Ormeggiando (= “Coming Ashore”)
for piano solo by TONY PAGLIUCA
Tony Pagliuca has been one of avantguard music’s most important exponents.
With his group Le Orme (“The Footprints”), Tony played keyboards from 1968 to 1990, whose recordings have written the history of modern Italian music.
The most important of these is undoubtedly “Felona & Sorona,” (1973), a rock opera in which two planets clash—opposing signs of good and evil—considered by experts to be one of the “finest examples of Italian progressive rock.”
This concept album also came out in English on Charisma records with lyrics translated by Peter Hammill (Van der Graaf Generator), promoted with a concert tour
In 1975 the Orme’s music first reached America with a compilation entitled “Beyond Leng” (a mythical place where different realities converge); then in Los Angeles “Smogmagica” was recorded, steering the group more decisively towards rock.
The album that followed, “Verità nascoste” (“Hidden Truths”) was recorded in London at Aphrodite’s Child’s talented keyboard player Vangelis Papathanassiou’s Nemo Studio; the next year “Storia o Leggenda” was recorded in Paris.
In the 1990s, Pagliuca left the Orme to undertake a successful solo carreer, leading him to work with reknowned muscians such as David Jackson and Nic Potter (Van der Graaf Generator), Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), Chris Cutler (Henry Cow), Patrizio Fariselli (Area), Francesco di Giacomo (Banco di Mutuo Soccorso) and Bernardo Lanzetti (PFM, the Extra).
After playing with the Orme, whose music was born electric (“Ad Gloriam,” 1968), and passing through analog acoustic sound with “Felona & Sorona” (1973), self-taught pianist Tony Pagliuca had the guts to completely abandon digital sound with “Florian” (1979).
Today after three years of re-arranging the group’s pieces for piano solo, Tony presents their definitve versions; plus “Aliante” (“Glider”) performed live
at a concert in Florence last November.
Of course, while APRES MIDI means “afternoon” in French, its hidden meaning reveals the total passage to unplugged music: AFTER MIDI .