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Perfect, amazing, great, wonderful, marvelous and a pleasant Progressive Music come from Switzerland with an Italian spirit and, deserves all our attention. Influenced by the best and famous Italian bands from the seventies, the musical style retains the pure late 70s Progressive Rock, with touchs of the European Symphonic Prog Rock groups. We are talking about a complete musical orchestration including, elaborate arrangements of which consist of very tasteful intrumental. In fact, I´m talking about Alex Carpani, a versatile composer and keyboard player, the man behind some interesting musical projects and, one of them is "Waterline". The music on this album is rich, with a perfect balance of orchestral-driven sympho progressive instrumentals, playing by a collection of musicians with different experiences and many inspiration. Delightful guitar solos flows brilliantly into atmospheric keyboards sounds, complemented by melodic vocals from "Aldo Tagliapietra". The music from Alex Carpani remind me of "Genesis", "EL&P", "Gentle Giant", "Camel", "Le Orme", "Locanda Delle Fate", "Banco", "La Torre Dell'Alchimista", "CAP", "Il Castello Di Atlante", "Foglie Di Vetro", "Nuova Era", "La Maschera di Cera", and "PFM", in any moments. Listen carefully "The Siren And The Mariner", "The Levees' Break", "In The rocks", "Recalimed", "Agua Claro", "Starcurrents", "A Gathering Storm", "The Waterfall" and "Catch The Wave" you realize how many different passages of music they play on "Waterline". Brilliant and fantastic, highly recommendable...
musicians on "Waterline" are:
musicians on Alex Carpani band multimedia show are:
Alex Carpani - Keyboards and Vocals
Alex Enrico Carpani was born in Montreux (Switzerland) in 1970 of an Italian father and a French mother. At the age of 6 he gave clear signs of a particular inclination for music, starting playing electronic organ and taking his first lessons of solfeggio and music theory. Later he passed to piano and composition. He was gifted of an ear for music that his first music teachers defined "out of the ordinary", but his musical education has been mostly a self-taught one. He constantly refused to enter in a conservatorium and to follow an "academic" musical education.
took a graduation in Musicology at the University of Bologna, he specialized
in "music for film" at the C.E.T. (a famous Italian school of music) in
Central Italy, as well as in "sound engineering" with top Italian sound
technicians at the Arte Scenica Foundation in Bologna. He's also been awarded
in several Italian and international composition prizes.
Carpani is a versatile composer and his repertory ranges from progressive
rock to classical music, from electronic music to new age, from music for
films/video to electro-jazz, from music & poetry to jazz-rock. The
meeting with "Keith Emerson" at the age of 7 has been fundamental
in his musical formation: Emerson's son Aaron was a classmate of Alex
in his parents' college in Switzerland. From this moment, the progressive
rock and the love for keyboards became part of his life, influencing his
style and his following music experiences.
One of their pieces, "Gentle Ballad", has been included in a compilation LP distributed in Italy. Despite of the interest of the listeners and the producers, the duo disbanded in 1992 because of soloist projects that started to overlap, just before the recording of the third album, that remained unaccomplished. However, some tracks have been re-arranged by Alex Carpani and have been included in his first solo album "Hypothesis" in 1993.
Later, the meeting with Mogol (the best Italian lyrics writer, author of Lucio Battisti's greatest hits) in 1994, when Alex has been selected to enter in Mogol's top level music career school, has been basic for him as well. There he studied with some great film composers and started writing symphonic and orchestral music.
2000 his attention has been mainly focused on the following genres:
Carpani lives in Bologna, a nice historical city of about 400.000 inhabitants
in northern Italy. He speaks three languages (Italian, French and English)
and has got a true passion for cinema, computer music, vintage synthesizers
and modern & contemporary art. Besides being a composer he's the manager
of the culture department in a municipality near Bologna.
The Siren And
"Waterline" (c2003-2004) this album has been published in 2007 by the American label Cypher Arts.
Also, you can read more informations, and all about Alex Carpani recording process for all albuns in, Alex Carpani´s MySpace Site.
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