are one of the important revelations in the italian and worldwide progressive
rock scene, from last eight years, that impressed me a lot. I had the pleasure
to listen all their works, since their first album called "Karmamoi",
released in 2011. In my opinion, since their first work, the name Karmamoi
already have become a very impressive band within the Progressive Rock
scene. The musical conception from the main muscians on the band, is highly
sensitive, composed by a varied styles such as, Symphonic Progressive Rock,
Hard Rock, Prog Metal, Neo-Prog and subtle touches of Jazz Fusion everything
well elaborate and well arranged, well mixed around an atmospheric arrangements
and with a vibrant instrumental, including perfect lyrics. "Silence
Between Sounds" show us a range of stunning musical moments, including
many symphonic and melodic elements, with amazing arrangements. The album
is divided into seven tracks, with total time almost 52 minutes, however,
all songs are so perfect, that, I do not feel a need for more time or even
more songs, sometimes, the musical passages are melodic and symphonic,
with richly textured layers very well arranged, adorned by enjoyable keyboard
and piano sounds. In other, a few times the musical passages are hard but
without aggressiveness. The drums is, sometimes, composed with some accelerated
passages, but in most cases presents a soft rhythm, in the symphonic rock
line. Beautiful guitar solos are always present into the songs. The vocals
are comprised in four ways, the voices are divided among Sara Rinaldi,
Hellena, Serena Ciacci and Irene Morelli, all with a soft tone of voice,
however, each one presents a different peculiarity in the vocal tones,
in this way, enhancing the arrangements and giving a sometimes lyrical
touch in the compositions, by the way, the lyrics are sung in English.
All tracks have an excellent musical performance, but I have my favorites
songs, and they are "Silence Between Sounds & Nashira"
may be the masterpiece from the album. "Atma" and "Sirio"
two top songs on the album, "Atma" starts melodic with nice
female vocals with a soft piano, but in the pinnacle of the music we can
hear amazing guitar solos. "Maters", "Plato's Cave"
and "Lost Days" close my choices. Karmamoi and their
fourth album "Silence Between Sounds" have a intense musical
depth, with a focus and an assurance of more a strong name into the progressive
rock around the world. In fact, you should sit down comfortably and listen
and listen many times this wonderful album, you'll be amazed with the musical
skills from these talented musicians. "Silence Between Sounds"
is another one important acquisition for all the Progressive Rock's lovers
around the worlds. Karmamoi follows in the same musical line and
blendig styles from many bands such as "Earth And Fire", "Egdon
Heath", "The Gathering", "Magenta", "Karnataka",
"Ambeon", "Porcupine Tree", "Flamborough Head", "The
Aurora Project", "Golden Earring", "Like Wendy",
"Mangrove", "Odyssice", "Plackband", "Salmon",
"Mars Hollow", "Trion", "Galleon", "Ephemeral
Sun", "Maze of Time", "Sean Filkins", "IQ", "Pendragon"
and so on. Brilliant and fantastic, an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...
line-up on Karmamoi album are:
Giovannoni - Drum and Keyboards
Cefalì - Bass
Massari - Guitar
o Tempesta - 2nd Guitar on all tacks . Guitar Solo on "Atma"
Rinaldi - Vocals on "Nashira", "Caniis
Maioris", "Martes" and "Plato's Cave"
- Vocals on "Atma"
Ciacci - Vocals on "Lost Days"
Morelli - Soprano on "Sirio" and "Martes"
Uggias - Piano on "Atma" and "Silence Between
Merone - Piano on "Nashira", "Martes"
and Keyboard solo on "Plato's Cave"
Bagnati - Flute on "Lost Days" and "Caniis
Rodriguez Reina - Cello on "Nashira" and "Plato's
came into being in 2008, out of the needs of Daniele Giovannoni and Serena
Ciacci to give life to a musical project that could express their personalities
and their concept of music.
artistic endeavour, melody, electronic elements and rock distortions could
cohabit and find a stable equilibrium, in an instantly recognizable sound
made up of passion and aggression.
ideas from the start, and from the start work by musicians able to be in
total harmony with the project. The circle was closed with the arrival
of Fabio Tempesta and Alex Massari on guitar and Alessandro Cefalì
the next two years (2009-10) the band worked on their first disc and solidified
a winning partnership that was to let them make headway among the various
venues of the Italian musical underground.
January 2011, they took part in the Eurosonic showcase festival in Groningen
and officially launched their first album at Rising Love, one of the most
popular stages of the Rome music scene. From here Karmamoi’s real
rise began, with concerts (including, memorably, at the Rome Fnac), interviews
and radio appearances.
September 2011, the band had a busy schedule that took in the Supersonic
Festival in Birmingham and Naples’ AWOP Festival. With 2012, a new EP arrived
entitled “Entre Chien et Loup”, officially launched at the
Teatro Elsa Morante in Rome on May 17th. “Entre Chien et Loup”
is a link connecting the pop proclivities of the band’s debut album and
the rock/prog direction that the band’s work is hinting at currently. The
EP includes the new single “Stesa”, which epitomizes the musical changes
June 2013, Karmamoi played in London, and returned there in November
to launch, on the 22nd, their second album, “Odd Trip”, heralded
by the release of the single of the same name, which makes the band’s musical
evolution clear; the song is a prog rock mix that wrongfoots and at the
same time wins over the fans.
December 4th 2013, “Odd Trip” disembarked in Rome at Contestaccio and the
sonic impact, here too, generated enthusiasm and satisfaction, in the public
and the band.
are only at the start of their journey, but the signs are great: positive
reviews, interviews and concerts that are spreading the band’s original
music around the world.
played on April 16th at The Borderline in London, as opening act for the
historic British prog rock group Curved Air. Sadly, this was the
last concert with Serena and she has now left the band to work on
her own music. With that, Karmamoi have welcomed their new vocalist
Joline Forshaw to the fold. After a year of a good job with Joline, we
decided to separate our roads. Two months later, Fabio our great friend
left the band as well. Since then Karmamoi are a three pieces Prog-Rock
Band. Nashira, the new single and his official video will be out at the
end of April 2016 . The upcoming album ” Silence Between Sounds”
will be released on 30th September 2016. Mark Tucker (Jethro Tull) is the
co-producer and sound engineer of the album.
Between Sounds" is the third album from the Italian progressive
rock band Karmamoi. Due to changes with band line-up, "Silence
Between Sounds" took over two years to realise.
used this opportunity creating music in a different way than they have
done previously, walking on a new musical path with their personal idea
of progressive rock. This process allowed them to progress beyond all previous
recorded material. They decided to keep the band without an official vocalist,
and for this reason their new album "Silence Between Sounds"
features singers. Whilst maintaining the essence of Karmamoi’s music,
each singer brings their unique vocal characteristics to the music.
the first time, Karmamoi have involved other musicians in the creative
process of "Silence Between Sounds" featuring instruments
such as the cello, piano, flute or clavinet. This provides a balance between
the traditional and modern sound of progressive rock.
Between Sounds" explores, and attempts to understand the reasons
behind human failure. It’s an interesting and challenging theme that Karmamoi
have embraced and captured in the music of “Silence Between Sounds”.
producer and engineer Mark Tucker (Jethro Tull) has been integral
to the project working closely with Daniele as co-producer skills and mixing
has just launched a Pledge Music Project. If you want to know more have
a look at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/karmamoi1
Giovannoni was born in Rome August 20, 1966. After obtaining the Scientific
high school degree (and passed some exams in the Faculty’ of Engineering),
he belatedly decides to approach the drums and starts studying privately
with Ettore Mancini. Later, he enrolled in the Faculty of Drums at the
Universita’ della Musica in Rome where he received his diploma, studying
with some of the best Italian professionals such as M. Of Lazzaretti, C.
Mastracci, F. Sferra, P. Iodice, G.P. Ascolese. He lives in London now
Graduated from the University of Music in Rome, London Drumtech Winner
of "the Best Student UM". He studied with Maurizio Dei Lazzaretti, Derek
Wilson, Ettore Mancini, Fabrizio Sferra, Pietro Iodice, Agostino Marangolo,
Enrico Lucchini, Claudio Mastracci. He also studied harmony with Andrea
Avena and Piano with Emilio Merone. He is teaching at Batteria Drum School
di Roma, Roma Rock School, Accademia Nova.
Classes: Gavin Harrison, Benny Greb, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Steve
Smith, Gary Chester, Kim Planfield, Paul Vertigo, Chuck Silverman, Lele
Melotti, Keith Carlock e molti altri
has played with: Daniele Silvestri, Noemi,Karmamoi,Patrick McKenzie, Roberto
Ciotti, Schola Cantorum, Karl Potter, Valerio Billeri, Gianni Ferretti,
Zona d’Ombra, Possessione, Emilio Merone, Luca Nostro, Mirella Lipari,
Alessandro Tomei, Croma Nova, Classic Quartet, Alessandro Patti, Dino,
Omnia Mundi, Graphico, Makay, Fabio d’Amore, Platters, Il Complesso di
Premio De Andre’, Bologna Music Festival, Roll Day, Euro Showcase Festival
( NL ), Jimi ( FR ), Working Progress Clinic Drummers Festival, Batterika,
Awop Festival, SuperSound Festival, Mei, Primo Maggio
Domenica in, Buona Domenica, Primo Maggio, Rai Open, Telethon
Fare Musica, Buscadero, Percussioni, Ritmi, Rock Shock, Batteria, Drumset
with: Drumset Mag, Drums Portal, Planet Drum
RV Drums, Ufip, Roll, Acustica
in Rome in 1978, plays bass guitar since 1992.
attended the Università Della Musica in Rome (1997-2000), studying
with some of the best italian bass players such as: Gianfranco Gullotto,
Luca Pirozzi, Massimo Moriconi, Dario Deidda, Andrea Avena e Marco Siniscalco,
approaching the study of jazz , harmony and reading.
teaches in Rome at the schools: Villaggio Musica, MusiCity e Spinaceto
Cultura. Collaborates with the italian web site MusicOff.com, publishing
didactic articles and videos.
– 2002 Valerio Billeri – Terra Del Padre, 2004 Concido – Ad Occhi Aperti,
2005 Valerio Billeri – Giorni Perfetti, 2007 Concido – Concido, 2007 Valerio
Billeri – Alberi Secolari,2008 Concido – Sorridi, 2009 Màs Che Never
– (track 1), 2010 Maurizio Rota – Col Vento Dentro L’Anima (track 1 e 6),
2011 Karmamoi – Karmamoi, 2011 Valerio Billeri – Vintage Radio, 2012 Karmamoi
– Entre Chien Et Loup, 2013 Karmamoi – Odd Trip, 2013 Pierpaolo Borgia
Quartet – Solara (track 4), 2013 – Valerio Billeri – Acque Alte.
on August 28, 1965 in Rome. From an early age, he was interested in music,
particularly guitar. He began his training by attending schools (e.g.,
Saint Louis Music School), working with teachers in Rome (e.g., Eddy Palermo)
and playing in several local bands in a variety of musical genres. He continued
his training in the U.S., where he moved to take lessons and participate
in clinics with such guitarists as Mike Stern, Joe Diorio,
Gambale, and Steve Vai.
his return to Italy, he began several live collaborations with the major
recording companies Virgin and BMG and various artists of the Italian scene,
including Daniele Silvestri, I Ragazzi Italiani, Marjorie Biondo, Gianni
Ferretti. Albertp Mennini, Attilio Fontana, Way Out, Won, Vincenzo Spampinato
ecc…and currently play with prog-rock band Karmamoi.
credits include recording backup and countless live performances.
several years he has devoted himself to teaching and has been a member
of the staff of guitar magazine "Chitarre".
- Daniele Giovannoni Except "Silence Between Sounds" and
"Atma" written by Karmamoi and Fabio Tempesta
- "Nashira", "Martes" and "Canis Maioris"
Written by Sara Rinaldi
Written by Fabio Tempesta
Cave" Written by Tim Devereaux
Days" written by Serena Ciacci
by Daniele Giovannoni and Mark Tucker
by Daniele Giovannoni and Karmamoi
by Mark Tucker @ "The Green Room Studios" - UK
Photo - Michele Di Tonno
- Daniele Giovannoni
October 30, 2016
you can visit Karmamoi at:
- Odd Trip - Official Video