CANZONIERE DEL LAZIO
Piero Brega (vocals)
Sara Modigliani (vocals, flute)
Carlo Siliotto (violin, guitar, mandolin)
Francesco Giannattasio (accordion, percussion)
Modigliani quits, enter:
Luigi Cinque (sax)
Gianni Nebbiosi (sax)
Pasquale Minieri (bass, guitar, mandolin)
Giorgio Vivaldi (percussion)
Nebbiosi quits, enter:
Piero Avallone (drums, percussion, vocals)
Clara Murtas (vocals, percussion)
Carlo Siliotto (violin, piano, percussion, vocals)
Pasquale Minieri (bass, guitar)
Maurizio Giammarco (sax, flute, piano, percussion)
Marcello Vento (drums, percussion, vocals)
Giorgio Vivaldi (percussion)
Formed near Rome in 1972, this group has been one of
the most important examples of progressive folk in Italy during the seventies.
Though their beginnings were strongly inspired by literal reworkings of central Italy traditional tunes, they soon added original elements that, never in a rock style, can let them considered as a "progressive" group in the wide sense of the word.
Initially a quartet, and only using acoustic
instruments, Canzoniere del Lazio released their first album in 1973 for the
Dischi del Sole label, (a small independent record company specialized in folk albums).
The album contained all traditional songs, and showed the good vocal interplay between singers Brega and Modigliani, but it didn't have a particular success.
Singer Sara Modigliani left after the album, still interested in discovering old folk tunes; she is still active as a solo artist and with her group La Piazza.
The other added new musicians, two of which, Pasquale
Minieri and Giorgio Vivaldi have been stable members since then, and released a
new album in 1974 for the newly born Intingo label, Lassa
sta' la me' creatura.
Still strongly influenced by traditional music, this represents a transition album with the introduction of electric instruments and the use of some rock and jazz elements.
The best period in CdL career came with the following
two albums, Spirito bono and Miradas.
The first of these, again on Intingo contained just four tracks (all of which also appeared in shortened form on singles), with long instrumental parts and traditional lyrics. It was produced by the American Peter Kaukonen (brother of Jefferson Airplane's guitarist Jorma) that probably gave a distinctive touch to the recordings even adding some electric guitar parts.
The group played at the VI Festa del Proletariato Giovanile in Milan (and were also included in the Parco Lambro live compilation LP) and were ready to embark on an african tour when three of their members, Piero Brega, Luigi Cinque and Francesco Giannattasio left.
The others reformed the group with new members, and
successfully played at the VII Political Music International Festival in East
Berlin in February 1977. A beautiful album, recorded in studio during that tour,
was only released in East
Their fourth album Miradas was released in 1977, this time on Cramps and with the production of former Area guitarist Paolo Tofani (also known as Electric Frankenstein). Considered by many as their more mature work, the LP includes five songs, some of which show african music influences. The new members Clara Murtas on voice, Maurizio Giammarco on sax and Marcello Vento on drums (from Alberomotore) fit perfectly into the band's music.
The same line-up appears in the fifth and last
album, Morra 1978, again on Intingo, with three
long tracks, again a good album though maybe on a lower level than the previous
The LP, that was to be entitled A risciacquà li piatti e la paura, was released one year after the previous one and contains tracks recorded in the same session as the ones on Miradas, but not included on that album, and was presumably issued to fulfill the contract with the old label.
After the band split Minieri and Vivaldi formed Carnascialia, whose only excellent album in 1979 was an early example of world music.
Carlo Siliotto has kept working as film music composer.
He made a nice solo album in 1979, Ondina, and at
least another on CAM (Grooves, no. CML211, in the early 80's).
Pasquale Minieri has long worked as producer and sound engineer for many important Italian artists.
Two of the founder members, Brega and Giannattasio, have played in Malvasia, a group which released an eponymous album on Cetra in 1979 (LPX 74) halfway between Italian and celtic folk.
After leaving Canzoniere del Lazio, Luigi Cinque took on his solo artistic career still lasting today, releasing a first album for Cramps in 1978 (Note di atemporalità) and many other records, books, videos.
|Quando nascesti tune||Dischi del Sole (DS 1030/32)||1973||single cover - lyric booklet|
|Lassa sta' la me creatura||Intingo (ITGL 14003)||1974||single cover with lyric inner|
|Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8213)||1978||reissue with single cover|
|Spirito bono||Intingo (ITGL 14006)||1976||gatefold cover|
|Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8272)||1978||reissue with single cover|
|Miradas||Cramps (CRSLP 5351)||1977||gatefold cover with lyric inner|
|Canzoniere del Lazio - Italien||Amiga (8-45142) - East Germany||1977||only issued in the German Democratic Republic - recorded in studio in Berlin|
|Morra 1978||Intingo (ITLM 14503)||1978||single cover|
|Miradas||Mercury/Cramps (522 568-2)||1994||reissue of 1977 album - now deleted|
|Quando nascesti tune||Dischi del Sole/Ala
(BR 1285 53751-2)
|2000||reissue of 1973 album|
|Lassa sta' la me creatura||Fonè (192 SACD)||2018||reissue of 1974 album on SACD|
|Spirito bono||Intingo/Mondadori (11)||2019||reissue of 1976 album - mini-LP gatefold cover with booklet - no.11 in the Mondadori "Prog Italia" series|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS
(with Tarantella dei baraccati)
|Laboratorio (LB/LP 201)||1976||live recordings from the 1976 Parco Lambro festival - also features Agorà, Ricky Gianco, Area, Sensation's Fix, Toni Esposito, Paolo Castaldi, Eugenio Finardi.|
|Stampa Alternativa (RP 02)||2005||CD reissue of the above with different mini LP cover - only sold with the book Area/Musica e rivoluzione by Gianpaolo Chiaricò|
|La musica dissennata
degli anni '70
|Cramps (5208 004)||1980||released in the "Successo" series by Polygram - also includes tracks by Arti & Mestieri, Bella Band, Venegoni & Co.|
SINGLES (with picture covers)
|Ballo in re - Festa
|Intingo (ITG 406)||1976||both tracks from Spirito bono|
|Spirito bono coccodè
Morte di Pulcinella
|Intingo (ITG 407)||1976||both tracks from Spirito bono|
|Tarantella dei baraccati
|Intingo (ITG 410)||1976||side A originally on Quando nascesti tune, side B taken from Spirito bono|
PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank cover)
|Nu gatto come nu lione||Cramps (CRSJB 1301)||1977||jukebox single - backed with Eugenio Finardi/Affetto|
All the Canzoniere del Lazio Italian albums are not particularly hard to find nor expensive.
The German album listed in the discography was recorded "live
in studio" in Berlin, during the 1977 "Festivals des politischen Liedes" with the
appearence of Mauro
Pagani, and issued in the same year by the East German state record
company. It contains five tracks (Su ballu, Nu gatto come nu
lione, Morte di Pulcinella, Tarantella dei baraccati, Tarantellone) present in different versions on their other albums.
The LP is rather hard to find due to the limited distribution it had abroad.
Also in Germany a track from that album was also included in a 2-LP compilation released in 1989, Das Beste Aus 20 Jahren "Festival Des Politischen Liedes" (Amiga 845 374/375).
No counterfeits or other foreign issues have been released.
Quando nascesti tune - front cover
Lassa sta' la me' creatura - front cover
Spirito bono - front cover
Miradas - front cover
Morra 1978 - front cover
Canzoniere del Lazio-Italien - LP East Germany
|Tarantella dei baraccati - 7" single|
Bassist/guitarist Pasquale Minieri has his own website at www.minieri.com
Founder member Carlo Siliotto has a website at www.carlosiliotto.com/ even including a detailed discography of Canzoniere del Lazio
Luigi Cinque has his own website, www.luigicinque.it, and a MySpace page at www.myspace.com/luigicinque
Thanks to Aldo Winkler for pictures and information on the German LP and to Luigi Cinque for info on his solo activity