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Adriano Clemente

Born in Lecce in 1958, he grew up in Naples, and although he did not have a formal musical training as a child, he started to play guitar and piano at an early age, and composed his first songs in the early seventies.

​In 1974 he began to set to music the William Blake’s poems, as a result of which he made his first concert in Naples in 1978.

​In 1979 he formed a group in Rome for performing his Blake songs. He sang and played guitar and lute with Andrea Damiani, lute; Alessio Colarizi, recorder, crumhorn; and Miranda Simmons, voice. The band performed at the Folk Studio, Fonclea and other clubs in Rome.

​In 1982 he spent many months in India and Nepal, where he studied sarod in the Hindustani tradition with blind sarod master Mohan Sundar, and khyal vocal style with Chetnath Sharma.

​In 1986 he collaborated with Costantino Albini in the soundtrack of the TV movie “Cinque Piccoli Indiani” by Paolo Brunatto, playing sarod, hammered dulcimer, and percussions.

In 1991 he went to Varanasi, India to study the dhrupad vocal style with Ritwick Sanyal.

​In 1996 Amiata Records published his audio tape “Akashmani: Across the Sky”, minimalistic music in the tradition of Terry Riley and Steve Reich performed on Yamaha and Roland keyboards.

​In the late nineties he formed the Vajra Trio with Costantino Albini (sitar, percussion) and Bernhard Siegel (flute, megaharp). In this trio, which performed in Arcidosso, he played sarod and santur.

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