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Carmen Consoli
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Carmen Consoli was born in Catania, Sicily in 1974. At the age of nine she began playing electric guitar and at fourteen she was alreading performing cover versions in a rock-blues band called Moon Dog’s Party. After gaining some experience on Rome’s blues circuit she returned to Catania. Here, under the guidance of Francesco Virlinzi – producer and owner of Cyclope Records – she recorded her first album, “Due Parole” (A Couple of Words), a fascinating collection of pop-rock songs with an electric/acoustic feel. The Cd contains “Amore Di Plastica” (Plastic Love), performed during the ’96 edition of the Sanremo Festival where Carmen captured the attention of music critics and the public with her unique sound and her ability to compose and perform. A lengthy Italian tour followed plus appearances at major music events (including the 1st May concert at Sonoria in Rome, the Recanati Awards and the Tenco Awards).

In 2008 Carmen wrote her first original soundtrack, the music to the film “L’Uomo Che Ama” (The Man Who Loves) directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, starring Monica Bellucci and Pier Francesco Favinio, premiered at the Rome Film Festival. This experience stretched her talents to encompass working on an orchestral score for the very first time, including instrumentals. Interestingly enough Carmen gave the main role in the soundtrack to the viola, which is a contralto instrument just like her voice.

10 years exactly to the day, Carmen’s rockiest album ‘Mediamente Isterica’ was re-released. She calls it the ‘album of her life’ and to mark the ‘anniversary’ it was re-released in a special deluxe version including rarities and outtakes from the original recordings and live performances at the time.

On 30th October 2009 after an absence of 3 years comes Carmen’s new studio album “Elettra” (Electra) which, as the title implies, is centred on women - all angles and aspects of the female universe. Elettra/Electra is a powerfully symbolic figure from Greek mythology (the one who avenged her father by conniving with her brother Orestes to kill their mother and their mother’s lover) with all the psychology that lies behind it. It’s an album about Love, ….. and its complexes, love for one’s father, passionate love, incestuous love, love for sale etc etc. But it is also a way of denouncing the political strife that rules Italy – getting more and more like a Greek tragedy every day, says Carmen! One of the tracks was co-written with Franco Battiato, but the first single is “Non Molto Lontano da Qui” and the video is set in a 1920s/1930s brothel, where a customer partakes of the pleasures on offer, but comes to a bitter end when his own lust gets the better of him – a not so veiled comment about the life style of our politicians nowadays. Musically and artistically speaking it has been hailed a jewel of an album, one of Carmen’s best, 10 new tracks spanning from traditional Mediterranean sounds to Anglo-American rock influences. She will be touring North America early next year – kicking off from Montreal on January 6th, Boston on January 7th, New York on January 8th. On release she held the # 1 position in the iTunes charts beating Michael Jackson – and held the # 2 position below Jackson in the physical sales charts for the first 2 weeks after release.

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