torsdag 18 augusti 2011

Pepa Maina - Il Canto Dell'arpa e Del Flauto (Progressive Rock Italy 1977)

330:- (SHM-CD Limited Remaster Edition. Släppt av skivbolaget "Belle Antique" som alltid är lite dyrare än andra Mini LP.)

With little use of percussion his music is meditative and based on keyboards, harp, flutes, acoustic guitar and indian instruments, the artist himself mentions the English band Jade Warrior as a strong influence. One of the album tracks, the long Two balls, was recorded live at Milan's Leoncavallo.
Very nice album.

This was thefirst official LP . Stunned atmosphere, soft flutes and
bongos, harps and Indian instruments. Just the right soundtrack for those years' JOINTS. At that time the critics acclaimed it as it was a masterpiece..whatever Deeply influenced by the JADE WARRIOR style.

Describing his musical style on his website's home page as "ambient & prog rock music for dreams and illusion", Pepe Maina, born in Milan, has been working since the mid 70's in his Nonsense Studio releasing no less than 14 official albums along with a few unreleased records.

Absolutely progressive music, though not rock at all, Maina's style was heavily influenced in his beginnings by ethnic rhythms and compositions, releasing with his first album Canto dell'arpa e del flauto an early example of world music. .

Around 1978 Pepe collaborated with Agorà playing percussion in their last concerts. One of these was also filmed, at Montreux, but never had a commercial release.

Second album came out in 1979, Scerizza (the name of a little town near the lake of Como in northern Italy where Maina lives), and also featured bass guitar, and folk leanings with typical southern Italy instruments and choirs.

An album recorded in 1976 and intended as Maina's first LP, called En sof, was only released as an acetate.

Later compositions have also been used for some soundtracks and advertisements, and the prolific artist is still producing interesting music today. Subsequent releases in his long discography show a stronger use of guitars and some spacey influences from time to time.

Along with his solo career, Pepe Maina also collaborated with other artists, among which Enzo Maolucci, an unfortunately little known singer-guitarist, in his second album Barbari e bar (1978).

01. Il canto dell'arpa
02. Il canto dell'arpa e del flauto (part 1)
03. Il canto dell'arpa e del flauto (part 2)
04. Spring song
05. Two balls & Afrika
06. Il canto dell'arpa e del flauto (part 3)
07. San Nicola