LatteMiele 2.0: Dedicated to the Devil’s Violinist

LatteMiele 2.0. - Paganini Experience

Latte e Miele (the name means milk and honey) was originally a trio from Genoa, Italy. In 2019, Massimo Gori restarted an updated version of the band called LatteMiele 2.0. In September the album Paganini Experience was released. The track Angel,

The return of LatteMiele 2.0 with the legendary members Massimo Gori (bass player and singer) and Luciano Poltini (keyboard player) who played in the band from 1974 until 1980 when the group disbanded after the great album Aquile E Scoiattol. Paganini Experience is dedicated to the Devil’s violin Niccolò Paganini… the true first rock star ever.

Paganini is a true legend. A dark character, wrapped in mystery, charismatic, with a gloomy aspect. Acclaimed by the crowds, and very desired by women. Character of the most beloved and at the same time reviled. To complete the band there are Elena Aiello who, despite her young age, has world-class symphonic experiences and Marco Biggi on drums, a very experienced musician who is well known and appreciated not only in the world of prog-rock. The track L’ora Delle Tenebre,

Paganini Experience is a portrait of the life of Paganini, from his birth in Genoa on 27 October 1782 in a modest family until his death in 1840. Paganini left behind a wealth of music that today is classic pieces. The man was truly productive. 24 fantastic caprices for violin, 12 sonatas for violin and guitar, 15 quartets for guitar, violin, viola and cello, 3 for strings, 6 concerts and over 20 sonatas for violin and orchestra.

He was very appreciated by artists like Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Berlioz. Paganini was a genius, but he was also a major consumer of alcohol, drugs and women. Most importantly, he was a genius, and that’s what LatteMiel 2.0 is paying tribute to with the album Paganini Experience. The track Danza Di Luce,

Latte e Miele was founded in Genova, Italy in 1971, reformed in 1976, disbanded in 1980 regrouped in 2008. The first line-up was three extreme talented musicians. Marcello Giancarlo Dellacasa / acoustic, Classic & electric guitars, violin, bass, lead vocals, Oliviero Lacagnina / piano, Hammond organ, Mellotron, Crumar harpsichord, celesta, Moog, ARP Solina, vocals, Alfio Vitanza / drums, bongos, congas, timpani, bells, whip, flute, vocals. This young three-piece was one of the Italian bands with the strongest classical influences.

Dellacasa had collaborated with I Giganti in their Terra In Bocca and with the only 16 years old drummer Alfio Vitanza. A keyboards trio in the same style as ELP or Le Orme in Italy, their first album was Passio Secundum Mattheum, with Bach-inspired music and lyrics on the Gospel. An ambitious work, good technique but a bit boring at times. The second album Papillion was pretty similar but with a much better production and not at least mutch better song writing.

The second album Papillon came the following year in a similar style, but the production was much better. The album contains two side-long tracks with the Beethoven’s derived Patetica on most of side two being a nice example of their style. An english version of it was also recorded but only saw the light in 1992 on CD.


Om Ulf Backstrøm (7110 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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