Born: August 19, 1967 Primary Instrument: Piano
Fabio Mancini, born in Milan on 19th august 1967, has completed his studies under M° Costante Ferrari, Enzo Corti and Rosanna Re, obtaining his organ and organ composition degree in 1989 at Milan's G.Verdi Music Conservatory and his piano degree at the Bergamo's G.Donizetti Musical high school. He also attended composition courses with D.Lorenzini and harpsichord classes with L.Alvini. He undertook master classes in organ interpretation with several renowned artists such as: H.Vogel, M.Radulescu, W.Krumbach (for Bach and German baroque music), A.Isoir, M.Chapuis (for French music), C.Stella and M.Torrent Serra (for Spanish music).
At the age of 18 he began his career as a classical musician, winning music competitions and performing concerts. From the age of 20, after listening to Keith Emerson and Genesis, he developed a strong interest in progressive rock and electronic keyboards, in particular moog and hammond.
In 1987 and 1988 he has won the 11th and 12th editions of the Noale’s Organ International Competition.
Fabio alternates classical music with progressive rock music, playing piano and organ as soloist and with classical orchestras, and performing gigs playing keyboards in the progressive band The Watch and in the ELP tribute band.
He works with many orchestras among which Milan’s “Pomeriggi Musicali”, “Accademia Concertante d’Archi”, “Mediolanensis” Orchestra, Nuova Cameristica Orchestra and Lecco’s “A.Vivaldi” Orchestra. With these orchestras he often performed Organ Concertos by F.Poulenc, G.F. Haendel, J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, J.G Albrechtsberger, J. Stamitz and F.X. Brixi.
Engaged for the benefit of historical organs, he actively collaborates with the Artistic Organ Defence jointly with Milan’s Architectural and Ambient Foundation. Since 1989 he is also titular organist and choir conductor at St. Leonardo Murialdo’s Parish Church in Milan.
In 2003 Fabio released his first CD as classical musician, 'Organ Music Vol. 1', with baroque organ music by J.S. Bach, D. Buxtehude, J.G. Walther and N. Bruhns. He was the first musician that produced a CD with the upcoming Hauptwerk technology.
In 2005 he produced a Piano CD called The Solitaire Voyager with original compositions, with a piano style somewhere between Classical, Contemporary and New Age. In 2007 he produced his second piano solo CD called Secret World. Both the CDs received excellent reviews.
He has also taught Music Editing at the State University of Milan from 2004, Piano at the European Music Insitute of Milan and he is collaborating with the Music Web Site Vivaldistudio.com as a Music consultant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prog lives, April 20, 2008
By John Carroll "JohnnyJazz" (Riverton, CT) -
For those who loved the music of Keith Emerson and have lamented his utter flight from the composing arena, Fabio's two CDs come as welcome relief. That is not to say that Mr. Mancini is a mere Emo clone. While his chops are very much up to snuff, he does not stoop to tossing off licks for cheesy flash effects. His compositions are tightly constructed and range from rocking to sweet romanticism.
Keep it coming, Fabio!
Hiromi, (and I love you darlin') you've got competition.
JohnnyJazz, Riverton, CT
FABIO MANCINI Secret World piano solo
“Secret World” is Italian pianist/composer Fabio Mancini’s second solo piano CD of original music. Also an accomplished organist, he has released a CD of baroque works for that instrument as well. Full of energy and passion, this is a CD of “big” music that varies from very classical to jazz and progressive rock with a little new age thrown in. As a performer, Mancini plays classical music as a soloist and with orchestras both on piano and organ, and he also performs with a progressive rock band (The Watch) as well as an Emerson, Lake, and Palmer tribute band. These eclectic influences give Mancini a unique voice and approach. With advanced degrees in both piano and organ, Mancini also teaches at the University of Milan. Many of the CDs I review are intended for relaxation, but this one is definitely more for energizing and stimulation. A few of the tracks are more serene, but most are quite powerful - obviously the work of an extraordinary musician and a pianist who lives and breathes music. The first of the eleven tracks is “Looking for Something,” a piece that swirls in a vortex of sound, passionately seeking something or someone, or perhaps resolution - a very powerful and emotional work. “Tramonto di Sabbia” is dark and turbulent, but also very emotional and complex. “Down the Street” is fast and lively, played in an “agitato” style - edgy and excited. “Wrong Way” seems to pick up where “Down the Street” ended, with a rhythmic deep bass pattern that then goes off in a different direction - lost, agitated, and anxious. It’s a fascinating, harmonically and rhythmically complex piece, if not a comfortable one. Just a Thought” takes us to a different musical dimension, one that is calmer and more peaceful. A series of flowing broken chords and a simple melody give this piece a sense of tranquility. My favorite track is “Out of a Dream,” a mysterious piece with several themes and a sense of emotional urgency - very effective! As the title implies, “Rock Toccata” is all over the piano. Big and brash, this is about as far from new age piano as you can get. I also really like “Fantasia Danzante.” Fast and passionate with a haunting melody and compelling rhythm, this piece stays with you after the final notes trail off. The title track closes the set in a pensive mood. Exploratory and subdued, it seems to come from deep within - a lovely ending to a most interesting and exhilarating piano album! More information about Fabio Mancini is available at his website, www.fabiomancini.org. “Secret World” is available from cdbaby.com. Check it out!
The Solitaire Voyager, piano solo
Tracks: 01 Inside You; 02 Land of Quiet; 03 Twentyseventh Street; 04 Close at Home; 05 Traffic; 06 Valzer; 07 Rainy Night; 08 Meditazione; 09 Points of View; 10 The Solitaire Voyager; 11 Be Yourself; 12 Someone in Heaven
Personnel: Fabio Mancini: piano
Secret World, piano solo
Tracks: 01 Looking for Something; 02 Tramonto di Sabbia; 03 Down the Street; 04 Wrong Way; 05 Just a Thought; 06 On the other Side; 07 Out of a Dream; 08 Spectral Night; 09 Rock Toccata; 10 Fantasia Danzante; 11 Secret World
Personnel: Fabio Mancini: piano
As A Side Musician
Tracks: 1. Sound of Sirens; 2. The Border; 3. Two Paces to the Rear; 4. When I was a Tree; 5. Another Life; 6. Berlin, 1936; 7. Soaring On
Personnel: Simone Rossetti: vocals, flute. Fabio Mancini: keyboards. Ettore Salati: guitars. Roberto Leoni: drums. Marco Schembri: bass.
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