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      release date: July 10, 2020 300 golden audiophile quality CD ••• GRAB YOUR COPY NOW ••• buy CD with Sophia Domanchich François Ovide David Cunningham Peter Kimberley Paul Rogers Dedicated to François Ovide and Michel Pintenet. I’m very glad to see this gig available. I’d been invited to play the club several times by the the sadly deceased and greatly missed Michel Pintenet (Thank you Michel). I found this recording in the disorder of my archives. The songs are what they are. What gave me a thrill was the performance of these dear friends. I remember that another great friend, Elton Dean, was in the audience that night, and said “Such talent on stage my life. Such talent”. He was right. Listening to the recording - with all its faults technically and otherwise - I find that it goes beyond the virtuosity of Sophia, Françoisand Paul, the vocal intuition of Peterand David’s uncanny knack of finding the right note. They were there to redefine my music with their generosity and skill. And I thank them for what we did and I’m proud that it’s on record. In the previous week one of my favourite authors, Anthony Burgess, died. After rehearsals we found ourselves across the street from the club in the offices of “L’Autre Journal”- a fine magazine run by the wonderful Michel Butel - just as they were going to print. David Cunningham, a Burgess connoisseur, whipped out an eulogy to Burgess translated directly into French by Marie-Rose Lefèvre on sale the very next day. At the gig, Saïda Naït-Bouda, later, belly- danced deliciously to “Karen”. I wrote a song called “Earthly Powers”. Coincidence is everything. John Greaves, April 2020 ​ This record captures a magic night, a wonderful concert that we decided to release as a special limited edition, the third in our Ephemerals series. I am very proud to have it released in this tough year as it represents to me the beauty of live events, I am sure we will start over again. Max Marchini, June 2020 recorded live in Paris @ Passage du Nord Ouest on November 22nd, 1993 original recording by Maz Pinaud produced by Max Marchini edited and mastered at Elfo Studios in Tavernago (Italy) by Alberto Callegari cover artwork by Lino Budano ••• GRAB YOUR COPY NOW ••• buy CD


      limited 1st press in 300 hand-numbered audiophile colored LP (+ CD + inserts) 500 golden audiophile quality CD ••• GRAB YOUR COPY NOW ••• CD| LP ••• digital download ••• bandcamp with Camillo Mozzoni Daniel Lanois Franz Soprani Fred Frith Greg Lake John Greaves Lino Capra Vaccina Max Marchini Michael Tanner Olivier Mellano Paolo Tofani Paul Roland original design by William Xerra Produced by Max Marchini This is Annie Barbazza’s first solo album. She was a young drummer in love with progressive rock when Greg Lake discovered her talent as a singer and wanted her on stage with him for the concert which would later become the posthumous “Live in Piacenza”. Again Lake produced “Moonchild”, the duo with pianist Max Repetti for Manticore Records where she sang many songs formerly sang by Lake with ELP and King Crimson. If these were the beginnings of Annie’s career, now she is a rising star of the international Avant / Prog scene. Her friendship with John Greaves (Henry Cow, National Health ...) leads her to collaborate permanently live with the Welsh musician and to collaborate on his latest albums (“Piacenza” for Dark Companion and “Life Size” for Manticore). Another one of her stable collaborations is the one with legendary writer-singer-songwriter Paul Roland with whom Annie regularly performs live as a bassist and singer and in the studio also as a drummer. Of extraordinary success both with critics and audiences is the recent collaboration with the North Sea Radio Orchestra as main vocalist in “Folly Bololey” (Dark Companion), the tribute to Robert Wyatt which triumphed at Rock In Opposition festival and at Cafe Oto in London, the cradle of new music. In studio she collaborates, among others, with Giorgio Fico Piazza and with Warm Morning Brothers, while live she performs together with artists such as EugenioFinardi, Osanna, RobynHitchcock and many more, in addition to the ones afore-mentioned. This album has a long history: Lake originally wanted Annie to play all the instruments, but the record slowly turned into an all-star friends collaboration for most of them asked Annie to be part of it, from Fred Frith to JohnGreaves, from Lino Capra Vaccina to Daniel Lanois and Paul Roland. All tracks are original with the exception of two tracks written for her by John Greaves and Paul Roland and a cover of the splendid Blegvad / Greaves classic, How Beautiful You Are. This is an intimate, courageous, innovative album in which the many influences and musical styles of Annie melt together. Producer Max Marchini wanted to keep as immediate as they were conceived and played, avoiding over-engineering. The result is a collection of songs that span over the years working on which the many sides of the sparking, incredible voice of Annie Barbazza are the main character The album cover is visual artist William Xerra’s design. Recorded and produced at legendary Elfo Studios in Tavernago (Italy), in audiophile quality. Produced by Max Marchini. ••• GRAB YOUR COPY NOW ••• CD| LP ••• digital download ••• bandcamp

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      NEXT SHOWs LINO CAPRA VACCINA opening KUBRI Where Piazzetta dell'asilo, Via Borgo Est Travo (PC) When Aug 12, 2020 9.30 pm more infos ANNIE'S PLAYLIST ANNIE BARBAZZA with Marco Colombo Where Piazzetta Paolo Araldi, Rivergaro (PC) When Aug 15, 2020 9.30 pm more infos Past events February 22, 2020 & friends JOHN GREAVES - 70th BIRTHDAY PARTY @ La Gare, Paris (FR) December 03, 2019 + John Greaves & Annie Barbazza NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA plays ROCK BOTTOM @ Radio France - FIP (FR) November 29, 2019 + opening Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble Lino Capra Vaccina / UNTITLED NOISE @ Musiche Nuove A Piacenza Festival ◄ 1 / 18 ► Please reload

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      The Artists Annie Barbazza RELEASES UPE001: Annie's Playlist 1 UPE003: Annie's Playlist 2 DC013: Vive ​ appears also in | | UP004 | DC003 UP002 UPE002 JEANETTE SOLLÈN RELEASES DC007: Ripe When Yields To Gentle Pressure JULIE TIPPETTS RELEASES DC006: A Mid Autumn Night's Dream MARKUS STOCKHAUSEN & ALIREZA MORTAZAVI RELEASES DC009: Hamdelaneh - Intimate Dialogues ​ OLIVIER MELLANO & RÉGÏS Boulard NO & RD to be released: One RON GEESIN RELEASES DC010: ExpoZoom BOXHEAD ENSEMBLE to be released: Armenia John Greaves RELEASES DC003: Piacenza DCE003: Passage Du Nord Ouest DCTMS001: Songs [reissue] ​ appears also in DC013 Keith TIPPETT RELEASES DC001: Mujician Solo IV - live in Piacenza DC006: A Mid Autumn Night's Dream MICHAEL TANNER RELEASES DCE001: Michael Tanner & Alison Cotton appear also in DC005 | DC013 PAolo Tofani RELEASES DC002: Real Essence DC006: A Mid Autumn Night's Dream ​ appears also in UP002 | DC013 UNTITLED NOISE RELEASES DC011: Perpetual Possibility (w/Lino Capra Vaccina) Flyte Reaction RELEASES UP001: Magnetophon Distances appears also in UP003 | UP004 JUGALBANDI TRIO RELEASES UP005: Confluence LIno Capra Vaccina RELEASES DC004: Arcaico Armonico DC005: Metafisiche Del Suono DC006: A Mid Autumn Night's Dream DC011: Perpetual Possibility ( w/Untitled Noise) DCE002: Rifrazioni Mistiche - SOLD OUT ​ appears also in DC013 NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA RELEASES DC012: FOLLY BOLOLEY Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom PAUL ROLAND RELEASES UP002: White Zombie UP003: Grimmer Than Grimm UP004: 1313 Mocking Bird Lane UPE002: Mambo Jo [single] BOOK: Selected lyrics & more - SOLD OUT ​ appears also in DC013 Vincenzo Ramaglia RELEASES DC008: Atomic City

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