|.||with Enrico Rosa, Guitar player from the Italian Progressive Rock band CAMPO DI MARTE|
first, I would like to thank you to take time answering this interview.
Well, I would like
to know, who was in the past and who is "Campo Di Marte" today. Could you tell us
some interesting history about the band and Is there something special in the choice of
the Title "Campo di Marte"?
Enrico Rosa: The past "Campo di Marte" as the new one was done by Mauro Sarti and Enrico Rosa.Many listeners of the Progressive Rock from Japan and the South America, became in a
lover from Campo di Marte´s music. What about in Italy? Do you have any idea about,
how many copies from the first work were sold in Italy and also around the world?
Enrico Rosa: I actually don't know how much it is sold of the old record in Italy, I haven't had the opportunity of following the prog scene in Italy because I moved to Denmark in 1974 and I am still here, so I have been living here the most of my life.Who did have the initial idea to put together again the musicians from "Campo Di Marte",
and which was the main reason of the return of the band to the world-wide Progressive
Rock musical scene?
Enrico Rosa: I realized that my old work was surranded by a lot of interest and at first thanks to Augusto Croce of the Italian prog site I started thinking to how good I felt when I played prog and how incomplete I have been ever since, because progressive rock is the only music art that gives me the possibilities to play with no restriction being the musician I am: on an Heavy Rock electric as well as on an acoustic classical mood or a more jazz rock feeling all coloring this great music that Progressive rock is.We can hear lot's of different musical styles in the Band´s music, from progressive rock,
to jazz, and even a classic music. What is your opinion about the band´s musical style,
and can we consider "Campo di Marte" a Progressive Rock Band still today?
Enrico Rosa: "Campo di Marte" is Progressive Rock and Progressive Rock is progressive because is done by more then rock, to limit a music art is to take away the heart of the music and the musician which is always in search of itself and of the universal language.Reading some reviews around internet, we found someone that wrote: - "Campo di Marte
album was the most obscure Italian albuns, brobably the reason that it dosen´t have the
same "sort" of others bands as PFM, Le Orme, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, etc." Do
you believe in "sort"? Why "Campo di Marte" wouldn´t have the same "sort" of others?
Enrico Rosa: The band did not have a chance to be on the road as "Campo di Marte" after the record was released, so how could anybody know our music and the band have another sort.I'm sure there are new songs already waiting to be recorded. If so, what can we expect
from "Campo di Marte" in the present day and also to the near future?
Enrico Rosa: On the new CD there will be already some new tunes and I have a lot of material ready for a completely new album all in the spirit of "Campo di Marte".Tell us some thing about the new band musicians, with a special attention for Eva Rosa. Could you introduce Eva to our readers?
Enrico Rosa: Eva, she is a great musician with no limits who studied with the greatest recorders performer in the world and she is the reason why I could find the strength to start the band again and with her during the last three years in which we have been living together I have explored the crossover to rock and classical and Jazz with our project ROSÆ where we play a concert travelling in time by music from the 12th century until today reaching to great contrast from totally acoustic tunes until progressive tunes with a bas recorder and an heavy rock guitar.A new double CD including a live performance from 1972 at the Space Electronic
(Firenze- Italy) and the live performance of 2003 will be released in October 2003.
Would you like to comment something interesting about this work and, what can
all Progressive Rock fans expect about it?
Enrico Rosa: A live recording at the Space Electronic, actually the recording we used in 72 as a demo to UA that had shown interest into releasing my work, the recording was done at the Space Electronic in Florence where we use to perform our concert most days of the week and we play the tunes we later recorded some of them in a different way and with English lyrics on some of the theme that became instrumental later on.Recently PFM, Le Orme, and others famous Italian bands come back on the stages
with fantastic alive performances. Which is your main expectation in coming
back to the stages after 30 years?
Enrico Rosa: I would love to perform with "Campo di Marte" and give the Audience the best performance every times."Campo di Marte for the first time together after 30 years, has performed a concert on
July the 12th 2003". Are there differences between play alive in the'70's, and play alive
for a new generation of progressive rock listeners at the present days? For you and to
all band members, is there a same feeling from the past?
Enrico Rosa: It is a great feeling, I feel even better then in 72-73. The public is fantastic and from 18 years old to 60. I don't believe that something like that could be done before. Young people writes to me asking me about the guitar sound and others thanks for having given them such a great musical experience, young radio station wants to send the old and the forthcoming work of "Campo di Marte" this is fantastic. (Photo by Augusto Croce on July the 12th 2003 at "On the Road" Pelago (Italy) From the left: Eva Rosa, Enrico Rosa, Mauro Sarti, Alexandr Matin Sass and Maurilio Rossi).I´d like to hear your opinion about the current Progressive Rock scene around the world,
where many new bands are appearing day after day. How do you see the scene of the
Progressive Rock today, in relation to the same movement 30 years later?
Enrico Rosa: I am afraid that I can't give an answer to this one, as a musician I work a lot with music every day but I can't have the time to listen to so much like you do or the public so my opinion would not be right if given in general.Would you like to say some thing special to the Progressive Rock fans in the South
America and also to all Prog friends around the world?
Enrico Rosa: Thanks a lot for keeping music alive, "Campo di Marte" would have never existed if you did not discover it.
Campo di Marte - A band from Florence, Campo di Marte were another of those band that despite a good recording deal with a major company (that incidentally was the only effort by United Artists to produce an italian prog group), only released an album and disappeared. The group was formed in 1971 by guitarist Enrico Rosa and drummer/flutist Mauro Sarti, that had previously played with minor groups like Senso Unico and La Verde Stagione, along with american-born bass player Richard Ursillo (named Paul Richard in the LP cover notes as it "sounded less italian"). Keyboardist Alfredo "Carlo" Barducci was a trained french horn player, and the large number of instruments played gave the new group the chance to mix classical inspired rock music with various influences obtaining a rich and varied sound.
A fifth member was added with drummer Carlo Felice Marcovecchio, that had previously played with another very popular group from Florence, I Califfi, and the presence of a second drummer left Sarti the freedom to play the flute in many tracks.
The band had a good live activity, playing under different names, and the final one, Campo di Marte (named after a quarter of Florence), was found during the LP recordings.
The album lyrics referred to the foolishness of wars, and in contrast the cover contained a drawing of ancient Turkish mercenaries injuring themselves to demonstrate their strength and courage. The same design was contained in the band's posters. Text history was taken from the site by Augusto Croce.
Enrico Rosa - Born in Leghorn (Livorno- Italy) September the 18th 1951. He is an extremely versatile guitar virtuoso always exploring various musical fields. Session man, composer and arranger, in Italy and Denmark since 1971. In 1973 composed and recorded a Symphonic Rock Album with his band at the time,"Campo di Marte", which is a milestone of the Italian progressive rock of the 70s, reissued on CD in 1994.
In Italy, from 1972 to 1978 guitarist for Gianni and Marcella Bella, as well as on several productions by CBS and UA working in studios and concerts with Ares Tavolazzi, Capiozzo (Area), Tullio De Piscopo etc.
In Denmark has performed in the Jazz field solo or with Max Leth, Hugo Rasmussen, Jesper Lundgaard, Ole Kock Hansen, Niels Jørgen Steen, Willy Egmose, Hans Esbjerg etc.
On his CD" Passione & Musica" released in 2002, Enrico has been working with Torben Bøtker Bjørnskov on Bas, Frank Thøgersen on percussion, Matin Alexandr Sass on piano. On tour 2001 with Latin (o) touch (Tony Cigna's group) with Flavio Piantoni on bas, Orazio Maugeri on Saxophone and Francois Bahu on piano.
At the end of the 70s Enrico Rosa moved to Denmark and started solo concerts by classical guitar playing fusion between classical music and Jazz developing new right-hand technique on the guitar using combination of plectrum and finger picking.
During the 80s, soloist on Yamaha concerts where he performed solo on several electric and acoustic guitars. From 1981 to 1990 arranger and guitarist at Sans Souci Theater (Kolding DK). In concert with big band and Denish rock singer Jette Torp as well as The Odense Symphony Orchestra with Sarah Brightman and the recording of Ron Goodwin film scores.
Since 2001 Enrico has started a new project, ROSÆ ,where classical music for recorder have been presented with new guitar parts as well as compositions by Enrico (on CD in 2002) and a new ROSÆ production crossing over to jazz and rock is due for 2003 presenting on CD this other side of ROSÆ concerts by Eva and Enrico Rosa.
In October 2002, in Boston (USA), Enrico Rosa and pianist Ferdinando Argenti have recorded a Jazz production with original compositions to be released in 2003 including Eva Rosa on recorder as a guest soloist on two tracks.
In 2003 Enrico with "Campo di Marte" again in an historical concert at "On the Road" Pelago (Italy) where the band performed for the first time after 30 years recording a new Live CD, on July the 12th.
Rosa has been teaching on Conservatories and other Musical Institutes since
1979 and has been a part of the creation of the Conservatory of Jazz/Funk/Rock
in Denmark as well as the complementary music education as MGK in Denmark.
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