ESSENTIAL BIOGRAPHY One of the most important italian progressive jazz-rock bands offering a unique and original sound, intense and delicate, in which jazz, progressive rock and Mediterranean influences blend together in a very communicative language.
Since its official launch in 1974, arti&mestieri; directed by Furio Chirico and Gigi Venegoni; have been recognized in Italy and all over the world as one of the progressive rock legends. The band, in the 1974-1979 period, produced a series of hits releasing cult albums such as TILT, Giro Di Valzer Per Domani and Quinto Stato, playing live at Parco Lambro (the italian Woodstock) and touring with PFM and Area.
Over the following years the band released several albums and productions, played in Italy and abroad (Japan, Europe, USA, South America) took part in the most important progressive rock festivals all over the world: ProgDay (2003) in USA, BajaProg (2005 and 2006) in Mexico, Verona ProgFest (2008) in Verona, Italy, Prog’Sud (2010) in France, Rock in Umbria (2010) in Umbria, Italy, Traffic (2011) in Turin, Italy, Gouveia Art Rock(2013) in Portugal. In 2013/14 the band was committed to the creation of a new concept album, Universi Paralleli, that celebrated the band's 40th anniversary and payed tribute to “Tilt”. Universi Paralleli was first released in June 2015 in Japan by the historical major label King Records, and already mentioned as the best italian progressive-rock album, and presented live in Tokyo at The Best of Italian Rock 2015. The album was released in Italy in September 2015 and distributed by Sony Music. It is the first Sony release under the historic Cramps Records label.
THE PROJECT Progressive-rock from the Seventies is probably the most popular Italian music genre all over the world. Bands such as PFM, Il Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, The Trip, Le Orme, Area, Osanna and arti&mestieri have ensured that this music - with the right mix of melody, rock, jazz and classical music - is still popular today, and to which arti&mestieri have added new creativity and enthusiasm.
THE MUSIC arti&mestieri's music is very communicative, characterized by deep and inspired themes and melodies, while maintaining the ability to express complex and refined elements in a simple and approachable way. This is a great prerogative of the band.
THE LIVE arti&mestieri's concerts are always something unique, surprising and engaging. The great emphasis given to the rhythmic and physical expression makes it a show in which the audience is continuously captured, enchanted by a wide intensity of colors painted by the band's musical palette, alternating vocal parts to instrumental sections. A unique and original sound, intense and delicate, in which jazz, progressive rock and Mediterranean influences blend together in a very communicative language.
Musicians Furio Chirico drums, percussions
Gigi Venegoni acoustic and electric guitar
Iano Nicolò vocals
Piero Mortara accordion, keyboard, piano
Lautaro Acosta violin
Roberto Puggioni bass
Marco Roagna acoustic and electric guitar (occasionally)
Guest Mel Collins from King Crimson alto sax and flute