ASHRAM :Ashram Ref : Michael Nyman, Collection d'Arnell Andrea, Jeff Buckley
Style : Neoclassical, romantic folk
Prikosnovénie rereleased the first sold-out album of 'Ashram' in a luxuous digipack with a new unreleased Track 'Fourth'.
The Napolitan trio consists in Luigi Rubino (piano), Sergio Panarella (voice), Edo Notarloberti (violin).
Since the first release in 2002, Ashram became one of the most popular neoclassical band playing a nostalgic & ethereal music reminding Michael Nyman's original sountracks. Review : 'The voice of Sergio Panarella sounds a bit like Anthony & the johnsons or Jeff Buckley.' Oriflamme
16 Tracks :
01. Fairy Wind | 02. For My Sun | 03. Forever at your Mercy 04. Fourth (unreleased)
05. Spirit of the Rising Moon | 06. Lucky´s Song
07. Nevermore Sorrow | 08. Horizons
09. Forgive Me | 10. She's Fiddling | 11. Fragile
12. Elisewin | 13. Oceans |14. I've Lost Myself
15. Sweet Autumn | 16. Silver Eyes
line up of Italian neo-Classical band ASHRAM consists of
Luigi Rubino (piano),Sergio Panarella (voice,)Edo Notarloberti (violin).
the band have beeng going since 1999 and their first CD -simply titled
ASHRAM- has just been released by the French label Prikosnovenie.
In a word the CD is enchanting.The music of Ashram has a subtle allure
rather than an instant attraction. Both Edo and Luigi are proficient
and talented musicians.Incidentally some acoustic guitar,cello, and
double bass can be added, but there is little electronic backing and
no percussion. There is a great sense that the band have to stand
or fall on the skills of their musicianship and the quality of the
songs, there are is augmented electronic backing or samples being
added. Sergio's vocals are quite unique, vaguely remind me of Antony
from the Johnsons fame without the blues edge. The lyrics are in English,
charming and romantic, with occasional quirky humour, one track '
Lucky's song (my dog) is about Sergio's dog but delivered wtih the
earnestness of an opera aria. The words to most tracks are heart felt,
romantic, uncomplicated and the strength of Sergio's vocal delivery
carries them. 'Forever at your Mercy', 'For my Sun', 'Nevermore Sorrow'
are particularly compelling and tinged with potent optimism, and a
strange sense of mellow vulnerability. A re-occuring theme of their
work seems to be in surrending to the full force of love with a sense
of celebration but trepidation. It has been raised before- but why
sing every song in English? They could sound just as impressive in
ASHRAM seem distinct from their Italian Neo-Classical contemporaries;
they seem less concerned with the Past then ATARAXIA, and are less
percussioned orientated then ATARAXIA and GOR, less philisophical
then ARGINE, not so strident as CAMERTA MEDIOLANESE but just as talented
and committed to their own vision."
Ref : eqm010
: Shining Silver skies / 15E
This mortal coil, Collection dArnell Andrea
with a musical sensibility that remains unparalleled, Ashram have
conquered a discreet yet faithful fanbase around their delicate music
and memorable live performances.
The Neo-Classical style that acts as a foundation to Ashrams
music is usually built upon the moods of pianist Luigi Rubino, who
sets a black and white cinematographic mannerism to the songs, hereby
uplifted by violinist Edo Notarlobertis arrangements, a performer
well-known from various previous collaborations with other Napolitan
projects, and whose soaring violin phrases confer a moving brilliance
and distinct character to the project. Sergio Panarella, the groups
singer endowed with a beautiful crooning voice, adds the lighter tones
to Ashrams creations, by contributing also with a couple of
acoustic guitar-based mellower Folk ballads now and again.
Four years after their homonymous debut, the Italian ensemble finally
completes their second album, Shining Silver Skies, a
work which unfolds itself as an exercise in musical bliss and purity,
drenched in sweet nostalgia that flickers through memories of aching
loss or rapturous passion. The trio is also assisted by guest cellist
Leonardo Massa on these recordings, whose contribution brings a discreet
additional depth to Shining Silver Skies, an album which
not only embodies the romantic backdrop of early 1900s glamour
but that also flirts with a slightly naïve Folk spirit occasionally.