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Bognetti / De Fabritiis / Fochesato / Galinari: Oprachina (Slam)

"Oprachina" is made up of the words opra (opera) & china (bowed), meaning alienating, back-breaking work, coined in the early 20th century to represent an equilibrium between written passages and free improvisation.

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product information:

UPC: 5028386052722

Label: Slam
Catalog ID: CD 527
Squidco Product Code: 14598

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Rome at Etnofonie Music School, Plutone Recording Studio in November 2009 and July-September 2010 by Riccardo Perni.


Massimo Bognetti-guitar

Errico De Fabritiis-tenor saxophone

Fabio Fochesato-bass

Adriano Galinari-drums

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track listing:

1. Spezia (Porta d'Arce Revisited) 7:20

2. Le Cose Non Sempre Vanno Come Si Suppone Debbano Andare 4:37

3. Ritrovato 0:24

4. Fat Fast (New Version) 7:22

5. The Moon In August (New Version) 2:52

6. Sixa 35 7:52

7. Nuova Oprachina 9:12

8. Lat 6:13

9. Maria J 3:31

10. Grigioscuro (New Version) 4:17

11. My Waltz 3:31
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"Oprachina is a neologism made up of the two words opra (opera) and china (bowed), meaning alienating, back-breaking work. Coined in the first half of the 20th century, the term features in the Italian version of the "Internationale" as well as other tracts of the period. Oprachina are committed to the continuous pursuit of an equilibrium between written passages and free improvisation, helping to develop a contemporary musical language.

Their first creation, "The Jazz Farm" (2007), published under the Creative Commons licence, was hailed at the 2009 Cannes Midem as the most popular Italian album by the Jamendo portal (200.000 web downloads).

Two songs from "The Jazz Farm" Were Chosen for the soundtrack of the film: "MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING" by Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, a conversation on life, struggles and liberation ...In 2010 critic Giordano Selini included Oprachina among the top ten bands in Italian jazz.

Massimo Bognetti: Guitars. Directs the Etnofonie school of music.

Errico De Fabritiis: Saxes. Committed to improvised and contemporary music, he has figured in Musica Jazz magazine's "Top Ten" of musician-revelations in 2009 and 2010.

Fabio Fochesato: Bass guitar, double bass, arrangements. Has his fingers in various musical languages, from jazz to rock, world music to classic and contemporary music.

Adriano Galinari: Percussion. Has collaborated with many Italian and foreign musicians, including the never-to-be-forgotten Massimo Urbani."-Slam Productions

Artist Biographies:

"De Fabritiis: saxophone, mentioned on Top Italian Jazz 2009 and 2010, teacher, graduated in saxophone at the Conservatory of Pescara D'Annunzio, lives in Rome, where he worked with musicians of different backgrounds. He committed within the contemporary and improvised music; recently he has directed the project "Bus Ned Revolution". With the singer and the poet Silvana Licursi M. Jatosti, set up the show Mediterranean and performed in numerous national and international. With guitarist Giovanni Palombo, he founded the Zen Bel Jazz Quintet with which he performs a concert live for Vatican Radio and records the record job Zen Bel Jazz and some original songs as well have been arranged and re-proposed by ISO Ensemble Orchestra conducted by Paolo Damiani at the Comunal Thater of Matera.

It is currently engaged in improvised music and contemporary art. Recently he directed the project "Bus Ned Revolution" and has partecipated as saxophone recording of "The Fire Ned" edited by Gianfranco Tedeschi. With the Ensemble Qwert, attended the premiere of the work: Guernica of Daniele Del Monaco, at the American Academy in Rome, inside the Festival of New Consonance 2007, and Simurgh Opera for solo voice and small orchestra . Fabio Fochesato: bass and double bass, teacher, working expecially in jazz and contemporary music. He's a member of "Plectrum Orchestra del Circolo Mandolinistico Costantino Bertucci" (plectrums with double bass string performing a large repertory of baroque and contemporary music) and the new "Banda Larga Big Band" direct by Elvio Ghigliordini (PMJO Auditorium Rome)."

He is a member of Oprachina, Improgressive, Pegasys, The Freexielanders, and Hot Tune.

-Last FM, Discogs (

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