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FERDINANDO FARAO' & ARTCHIPEL ORCHESTRA Artchipel Orchestra is an ongoing project of drummer, composer and conductor Ferdinando Faraò. Artchipel is an experiment which has given excellent results, appreciated from both audiences and critics (e.g.: the critics poll of “Musica Jazz” magazine - 81 critics - awarded Artchipel the title of best Italian jazz band of 2012 and 2017). From a repertoire of original songs, the band moved to own arrangements of compositions by Mike Westbrook, Alan Gowen, Fred Frith and Dave Stewart and recorded all of those arrangements on its first cd, released in Autumn 2012: “Never Odd or Even”, featuring Phil Miller and including liner notes by Jonathan Coe. The latter wrote: «It gives me enormous pleasure to hear these Gowen compositions again, in performances filled with life and energy. And how wonderful, too, to hear new interpretations of Dave Stewart’s majestic Tenemos Roads and Fred Frith’s Moeris Dancing (…). Not to mention Mike Westbrook’s catchy Original Peter (…). And, to crown it all, a great original by Faraò, Big Orange, a moving tribute to Pip Pyle, who died in 2006 and was a key presence and inspiration for so many of these bands». The second Artchipel cd, released in September 2014, is totally dedicated to big band arrangements of Soft Machine compositions written by Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt. Richard Williams wrote in his review of the album: «Faraò and his fellow arranger, Beppe Barbera, aren’t making carbon copies of the originals here

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