painter, composed his piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition” on the emotional wave that was provoked by the paintings...
 
 
Well, Murple’s work is not a rock interpretation of Mussorgsky music (like EL&P’s one), but an original work inspired by the same paintings. On the booklet you can find the images of the paintings with a short commentary, so you can match music and images and have a “promenade” through the tracks of the album. “Quadri di un’esposizione” is a good work, although not outstanding. Sometimes vintage and modern sounds are mixed together a little bit clumsily, but the music flows away smoothly enough, track after track, during its less than 34 minutes length...
 
The first painting, “Promenade & Gnomus”, represents a wicked dwarf wondering in a forest and a sound of spacey keyboards introduces a beautiful short symphonic track... “In the deepest dark of your wood / The meeting with that hidden being / Twisted limps spread fear...”. The second scene “Promenade & il vecchio castello” is settled in Italy where a troubadour sing his song before the walls of an old medieval castle in a sad landscape... The dreamy and baroque atmosphere is enriched by female vocals and by a good instrumental break in “Seventies style”... The third scene “Tuileries” is settled in Paris where some happy children play in a garden while the music is a short and joyful instrumental led by classical guitar and piano... The fourth painting, “Bydlo”, represents an heavy Polish chariot towed by oxen and here the music curiously swings from vintage sounds to definitely more “synthetic atmospheres”... 
 
 
The fifth painting, “Il ballo dei pulcini”, represents some dancers disguised as chicks coming out from the eggs, while the music reminds me slightly of some works of Rondò Veneziano and Lucio Battisti. Next paintings “Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuyle” represent the meeting of two antithetic men and the music is built upon a “dialog” between piano and synthesizers.
 
 
“Promenade & Limoges” represents a noisy scene in the market square of Limoges and here pop sounds are intertwined with a short drum solo and a “vintage organ flavour”... The eight scene, “Catacombae”, depicts a visit to the catacombs of Paris and the music features a church choir and a good gothic atmosphere... The ninth painting represents “Baba Yaga”, a bizarre witch, and the music inspired by this image in my opinion is by far the weakest track on the album, definitively too “poppish” (some melodic lines reminds me of a song of Zucchero, “Solo seduto sun panchina del porto...”).
 
 
 
The last painting, “La grande porta di Kiev & Promenade”, represents a project for a gate in city of Kiev while the music reminds me of Le Orme’s “Verità nascoste” and features strings on a marching beat and a delicate piano outro...
 
However, if you are in Rome in this period, don’t miss the concert!
 
More info about the band:
Official Website: http://www.murple.it/www.murple.it/index.html - http://www.murple.it/www.murple.it/index.html
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/MURPLE/203017700210?v=info - http://www.facebook.com/pages/MURPLE/203017700210?v=info
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 06 2010 at 11:08
PSYCHEDELIA PADANA
 
BABA JAGA are a psychedelic prog band from Suzzara, near http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantua - Mantova
 
 
After a demo (that you can legally download for free just clicking http://www.lastfm.it/music/Baba+Jaga/BluEmotion - HERE ), they have released a debut album, http://www.yourindiecd.net/cd/the-BabaJaga/?ling=1 - It's wonderful to stay sit .
 
More info about the band:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/baba-jaga - http://www.myspace.com/baba-jaga
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 07 2010 at 03:01
THE TRAINS AT DAWN: VIDEO DESTROYERS
 
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=3927#at" rel="nofollow - I TRENI ALL'ALBA  are prog band from the north western Italy that was formed between Aosta and Turin in 2002. The line up features Paolo Carlotto (acoustic and electric guitar), Daniele Pierini (acoustic and electric guitar), Sabino Pace (piano and keyboards) and Felice Sciscioli (drums and percussion). All the members are experienced musicians with different influences that managed to shape an amazing blend of folk and progressive rock.
 
 
In 2008 they released their first full length album http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=19446" rel="nofollow - Folk Destroyers for the independent label Smartz Records. The album was recorded with the help of some guest musicians that contributed to enrich the sparkling sound of the band, with counter bass, flutes, sax, congas, trumpet, violin, accordion and many other musical colours. Some sources of inspiration could be find in the album “Anime salve” by Fabrizio De André, then you can find reminders of samba, tarantella, Ravel, Piazzolla, Le Orme and PFM... The single tracks have no titles but each track is described in the beautiful booklet by a drawing by Domenico Sorrenti ( http://www.domenicosorrenti.com/" rel="nofollow - Official website ). The music flows away like in a long suite where quiet acoustic and folkloric passages melt in fiery percussion rides and vice versa. Well, now you can listen to the music watching some videos shot by eight different “video-makers”...
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHUN7CO98kQ&feature=channel" rel="nofollow -
 
“Watch TV, buy, obey the authorities, do not think, do believe in the collective truth, no ideas, no imagination...” . The only vocal parts on this album are some ominous warnings freely taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Live" rel="nofollow - They Live , a 1988 film directed by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carpenter" rel="nofollow - John Carpenter where aliens rule on society and control humans through the TV broadcasts and mass media.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryT7zywFKNU&feature=channel" rel="nofollow -
  
Some words taken from a book by the Italian writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefano_Benni" rel="nofollow - Stefano Benni that you can find on the booklet try to describe the right approach to this work: “We should always feel like we are leaving the next day, or like we have just got back. Everything becomes more precious: what we leave and what we find. To hear the tiny voice of hope , beyond the screams of pain. It could be interesting to come to a train station to find it... hope.”. The name of the band, I Treni All’Alba, means the trains at dawn...
 
More info about the band:
Official website: http://www.itreniallalba.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.itreniallalba.com/
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/itreniallalba" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/itreniallalba
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Treni-AllAlba/40720258789" rel="nofollow - http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Treni-AllAlba/40720258789
 
Smartz Records:
Official website: http://www.smartzrecords.org/dblog/storico.asp" rel="nofollow - http://www.smartzrecords.org/dblog/storico.asp
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/smartzrecords" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/smartzrecords
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Smartz-Records/151114943187" rel="nofollow - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Smartz-Records/151114943187


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 09 2010 at 12:08
A MUSICAL WITH A STRONG MEDITERRANEAN FLAVOUR
 
BIZANTINA come from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence" rel="nofollow - Firenze and have been active since 1996. Their repertoire features original tracks and traditional songs from the Mediterranean area re-arranged by the band...
 
Their last work is a musical called http://www.italymusic.net/musicstore/product_info.php?cPath=368_408&&products_id=1263&dowload_IN_CARRELLO=no" rel="nofollow - Orlando tarantato , inspired by the “ http://sicilyweb.com/english/articles/sicilian%20puppets.htm" rel="nofollow - PUPI SICILIANI
 
 
 
More info:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/bizantinaethnic" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/bizantinaethnic
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bizantina/56791141418" rel="nofollow - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bizantina/56791141418
Official website:  http://www.bizantina.it/index.php" rel="nofollow - http://www.bizantina.it/index.php
 


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: March 09 2010 at 13:36
Thanks Andrea, I've forgotten to look in this thread for a while being off the beaten track so to speak but there's always something fascinating to discover. Clap
 
I'll try to check in here more often.


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: March 09 2010 at 14:31
Indeed.  Keep it up Andrea.  Clap

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 10 2010 at 06:09
PROG FUSION FROM BOLOGNA
 
ALMA ENSAMBLE are an experimental project based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna - Bologna , led by drummer Alessandro Tozzi and keyboardist Marco Belluzzi, that should be of interest for jazz/rock and fusion-prog lovers
 
ALMA ENSEMBLE’s  MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/almaensemble - http://www.myspace.com/almaensemble
 
On stage the line up features guitarist Daniele Faraotti, leader of the DANIELE FARAOTTI BAND...
 
 
 
  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fc65wAdd_c&feature=channel -
 
More info about DANIELE FARAOTTI BAND:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/danielefaraottiband - http://www.myspace.com/danielefaraottiband
Official website:  http://danielefaraotti.com/ - http://danielefaraotti.com/
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 12 2010 at 02:10
PROG FROM THE ALPS...
 
KING SUFFY GENERATOR are a young psychedelic prog band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domodossola" rel="nofollow - Domodossola ...
 
 
Their first full length album, 60 Minutes Circle, can be legally downloaded for free from their official website; just click http://kingsuffygenerator.com/2009/11/09/60-minutes-circle/" rel="nofollow - HERE
 
 
If you want to listen to their first EP, Psychosurf, click http://www.lastfm.it/music/King+Suffy+Generator/Psychosurf+E.P." rel="nofollow - HERE
 
More info about the band:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/kingsuffygenerator" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/kingsuffygenerator
Official website:  http://kingsuffygenerator.com/" rel="nofollow - http://kingsuffygenerator.com/
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 15 2010 at 06:47
ANOTHER REUNION...
 
RANE CONCAVE are one of the many prog bands that were formed in Rome during the seventies and then disappeared... They never had the chance to record an album, but 34 years after their split up RANE CONCAVE are back on stage and they’re working on new tracks!
 
 
 
For samples and more info about the band:
http://www.myspace.com/raneconcave - http://www.myspace.com/raneconcave
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 16 2010 at 05:26
NEW EXPLORATIONS OF THE PAST...
 
Procession are an Italian prog band from Turin that was formed in 1972. In 2006 founder member and guitarist Roby Munciguerra reformed the band with a new line up to perform on stage the old repertoire with new arrangements. They recorded also a new album http://musicstore.electromantic.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=42 - Esplorare featuring old stuff rearranged and a new track...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDDNRXwLLGE -  
 
On their debut album, “Frontiera” the line up featured Gianfranco Gaza (vocals, harmonica), Angelo Girardi (bass, electric mandolin), Marcello Capra (electric and acoustic guitar), Giancarlo Capello (drums, percussion) and Roby Munciguerra (electric and acoustic guitar). The album was recorded in a week in Rome for the Help label. The music alternates hard and raw passages with electric guitars in the forefront to delicate and reflexive atmospheres where acoustic passages prevail. It’s a concept album that deals with the problem of immigration from Southern Italy to the North and its industrialized cities like Turin or Milan. Lyrics were signed by Marina Comin, the same lyricist as Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno’s http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=166303 - Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo .
 
The opener “Ancora una notte” (One more night) opens with an acoustic guitar arpeggio, then the electric guitar and the rhythm section bring in a dark sense of impending change. Lyrics describe the last night of an immigrant before leaving his native village for the big city and an uncertain destiny... “One more night and the train will set off / But in this last night I can’t sleep / I’ve waited too long for this day / Now I’m scared / I fear that my life could end there...”. The body is going to leave but the roots are not broken yet and this contrast is underlined by the music.
 
 
“Uomini e illusioni” (Men and illusions) starts with a fiery electric tarantella (that could remind of PFM’s “E’ festa”). Lyrics describe the train carrying its burden of men and illusions while running through Italy, from South to North, men who feel strangers in their own Homeland... “I will have to live my life / Like a clown compelled to smile / Even when his son is dying / I can’t show any pain...”.
 
 
“Città grande” (Big city) opens with a delicate acoustic arpeggio, music and lyrics describe the arrival in the big city and the feeling of pain for family and home left behind, the struggle for a job, then the feeling of hope for a better world and society where people can survive without leaving home... “Big city I’m here... I left my mother, my girlfriend and perhaps my joy to live / But hope makes me go on / And I will live of hope...”.
 
“Incontro” (Meeting) is a joyful ballad featuring strummed acoustic guitar and flute. Music and lyrics describe the meeting between the protagonist and a boy about twenty years old. The boy talks about friendship, love, freedom and equality... “We’re all alike / You can find thousand friends / If you look for them with your heart / There are no limits / If you live into love...”.
 
“Anche io sono un uomo” (I’m a man as well) is a delicate and melancholic track about equality and awareness. The protagonist thanks the boy for the new hope but then awareness that not everyone thinks in the same way rises... “How many people treat me like a man and don’t judge me? / How many people did understand that I’m a man like you?”.
 
The long and complex “Un mondo di libertà” (A world of freedom) is more aggressive. It starts softly but then fiery electric guitars start storming enraged notes. Then vocals come in and tension slackens... “You have lost your freedom / But I’m not speaking with you just because of pity / There’s a whole world around you that loves you like me / It’s true that everyone here minds just to his own business / But you are a man and you’ll find your way...”. Lyrics are a kind of preach against resignation, all in all every place is the same and life is not so bad...
 
 
“Solo 1” (Alone) begins as an electric rock and roll... “Alone again, alone again in the big city / You look around you /  Trying to understand where to go...”. Then rock and roll melts in something very different and moody...
 
 “Un ombra che vaga” (A wondering shadow) begins with hard guitar riffs shaping a troubled and desperate mood... Then comes a sudden change of atmosphere and acoustic guitar and vocals describe what seems to be just a wondering shadow, a living ghost... “Your future life is like a dark shadow / You see your hopes into the eyes of the night / Houses seem big but they are colourless / You would like to be at home / But you can’t come back....”. Then, on “Solo 2” rock and roll and loneliness are back for another desperate ride in the big city...  “Alone again, alone again in the big city / You look around you / Trying to understand where to go...”.
 
 
Hopes and disappointments, rage and love, friendship and loneliness, hard rock and acoustic passages... On the whole a very good album with good ideas and some ingenuities.
 
After the debut album “Frontiera” released in 1972, Procession released their second album for the record label Fonit Cetra in 1974 with a different line up festuring original members Gianfranco Gaza (vocals) and Roby Munciguerra (guitars) plus Maurizio Gianotti (sax, flute) and Paolo D’Angelo (bass). In studio they were helped by some guests musicians like drummer Francesco Froggio Francica (Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno), keyboardist Ettore Vigo (Delirium) and vocalist Silvana Aliotta (Circus 2000). The result was excellent. The overall sound is less raw and aggressive if compared with the previous album and dreamy acoustic atmospheres prevail while lyrics by Marina Comin perfectly fit the music blending dreams and reality.
 
 The opener “Uomini di vento” (Men of wind) starts with a rhythm percussion pattern, then electric guitar comes in... “The wind blows strongly by now / Men run away because they can’t stand it...”. Sax, flutes and vocals depict a world stormed by the wind where scared shadows are looking for a shelter. Reality and its hypocrisies are swept away...
 
 
“Un mondo sprecato” (A wasted world) is more reflexive and darker and features good electric guitar and sax solos... “I wasted a world trying to understand / But I don’t know how to begin / Man, you look at me and you don’t understand / I used to live like you / A bitter life like many others / But I made up my mind and now I know / You’re laughing at a clown / That has stopped playing with the wind by now... You are laughing without asking yourself what this tale could mean...”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7DeeVL6op8&feature=related -
 
On the long and complex “C’era una volta” (Once upon a time) the band try to explore the “dark side of the moon” and sax and vocals every now and again run after Pink Floyd’s shadows... Lyrics are about a quest for true life: a child set off looking for the sense of life and when he thinks to have found it he realizes that he’s old by now and that he has wasted his time...
 
 
“Notturno” begins softly, with acoustic guitar and flute drawing a strange and unquiet dreamy atmosphere... “A boat sails lightly on the see / There’s a man on the edge / And the breeze wets his face / And the night gets darker / The man seems looking for life / But what is he looking for? He’s not a fisherman... And the sea gets darker and darker / And the man leaves the edge / Now the boat is lighter...”.
 
 “Il volo della paura” (The flight of fear) is another beautiful dreamy track. Lyrics depict a flock of seagulls that darken the sky. When they land all together the earth is shaken. Men that can’t fly are scared and remain on their shaken world where there’s only a wall left, so hard to climb... Just thousand wings and so much fear!
 
 
The final title track “Fiaba” (Fairy tale) describes a village on top of a hill where live people refusing the rules of the world and enjoy their peace... I think that the inlay painting featuring classical and rock musicians climbing the hill describes this track better than words...
  
More info about the band:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/processionroby - http://www.myspace.com/processionroby
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Procession/36832029350 - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Procession/36832029350
 
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 17 2010 at 08:07
PROCESSION’s former guitarist MARCELLO CAPRA is still active too as a solo artist. He has just released a new album for http://www.electromantic.com/interne-eng/home.php - Electromantic , http://www.btf.it/default.asp?ij=3&qa=p&qb=sc&xy=cl007&jk=15199&zp=104D&ln=E&opt=dettaglio - Preludio ad una nuova alba
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pffy-AFcs3s -  
 
 
More info:
Official website:  http://www.marcellocapra.com/ - http://www.marcellocapra.com/
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/marcellocapra - http://www.myspace.com/marcellocapra
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marcello-Capra/50443771663 - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marcello-Capra/50443771663# !
 


Posted By: Todd
Date Posted: March 17 2010 at 11:57
Andrea, I really loved your insights into Procession, one of my favorite bands.  Your comments inspired me to listen to the albums again!  Grazie!  And Capra sounds like interesting guitar music.

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Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: March 18 2010 at 05:40
I could spend all day in this thread alone.
 
You should put this entry on Wikipedia!
 
Certainly comprehensive and incredible report on Italian Prog Scene.


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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: March 18 2010 at 12:03
Thanks Andrea, I'm looking forward to checking out Procession.....when my Maxophone cd has finished playing.


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 18 2010 at 16:41
PROG IN CLASSICS!
 
MARCO LO MUSCIO is a classical organist and pianist from Rome with a strong passion for prog... He has re-arranged and interpreted some prog classics for organ and piano solo...
 
  
He recorded some albums featuring original tracks that should be of some interest for prog lovers.
 
 
His last album “The Book Of Bilbo And Gandalf” features some guest stars like Steve Hackett, John Hackett and Pär Lind...
 
 
More info:
Official website:  http://www.marcolomuscio.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.marcolomuscio.com/                                 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/marcolomuscio" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/marcolomuscio


Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: March 18 2010 at 23:15
Okay all bets are off... this is the place to come to discover new Italian Prog - thanks Andrea!

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 19 2010 at 06:02
BACK FROM MARS!
 
Campo di Marte’s leader Enrico Rosa is still active and every now and again he still performs the old tracks of Campo di Marte, along with some new tracks...
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGYLBNCt8q8&feature=related" rel="nofollow -
 
You don’t know who Campo di Marte are? Well, Campo di Marte were one of the many one-shot bands of the Italian prog scene of the early seventies. It was mainly the brainchild of composer and guitarist Enrico Rosa who gathered around him a bunch of talented and “classical trained” musicians like Alfredo Barducci (horns, piano, organ, vocals), Richard Ursillo aka Paul Richard (bass, vocals), Mauro Sarti (drums, percussion, flute, vocals) and Carlo Felice Marcovecchio (drums, percussion, vocals). They were based in Tuscany and the name of the band was inspired by a suburb of Florence. Campo di Marte means http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campus_Martius" rel="nofollow - Field of Mars (or Campus Martius) , and Mars was also the Roman god of war so, according to Enrico Rosa, “the name was used as an excuse to write lyrics on the stupidity of wars, and a picture of Turkish mercenary soldiers stabbing themselves with any kind of weapons to demonstrate their strength and receive higher wages was chosen for the cover” (from an interview with Enrico Rosa on the site http://www.italianprog.com/a_campodimarte.htm" rel="nofollow - Italianprog.com ).
 
The original concept was in some way distorted by the label in 1973 and the band had to change the titles and the order of the tracks for commercial reasons. The remastered re-release by AMS Vinyl Magic (BTF) (AMS 101 CD) in 2006 restored the original project and the result is wonderful. The sound quality is excellent and the original project is explained in the booklet through comprehensive liner notes in Italian and in English...
 
On the restored version, the album opens with the instrumental “V Tempo” (originally named "Prologo Parte I") where you can find a pastoral atmosphere that could remind of bands like Amazing Blondel and Gryphon. The piece is introduced by acoustic and flute and the mood is peaceful and joyful...
 
  
On the second track “VI Tempo” (originally named "Prologo Parte II"), the sound of the electric guitar and an heavy marching beat try to evoke the effects of a marching army with horns and drums “playing war anthems”. Peace is broken and war is raging on but on this piece there’s also a short lyrical interlude where dreamy vocals invite you to search for the truth and to give credit to the people: “You will touch with your hands / Days full of sweetness / You will discover in everyone else / Another one like you...”.
 
 
The “black magic” of war keep on storming on the third track, the long instrumental “VII Tempo” (originally named "Prologo Parte III"), where frenzy rhythms and gloomy atmospheres prevail...
 
The fourth track, “I Tempo” (originally named "Riflessione Parte I"), begins with the electric guitar in the forefront and heavy rhythms, but after a while the “storm” gives way to a tense and bitter reflection about the effects of war... “I remember that lawn / Covered with flowers / I was happily running / In the light of the sun... Now I can see that place again / Thousands of crosses / Cover the lawn / Blacken the sun... Unaware men / Get the bones / The only harvest / Of so many crazy sowings...”.
 
 
“II Tempo” (originally named "Riflessione Parte II") is a short, soft and dreamy instrumental that leads to “III Tempo” (originally named "Epilogo Parte I"), where hope seems to born again along with the vocals soaring upon a delicate piano pattern... People fed up with war is moving war to war: “Listen, a scream is rising / Look, the crowd is already moving / They’re calling you...”.
 
The rhythm becomes frenzy again while revolution starts... The classical inspired organ fugue of “IV tempo” (originally named "Epilogo Parte II) and the final acoustic guitar arpeggio that marks the restored peace concludes a great album...
 
More info about Enrico Rosa:
Official Website:  http://www.enricorosa.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.enricorosa.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/enrosa" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/enrosa
 
Enrico Rosa has also started a new jazz-blues project called LINK XII
 
 
More info:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/link12band" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/link12band
 


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: March 19 2010 at 07:20
Thanks for the push towards Procession Andrea. I've listened to the tracks from both albums and was very impressed. I've ordered Fiaba - seems mellower than the heavier debut. I'll order that one soon too.


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 20 2010 at 16:56
ROSENBACH MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR
 
Museo Rosenbach are one of the many Italian prog band of the early seventies that had the just chance to release an album before disappear. Their debut album “Zarathustra” was released in 1973 and the line up featureed Stefano “Lupo” Galifi (vocals), Enzo Merogno (guitar, vocals), Pit Corradi (keyboards, mellotron), Alberto Moreno (bass, piano) and Giancarlo Golzi (drums, percussion, vocals). It’s a concept album freely inspired by the work of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. According to the liner notes, the quest for the super–man described by Mauro La Luce’s lyrics wasn’t meant to exalt the violent leader of a new pure breed but the serene search for a human character who, living in communion with nature, tries to purify from every hypocrisy the human values... Despite the great quality of the music, on account of the controversial art cover and to the misunderstandings about the concept, Museo Rosenbach were treated as fascists by critics and part of the public and the album was quite unsuccessful determining the split up of the band. Nonetheless, as time passed by, this work has become a cult one for prog lovers...
 
The opener is the long title track, a suite in five parts. The first part “L’ultimo uomo” (The last man) begins with a calm and solemn pace, then vocals that seem to come down from a distant place soar drawing a beautiful melody... “Face of light, they told me about you / Your story lies in the echo of the mountains / Too high to descend into us.... Shabby shadow, empty glare of the ego / You don't need to understand the force / That pushes me to seek in the world...”. An instrumental crescendo leads to the second part, “Il re di ieri”  (Yesterday king) and to its delicate piano and organ patterns... “No, do not go on walking on never ending roads / You can already see in me what my father, God, taught to you... Love your Land, in her womb God will form itself”. The contrasts between a quiet church like atmosphere and some more aggressive rhythmic passages give to this track a very peculiar and dramatic feeling...    
  
On the third part of the suite, “Al di là del bene e del male” (Beyond the good and the evil) tension rises while vocals try to evoke how pretentious are human laws drawing borders between good and evil... “Ancient tables, divine wills in the past already divided the good and the evil / The man alone, far from God, cannot build his own moral / Run away from your will / Under these curtains lies a false wisdom / The truth is insulted / From the moral that you created no good will come...”. The fourth part, “Superuomo” (Super-man) begins quietly and in a more reflexive way suggesting that you have to choose among many answers about the sense of life what’s the right one... “Thousand traditions built a wall around me / Alone and without forces I get lost into my own words / And perhaps I'm looking for someone who has always walked behind me... / Now he is coming to life in me / I’m living the Super-man”. Then vocals give way to a crescendo of amazing shifting musical passages leading to the final solemn instrumental part “Il tempio delle clessidre” (The temple of the hourglasses)
  
The other tracks are shorter but not less interesting. “Degli uomini” (About men) is as intense as an horseback ride. Vocals ask questions about war and peace, joy and pain, then a bittersweet reflection soars... “Like  Autumn, the world wants to wither / It offers swords to the sky overriding the loyalty / It grows up and, as time passes by, it kills its humanity”.
 
 
“Della natura” (About nature) begins with a frenzy rhythm, then suddenly a suspicious and treacherous quiet comes down... “Quietness falls over the night / Virgin in its mantle... The silence with its void lights the fear again / Terror, pregnant of magic as it is, makes Death’s face come back in mind...”. Rhythm takes off again, then melts in a complex and more relaxed section while lyrics draw a quite different landscape where men live in harmony with nature and where silence is described as the singing of real poetry... "My eyes are tired, I feel by now that I’m going to sleep / The dawn comes from quietness / Virgin in its own mantle, it lives and already thrills...”. ”Dell'eterno ritorno” (About the eternal return) is about the eternal circle of life. Strange omens shake our certitudes while life comes to an end... The music is complex as usual, marching beats alternate with organ rides while soaring dramatic vocals depicts doubts and fading hopes... “By now my future is already there / The road I will take leads where the man stops / And where the Eternal Return reign...”.
  
After the end of Museo Rosenbach experience, drummer Giancarlo Golzi joined forces with Carlo Marrale and Piero Cassano, former members of JET, a formed a new band called MATIA BAZAR, more pop oriented and commercially very successful
  
 
In 2000 Museo Rosenbach reunited with a different line up and released a new album, http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=970" rel="nofollow - Exit , but if you expect from this new work something like “Zarathustra” you will be disappointed… Here there’s no much of the old “Museo Rosenbach left. The only founding members in the new line-up are Alberto Moreno and Giancarlo Golzi and the music is closer to the elegant pop of the Matia Bazar than to “Zarathustra”. “Exit” should be a concept album but the project seems to me confused and the ideas sometimes seem to get lost into the mist… The first track “Exit” is a kind of short intro to the album with a good acoustic guitar arpeggio (and “obscure” lyrics)… Then, with “Il terzo occhio” the music turns to a smart pop sound… My favourite track is “Il re del circo” (lyrics about the civil war in Yugoslavia) where you can find at least some hints of progressive…
 
   
Nonetheless the new line up is not bad and it should be of some interest for prog lovers listen to...
 
 
 
More info about MUSEO ROSENBACH:
Official website:  http://www.museo.it/" rel="nofollow - http://www.museo.it/
Andrea Biancheri’s MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/andreabiancheri" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/andreabiancheri
 
Recently original Museo Rosenbach’s vocalist Stefano “Lupo”  Galifi joined a new project called IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE and performed the whole album Zarathustra on stage... The band is now working on some original pieces...
 
 
More info about IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE:
MySpace:   http://www.myspace.com/iltempiodelleclessidre" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/iltempiodelleclessidre
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 21 2010 at 04:43
JAZZ-ROCK LIGHTS FROM MILAN
 
LALUCECONTRO are a jazz rock project from Milan...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVc3TJnBol0 -  
 
 
You can listen to their first EP “Odyssey” clicking http://www.rockit.it/album/12514/lalucecontro-odyssey - HERE
 
More info:
MySpace  http://www.myspace.com/lalucecontro - http://www.myspace.com/lalucecontro
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=24857719756 - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=24857719756
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 22 2010 at 11:31
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF LE ORME...
 
Le Orme seem to go on with a new singer...
 
For more info and a free legal download...  Click http://www.crossroadsliveclub.com/ormedownload.htm - HERE
 
Official fan club:
Italian: http://www.leorme-officialfanclub.com/ - http://www.leorme-officialfanclub.com/
Spanish: http://www.leorme-officialfanclub.org/ - http://www.leorme-officialfanclub.org/
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 25 2010 at 09:21
STILEMA XXI, FOLK ROCK FROM ROME...
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UFo6bJozes -
 
 
More info:  http://www.myspace.com/stilemaxxi - http://www.myspace.com/stilemaxxi
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 27 2010 at 13:01
AIR OF REVOLUTION...
 
Legittimo Brigantaggio are a (combat) folk rock band from Lazio, influenced by http://www.ramblers.it/" rel="nofollow - Modena City Ramblers and... Franco Battiato!
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSJQoc8TUFs" rel="nofollow -  
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/legittimobrigantaggio" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/legittimobrigantaggio
 


Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: March 29 2010 at 03:52
ClapRawksLOL nice work

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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: March 30 2010 at 10:01
ABOUT AREA...
 
Area have been one of the most influential band of the Italian prog scene and here you can find... Some proofs!
 
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4688" rel="nofollow - VIII STRADA ...
 
 
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=733" rel="nofollow - ODESSA ...
 
 
 
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=3711" rel="nofollow - ASSENZIO ...  
 
 
 
By the way, Demetrio Stratos and Giulio Capiozzo are gone forever, but the three Area’s survivors recently reunited for some concerts...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9NiqUlsPP4&feature=channel" rel="nofollow -   


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 01 2010 at 12:16
PFM’S NEW ALBUM PREVIEW
 
This month should be released PFM’s new album, a remake of Fabrizio De Andrè’s http://www.viadelcampo.com/html/la_buona_novella.html" rel="nofollow - La Buona Novella featuring brand new arrangements...
 
  


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 04 2010 at 05:42
NEW FOOTPRINTS
 
According to Le Orme's former keyboardist Tony Pagliuca’s blog, this month should be released a new album, “Après Midi”, featuring arrangements for piano solo of pieces taken from Le Orme’s repertoire...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGquU0b2k9E" rel="nofollow -  
 
Tony Pagliuca’s official website:
http://nuke.tonypagliuca.com/" rel="nofollow - http://nuke.tonypagliuca.com/
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 05 2010 at 09:27
NEWS FROM THE CITY OF ROMEO AND JULIET...
 
Young emerging prog bands from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verona - Verona ...
 
GRAN TORINO:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/grantorinoprog - http://www.myspace.com/grantorinoprog
 
 
CALIA:
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/caliarock - http://www.myspace.com/caliarock
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sss75Pmjo84 -  
 
Calia’s dummer is also involved in another project called D’Anima...
 
D’ANIMA
MySpace 1:  http://www.myspace.com/danimaband
MySpace 2:  http://www.myspace.com/danimacustic - http://www.myspace.com/danimacustic
 
 


Posted By: Kojak
Date Posted: April 07 2010 at 10:50
This has been fascinating, I'm still going through that first post, checking out all those myspace pages, but I'm coming across some amazing music and artists.  Thank you for your time and effort putting it all together here. It's been an education. 


Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: April 08 2010 at 11:51
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Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 12 2010 at 09:46
THE GOLDEN CIRCLE AND CRISTOPHER COLUMBUS...
 
Il Cerchio d’Oro (The Golden Circle) are an Italian prog band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savona" rel="nofollow - Savona formed during the seventies, when they could release some singles but had not the chance to release a full length album. The band reunited in 2006 with a line up featuring veterans Franco Piccolini (piano, organ, keyboards, backing vocals), Gino Terribile (drums, percussion, vocals), Giuseppe Terribile (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), Piuccio Pradal (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Roberto Giordana (electric guitar, backing vocals). In 2008 they released what should be considered their real debut album for the independent label http://www.myspace.com/blackwidowrecs" rel="nofollow - Black Widow Records . It’s a concept album inspired by the character of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus" rel="nofollow - Christopher Columbus , where the aim of music and lyrics is to tell the story of a difficult journey full of hopes, deceptions, disappointments and fears that is also a metaphor of life where often the goal is a just new starting point for another journey. The overall sound of Il Cerchio d’Oro is clearly inspired by bands like Le Orme, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and New Trolls (especially in the vocal parts), but the result is very good and the song-writing is not too derivative.
 
The dreamy instrumental opener “Ouverture” set the musical atmosphere and leads to  the beautiful and melancholic “Sognando la meta” (Dreaming the goal). The contrast between electric guitar and organ underline doubts and fears in front of an uncertain impending future. After many efforts Columbus is going to set off and dreams of his goal... “Now I know, I’ll make it / I must believe in the dream / I’m alone in the night, a thought startles me  / I already see only an image in my mind / And the goal is nearer...”.
 
On “Colombo” (Columbus) the rhythm takes off. In Italian Colombo means pigeon and it’s ironic that a sailor has the same name of a bird. Columbus reflects on this fact and would like to be able of flying... “What an envy for the wings of the seagulls / That can exploit every wind... Sometimes during the night I dream my ships / With great wings instead of cannons / Sailing over unknown lands like kites...”.  
 
“I tre marinai” (The three sailors) begins with the sound of the waves and of an acoustic guitar, then vocals soar. It’s a reflexive and melancholic ballad. Three sailors talk about the reasons who pushed them to embark in this dangerous journey. The first one was without money and without women and now has nothing to lose, the second one lost his wife and children and now tries to forget his troubles while for the third one the most important thing in life is drinking wine in good company... “Let’s keep on imagining that life can change / But let’s not get our hopes up / The viceroy will make no gifts...”.
 
“Ieri, oggi, ancora niente” (Yesterday, tomorrow, nothing yet) is a complex track featuring an intro with vocals a cappella and many changes of rhythm and mood. After one moth of sailing no land to the horizon yet. Hopes, disappointments, illusions and disillusions turn the mood up and down...
 
“Il silenzio rumoroso del mare” (The noisy silence of the sea) is tense and haunting. It’s a complex track where music storms and suddenly calm down, broken by short and delicate melodic passages before take off again... “I spend all my nights looking through the stars / Listening to the creaking of my ships... I’m losing my excitement and I’m beginning to despair... I feel that there’s nobody on board that I can trust / It’s more and more difficult to hope in the noisy silence of the sea...”.
 
 
 
“Preghiera al vento” (Prayer to the wind) is a short and simple acoustic track that reminds of Lucio Battisti, especially the vocals. It’s a kind of pagan invocation to the wind... “Oh wind! At lest you, stay by my side...”.  
 
“Tre giorni (L’ammutinamento)” (Three days – The mutiny) starts in an aggressive way, with electric guitar and rhythm section in the forefront, then the fury stops giving way to a more reflexive part... The rage of the crew grows but the captain manages to restore the calm promising that if they will not find the land in three days they will turn back... “I have promised them three days and they have agreed / Now it’s my time, time of bets...”.
 
“Tierra! Tierra!” (Land! Land!) is a desperate ride on the wings of hope while time is running short. After a fiery beginning rhythm slows down, time stands still... Suddenly enthusiastic shouts rise and the land appears on the horizon... “Land! Land! Treasure lightened by the stars / A thrill passes through my skin / The same thrill that makes the sailors shout / Land! Land! My God, forgive me if I doubted / Thanks for this joy you gave me / I know you are right and you never deceive me...”.
 
 
“Cercando l’approdo” (Looking for the landing) is a beautiful instrumental. Tension melts and a calm melody veils the horizon leading to an happy end... On “Conclusione (Il ritorno)” (Conclusion – The return) joyful acoustic guitar chords and relaxed melodic vocals greet the come back and the end of the journey. But Columbus is not aware of the importance of his discovery and of its consequences... “The whole world is going to change now / New horizons for the humankind...”.
 
The album features also two nice bonus tracks, the two sides of a 1977 single, “Quattro mura” (Four walls) and “Futuro prossimo” (Next future). It’s strange but these song do not sound old at all and they perfectly fit the mood and the atmosphere of this work... “It’s beautiful your colour / It recalls the sea of lost times / I don’t care if you don’t like me / I can’t die hoping to come to life again and be better than now...”.
 
On the whole “Il viaggio di Colombo” is a very good album and I’m sure that it could be an excellent addition to the collection of every Italianprog lover.
 
More info:
http://www.myspace.com/ilcerchiodoro" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/ilcerchiodoro
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 18 2010 at 10:08
NEW HYPOTHESIS FROM NAPLES...
 
Nuova Ipotesi (New Hypothesis) are an emerging band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigliano" rel="nofollow - Marigliano , in the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naples" rel="nofollow - Naples , featuring female vocals and a lot of energy...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_27pkuMD-Vg" rel="nofollow -   
More info:
http://www.myspace.com/nuovaipotesi" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/nuovaipotesi
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 24 2010 at 09:44
EUTHYMIA, PROG OPERA PROJECT FROM TORINO
 
Euthymia are an interesting prog opera project that started in 2008 in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin - Torino
 
 
More info:
http://www.myspace.com/progettoeuthymia - http://www.myspace.com/progettoeuthymia
 
Euthymia’s drummer and composer Alan Brunetta is also involved in other projects like Supershock, a band specialized in “cine-concerti”...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUIdOiP3bK4 -  
 
 
More info about Supershock:
http://www.supershock.org/ - http://www.supershock.org/
http://www.myspace.com/supershockx - http://www.myspace.com/supershockx
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 28 2010 at 11:44
PROG METAL FROM NORTH EAST...
 
TWINSPIRITS from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padua - Padova
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1m0VqbQmfE&feature=related -  
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/twinspiritsband - http://www.myspace.com/twinspiritsband
 
 
AZURE AGONY from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervignano - Cervignano del Friuli
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgQ_GpeW58Y -  
 
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/azureagony - http://www.myspace.com/azureagony
 
METHODICA, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verona - Verona
 
 
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/methodicaband - http://www.myspace.com/methodicaband
 
http://www.myspace.com/azureagony -  


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 14:05
MORE PROG TALES FROM SARDEGNA...
 
AKROASIS are a prog band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sestu" rel="nofollow - Sestu , in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Cagliari" rel="nofollow - Province of Cagliari that have just released a brand new album for the independent label http://www.electromantic.com/interne-ita/home.php" rel="nofollow - Electromantic Music , http://musicstore.electromantic.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=48&osCsid=71799014b1b6886aafb5f2b8ce097e21" rel="nofollow - I racconti del mare (The tales of the sea)
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-WJpOoL-HY" rel="nofollow -  
 
 
They have recently played in Japan...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DNNLdHYiVU" rel="nofollow -  
 
 
 
More info:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/AKROASIS/418019305104?v=info" rel="nofollow - http://www.facebook.com/pages/AKROASIS/418019305104?v=info
 
 
I COLLEGIUM are another band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cagliari" rel="nofollow - Cagliari with a long story of passion for music...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNukfna4r0c&feature=related" rel="nofollow -  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MklK1dD076A&feature=related" rel="nofollow -  
 
More info:
http://www.myspace.com/collegiumforever" rel="nofollow - http://www.myspace.com/collegiumforever
 


Posted By: andrea
Date Posted: May 01 2010 at 08:19
MORE MUSIC FROM LE MARCHE...
 
NOXTER are a young prog band from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castelfidardo - Castelfidardo , in the province of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancona - Ancona ...
 
 
 
 
More info about the band:
http://www.myspace.com/noxter - http://www.myspace.com/noxter
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NOXTER/121612319730 - http://www.facebook.com/pages/NOXTER/121612319730
 
 
By the way, Castelfidardo is best known for its http://www.festivalcastelfidardo.it/citta_festival.php?page=benvenuti&lingua=it - Festival Internazionale della Fisarmonica , an international music festival dedicated to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accordion - Accordion , and for its http://www.accordions.com/museum/ - Museo della Fisarmonica ...
 
 
 
The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci - Leonardo da Vinci accordion connection...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYAQTg-qbCU -  
 
 



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