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Le Maschere di Clara

Le Maschere di Clara

Everything arises from the desire to develop a sort of artistic “venting” coming out from classical studies and a visceral passion for rock, trying to tie two cultural currents so far and, at the same time, idealistic nearby.

Lorenzo Masotto (vocals, bass, piano), Laura Masotto (vocals and electric violin) and Bruce Turri (drums), all three with classical studies behind themselves, play in various chamber ensembles and for a variety of projects ranging from pop to rock, from jazz to electronic experimentation.

Two-thirds of Maschere (Lorenzo and Laura) are brothers and have played together since childhood, respectively, the piano and violin. Being three allows them to work harmonically on the concept of Bachian counterpoint, using bass as tonal harmonic carpet and the violin as regards the melody. Voice is intertwined between the two instruments, creating a sort of chamber trio, spiced with the rhythmic precision of the battery.

In 2009 Le Maschere di Clara release an EP “23″ for Jestrai Records and in 2010 the debut album“Anamorfosi” for the label Black Widow.

Anamorfosi reprinted in 2011 in a makeover with valuable unreleased songs, produced by Max Monti (Quintorigo), shock critics and audience who consider it one of the best productions of 2011 (the album is available as a free download on http://lemascherediclara.bandcamp.com).

In September 2012Le Maschere di Clara win the contest “Modena 29 Settembre: Via Mei di Faenza” with the best cover of the beat song “29 Settembre” written by Battisti and Mogol in 1966. They open the concert in Piazza Grande, Modena, and perform at TEK Faenza for MEI – Meeting of Independent Labels.

After months and months of touring around the peninsula and great hard work, finally they enter the studio to record the new album “L’Alveare”, released in April 2013, only vinyl and digital format.

L’Alveare marks the evolution of a rock full of distortion and melody, focusing on the human being as a whole, with its emotions and its history. Very strong messages and themes permeate the fabric: evil, war, racism, disillusionment and reflection on pain and constructive power of love.

The album is refined, complicated and pays homage to the authors of Italian literature in the titles of the nine tracks. First single video is “A SE STESSO” homage to the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.

L’Alveare Summer Tour 2013 brought Le Maschere di Clara to perform around Italy and abroad to Burg Herzberg Festival, historical festival active since 1968, which takes place in Germany, near Alsfeld.




Samuel Hällkvist

The brainchild of Swedish guitarist/composer Samuel Hällkvist, Variety of Loud is a truly international band with a solid musical reputation. Samuel has established himself as one of the most creative and fearless guitar-ists to ever come out of Sweden.

With a contemporary progressive outlook on guitar playing and a healthy sense of lack of respect, Samuel’s flexibility and openness has made him an in-demand musician and award winning bandleader. Among the musicians Samuel has performed with are Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Morgan Ågren, Jakko Jakszyk and Swedish chamber rock band Isildurs Bane.

Among the members of the band, we find legendary King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, certainly one of the foremost keepers of the true progressive drumming flame with his unique and imaginative approach to mix acoustic drums with electronics.

Not to be left behind, the other members of Variety of Loud are top musicians from the fields of contemporary jazz, avant-garde rock and performance art.

What you hear on the self-titled album is music without compromises but a given for anybody who has a record collection that comprises Béla Bartók, Steve Coleman, King Crimson, Mr Bungle and Ennio Morricone. This is contemporary music. Distinct and uncompromising yet emotional with an athletic beauty.

Samuel Hällkvist: “When I composed the mu-sic for the album, the guiding words for me were ‘asymmetrical dance music’. I wanted to lose control and trust what the other musicians could bring to the table. The result was some-thing I didn’t expect.”