Fabio Mancini | Secret World, Piano Solo

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Secret World, Piano Solo

by Fabio Mancini

Original compositions for solo piano, a mix of jazz, classical, movie thematic, ambient and new age style. Sweet melodies and the virtuosity of a brilliant pianist.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Looking for Something
3:18 $0.99
2. Tramonto di Sabbia
5:12 $0.99
3. Down the Street
3:08 $0.99
4. Wrong Way
2:16 $0.99
5. Just a Thought
3:48 $0.99
6. On the other Side
3:19 $0.99
7. Out of a Dream
3:44 $0.99
8. Spectral Night
3:53 $0.99
9. Rock Toccata
3:52 $0.99
10. Fantasia Danzante
3:14 $0.99
11. Secret World
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Sweet and strong..a very nice combination..."

"it's a train of sensations and emotions that strikes you..."

"It has a jazz taste that becomes nearly new age. With a bit of pepper given by a POP sensibility that fits in a classical structure"

"It's very rare to find musicians who go beyond the technique...... often this dims the true sense of a song. Fabio Mancini instead succeeds to conjugate technique and groove"

"Your piano playing tells a lot though it does not have lyrics"

About the Artist...

With a piano style somewhere between Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and New Age, Fabio Mancini brings melody and heart back to instrumental music.

He comes from a background of polished piano and organ music (academic degrees for both the instruments), but grew up a typical 1980's teenager strongly under the influences of such progressive rock artists as ELP, Yes and Genesis and jazz artist such as Jimmy Smith, Chick Corea and Michel Camilo.

At the age of 18 he began his career as a classical musician, winning music competitions and performing concerts. From the age of 20, when he listened to Keith Emerson and Genesis, he developed a strong interest in progressive rock and electronic keyboards, in particular moog and hammond.

Fabio alternate classical music with progressive rock music, playing piano and organ as soloist and with classical orchestras, or performing gigs playing keyboards in the progressive band "The Watch" and "Emerson Lake and Palmer tribute band".

In 2003 Fabio released his first CD as classical musician, 'Organ Music Vol. 1', with baroque organ music by J.S. Bach, D. Buxtehude, J.G. Walther and N. Bruhns. He was the first musician that realized a CD with the incoming Hauptwerk technology.

In 2005 he published his first CD for solo piano, "The Solitaire Voyager", with original compositions somewhere between classical, new age, jazz and progressive rock.

Today, Fabio alternate his musical career as performer and composer teaching Music Editory in the University of Milan and collaborating with the Music Web Site Vivaldistudio.com.



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Kathy Parsons

An Amazing Pianist!
“Secret World” is Italian pianist/composer Fabio Mancini’s second solo piano CD of original music. Also an accomplished organist, he has released a CD of baroque works for that instrument as well. Full of energy and passion, this is a CD of “big” music that varies from very classical to jazz and progressive rock with a little new age thrown in. As a performer, Mancini plays classical music as a soloist and with orchestras both on piano and organ, and he also performs with a progressive rock band (The Watch) as well as an Emerson, Lake, and Palmer tribute band. These eclectic influences give Mancini a unique voice and approach. With advanced degrees in both piano and organ, Mancini also teaches at the University of Milan. Many of the CDs I review are intended for relaxation, but this one is definitely more for energizing and stimulation. A few of the tracks are more serene, but most are quite powerful - obviously the work of an extraordinary musician and a pianist who lives and breathes music.

The first of the eleven tracks is “Looking for Something,” a piece that swirls in a vortex of sound, passionately seeking something or someone, or perhaps resolution - a very powerful and emotional work. “Tramonto di Sabbia” is dark and turbulent, but also very emotional and complex. “Down the Street” is fast and lively, played in an “agitato” style - edgy and excited. “Wrong Way” seems to pick up where “Down the Street” ended, with a rhythmic deep bass pattern that then goes off in a different direction - lost, agitated, and anxious. It’s a fascinating, harmonically and rhythmically complex piece, if not a comfortable one. "Just a Thought” takes us to a different musical dimension, one that is calmer and more peaceful. A series of flowing broken chords and a simple melody give this piece a sense of tranquility. My favorite track is “Out of a Dream,” a mysterious piece with several themes and a sense of emotional urgency - very effective! As the title implies, “Rock Toccata” is all over the piano. Big and brash, this is about as far from new age piano as you can get. I also really like “Fantasia Danzante.” Fast and passionate with a haunting melody and compelling rhythm, this piece stays with you after the final notes trail off. The title track closes the set in a pensive mood. Exploratory and subdued, it seems to come from deep within - a lovely ending to a most interesting and exhilarating piano album! Check it out!