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Giovanni Tommaso - Vivere a Tokio: Citta' Del Paradiso (1972) [Reissue 2015]

Progressive Rock, Jazz | Author: artmuss | 14-05-2015, 10:20
Giovanni Tommaso - Vivere a Tokio: Citta' Del Paradiso (1972) [Reissue 2015]
Artist: Giovanni Tommaso
Title Of Album: Vivere a Tokio: Citta' Del Paradiso
Year Of Release: 2015 [1972]
Label (Catalog#): SONOR Music Editions [SME 12]
Country: Italy
Genre: Prog Jazz Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 29:51 min
Full Size: 149 mb

“When the producer of VIVERE A TOKIO: CITT? DEL PARADISO («Living in Tokyo: paradise city») asked me to write the music of the Soundtrack for the documentary, first of all he showed me the shot and then we talked about the music. He left me a large choice considering I already had much experience in composing Library music and he had confidence in my abilities. I saw the documentary several times in order to memorize music time breaks and meditate on style. It was a report on Tokyo and its citizens way of life. I remember 3 sequences in particular shocked me. The first was a take about one Sunday morning in summer in a public pool: it was bursting at the seams with people waist high in water unable to move. I wondered why they were standing that way, no swimming, not even refreshment, the opposite instead! The second one was a sequence filmed inside an eccentric hotel that could house an incredible number of people: it wasn’t about rooms but burial recesses! They were slightly bigger than coffins and came out of the wall to lie down in, then they returned into the wall for sleeping (I wouldn’t be able to do that). It was possible to stay there for a night or even only for few hours paying a basic fee like parking a car. Another sequence was truly insane and sleazy because it felt to me the symbol of anti-socialization, incommunicability and loneliness. It was about being seated in front of a monitor with a communicating camera above and another comparable station (a true anticipation of Skype): low-tension ‘sensors’ were placed on genitals (his/hers), by only looking through there eyes they managed to vibrate the sensors getting (as they explained) an orgasm. Crazy indeed! I thought I'd write ‘urban’ music along the lines of Jazz-Rock in style that I would later encode when I founded Perigeo. I tried however to add some typical elements of melodic/harmonic Japanese music, and I think it worked well. The producer was very satisfied and wanted to publish a record. Being a documentary only, the budget was moderate so I decided to release it within a quartet, this included my close friend Antonello Vannucchi on organ (In some tracks I played it too), with whom I already played with in Quartetto Di Lucca, Silvano Chimenti on guitar, Geg? Munari at drums and myself on electric bass. I had a lot of fun”.


01. Vivere A Tokio
02. Rituale N.1
03. Geisha '71
04. Yamanaka Lake
05. Sopraelevata N.1
06. Square Dance In Tokio
07. Rituale N.2
08. Underground Number Seven
09. Cherry Blossoms
10. Vivere A Tokio (Solo Flauto)
11. Green Kimono

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