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Sunday, 20.10.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
Sacri Cuori (I)
Cross your hearts and let's go to the movies: Sacri Cuori, the Italian cinematic soundscape band are with us again, this time on their own rather than when they showed with Hugo Race on their last appearance here.
They're a group that plays mainly instrumental music with a distinct cinematic feel to their compositions that remind us of the wonderful tradition of Italian film composers and their scores. Sure, go straight to the usual suspects, Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota (millegrazie Federico F. and Sergio L.), because their music is still ringing in our ears. But also lesser known composers like Riz Ortolani, Piero Piccioni, Piero Umiliani and Armando Trovajoli are getting their just due through their repertory and the influence they've imprinted on the impressive and single-mindedly dedicated Sacri Cuori.
And they are Antonio Gramantieri (guitars), Francesco Checco Giampaoli (bass, upright bass, bass six), Diego Sapignoli (percussion, drums, melodica, samples), Denis Valentini (drums, tuba, voice), Enrico Mao Bocchini (drums, percussion) and Francesco Valtieri (baritone sax, percussion). Listen, even their names are melodic but it's their sonic extravaganzas that will touch you through their sheer sweeping beauty.
We're not exaggerating, please check who agrees and showed it by guesting on their 2012 album «Rosario»: Jim Keltner, David Hidalgo, John Convertino, Howe Gelb, the great Marc Ribot, Isobel Campell, James Chance (!), Stephen McCarthy and many others. And when they're not doing their own thing they're very much in demand as a back-up band, like for the likes of Richard Buckner, Robyn Hitchcock, Mark Eitzel, Woody Jackson, Il Pan Del Diavolo and others.
But playing live is where their calling is: Uncanny, how one of their most memorable and devastating performances took place in Rimini, the birthplace of Federico F., with the participation of another maestro grande, producer and guitarist Antonio Gramanteri.
Amicis, it's gonna be the memories of the hey-days of Italian film music composed for the images of La Dolce Vita, El Grande Silenzio, Hang 'em Higher, Il Grande Silenzio, TG,TB&TU, Amarcord and Duck You Sucker (hey, name your favorite too...), beautifully remembered and revived through the passionate and eloquent performance of the erudite Sacri Cuori. Would it be sacrilegious to say, see you at the local movie theatre?
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