“Imagine the dynamics of life as depicted through sounds; or the contrasts you see in everyday life, expressed in light and colours. This is what many artists have tried to do in the past, and still try to do today, in their own language. This is what we try to do now, and will try to do tomorrow.”
Giovanni Parmeggiani, Accordo dei Contrari.
Accordo dei Contrari was formed in 2001 in Bologna, Italy, conceived as a vehicle for making original instrumental music. For three years they worked as a trio with Cristian Franchi on drums, Giovanni Parmeggiani on keyboards and Alessandro Pedrini on guitar. In 2003 Daniele Piccinini joined the band on bass, but soon Alessandro Pedrini departed. They became a quintet in January 2004 with Cristian Franchi on drums, Giovanni Parmeggiani on keyboards, Daniele Piccinini on bass, Marco Marzo on guitar and Vladimiro Cantaluppi on violin. In 2006 Vladimiro Cantaluppi left the band – just one month before recording. Thus Accordo dei Contrari recorded their very first work as a quartet (Cristian Franchi on drums, Giovanni Parmeggiani on keyboards, Daniele Piccinini on bass, Marco Marzo on guitar), and the album Kinesis was the result. With two days of live-recording in studio in June 2006, with short overdubs of violin and sax in October-November 2006, Kinesis (AltrOck 2007) was critically acclaimed and won the Progaward for the best Italian album of progressive rock in 2007.
Since 2007, they have focused their attention on improvisation, polyrhythms, and on playing together and interacting musically on stage: they wanted to grow up as a living rock group. They started playing some gigs during the period 2008-2009 in Europe (AltrOck Festival in Milan, Italy; Progrésiste in Verviers, Belgium; Cheese Prog Festival in Strasbourg, France; Gong Festival in Parma, Italy; Freakshow Artrock Festival in Würzburg, Germany) and worked on new compositions, both acoustic and electric. They were engaged in 2010 for the prestigious NEARfest 2011 in Bethlehem, USA, before it was unfortunately cancelled. In the meanwhile, the started collaboration with Richard Sinclair (ex Caravan, Hatfield and the North, Camel) for live-acts.
They recorded their second album, Kublai, in July 2010 at Mauro Pagani’s Officine Meccaniche, in Milan, and published it as a self-production in April 2011. One of the recorded songs, L’ombra di un sogno, features Richard Sinclair on vocals.
In September 2012 they played at the prestigious ProgDay (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA), their very first venture overseas. In the year 2013 they worked on new stuff, and after a two-day and a one-day period of recording (on January 17-18 and February 15, 2014) at Loris Ceroni’s Le Dune, in Riolo Terme, they published their third, (again) totally instrumental album, AdC (AltrOck 2014). Here the formula of the electric quartet is occasionally enriched by violin, viola and cello.
In August 2014 they played at the prestigious Crescendo Festival (Saint Palais sur Mer, France). As a trio without bass, they also played at Berchidda Festival, organized by the famous trumpet player Paolo Fresu. In the meanwhile, bass player Daniele Piccinini left the band (August/September 2014).
Accordo dei Contrari started working on their fourth album, Violato Intatto, as a trio without electric bass. Then Stefano Radaelli, on alto & baritone sax, joined the band in January 2016. Violato Intatto, which has been recorded from 16 to 23 July, 2016, is a double album, released on CD in May 2017 and on LP in September 2018. It is testimony to the inspiration, efficiency and variety of forms of the new quartet (Cristian Franchi on drums, Giovanni Parmeggiani on keyboards, Stefano Radaelli on alto & baritone sax, Marco Marzo on guitar). “Violato Intatto” has been featured among the best progressive rock albums released in 2017 by many magazines, web radios and online forums.
In October 2018, Accordo dei Contrari has been invited to the USA again, playing concerts at ProgStock Festival (Rahway, New Jersey), Rhizome (Washington DC) and Orion Studios (Baltimore). In 2019, Accordo dei Contrari played at Madrid Art Music Festival (MAMFest) and was invited again at ProgDay (Chapel Hill, NC).
The fifth album by Accordo dei Contrari will be recorded at Le Dune Recording Studio between January 30th and February 2nd, 2020.
Accordo dei Contrari’s influences range from rock progressive music and rock-jazz of the 70s, to contemporary jazz and classic music of 20th century (Strawinsky, Messiaen).
piano, Fender Rhodes, electronic organ, analog synth
Marco Marzo Maracas
alto & baritone sax