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Cities of Dreams

by Terre Differenti

World fusion, jazz, electronic, progressive rock, Ambient, Female vocals
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Different Lands
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2. God of Thunder
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3. Kam Ma Kam
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4. Flower of Sorrow
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5. Beyond the Dunes
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6. Under Moons of Jade
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7. Jaded Moons
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8. Mirror
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9. Love Beyond Desert
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10. Dance For the Moon
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11. Lost in Her World
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12. Splinters of Reality
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13. Cities of Dreams
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cities of Dreams is a symbolic place, both within and on the exterior, representing the deep essence of our anxiety and hopes. The desert is the original earth, the ancestral "humus" from which the babelic stream of languages and cultures grows enriched with human experience.
The mood of the songs is an original mix of ethnic influences, rock and progressive suggestions with a distinct jazz contamination.

The lyrics are projections of virtual and true realities, between dream, vision and poetry. They are interpreted by four different singers, each contributing to make "Cities of Dreams" a journey through different lands and emotional moods.

This new work increases the experimentation and the fusion between different musical styles which are evident when listening to the first CD of Terre Differenti. The arrangements use ancient and ethnic instruments intermingled with electronic sounds. Voices and melodies are treated beyond classical models and produce ethereal, oniric feelings.

Listening to "Cities of Dreams" is like making a journey in different lands, between dream and reality, through unexplored and profound dimensions of the soul.

It follows an interview with the OPENSOUND producer Antonio Arena.

Q: When did you come across Terre Differenti for the first time?

A: The first contact, with Fabio Armani, founder and soul of Terre Differenti, was in 1997, during the mixing of the Advena Avis ensemble's album "Da terre lontane". Fabio was the leader of the band and came to mix the CD in my recording studio. I liked the Advena Avis project from the start: it was a mix of middle age and ethnic themes with sophisticated electronic sonorities. The style was something between Dead Can Dance and Loreena Mc Kennith. We worked for a month in incredible harmony and the CD we produced reflected this enthusiastic atmosphere.

After that, we lost sight of each other. I continued composing soundtrack music, and in the meantime set up the independent label Opensound with Silvio Piersanti and Augusto Arena. Fabio continued with his musical projects, expanding his interests and contacts with artists of different cultures and experiences until he established the multi ethnic ensemble Terre Differenti. With this band he produced the first world fusion album in the year 2000.

Q: How did you come to produce "Cities of Dreams"?

A: When with OPENSOUND we decided to make a production music library, I realized that Fabio Armani could certainainly contribute. His music, naturally evokes an emotional involvement which is particularly well-suited to being linked to images. So I asked him if he had something we could use and Fabio proposed a few things he was composing with Terre Differenti. The music I listened to left me so enthusiast that I decided that we should produce the second "Terre Differenti" CD together.

Q: Which elements of the work are you enthusiastic about most?

A: That will be easy to understand when you listen to the CD. Both music and lyrics have an incredible emotional intensity. The musicians involved in this project have been committed both artistically and technically, and it shows. The artistic references of the music reminds me a lot of my own passions, such as Peter Gabriel, King Crimson and Japan (progressive rock) or some contemporary jazz productions of the ECM label, such as Jan Garbarek or Ralph Towner's Oregon. For example, when I listened to the demo of "Dance for the Moon" I was struck by the voices of Yasemin Sannino and Houcine Ata and by the sax of Marco Conti. I soon spoke with my partners and they too accepted the project with the same enthusiasm..

Q: How did you engineer the CD?

A: It wasn't an easy job, due to the complexity of the musical material itself. First of all, we started by selecting the tracks to include in the CD. Then we developed the arrangements so as to best express both the lyrics and the wonderful potential of the musicians.

The pre production phase was very long and with a great attention for detail. Finally we entered the studio to start the recording sessions. The tracking of the electronics was completed in Fabio's project studio. After that, we worked in our Open Studio. The over recordings and the mix required several months work, with some of the pieces having more than one hundred tracks. So it was no joke to complete!

We worked with a Pro Tools HD3 system that allowed us to manage all the complexity in the best possible way. Anyway, we soon decided to take all the time we needed to work without stress, allowing us to explore different mixing options and to decide for the final one only when we were completely persuaded.

Q: How many musicians played during the sessions?

A: Lots. Four singers (five including Maria Pia Ionata, a soprano that sings in "Lost in her World"), a drummer, a percussionist, two bass players, two guitarists, a saxophone player, two violinists and of course Fabio at keyboards and piano. It was amazing to work with artists of different cultures, each with his own sensibility. We tried to make it easy for everyone , even working in "non standard" ways. For example, during the sessions with the Egyptian percussionist, Abdullah Mohamed, we let him play with the widest freedom of expression. In this way he could create, with his instruments and skill, the rhythm and the atmosphere of his native land. You can feel this mood in "God of Thunder" or in "Beyond the Dunes". It's been a great experience, both artistically and personally, to work with these wonderful musicians.

Q: You talked about "feeling" established with the musicians. Tell us more.

A: Well, for example, it's been exciting to work with the drummer, Alessandro D'Aloia. He uses a drum set that includes, among the standard instruments, some percussions that he plays with added pedals. Other percussions are placed between the toms. This set gives a variety of colours and timbres that enriches the rhythmic patterns with amazing ethnic suggestions, such as in "Kam ma Kam" or in "Cities of Dreams". Another great experience has been the genesis of the vocals of "Splinters of Reality". In this song, Fabio and I "forced" Elisabetta Antonini (a singer which comes from a jazz background) to work with a different style, rhythmic and nervous, with a "lyric" break only on the phrase "...dreaming of being alive again...". Elisabetta has really been creative and... patient! and in the end she found a way of singing that perfectly fitted the lyrics.

Q: The lyrics. You said something about their evocative strength. Tell us more...

A: The CD, in spite of a variety of styles and cultures, is really a concept album. This is a consequence of the poetry of the lyrics. The CD talks about dualism, essentially human, between dream and reality. There is a cohabitation, in every human being and in mankind in general, of material concreteness and oniric vision. "City of Dreams" is a symbolic place, which is both inside and outside us, it is the essence of our anxiety and of our hopes, and in the CD it is often connected to the desert. The desert is the original earth, ancestral "humus" from which the babelic stream of languages and cultures grows with the richness of human experience. This is why the intro and the end of the CD are composed of voices that speak different languages, from Urdu to Finnish, from Arabic to Chinese, from Spanish to Swahili. These voices blend together to become an indistinct whole from which sound takes form.

Q: At the end, what should happen while listening to "Cities of Dreams"?

A: We hope that listening to the CD, you'll imagine a journey through different lands, which could be suggestions of concrete realities but also of human feelings, known or unexplored. In the end, the uttermost sense of the journey is the journey itself, and not the destination.

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Nancy Kaawe

A journey that could only have been created by truly talented musicians.
I discover and fall in love with a new piece everytime I listen to this impressive blend of different music styles.
Although world fusion is not my favorite kind of music, listening to this album has been an interesting and engaging journey with twists and turns that managed to capture and carry my emotions along for the ride! A journey that could only have been created by truly talented musicians. Keep up the magic!
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baro

it' ok
hi, the cd is wonderful and i really like it! the title it shouldn't be better to describe this work
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Federica Cardia

CD is a refined selection of experimental sounds and rhythms of avant-garde.
After "Terre Differenti" here it is issued "Cities of Dreams", the second work of the musical project created by Fabio Armani, classic, jazz and electronic composer. The CD is a refined selection of experimental sounds and rhythms of avant-garde. All the tracks are characterized by a sense of belonging to the Earth. The work, offering a changing and heterogeneus style, perfectly mixes technical innovation and ancestral feelings.
Let's listen to the whispering and surrounding "Different Lands", to dwell upon the Arabian sounds of "Beyond the Dunes" ... and then let us wave on the notes of "Dance for the Moon" continuing our journey with "Lost in her World" the song that, more than others, reveals rock influences.
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Eelco Schilder

This music is like a modern symphony or a musical fairy tale!
Terre differenti is an Italian world-fusion ensemble which with "Cities of Dreams" has released their second cd. The band originally exists out of five musicians but on this cd they are with fourteen in total. With both traditional and modern instruments they create a whole new world in sound.

Mixing ancient music with ambient, electronics and jazz, their music listens like I'm on a trip around the world. I hear an angel whispering to me in "Different Lands", feel the rainforest in "God of Thunder" and taste the darkness in "Under moons of Jade". This music is like a modern symphony or a musical fairy tale. It's the ambient style that dominates the music mostly on the cd. It has some beautiful moments with exiting and surprising music. But it also sounds a bit mannered on several occasions as if the urge of creating something new was bigger than the urge to make music. An intriguing cd made by a creative group of musicians. But for me personally it feels more like music from the mind than music from the heart and I'm afraid that in the end I will like the music from the heart more.
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Nick Kostadopolis

Yasemin Sannino voice is so wonderful!
Terre Differenti is not my daily cup of tea, but Yasemin Sannino'soice is so wonderful! I love her singing!
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Maria Guardia

A refreshing lullaby for grownup minds!
This CD brings about a sense of liberty, happiness and a deep journey into
far away unexplored places.

The combination of sounds makes you feel as in a jungle of a distant
planet somewhere in space.

I could say it's a refreshing lullaby for grownup minds.
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Luther Blissett

It's a very refined CD in which every detail is pointed out very carefully
It's a very refined CD in which every detail is pointed out very carefully but also the whole musical route is always perfectly completed. The mix among the various instruments makes Cities of Dreams suggestive and magic. The very particular timbre of the voices, with their harmonies, complete the rich and wide instrumental section. A wonderful job that gives music a multi-cultural sense and enriches the level of the ensemble. Congratulations!
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Rambles

This CD might be a shade overproduced, and the lyrics are occasionally a little
Terre Differenti is an Italian world fusion music project headed by keyboardist and programmer Fabio Armani. It mixes world, jazz, electronic and progressive rock.

The major influence is Middle Eastern. The songs are anchored by percussion, some played by Alessandro D'Aloia, and some electronically generated by Armani. Armani's keyboards, particularly synthesisizer, are also a key element of the sound.

The new age influence leads the first track, "Different Lands," as Elisabetta's whispered voice comes in with, "Once again, I have traveled of different lands/distant/lost beyond my sight/My skin so different/My hands like black dust," over Marco Conti's saxophone. The second track, "God of Thunder," combines saxophone with a thumb piano and African percussion. The sax gets a bit "out" as the song builds, before it falls into just percussion and chanting.

In "Kam ma Kam" guest Houcine Ata joins Antonini's vocals with Arabic singing (Antonini sings in English throughout most of the CD). "Flower of Sorrow" is a quieter song, featuring Miguel Fernandez's acoustic guitar and Conti's sax. Guest Carlo Cossu adds a bit of gypsy influence with his violin.

"Under Moons of Jade" contains Antonini's over-tracked singing with a guitar that sounds like a sitar and percussion, and guest Antonio Addamiano on native flutes. "Jaded Moons" contrasts Conti's hard bop sax with a combination of smooth synth background and percussion, and Antonini's minor key singing. "Splinters of Reality" is progressive rock, with Fernandez playing electric guitar backed by Armani's synths.

Both Antonini's English and singing are perfect, adding a unique element to the sound. The CD explores many different styles, with some parts even reminiscent of Page/Plant's world music explorations.

This CD might be a shade overproduced, and the lyrics are occasionally a little too flowery and new age. Other than that, with its many different moods and influences, it is a welcome addition to the world fusion genre.
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Roberto Scorta

A work of sensitivity and contamination absolutely well done
Long gestation, but with a beautiful result, made with the most
unusual ethnic instruments, and with voices of a tonality an purity absolutely over the media.
There is a predomination of transversal and unique sounds in where you can get lost, tasting that ancestral heritage that doesn’t have a definite location, but that contains a stronger evocative power.
A peculiar trip, by trespassed territories of imagination towards
personal and intimately unique “different” lands, painted and imagined by our own fantasy.
“Flowers of sorrow” one of the best pieces of all the work, where occident and orient mix together at every moment. A wonderful extravagance of Miguel Fernandez obliges us to an abrupt change of route.

A work of sensitivity and contamination absolutely well done which I think will not remain indifferent in the very often desolate scene of the present music.
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Stefano Camilloni

World music for fine palates, music for whom still dreams an ancient future
Fragments of a long trip, ordered between multiple sonorous aptitudes, capture the soul in a game of returns and artistic cohabitation of a static emotion.
That is “Cities of Dreams”, second album of the world-music project “Terre Differenti”, original and fascinating creation delivered and developed by composer Fabio Armani.
The album is composed of thirteen pieces with sounds of great interest between jazz, ethnic, electronic and new-age often emphasized of an experimental musical but determined research, dreaming but concrete, visionary and human.
Technically the album is plenty of excellent performances: the musicians that support Armani know how to represent the spirit of “Terre Differenti”, and they show this with very high level performances.
…..The moments that mostly capture the listening are instrumental performances; it’s difficult not to rest delighted of the Canterbury jazz atmosphere of “Flowers of sorrow” or of the progressive phrases of “Splinters of reality”.
…..World music for fine palates, music for whom still dreams an ancient future. To be admired.
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