Gang of Tolstoy | Viola by the Window

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Viola by the Window

by Gang of Tolstoy

Classical ensemble of strings & pianoforte, unashamedly Romantic & Baroque in power, depth and coloratura.
Genre: Classical: Baroque
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1. Concerto Grosso in Sala B
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2. Scherzo Romantico
3:27 album only
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3. Viola by the Window
5:04 album only
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4. Concerto in Flat Yellow - movimento I
10:08 album only
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5. Interlude - Arcadian Pastorale
5:20 album only
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6. Concerto in Flat Yellow - movimento II
2:13 album only
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7. Sonata N. 120509
5:56 album only
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8. Incubus on a Monday Afternoon
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9. Sonata Viola
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10. Home
2:57 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For our third album, Viola by the Window, we've looped in a warped time machine that has landed us, via a black hole of the mind and soul, into the Italian Baroque. The compositions, sonatas and concertos are fueled by an ensemble of classical strings and pianoforte that have left us, in primis, stupefied by their Romantic lyricism, a chiaroscuro of explosive emotive passion and the imploding introspective power of the Sublime. A Caravaggio....no less.

GOT Poet & Composer is Luigi Monteferrante; originally from Montreal, Canada, he lives on Italy's Adriatic Shores. His poetry has been published in: Neon, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Yellow Mama, Word Slaw, poetryfriends, Poesia/Indiana Bay, kudos, Sonar4, Poet’s Ink Review, The Battered Suitcase/Vagabondage Press, Twisted Tongue, Danse Macabre, Language & Culture, Kritya, Burst Now, Motel 58, greenbeard, Glass Poetry Journal, Wow, Orbis, Faraway Journal. Chicago Quarterly Review and Happy have published his short stories, and he has recently completed a third novel involving Futurism, NYC, Fascist Italy and three generations of manhood.

Nota Bene: Like Glenn Gould, we do not perform live and in concert. We prefer to stay in bed with a book. Also, on the terrazzo by the sea with a mug of milk and honey we very much enjoy listening to the tune of twinkling stars and the outgoing tide. That said, we are available for interviews, talks, milk.

If you wish to contact us, please write: info@luigimonteferrante.com.

Buon ascolto, and may you sleep with many muses. Thank you.
And here's a news article published in Toronto's TANDEM Magazine by Serena Genova.

Canadians are very much aware of the immigrant narrative: the journey to a far, unknown land in search of opportunity and the numerous obstacles that are part of such an ambitious endeavour. But we rarely hear about first or second generation Italian-Canadians that go back to their parents’ or grandparents’ homeland, especially for purposes of sparking a more “creative imagination.” But this was the case for Luigi Monteferrante, a Montreal-born and raised musician, author and poet, who moved back to Vasto Marina, Abruzzo (a seaside town and also his parents’ birthplace)about 20 years ago, in search of inspiration for a novel he was working on at the time.

Today, the ambitious artist has released several CDs; his latest is Gang of Tolstoy, which has a unique electronic edge. Monteferrante has continued to write, all the while running a bed and breakfast (Villa Monteferrante, located right on the Adriatic seaside), where he holds literary workshops in English.

“I originally came here [Vasto, Abruzzo] because I needed something to spark my creative edge,” he says. “I felt that this would be the right place, since I spent a lot of time here as a child,” says Monteferrante. “Fast-forward to today, and I‘ve released a slew of novels and albums, which are all reminiscent of places that I’ve lived and things that have sparked my imagination. Gangs of Tolstoy, for instance, was inspired by my fascination with living in an urban setting [Montreal] – skyscrapers, the energy of the city, various landscapes. I combined this with various software
and electronic ensembles, which I think made for a really unique result.”

When he set off for the Belpaese, Monteferrante was originally
an author/poet, and he says that, “the transition from author to poet was the result of my collaboration with my friends who are musicians. I questioned why they weren’t writing their own stuff, and essentially it was from this point on that I began to write my own music. I like exploring various forms of art.” This is evident when considering the variety of Monteferrante’s work. “I think my next project will have a classical edge!” he says.

As a teenager growing up in Montreal, Monteferrante was greatly inspired and influenced by classical music: “My mother sang classical tunes, and I always listened to the classical music of CBC Radio, while I’d write in my garage! Today, I still listen to it via Internet.”
Classical music aside, the music and artists who have influenced Monteferrante is certainly eclectic: “From Monteverdi and Vivaldi, to [American rock band] the Talking Heads. I like to think of my work as comprising all these influence,.” he says.

An artistic career as diverse as this creative artist’s is one that is deserved of recognition – just think, in 2002, he embarked on his North American book tour, by Vespa! An idea that he borrowed from the 1994 award-winning Italian film Caro Diario (Dear Diary) – where renowned Italian film director Nanni Moretti embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he tours Italy on a Vespa – Monteferrante went from Montreal to Washington on a 1986 PX125 E model (for non-Vespa fanatics, this is a model that only goes a maximum of 85 km/h!).

When asked whether coming back to Canada throughout his career sparked nostalgic sentiment, Monteferrante says that he “plans to eventually return back to Montreal. I love the energy and vibe of the city.”

Overall, this is one eclectic artist to be on the look out for! For further information on Luigi Monteferrante’s poetry, novels, music or workshops, visit:

www.myspace.com/gangoftolstoy

or www.luigimonteferrante.com.

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