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Suite Degli Animali Fantastici

by Quanah Parker

New album by the Venetian prog band led by Riccardo Scivales... true Italian progressive rock, full of melody and magic moments as magical are the Fantastic Beasts of this suite.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. From Distant Lands
3:56 $0.99
2. Risveglio Onirico
2:49 $0.99
3. Danza Di Un Mattino
6:35 $0.99
4. Interludio Notturno
0:57 $0.99
5. Déjà Vu Fantastico
3:38 $0.99
6. Luci Dagli Abissi
1:37 $0.99
7. Cantico Marino
4:04 $0.99
8. Animale Multiforme
4:30 $0.99
9. Ritorno Alla Mente
3:47 $0.99
10. A Big Francesco
4:12 $0.99
11. Death of a Deer
9:36 $0.99
12. Make Me Smile
4:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
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After their first album "Quanah!" of 2012, which contained new songs and re-releases of historical compositions written in 30 years of wonderful career, here is a new album of this Venetian prog band led by Riccardo Scivales, great keyboardist and musicologist known worldwide for his many music books and piano compositions, arrangements and transcriptions. With him, Elisabetta Montino (voice), Giovanni Pirrotta (electric and acoustic guitars and bass), Paolo Ongaro (drums and percussion), and Alessandro "unfolk" Monti (bass, recorder, assorted percussions, tabla, and sound effects). The album was recorded in 2014 by Andrea De Marchi at Virtual Studio, and mixed and mastered at Exit Studio by Bebo "Best" Baldan.
A secure homage to the true Italian progressive rock, full of melody and magic moments as magical are the Fantastic Beasts of the long suite included here...
And also a tribute to Francesco Di Giacomo, great singer of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, whose inspiration lingers in all the wonderful atmosphere that this album can create ...
Also featured here is a song written in 1981, which gives us an idea of the kind of progressive rock played by the original formation (1981-1985) of Quanah Parker in decidedly pioneering years for "Neo-prog" music...
The first 500 copies of the CD are in limited edition with gold foil to embellish the beautiful miniatures of the cover artwork by Elisabetta Montino.

Web: www.quanahparker.it www.riccardoscivales.com www.unfolkam.wordpress.com

One of the very first pioneering bands of so-called “Neo-Prog”, Quanah Parker was first active in 1981-1985. It mostly played original pieces written by its founder/keyboardist Riccardo Scivales (www.riccardoscivales.com) and was highly esteemed in the Venetian area, but it had to disband because of compulsory military service. In late 2005, the renewed interest in Progressive/Art Rock and the many requests by old fans led Riccardo Scivales to reform Quanah Parker along with guitarist Giovanni Pirrotta and drummer Paolo Ongaro. After some changes of personnel, the band finally found its current line-up with vocalist Elisabetta Montino (who joined the band in 2010) and new bassist Alberto Palù (from 2015).

Besides performing at various venues and festivals, Quanah Parker has released a "Demovideo DVD" (2007) and the CD "Quanah!", released on 20th November 2012, Diplodisc dpl 004, co-produced with Alessandro Monti (see Cd Baby entry for Unfolk Alessandro Monti), both of them greeted with very favourable reviews. Selections from Quanah! have often been broadcast in Italy and USA (RAI-RadioTre, WBWC Ohio Prog, BluRadioVeneto, Radio City Trieste, etc.) as well as in one of the famous "Postcards From The Yellow Room" podcasts by Sid Smith.

Quanah Parker’s 2nd CD is "Suite degli Animali Fantastici" (23rd February 2015, M.P. & Records MPRCD068), written and recorded in collaboration with old band’s friend Alessandro “unfolk” Monti. This CD has been co-produced with Vannuccio Zanella, and like the previous CD "Quanah!" it is distributed by G.T. MUSIC Distribution, www.gtmusic.it

As a remarkable (and perhaps unique) fact in the history of Italian prog, the solo piano scores of many pieces written or arranged by Scivales for Quanah Parker have been published in the prestigious U.S. magazines "Piano Today", "Keyboard Classics" and "Sheet Music Magazine" (alas, all of them currently out of business after decades of glorious activities), along with his own introductory articles on various stylistic and compositional features of progressive rock.

Riccardo Scivales also authored two dozens music books and about one hundred original piano compositions/arrangements/transcriptions printed and performed in the USA, Italy, and other countries. He taught at the Università di Venezia for many years, also giving a course on the prog band Yes there. He also collaborated and performed in a piano/keyboard duo with Tony Pagliuca (“historical” keyboardist of the famous Italian prog band Le Orme).

Riccardo Scivales (keyboards, composition)
Elisabetta Montino (voice)
Giovanni Pirrotta (guitars, plus bass on tracks 10-12)
Alessandro Monti (bass on tracks 1-9, recorder, assorted percussion, lyrics of tracks 2-9)
Paolo Ongaro (drums)
also Alberto Palù (bass, not in this album--he has joined the band in 2015)


A spaceless and timeless album that makes Italian Progressive Rock proud, demonstrating that this magic will never end.
(Massimo Salari, February 28th, 2015, http://nonsoloprogrock.blogspot.it/2015/02/quanah-parker.html)

What strucks me most is the contrast between these articulated (and sometimes very complex) creations and the fluidity of their listening, a situation in which emerges the ability to create exciting atmospheres that run every type of label or
pigeonholing in favor of the universality of music—and in the end determine whether “prog” is the matter that we have in our hands become just a detail, and not so important too. A great team work, made of interconnections between music, words and images, capable of arousing strong emotions from the very first listening.
(Athos Enrile, www.mat2020.com, February 20th, 2015, http://athosenrile.blogspot.it/2015/02/quanah-parker-suite-degli-animali.html)

Softly, "From Distant Lands" fills your room with sounds. […] a concept album that goes beyond just music. [...] "Animale Multiforme", poetry and music of high prog content. [...] The minisuite "Death of a Deer", a track from chills on the skin. [...]
The style of this Italian prog band is unique, [… ] You never want to end this record. [...] Like all beautiful things, this masterpiece of Italian prog music ends and you want to listen to it again.
(Fabrizio Cremonesi, http://www.recsando.it/servizi/rubriche/salotto-letterario/1879-quanah-parker-la-suite-degli-animali-fantastici, June 2, 2015.)

A band to be listened to calmly, to be enjoyed with pleasure; many facets, tantalizing melodies, instrumental stunts, interesting and variable atmospheres... In short, a great album indeed! [...] The instrumental mastery of Scivales & Co. is
really excellent, [...] a great job; bravo Quanah Parker, this is really exceptional. This CD is certainly one of the most beautiful Italian (and not only) Progressive albums that I reviewed and listened recently... promoted, promoted!
Rating: 9/10.
(Giovanni Clemente, RAW & WILD, April 2015, http://www.rawandwild.com/review/review.php?id=Quanah+Parker )

It is a pleasure to find Quanah Parker after their brilliant debut of 2012, [...] The band keeps intact its project guidelines, all focused on a symphonic prog inspired by the great masters Yes, Genesis, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and PFM, without being tedious, stale or discounted. [...] So we find […] majestic arrangements, smooth and original instrumental flashes featuring a very good interplay (although obviously it is Scivales who emerges more) as well as an attention to detail that only the great musicians are able to get. "A Big Francesco" is a beautiful instrumental tribute, composed by the keyboardist right after the premature death of Francesco Di Giacomo—a particularly strong track, with Scivales great protagonist and a great rhythm section in embroidering the various passages—even the most complex and typically prog. Very interesting is "Death of a Deer", a song of 1981, here revived and updated but still imbued with a fascinating new prog aura. Besides the usual
Scivales, in the excellent instrumental inlays Pirrotta and Ongaro really stand out and are very good at supporting the verve of the leader, while always in the foreground appears the powerful and precise Montino. "Suite degli Animali Fantastici" is a really nice return that marks a further step forward in the growth of this Venetian band, more and more brilliant and compact in its carrying on the creed of progressive rock for more than thirty years.
(Luigi Cattaneo, ProgressivaMente, March 26 2015, http://progressivamenteblog.blogspot.it/2015/03/quanah-parker-suite-degli-animali.html)

…, the result is amazing! […] What a wonderful suite! […] “A Big Francesco” (i.e. To Big Francesco) is a melancholic instrumental track filled with emotion and a poignant nostalgia that recalls the best moments of the Roman band now kept
alive by Vittorio Nocenzi.
(Andrea Parentin, progarchives.com; also posted on ITALIAN PROG MAP on May 5, 2015.)

[...] The launch of "Danza di un mattino" is one that leaves its mark: a rapid and continuous interweaving of preziosismi where each instrument (keyboards, drums, bass, guitar) fully plays its role [...] The many and chameleonic Scivales keyboards
dominate the scene here. Incredible play for the button drums of Ongaro and the dense guitar of Pirrotta too. [...] As always, Scivales’s multicolored touch is very recognizable. Very appreciable too is the choice of some sounds that come straight from the 1970s. [...] A virtuoso and Nocenzi-like piano (and it could not be otherwise ...) introduces "A Big Francesco", dedicated to
the great Banco singer Francesco Di Giacomo and written straight by Scivales following the news of the tragic death of the artist. [...] This album confirms—if further proof were needed—the technical and compositional quality of a project that is recovering quickly from the "lost time".
(HamelinProg, http://www.hamelinprog.com/quanah-parker-suite-degli-animali-fantastici/, May 2015.)

Fabulous CD from Italy! Creative musicianship and imaginative imagery in musical interpretation.
(Pianist/arranger/publisher Ed Shanaphy—CBS Ekay Music, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Steinway&Sons, etc., message on the “Somewhere Between Sunrise & Sunset” radio station Facebook page, April 8, 2015.)

[…] a composition of great impact, very refined and magical. Scivales & C. prove to have all it takes to aim for a decisive consecration, [...]
(Alessandro Freschi, http://www.distorsioni.net/canali/dischi/dischi-it/suite-degli-animali-fantastici, April 26, 2015.)



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