William Blake celebrated in song
Victor Vertunni Family & Friends recorded live at Elfo Recording Studio, Italy on 24th November 2011. Watch the full concert (uncut: approx. 1 hour 20 mins).
"The CD of Blake songs...were beautifully played and sung."
- Philip Pulman,author & President of the Blake Society
"An album that defies expectations"- Wildy Haskell
"William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience", the CD is out now on itunes itunes.apple.com/it/artist/victor-vertunni/id467865850, Spotify etc and on bandcamp. This CD Release Event featuring Victor Vertunni Family and Friends was Broadcast in live streaming from Elfo Recording Studio, Italy on 24th November 2011.
WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827) WAS THE MULTIMEDIA ARTIST OF HIS TIME. He ingeniously combined poetry, painting and relief-etching to make spectacular 'illuminated' books which he published himself. Music, song-writing and singing were an equally vital, but overlooked dimension of his creative process, as his most popular work Songs of Innocence and of Experience suggests, even if no trace of his own tunes remain... . We took up the challenge and released an independent album which you may hear at music.victorvertunni.com/
Some of the songs have been included in two of Theatre of Eternal Values ( tevtheatre.com ) theatrical productions based on William Blake’s life and work, William Blake’s Divine Humanity (New Player’s Theatre and Blake 250 festival, London, 2007) and Eternity in a Hour (tours in Finland, Turkey, USA and across Europe since 2008) in which Victor plays the role of the Bard.
Encouraged, by the fact that Blake had a preference for popular folk music over hymnal chants or chamber music, I have been composing simple melodies and refining them in creative bursts since the early 80s and made an acoustic recording of some of them in 2004.People loved them and when my sons Leo (guitars, arrangements & producer) and Maxim (Bass, cover art)) grew up they contributed as musicians to their final musical form. We recorded them in Italy together with Deborah Eckman (vocals), Ruslan Pashynskyi (saxophone, flutes, clarinet), Didier Lamothe (accordion), Josef Brazda (violin) and a versatile Amedeo Luvié on cajon. Monia, my partner in life and art, contributes choreographically to the performances as a dancer.
The Video was filmed at Elfo Recording Studio by Alberto Calegari (owner) with Danilele Mandelli at the mixing desk, assisted by Diego .
Lyrics by William Blake
Music by Victor Vertunni
Musical Production and Arrangements by Leo Vertunni
with additional material by Deborah Eckman, Ruslan Pashynskyi
Sound engineering, mixing and mastering by Daniel Mandelli, helped by Alex Lizzori
Recorded at Elfo Recording Studio, Tavernago PC Italy elfostudio.com
Graphic Design by Massimo Luvié studioluvie.com
Cover artwork by Maxim Vertunni
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