The quintet Architorti led by cellist Marco Robino has made genres crossing its own trademark. In their repertoire each style finds a place to thrive thanks to wise transcriptions, shaped to highlight the ensemble ductility. That’s the breeding ground of the most varied compositions, from Architorti Standard to Ciak! Si suona! (musical blend of movie soundtracks such as The Godfather, Jurassic Park, Titanic), from Concerto per Bambini to Corde in Levare (inspired by the music of Italian reggae band Africa Unite), as well as Architorti Playpunk performed on stage for the first time at the Settembre Musica Festival in 2005 and that has now become a recording.
The work is indeed a kind of catalog including the best titles of one genre, the punk precisely, that knew how to ignite the consciences and the bodies of a generation in the late 1970s and represented for rock a tough and energizing return to the origins.
As Alberto Campo wrote, revising the phenomenon in an apparently academic tone «is perhaps the only way of dealing with punk today, avoiding the rhetoric of a posthumous commemoration reviving it with what would seem the be its contradiction . The sparkle that flashes when opposite polarities meet».
In the hands of Architorti the bare musical structures of a bunch of unforgettable pieces that have made history in the punk music scene, seem in fact to be living under a new light, by showing all their hidden beauty. Made paradoxically still more exposed and essential in the Architorti’’s interpretation, tracks like as Tv Eye (Iggy Pop & The Stooges), Blank Generation (Richard Hell), Hong Kong Garden (Siouxsie & The Banshees), Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks), enter a new harmonic and melodic dimension. Especially designed for a string quintet these tracks appear anthem of indisputable force such as Sheena is a punk rocker (Ramones), God save the Queen (Sex Pistols), Stay Free (Clash), Marquee Moon (Television) and the everlasting All Tomorrow’s Parties by Velvet Underground .
To complete the program, the Architorti choose a Minuet taken from Water Music of Georg Friedrich Handel and a melody by Fiorè that under the care of Marco Robino is transformed into a curious Scendete dive di virtu 3, excerpt of the soundtrack of the installation of Peter Greenaway at the Royal Palace of Venaria (Italy): a clear demonstration that punk stems back its roots between the 17th and the 18th century.
ARCHITORTI from Felmay Shop