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Riccardo Zappa


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.64 | 9 ratings

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3 stars Zappa celebrated the release of ''Trasparenze'' with a short tour along with Gino Paoli’s supporting group.He continued his solo performances in theaters and social clubs, before moving on to his third album ''Haermea'' in 1982, his second on the DDD label, a collaboration that would last for over 15 years.Here Zappa is only supported by Pietro Pellegrini on keyboards and drummer Walter Calloni.The album carried the subtitle ''La camera incantata'', refering to Zappa's own recording studio.

The journey of Zappa into Acoustic Prog with lots of Ethnic touches continues with this work, which is a good example that a mainly acoustic album can be much desirable among listeners of more electric textures.The soundscapes come as a combination of Zappa's technical performances on classical guitar and the creation of atmospheric images with the support of keyboards, more or less close to the likes of MIKE OLDFIELD or ANTHONY PHILLIPS.Additionally ''Hermaea'' contains a lot of interesting melodious themes with sensitive guitar playing and Pellegrini's background keyboard orchestrations.The composer often flirts with some sort of Ethnic Fusion, developing from melancholic acoustic instrumentals into richer and more virtuosic ideas with accurate guitar playing and more passionate performances by drums and keyboards.Even so, the focus in this album is again on Zappa's academic playing, a really great lesson for all lovers of classical guitar and future creators of atmospheric instrumental themes in the vein of MIKE OLDFIELD.

Reputedly Zappa's later albums were deeped into more experimental and New Age stylings, always focusing on the inner power of acoustic music.The man had a long collaboration with famous Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti and even composed music for films as well as reworked some Classical compositions.

Laid-back, atmospheric, Ethnic-styled instrumental music, highlighted by Zappa's diverse executions on guitars.Recommended to all fans of deep soundscapes and dreamy explorations.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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