“L’afrobeat è la moderna musica classica africana”.
Questa frase di Fela Kuti è l’incipit che ha dato vita alla CLASSICA ORCHESTRA AFROBEAT, l’ensemble italiano composto da 13 musicisti di musica classica, barocca, popolare e jazz. Diretta da Marco Zanotti, l’orchestra crea una terra di confine che combina i suoni e le peculiarità espressive degli strumenti della tradizione classica europea come archi, legni e clavicembali con percussioni, canti e poliritmi africani. L’album di debutto SHRINE ON YOU è un omaggio a Fela Kuti, registrato con suo figlio ed erede SEUN KUTI. Ho seguito come fotografo il gruppo nel suo tour di debutto.

Afrobeat is modern African classical music.This phrase by Fela Kuti is the incipit that gave life to the CLASSICA ORCHESTRA AFROBEAT, an italian ensemble consisting of 13 musicians from mixed classical, baroque, popular and jazz background. Conducted by Marco Zanotti, it creates a border land that combines the sounds and expressive peculiarities of the instruments of the European classical tradition as strings, woodwinds and harpsichord with percussion, chants and African polyrhythms. The debut album SHRINE ON YOU (Brutture Moderne 2011) is a tribute to Fela Kuti, recorded with his son and heir SEUN KUTI. I followed as a photographer the group on his debut tour.

Alessandro Bonetti – VIOLIN
Anna Palumbo – PERCUSSION, ACCORDION, BALAFON
Cristiano Buffolino – PERCUSSION
Cristina Adamo – FLUTE, PICCOLO
Elide Melchioni – BASSOON, OCARINA
Fabio Gaddoni – CELLO
Francesco Giampaoli – BASS, DOUBLE BASS
Manuela Trombini – VIOLA
Marco Zanotti – DRUMS and conduction
Silvia Turtura – OBOE, ENGLISH HORN
Tim Trevor-Briscoe – CLARINETS
Valeria Montanari – HARPSICHORD
Valeria Nasci – SHEKERE

Classica Orchestra AfroBeat

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"Afro Beat is modern African classical music".

Fela Kuti’s phrase is the incipit that gave life to the very special Classical Afro Beat Orchestra. It is an italian ensemble consisting of 13 musicians from mixed classical, baroque, popular and jazz background. The orchestra creates a border land that combines the sounds and expressive peculiarities of the instruments of the European classical tradition as strings, woodwinds and harpsichord with percussion, chants and African polyrhythms. The debut album SHRINE ON YOU is a tribute to Fela Kuti, recorded with his son and heir SEUN KUTI. I followed as a photographer the group on his debut tour, also making the photo contained in the CD.

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