Artist

AURORA LUNARE

1977-1981
Mauro Pini (vocals, keyboards, flute, percussion)
Corrado Pezzini (keyboards)
Simone Catellacci (guitar)
Luciano Tonetti (bass, acoustic guitar)
Marco Santinelli (drums)

1982-1987
Mauro Pini (vocals, keyboards, flute, percussion)
Antonio Salina (keyboards, vocals)
Luciano Tonetti (bass, acoustic guitar)
Riccardo Billeri (drums)
Giacomo Salina (percussion, vocals)

One of many Italian bands that never had the chance of releasing an album in their lifespan, Aurora Lunare from Livorno were formed in 1977 and had a good live activity in their first period, even supporting some big names like Alan Sorrenti, PFM and Ivan Graziani, though their concerts were only held in Tuscany. 

A radical change in the band line-up around early 1982 turned their progressive sound towards a more melodic style. Various musicians played in the line-up, among them shortly Alessandro Corvaglia, now singer with La Maschera di Cera.

In 2002 two CD's containing old recordings by the band were sold through a website: 
Evasione di un'idea contains eight tracks recorded in 1981, half live and half studio, and though the recording quality is not perfect, this can be an interesting chance to hear a good group (sadly unknown outside their home town, at the time).
The second one, Sorgenti di energia, is a 12-track compilation of track recorded between 1982 and 1991, but the drum machine and more synthetic sounds make it far from their prog roots.

Around 2003 the group reunited with some of the original members (Pini, Tonetti and later Santinelli), with keyboardist Stefano Onorati, who already played with them in the 80's and newcomers Valentina Cantini (violin), Greta Merli (vocals) and Daniele Pistocchi (guitar).
With these musicians Aurora Lunare appeared with new recordings on some tribute CD's published in 2010-12, and a new album, has been finally
released in 2013 on the Lizard label.
The record has been released with help from Alessandro Corvaglia, and the final result is very good. The album also includes a cover of Ritorno al nulla By Le Orme with a guest appearance by Tolo Marton.

 

 

CD

Evasione di un'idea Vitaminic () 2002 1981 live and studio recordings by original line-up
Sorgenti di energia Vitaminic () 2002 1982-1991 recordings by second line-up
Aurora Lunare Open Mind/Lizard (LDV 006) 2013 digipack cover



VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS

Recital for a season's end - A tribute to Marillion
(with The party)
Mellow (MMP 507) 2010 3 CD - also includes Marco Masoni, Yleclipse, Conqueror, Goad, Garden Wall and others
Cani arrabbiati - Opening themes...A tribute
(with Connexion e Gamma)
Musea (FGBG 4527) - Francia 2010 2 CD - A tribute to the soundtracks to Italian movies of the 60's and 70's - also includes The Samurai of Prog, Anima Morte, The Conspirators of the Occult, Ozone Player, Kate, Mist Season and others
A flower full of stars - A tribute to The Flower Kings
(with Trading my soul)
Musea (FGBG 4887) - Francia 2011 4 CD - also includes Argos, Tinyfish, Marco Lo Muscio, Pandora, Phaedra, Vanilla Project and others
Tales from the edge - A tribute to the music of Yes
(with Don't kill the whale)
Mellow (MMP 519) 2012 2 CD - also includes Tempus Fugit, The Samurai of Prog, Greenwall, Alessandro Corvaglia, Periplo and others

 

Both the Aurora Lunare 2002 CD-R's were only available for order through the Vitaminic website, now closed.

Evasione di un'idea - CD-R
Aurora Lunare - CD

 

Aurora Lunare have their own website at http://www.auroralunare.it 

 

Thanks to Mauro Pini for information on the group