Act Noir

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Act Noir
Origin Italy
Genres Alternative rock, electro, rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Eibon, My Kingdom Music
Members Sergio Calzoni
Stefano Nieri
Michele Gozzi
Claudio Pilati
Gaetano Notarnicola
Past members Nicholas Hill
Mark Benoit

Act Noir is an Italian alternative-electro-rock band, widely influenced by other music styles, such as: psychedelic rock, post-punk, ambient, industrial rock.


Sergio Calzoni formed Act Noir together with Stefano Nieri. Soon afterwards the newborn band found in Michele Gozzi and Claudio Pilati the right complement.

Relocated in Copenhagen, Sergio acquainted Nicholas Hill (singer of the space rock band The Univerzals) and after some time he joined Act Noir as main vocalist.
In June 2003 the band released the promo-CD "Cosmo Minimized". One of the tracks was included in the sampler "k:goth", compiled by the web-magazine Kronic. During the same year the Italian band MonumentuM commissioned to Act Noir the remix of the track "Distance". The remix was included in Metastasi,[1] album containing rarities and various unreleased material by MonumentuM.

In December 2005, Act Noir signed a record deal with My Kingdom Music, for the release of Act Noir's debut CD Automatisme Psychique.[2] On March the 3rd, 2006 the album was issued worldwide.
At the beginning of 2006, the new singer Mark Benoit joined Act Noir.
In the same year, Sergio started working with Colloquio's mastermind Gianni Pedretti for the production of the album Si Muove e Ride,[3] released in July 2007 by Eibon Records.

In April, the band played as open-act for the Italian tour of John Foxx, while in June, they were invited to play in London at club Slimelight with Clan Of Xymox and Violet Stigmata. In the same year, contemporary artist Francesco Arena commissioned to Act Noir a fifteen minutes soundtrack for a video-installation included in his project "Respiri/Breath".

A previously unreleased track is included in the download-compilation In the Dark Room vol. 1,[4] compiled by the web-magazine Darkroom.

At beginning of the year Act Noir parted ways with vocalist Mark Benoit. Soon afterwards the band started working with new singer Gaetano Notarnicola on the second album "Shape a New Start".

With the support of Eibon Records, on January the new record "Shape a New Start" was released worldwide.

Band members[edit]

Former members:



  • "Automatisme Psychique" (2006)
  • "Shape a New Start" (2010)


  • "Cosmo Minimized E.P." (2003)


  • "k:goth" (2003)
  • "Metastasi" (2003)

Other works

  • Signa Sørensen performance/installation "Nika Is Dead" (2002)
  • Production/sound-design of Colloquio album "Si Muove e Ride" (2007)
  • Francesco Arena's installation "Respiri/Breath" (2007)


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