one of the best albums this year, coming there from Italy, with the name
"Vivo - Live in Concert", which belongs to one of the Italian
revelations of recent years, Barock Project definitely breaks the
gates of the Progressive Rock world as one of the best Italian bands from
this genre and style in this century. Always and always, I must confess,
I've always liked Progressive Rock bands from Italy. Their music
is very sensitve, symphonic, melodic, mixed with a refined progressive
rock instrumentation and including good lyrics. Barock Project is
another one of these new bands that delivers us a lush form of Prog Rock
Music, followed by atmospheric arrangements, embellished with wonderful
symphonic musical ideas. The young musicians in Barock Project,
do not hesitate to adventure through long orchestrations, creating an perfect
balance in the instrumental ensemble, with endless symphonic passages,
adding wonderful vocal layers, which are evident in many of the songs.
The Barock Project's concept is, to perform a desire to show a lush
classical music structure, together with baroque style, and gentle jazz's
pinches and, of course, adding many progressive rock elements, with a clear
intention to bring the 70s rock universe, to the present day. Their musical
influences aren't followed only from the "Progressive Rock Italian from
the Golden Age", but also owes a strong smell of progressive rock outside
of Italy, especially in the famous English bands, as exemplified, an amazing
mix among "Emerson, Lake & Palmer", "Yes" and "Genesis"
together with "Premiata Forneria Marconi", "Corte Dei Miracoli",
"Le Orme", "Goblin", "Newtrolls", "Maxophone"
and "Reale Accademia Di Musica". With the resurgence of the
new Italian amazing progressive rock bands, I'd like to say that, this
fascinating musical genre and captivating called Progressive Rock, loved
by many generations, since the seventies, will be very well represented
today by this group called Barock Project and its talented
musicians. "Vivo - Alive In Concert" is an true masterpiece
and a highlight from 2016, I hope the next album follow on
the same line, or even better than this one, I believe that, with this
perfect formation and with this talented group, still relatively
from young musicians, I already see them, as part of the select group of
the progressive rock into the Italian and world scene. I for one think
that, with these enjoyable music, and also, as deeply vibrant
found on this "Alive" album as well as in previous work, they are definitely
one of the best bands and one of the best albums, from 2016. "Vivo
- Alive In Concert" is another one important acquisition for all
the Progressive Rock's lovers around the worlds. Using as best reference,
the music from Barock Project is for all lovers of bands such as:
"L'Uovo di Colombo", "Le Orme", "Jumbo", "Stormy
Six", "Goblin", "Museo Rosenbach","Il Paese dei Balocchi",
"Delirium", "Alphataurus", "Banco del Mutuo Soccorso",
"Quella Vecchia Locanda", "Semiramis", "De De Lind",
"Latte e Miele", "Ingrannagi Della Valle", "Biglietto
Per L'Inferno", "Maxophone", "Cherry Five", "La Curva
Di Lesmo", "Il Tempio delle Clessidre", "Genesis", "Yes",
"ELP" with a rich instrumental and a technical innovative skill.
Brilliant and fantastic, an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...
line-up on Barock Project album and actual band are:
Pancaldi - Lead Vocals
Mazzuoccolo - Electric Guitars
Zabbini - Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Caliendo - Electric Bass
Ombelli - Drums
Project idea generates from desire to deliver the finest and perfect
structure of classical music (mainly baroque music) with rock-style and
a little bit of jazz harmony, supported by a pop structure with the declared
intention to revamp the '70s progressive-rock love.
project founder is keyboardist Luca Zabbini, pianist and composer.
passion for famous keyboardist Keith Emerson (ELP), has fueled
his desire to compose and play a full range of style , from classical to
rock and jazz.
the summer of 2004, Giambattista"GB" Giorgi, young bassist influenced by
rock sounds with big passion for jazz, and drummer Giacomo Calabria joined
Pancaldi singer, after a long European tour with "Children of the Damned"
and Maiden's singer Paul Di'Anno in 2002 joins the band as
Project music show suits perfectly venues like theatres and
January 2007 the band performs live in Bologna (Italy) with a string quartet,
arrangements written by Luca Zabbini, releasing a DVD called “Rock
December 2007, published by Musea Records, the first album “Misteriose
Voci” impact with very good reviews media coverage from all over
summer 2009 the band releases the second album “Rebus” with
the Italian label Mellow Records, once again with very good
March 2012 , published by French label Musea Records, the
band releases the third album "Coffee In Neukölln",
with all lyrics in English language.
the summer 2014 the band welcomes on board two new members, Eric Ombelli
(drums) and Marco Mazzuoccolo (guitar) and begins recording sessions for
their 4th and most complex album. Towards the end of 2014 bass player Giambattista
Giorgi leaves the project leaving Luca Zabbini to play and re-record the
bass lines on the forthcoming album.
2015, Barock Project sign a management contract with Stars of Italy
and immediately after announce their 4th album, Skyline.
In March 2016, the band welcomes aboard bass player Francesco Caliendo,
a talented musician who made his debut in the band in the live show on
Nobember 2015. In spring 2016, the band releases the first live album called
(a double cd) with over 2 hours of music featuring the main hits of the
first 10 years of Barock Project history.
Zabbini (keyboards - backing vocals) was born on 26 March 1984
in S.Giovanni in Persiceto , near Bologna , and lives in Crevalcore. His
father Onelio was flautist and saxophonist and his grandfather was pianist.
His uncle Massimo was a drummer. Therefore, Luca was surrounded by music
from his early days , listening to his father and grandfather while composing.
In 1990 Luca took the first piano lessons and the first steps in
improvisation , listening to jazz and rock from father's vinyl . One of
those vinyl was by Emerson Lake and Palmer. Luca was soon fascinated
by ELP music and started playing Keith Emerson's parts on
the keyboard. In 1995 he had his fiirst band called Fattore Comune,
a disco-funky cover band. In 1996 Luca founded the K2 band, with bassist
Giambattista Giorgi (GB ) and guitarist Luca Comellini.
band played progressive rock music, like ELP's cover (Tarkus,
At An Exhibition, Hoedown, ecc...). In 1997 Luca
joined the "O.Vecchi" Musical Institute as pianist and composer.
Luca has written a great amount of compositions, from jazz to rock and
classical , like Guadiana (a suite for two pianos and two cellos) and soon
he will finish to write a concerto for piano and orchestra. In 2004 he
became the keyboardist of Jesus Christ Superstar musical's company in several
played in several cover bands too. His favourite classic composers
are B.Bartòk, S.Prokofev, S.Rachmaninoff, A.Ginastera
but mainly J.S.Bach. In 2006 he composed a concert for piano and
orchestra. In 2003 his dream came true when founded Barock Project, with
the intent to spread the classical atmospheres mixed with the power of
rock. His official site Luca Zabbini.
Ombelli (drums) born 15th May 1989 in Modena. Age 8 he started
playing guitar under several teachers and after he continued as self-taught.
Ten years after he decided to study drums, the instrument he loved as a
kid. Under the guide of Diego Crivellaro in 2007 and since 2011 with Paolo
Caridi at Modern Music Institute in Modena, he practices rock style and
especially rock-progressive. His roots are on classic rock bands like The
Who , Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, although he likes to play in several
styles, from funky to latin and metal. Eric is the drummer of Barock
Project since February 2012.
Mazzuoccolo (guitar) born on 14th September 1989 in Carpi,
near Modena. In 2003, he fell in love with music after hearing Smoke
on the Water riff played by his uncle. At the beginning he
studied as self-taught and spread mainly on the technical side of the instrument.
In 2006 he began attending guitar lessons with Khaled Abbas, who gave rise
to his interest in harmony and improvised music. In summer of 2008,
he won a contest called “Bande Sonore” with a Prog-Metal cover band.
In autumn of the same year, he enrolled a Jazz course, at the G. Frescobaldi
Conservatory in Ferrara, and at Modern Music Institute. In February
2011 he got the Master qualification at Modern Music Institute with excellent
marks, and in September of the same year he joined the teaching staff of
the same school. He is the guitarist of the Prog-Rock Italian Band Barock
Project since February 2012.
Caliendo (bass) born on April 8, 1990 and raised in Carpi (MO),
surrounded by a music environment and musicians, thanks to a father drummer,
oboist and bassoonist. He begins studying piano at age 10, and discovers
a passion and love for low frequencies. He begins his studies of electric
bass as a self-taught, influenced by great bassists Victor Wooten, Federico
Malaman, Jaco Pastorius, Hadrian Feraud, Marcus Miller and Dario Deidda,
developing interest and passion for Funky, Latin, Brazilian music, Progressive,
Fusion and Jazz. At age 15 he joins a band as bass player getting the opportunity
to further practice as bass player and accumulate live experience. He then
begins to collaborate and be part of projects, some of which still ongoing,
as the Turner Show (Tina Turner Tribute Band), Black Voice History
(tribute to soul music), Nicholas Merzi, Extras band, and
minor collaborations with local artists in live and Studio Recording sessions.
At age 15 he also begins his studies of Classical Composition, at the music
conservatory located in Modena, and at the same time he is hired as a teacher
of electric bass in two music schools in Emilia. In 2013 he enrolls the
department of Jazz at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where he currently
lives and studies, having the opportunity to deepen the style and language,
thanks to the comparison with great musicians and teachers from all over
the world, developing skills in 'field of Latin music, Jazz, Brazilian
and Funky. Finally, Francesco makes his debut in the progressive band Barock
Project on November 2015.
- Alive In Concert"
Back To You
Coffee In Neukolln
Save Your Soul
Inside My Dreamer's
Un Altro Mondo
The Silence Of
The Longest Sigh
My Silent Sea
in Milan (November 2015) plus one previously unreleased studio track.
Project`s 5th album is called "VIVO". It`s a Live celebration
of 10 years of composing and recording activity. "VIVO" is
released as a digifile double CD, featuring the band`s 2015 full Live Show
setlist, recorded in 2015, Plus one previously unreleased "studio" song,
for a total of 120 minutes of music! The first CD features songs from their
first 3 albums "Misteriose Voci", "Rebus" and
"Coffee in Neukölln" (2006/ 2009/ 2012), plus a very
special encore: "Los Endos" (a Genesis masterpiece).
The Second CD features 6 vibrant live versions from the successful release
"Skyline" (2015) Plus a special bonus Studio song, "My
Silent Sea" written and recorded in 2015 as a "Skyline"
you can visit Barock Project at:
Project - "VIVO". Double CD LIVE (official teaser)
Project - Gold (Skyline album)
Project - Skyline
Project - My silent sea (studio track "VIVO" 2016)