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Bernocchi, Eraldo / Prakash Sontakke : Invisible Strings (Rarenoise Records)

Experimental musician-producer-sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi joins Indian slide guitar master Prakash Sontakke for a sublimely developing album of rhythm and slide guitar, an evocative album of strong melodies and subtle playing with influences from the East and West.

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UPC: 5060197761028

Label: Rarenoise Records
Catalog ID: RNR-CD-069
Squidco Product Code: 23242

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2016
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
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Eraldo Bernocchi

Prakash Sontakke

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track listing:

1. The Last Emporer Walked Alone 5:02

2. Will You Stay 5:41

3. From Star To Star 5:46

4. The Invisible Ferry 5:47

5. Sublime Skies 4:39

6. Bangalor Electric 6:07

7. Purple Yellow 5:06

8. Walking Backwards Again 5:56

9. The Unsaid 4:45
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"Guitarist, experimental musician-producer and sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi, and slide guitar master Prakash Sontakke are both in that creative point where they have enough experience and skills to make their sonic outputs sound exactly as they want. As a result, Invisible Strings, their sonic love child, is an impressively precise, fluid and cohesive piece of music. Fragments of electronica, post-rock, shoegaze and ambient pulse with a delicate dub posture and blend smoothly and gracefully with traditional Indian influences.

With many years of experience and numerous solo and collaborative projects behind them plus an undeniable innate talent, the pair has the ability to make things sound so easy and natural. Each of the nine compositions flows so effortlessly. Bernocchi generates highly atmospheric luminous magical layers with his baritone guitars and electronics, and also paves rich, magnetic and crunchy beat construction. Between all this, Sontakke elegantly weaves emotionally charged lines with his slide guitar. Two creative minds work in perfect, electric synchronization to create a spiritual, dialogic and mystical journey.

An irresistible east meets west affair. Immaculately produced and expertly executed with the natural expressivity and confidence you would expect to feel from such experienced and versatile musicians."-Nocturnal Ghost, Igloo Magazine

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"Eraldo Bernocchi is an Italian composer, arranger, producer and guitarist with a solid reputation as an all round sonic sculptor. Starting his career in the late 70's as a guitarist in independent punk bands, in the mid '80's Eraldo co-founded the conceptual audio project Sigillum-S (with Paolo Bandera and Luca di Giorgio), which grew into a highly acclaimed international cult act.

In the 90's, together with his wife Petulia Mattioli, Eraldo established Verba Corrige Productions, which became the base for a raft of notable audio visual projects and co-operations. A relentless sound explorer, Eraldo Bernocchi has collaborated with numerous artists including Mick Harris (SIMM, Black Engine), Bill Laswell (Somma, Charged, Ashes and numerous others), Nils Petter Molvaer, Harold Budd , Russell Mills, Toshinori Kondo (Charged), Raiz, Almamegretta, Spectre, Sensational, DJ Disk, Professor Shebab, Thomas Fehlmann, Zu (as Black Engine), DJ Olive, Markus Stockhausen, Giovanni Lindo Ferretti (as producer and author), Robin Guthrie, Colin Edwin and Balazs Pandi among many others.

In addition to regular work scoring music for adverts and other multimedia projects, Eraldo has composed film music for Academy Award winner Gabriele Salvatores and produced numerous art installations with Petulia Mattioli, as well as other artists including Russell Mills and Harold Budd.

Uniquely, Eraldo is also known for being invited to play and organize several special events for H.H. The Dalai Lama in Italy.

In 2008 Eraldo founded RareNoise Records, a new London based label, which aims to showcase a wide range of cutting edge music. The label has since become an important conduit championing several forward thinking and original artists, as well as releasing a number of Eraldo's own recordings, including ambient guitar duo Parched (with Davide Tiso from Ephel Duath fame), Somma (with Nils Petter Molvaer, Bill Laswell, Raiz and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari), Owls (again with Fornasari and Tony Wakeford), Metallic Taste Of Blood (with Colin Edwin from Porcupine Tree, Balazs Pandi and Jamie Saft) and Obake, a doomtronic quartet with Colin Edwin/Porcupine Tree on bass , Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari and Balazs Pandi.

In 2014 "Mutations" , the second Obake album, came out harvesting incredible reviews and appearances in major festivals. As well Osso, his new band with Morkobot.

Eraldo produced as well the 30 years anniversary outputs from Sigillum S, promoted the new Metallic Taste of Blood with Colin Edwin and Ted Parsons on drums, created Blackwood " As the world rots away" album for SubSound Records, finalized the power noise duo Mangiati Vivi first output, recorded the first album of a new duo with Prakash Sontakke, one of the most amazing slide guitar players from India and just finished a full length cd with renowned Japanese ambient artist Chihei Hatakeyama."

-Eraldo Bernocchi Website (

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"Vocalist and Multi Instrumentalist performing various Genres of music. He is also the only artiste in India performing Classical and Fusion on the Hawaiian Slide Guitar and various other instruments .His concerts are marked with a unique sense of creativity and exploration. Dr. Prakash Sontakke is one of the leading COMPOSERS in the field of Hindustani Classical and Fusion music and happens to be the only one playing the Hawaiian Guitar,Weissenborns, Slide Guitar, Electric Lap Steel Guitars and the Dobro in the Hindustani style.

A Co-Composer, Vocalist and Guitarist on the Grammy Winning Album "WINDS OF SAMSAARA" and the only one to have won the Independent World Music Awards, USA and the Nashville Award for composers where his composition was chosen over the maestro Illayaraja. An A grade artiste from Akashvani and Doordarshan with over 2000 Concerts experience Prakash has toured extensively with his troupes namely "The Prakash Sontakke Group" (Classical and Neo Classical Fusion), International Trio "Lehera" (World Fusion ), "Moonarra" (Jazz and Classical fusion ), "New Life" on the lines of Sufi World Fusion with Ace Drummer and Percussionist Sivamani . The band "FOOD" (progressive Electronic Jazz crossover) where he performs with British Saxophone Maestro Iain Ballamy and the phenomenal Norwegian Drummer Thomas Stronen.FIGURA ENSEMBLE from Denmark where he performs with a Mezzo-soprano, three musicians, a composer, a poet and an architect, FIGURA Ensemble is a musical collective with a mind of its own.Also working with Jeremy Labelle from Reunion Islands on the CINE CONCERT " DUVIDHA " . Presently collaborating with musician ERALDO BERNOCCHI on a new album involving Guitars presented in a unique and ambient crossover style.Miguel Copons Blog Prepared Guitar interviewed him as one of the 300 essential names in Guitarists of Modern times. His techniques and approach to Slide Guitar has been critically acclaimed .He is always doing workshops seminars and Lecture Demonstrations to share his works on the Slide Guitar."

-Prakash Sontakke Website (

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