Descalso (CNI / La Frontiera)
Rachele Colombo (voice, guitar, percussion and keyboards), and Corrado Corradi (bandoneon, English concertina, percussion and voice) return for their second duo recording, joined by a small ensemble of flute, reeds, bass strings and voices, a string quartet and other guests for a new exploration of the music and life of Venice and the Veneto region of Italy. This is dense, classy music, with lush arrangements (think classic Brazilian), very contemporary and yet very old sounding.
come l'aqua co l'onda
More music by Archedora
What the artists say about this work:
sounds, songs, moods from Veneto
A self-taught musician, she has been playing the guitar, singing and writing her own songs ever since a little girl.
RACHELE COLOMBO canto, plettri, percussioni, keyboards
CORRADO CORRADI bandonina, english concertina, percussioni, canto
NICOLA MARSILIO clarinetti, flauti
GIULIA D'ELIA violoncello
TIZIANO NEGRELLO contrabbasso, percussioni, piatti
ALBERTO ROVERONI piatti e tom
Giovanna Berti, Elena Rocchini - violini
Martina Chiarugi - viola
Marilena CutruzzulÓ - violoncello
EMANUELA CANANZI - pianoforte
GIUSEPPINA CASARIN canto
SANDRA MANGINI canto, voce recitante
AMARANTEGHE - VenetoTeatroIndagine
Giovanna Boscarino, Dalies Donato, Sara Paolini - voci recitanti
The record label says:
The cooperation of musicians skilled both technically and artistically has made Descalso a collection of songs as various as the territory which inspired its creation.
Indeed, Veneto comprises all kinds of landscape: sea, mountains, countryside, hills, lakes. In the same way, Descalso offers a many-colored mosaic of places, memories, moments from this side of the world. This includes History as well as little individual stories, the images of yesterday and the life of today, the wit and irony of common people and their religious fervor mixed with superstition and taste for mystery, the centuries-long relationship of venice with its Adriatic and North European neighbors as well as with East. Above all, one feels everywhere the magic power of the water, almost a leitmotiv connecting sounds and words. The lyrics of Archedora's songs are written in a dialect that does not belong to any specific town or province, but is rather a "virtual" mixture, to which anybody can relate.
In these words and music, the Veneto land continuously disappears and reappears - in the bright, firm sound of the dancing bands, in the sophisticated handling of Mediterranean suggestions, in the overwhelming rhythms of dance, in the lyrical rarefactions, in the words, both sung and spoken. The great tradition of the Venetian Baroque is coupled with the experimental curiosity of new musical genres. Each song is surprising because of its evocative power and emotional charge, as when one stands on the shoreline, where the waves now flood our bare feet, now just meet them.