Hi everybody! Here's a nice interview that was published on the
Italian magazine SUONO #510 (November 2015). I talk about the Play
Me My Song project of course but also about other interesting
aspects of my musical career...
Hi everybody! Some time has passed since the Play
Me My Song album was released, so here are some of the reviews
that were published on magazines both in Italy and abroad... I have
to say that they are all very favourable!
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It was november the 4th, 1969, when Genesis
played their first ever concert as a semi-professional band, at
the Brunel University, London, Middlesex. An historical and pivotal
date, considering the future career of such a productive and succesful
progressive rock act. 45 years later, in a rather simbolic date,
a double orchestral album (digipack cd and gatefold vinyl formats
on IRMA Records label) gets released, titled "Play Me My
Song" (Gazzara Plays Genesis) and celebrating the famous
group with a number of revisitations for piano and chamber orchestra
arranged by italian pianist and composer Francesco Gazzara
(GAZZARA, Hammond Express, The Piano Room).
It all started 12 months earlier with a Bösendorfer
Gran Coda and a 36 hours long session at the Assunta Hall,
inside Vatican City, when Gazzara selected 19 classic Genesis tracks
(1970-1980 era) and made his dream come true recording them in such
a magnificent studio hall, which hosted many soundtracks and symphonic
sessions for the Vatican Radio since the 1950's (Even Maestro Ennio
Morricone recorded in there). But once his piano only trascriptions
were all tracked, Francesco's task was far from completed.
As in the most complex roman mosaics, where all tiles (or "tesserae")
have to fit perfectly to create a whole vision, he decided to write
further arrangements for a small chamber orchestra - plus Hammond
organ and Mellotron - integrating his earlier recordings. Moving
away from the usual "Genesis for piano" formula, the project
now included a strings trio (violin, viola, cello) and a winds/horns
trio (flute, soprano sax, bass clarinet), building a sort of imaginary
soundtrack where so many details of the original masterpieces -
even some of the hidden ones, hard to hear without a pair of decent
headphones - have been painstakingly brought up on the surface and
assigned to other unusal instruments.
More than 12 months later "Play Me My Song"
has been finally completed and Francesco Gazzara
is already performing the whole tracklist live, with all bonus tracks,
in chronological order, including Seven Stones / The Musical
Box / Horizons / Watcher Of The Skies / Time Table / Dancing With
The Moonlit Knight / Firth Of Fifth / After The Ordeal / The Cinema
Show / The Chamber Of 32 Doors / The Lamia / Mad Man Moon / A Trick
Of The Tail / One For The Vine / Blood On The Rooftops / Duke's
Travels / Duke's End. Non only a piano recital, but a deep
journey through oniric and cinematographic atmospheres , with a
bit of english country thrown in the middle...