Ataraxia (band)

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Ataraxia
Ataraxia at Rossena.jpg
Ataraxia performing live in 2006
Background information
Origin Italy, Modena
Genres neo-folk
darkwave
Years active 1985 - present
Labels Prikosvenie
Cold Meat Industries
Equilibrium Music
Ark Records
Infinite Fog
Shadowplay
Sleaszy Rider
Associated acts Gor

Ataraxia is an Italian neoclassical band who combine modern technology with archaic instrumentation over various media, founded by Francesca Nicoli and Michele Urbano in November, 1985. In the first five years there were many musicians in the band, until finally Francesca Nicoli, Vittorio Vandelli, and Giovanni Pagliari became the basic line-up until today.

They have dedicated their lives to art, to explore the nobleness of centuries in many possible ways (music, poetry, theatre, and photography).

They define themselves as 'craftsmen of the sound' because they create an unusual mix of sacred and profane, atmospheric and experimental, contemporary and early music, using acoustic and electric instruments as well, always with such language which fits best to the actual work.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Francesca Nicoli - vocal, flute, recorder (since 1985)
  • Vittorio Vandelli - guitars, percussion, vocal (since 1986)
  • Giovanni Pagliari - keys, vocal (since 1990)
  • Riccardo Spaggiari - percussion, vocal (since 2003)

Past[edit]

  • Michele Urbano - bass (1985 - 1992)
  • Donato - guitar

Contributors[edit]

  • Lorenzo Busi - actor and dancer (1991 - 2003)
  • Livio Bedeschi - photographer and graphic designer
  • Nicolas Ramain - speech and guitar in the song Strange lights
  • Francesco Banchini - clarinet, flute, percussion, vocal (1999 - 2003)

Releases[edit]

Full-lengths[edit]

  • Prophetia (1990)
  • Nosce te ipsum (1991)
  • Arazzi (1993)
  • Sub ignissima luna (1993)
  • Simphonia sine nomine (1994)
  • Ad perpetuam rei memoriam (1994)
  • Il fantasma dell'opera (1995)
  • La malédiction d'ondine (1995)
  • The Moon sang on the April chair (1995)
  • Il fantasma dell'opera (1996)
  • Concerto N.6: A baroque plaisanterie (1996)
  • Historiae (1998)
  • Lost Atlantis (1999)
  • Suenos (2001)
  • Mon seul désir (2002)
  • Saphir (2004)
  • Paris spleen (2006)
  • Kremastra nera (2007)
  • Llyr (2010)
  • Spasms (2013)
  • Wind at Mount Elo (2014)
  • Ena (2015)

Lives[edit]

  • Os cavaleiros do templo (VHS + CD) (1998)
  • Strange lights (2009)

Others[edit]

  • Orlando (maxi CD) (1998)
  • Des paroles blanches (digisingle) (2003)
  • Arcana eco (book + CD) (2005)

Videos[edit]

  • Nosce te ipsum (1991)
  • Would the winged light climb? (1995)
  • Concerto No. 6. - A baroque plaisanterie (1997)
  • Os cavaleiros do tempolo (1998, 2009)
  • Spirito ancestrale (2002)

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