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Armenia

Armenia
Location:
Genoa, Italy
Genre:
Electronica, Experimental, Instrumental
Influences:
Pure Armenia. Influenced by Georges Ivanovič Gurdjieff
Press:
Andrea Baroni: Active for many years before under the brand Distesa and then as soloist, ...Armenia experiences between rhythms and folktronica from a perspective that connects mind and body. Saving energy reverberates episodes of Boards of Canada.
Schedule:
KSEIJ DANCE FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DELLA DANZA Palalassio via San Giovanni Battista 31 17021 Alassio SV March 4, 2017 9:00pm
Website:
http://www.armeniamusic.it

Bio

As above so below. I realized: I'm an infiltrate in the world of machines and electronic music. Basic a subversive. I go towards man and everything is adjusted for this purpose in various ways and paths. I install a human virus and I go to the result. Then the machines, both software and hardware, begin to bend, to heat up and become alive. Sometimes it's surprising. Alchemical operation in my sight. The Wise commands. In the background the Child and the Doomsayer.
Music for Armenia is a tool for describing and understanding through time. It's movement and stillness. Sound but silence. Electronics and computers are intended to be wonderful tools facilitators of creativity.
It's since the early 80s that he makes experiments with the timbre of synthesizers and samplers. He has written and performed songs initially as a duo, with his sister Luisa Armenia in Genoa: the first electronic band was called "Elettra" and the first collection of songs "Tempo spazio", dating back to 1984; thereafter, assumed the name "Distesa", the two have produced the albums "Senza paura", "Obbedienti a noi stessi", "Non andrò via da qui". Fondacaro Gloria was also part of the band for the visual side (photos and slides) and as live performer (stage action). In live performances "Distesa" have expanded the band for a certain period in 1990 including Massimo Baldi (electric guitar), Alessandro Benatti (drums), Guido Bruzzone (bass), Salvatore Fratìa (electric guitar).
After the natural decreasing of the driving force of Distesa, Armenia is increasingly dedicated to electronic solo productions, starting from the initial album "Alterazione estetica" to continue with "Ecolalia", "Mantra".
"A new beginning" is the work which he has published and presented to the public and to the Internet in 2011, distributed by "Believe Digital": a systemic work, which should be read more as a whole, an overall view. It's the first birth of a new series: dark, energetic, dense, disturbing as Orwell's 1984 novel resembling the modern society instrumentals, permeated by a layered and sometimes claustrophobic sound that becomes softer (but only in part) in the last tracks on the album and that tends deliberately not to indulge in harmonic and melodic solutions which it simultaneously outlines.
2013, thanks to the providential encounter with the association "Duplex Ride", becomes the year of the return to live concerts and attention to the experimental and expressive use of images. The instrumentals of "A new beginning" are now presented in concert with new arrangements which try to engage and impress the viewer physically, emotionally and mentally, using the video's contribution which tells and emphasizes themes and meanings of each track.
In February 2015 Armenias first live electronic album "Reboot" has arrived, available in digital stores and on self-produced CD.
During the search of just the perfect gig, after having digitally stored on many occasions the electronic performance, the first live set in 2015 reveals itself as one to immortalize, thanks to a magical combination of characteristics: the feeling and right warmth, intimacy, public involvement and the excellent audio master which keeps energy.
A new album ("We are still machines") is currently a work in progress.
Armenia combines a very instinctive and intuitive approach with the meticulous care of an enveloping and emotional soundscape. Musical structures are usually simple and strong. Serial repetition and search for difference at the same time are two dominant stylistic figures. In this context rhythm has a leading and binder role. Attention to the perception of the world and to interpretation of the Essence transpires from explicit and implicit messages that are conveyed by each composition.
Armenia could be described today as an apprentice Orpheist.

REBOOT (CD-MP3)

Finally in 2015 my first live electronic album REBOOT comes, available in digital stores and on self-produced CD!
REBOOT, live recorded album at Centro Civico G. Buranello in Genoa, January 10, 2015, comes out.
During the search of just the perfect gig, after having digitally stored on many occasions the electronic performance, the first live set in 2015 reveals itself as one to immortalize, thanks to a magical combination of characteristics: the feeling and right warmth, intimacy, public involvement and the excellent audio master which keeps energy!
REBOOT, trustworthy picture of the whole concert, in addition to seven updated instrumental pieces from the previous studio album A NEW BEGINNING, includes three unreleased tracks, which were created during concerts in past two years: UNDER SKY, YOU ARE THE TASK (in double version) and LEAD ME TO LINES.
To complete the album for the visual part nine corresponding live videos will follow: the first two are already available on YouTube and Vimeo (UNDER SKY/YOU ARE THE TASK and TO THE STARS).
A big thank you to Barbara and Claudia for care and constant support and to the whole association Duplex Ride for the strength of its intent: in particular one thank goes to Marco Cacciamani, Riccardo Canessa, Gerardo Fornaro, Angela Mambelli, Gianriccardo Scheri and Valerio Solari. Without their attention and their engagement in the artistic Genoese association that took care of the organization of the concert within the festival REPARTO OVEST, this release would not exist today.
Album's graphics was created by Armenia and Marco Cacciamani for video capture.

This is the full track list of REBOOT:

1 Under Sky
2 You Are The Task
3 To The Stars
4 Slave
5 Lead Me To Lines
6 Saving Energy
7 Quantum Dot
8 My Secret Heart
9 A New Beginning
10 You Are The Task (Reboot)
11 Alma

Good listening!
Armenia

A NEW BEGINNING (CD-MP3)

Armenia consolidated here his experience as electronic musician, focusing on the search for naturalness that comes from the attention in the arrangements but also from the spontaneity of improvisation in studio, in a context where sound's synthesis and pulsation become charged with an obscure emotionality.
"A new beginning" is a systemic work, an overall view, where Bush is overlying Gandhi, science crosses over into metaphysics and reassuring control reveals itself as modern man's obsession. From the explicit and implicit messages that are conveyed by the musician transpires attention to the perception of the world and to interpretation of the Essence.
Musically, serial repetition and search for difference at the same time are two important stylistic figures. The rhythm, which often denotes tribal references, intensely carries out a grounding's strong function.

The track list is:

1 Saving Energy
2 Slave (Flash)
3 Facing the Abyss
4 Empty World
5 The Core
6 Quantum Dot
7 Slave
8 Here I Am
9 To the Stars (Intro)
10 To the Stars
11 New Worldline
12 My Secret Heart
13 Alma
14 A New Beginning