[News] Vincenzo Ricca’s The Rome Pro(G)ject published a suite taken from new album on YouTube

Multinational Symphonic Prog project Vincenzo Ricca’s The Rome Pro(G)ject published a suite “Have Caesar/Morituri Te salutant!/Gladiatores/Have (reprise)” feat. Steve Hackett, John Hackett and Tony Levin taken from the new album “V – Compendium Of A Lifetime” out on March 15, 2022. Stream the video through the YouTube player below:

HAVE CAESAR!” / “MORITURI TE SALUTANT” / “GLADIATORES” / “HAVE CAESAR! REPRISE” are four autonomous pieces that actually form an unspecified “suite.” “Trait d’union” is Tony Levin‘s powerful bass, sometimes soloist, and the melodies proposed by Steve Hackett‘s electric guitar and John Hackett‘s flute. Overall, the most original piece of the work with the first and fourth parts that propel the listener into a new dimension of Prog with unusual and basically Experimental instruments and rhythms.

Taken from Vincenzo Ricca’s The Rome Pro(G)ject V – Compendium of a Lifetime.
The Rome Pro(G)ject, discographically speaking, turns 10. Not bad for a project that should only have been limited to an album, released in 2012, and which, instead, not only represented the fuse for the third relaunch of Progressive Rock, literally starting the collaborations between young musicians and the great masters of the genre. , but it has turned into a great record success in spite of numerous factors, usually decisive in the world of music: there is no real band; there are no live events accompanying the publications; the production and distribution of the albums is completely independent and self-managed. The Rome Pro(G)ject has been defined by Vincenzo Ricca as “an observatory on prog” and its potential. The “fil rouge” that binds this project is represented by the events of ancient Rome told through – now – five albums, all linked by a narrative thread, mostly instrumental, which constitutes the longest concept album in the history of music, such as such worthy of an inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records. And so, after “A Musical Walk Through the History and the Places, the Greatness and the Beauty of the Eternal City” of 2012, II – “Of Fate And Glory” of 2016, III – “Exegi Monvmentvm Aere Perennivs” of 2017 and IV – “Beaten Paths Different Ways” of 2020, the fifth incarnation of this long story is entitled “TRP V – Compendium of a lifetime“. The inspiration of this album is threefold: on the one hand the reflections on the harsh military discipline, on the other the dramatic events of the eruption of Vesuvius and finally the intuitions of Julius Caesar as well as the Roman emperors opposed to the bloody events of the gladiators. Together with Vincenzo Ricca, Steve Hackett and David Jackson – present on all four previous albums of the project – the fantastic contributions of John Hackett, Nick Magnus and Bernardo Lanzetti return. The great and prestigious surprise of this album is the participation of Tony Levin who characterizes four of the eight tracks that make up the work.

And then some “delightful talents,” including a new entry, the voice of Tony Patterson, and longtime collaborators such as Franck Carducci (bass and guitar 12), Daniele Pomo (drums), Paolo Ricca (electric guitar) and Roberto Vitelli (bass), each of them with their own valuable and effective contributions. “Compendium of a Lifetime” consists of eight new unreleased songs. In each of the songs which, albeit linked by a theme, live their sound independence with conviction, reminiscences and quotes emerge, as in the other works, for progressive lovers. But this is a decidedly different record from its predecessors. The length of the album is around 42 minutes (which gives hope for a quality vinyl version) to which a revised and shortened version of “Exegi Monvmentvm,” from the third album, is added as a bonus track. All the pieces were composed, arranged, performed and produced by Vincenzo Ricca. The lyrics of the two sung pieces were also written by Vincenzo Ricca. The disc is mixed by Piero Vena, assisted by Vincenzo Ricca. Also this time the cover is a painting by the artist Maria Grazia Spadafora while the graphics are, as always, by Gabriele Morelli of Weblogo.it. All the photos, except those representing the musicians involved in the project, are by Vincenzo Ricca, most of which were taken in Pompeii during the exhibition of the sculptor Igor Mitoraj in 2016. Tony Levin, who is also an excellent photographer, sent a his self-portrait for the well-kept 16-page booklet.

Tracklist:

  1. V
  2. Compendium of a Lifetime
  3. Vesuvius
  4. The Last Night in the World
  5. Have Caesar!
  6. Morituri te Salutant
  7. Gladiators
  8. Have Caesar! (reprise)
  9. Exegi Monvmentum 2021 (bonus track)

Lineup:

Vincenzo Ricca / Keyboards
Steve Hackett (Ex-Genesis) / Electric & Classical Guitars
Nick Magnus / Piano
David Jackson (VDGG, Peter Hammill) / Saxophone, Flute
John Hackett / Flute
Bernardo Lanzetti (Premiata Forneria Marconi, Acqua Fragile, Mangala Vallis) / Vocals
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment) / Bass, Chapman Stick
Daniele Pomo (RanestRane) / Drums
Franck Carducci / 12-String Guitar, Bass
Paolo Ricca / Electric Guitar
Roberto Vitelli (Taproban, Ellesmere) / Bass
Tony Patterson (ReGenesis) / Vocals

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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