"Arenaria" - Mario Crispi

Mario Crispi
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Mario Crispi & friends plays into the neolithic Gurfah Grottoes


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  • artist:Mario Crispi
  • featured artist:Mario Crispi, Enzo Rao, Massimo Laguardia, Maurizio Curcio, Giuseppe Lomeo, Salvatore Bonafede
  • region:Sicily
  • release year:2008
  • style(s):Mediterranean, Contemporary modal
  • country:Italy
  • formats:Audio File / Digital, CD (Compact Disc),
  • record posted by:Folkalab
  • label:Formedonda - SuonoRecords
  • publisher:SuonoRecords
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Arenaria (sandstone) is the last CD of Mario Crispi, archaic wind instruments player and founder of the band Agricantus (famous band of italian world music). The CD is a poetic work on Sicily (island where Mario Crispi was born and where he still lives) and Sicily is a source of inspiration, musical instrument, a metaphor for cultural crossroads.
The CD in fact has been recorded with a mobile studio in several places of Sicily. These places have very interesting acoustic characteristics (reverbs and echos): the Grottoes of Gurfah, or the "Prince's Tomb" at Sant'Angelo Muxaro (neolithic settlements dug into the rock of sandstone), or the building of fish market at Palermo.
The musical concept of Arenaria develops with a musical style that uses techniques and sounds from the oral deep sicilian traditions. In the various tracks emerging similarities and differences of the cultures of the island.
These musical signs are mixed with other music styles. Moreover, the main feature of Mario Crispi is to travel around the world, to meet many musicians, stories and atmospheres, and to make important musical experiences, developing concepts and musical compositions in close connection with the settlement, the interaction with musical languages of other peoples and other ethnic groups.

01. Cala (ore 4.12')
02. Andatura
03. Gurfah
04. Cannitu
05. Putiri
06. Tholos
07. Focu
08. Carrittera
09. Cuntu ri guerra
10. FolkaLab 07-02-08 (ouverture)
11. Iccari
12. Scuru
13. Gurfah (Danilo Rispoli Remix)


Mario Crispi
voice, duduk, flute with modified mouthpiece, maui xaphoon, seljefløyte, quartara, persian ney, arghoul, sikus, whirlies, roumenian caval, djdjeridoo, friscalettu long'a mmatula, marranzanu, santur, frames drums, human beat box, compositions, texts, arrangements, editing.

In this cd Mario Crispi meets other sicilian musicians, nomads of the world like him. They have supported the sound and the poetry of “Arenaria”:

Maurizio Curcio
stick bass & bass lines contributions (1-4-8-10)
Massimo Laguardia
frame drums (1-2-3-4-6-7-8-9-10)
Giuseppe Lomeo
acoustic, electric and bow guitars,
melodic contributions (3-6-7-8-13)
Enzo Rao
violin (1-3-4-5-7-13),
melodic contributions (1-3-7-13)
special guests
Salvatore Bonafede piano improvvisations (8-9-10),
Francesco Calabria live insert radio internet (2),
Sergio Laviola classical guitar (6-7)
Rajaz insert dub &programming (2)
Gli Archi Ensemble strings orchestra (4):
Domenico Marco, Salvatore Tuzzolino, Fabio Catalano, Domenico Pirrone, Vincenzo Cesare, Alberto Franchin, violins
Vincenzo Schembri, Giuseppe Brunetto, violas
Giorgio Gasbarro, Francesco Pusateri, cellos

Recorded in Sicily between 2007 summer and 2008 summer at:
Grotte della Gurfa (Alia)
Tomba del Principe (Sant'Angelo Muxaro)
Mercato Ittico (Palermo)
Palazzo Mineo – torre sud ovest (Palermo)
Alcara Li Fusi (Messina)
Calamonaci (Agrigento)
Cinisi (Palermo)
Monreale (Palermo)
I Candelai (Palermo)

recordings, editings and mixing
Mario Crispi

composition, texts and arrangements
Mario Crispi

produced by
Mario Crispi

coordination of production
Antonello Oliva

a production by
Suono Records - 2008


Salvo Fundarotto

Salvo Fundarotto,
Cinzia Garofalo (CG) Mario Crispi (MC)

desktop publishing
Cantoberon - Rome