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Marco Parente

, *1969 IT
Singer of Rock and Pop

For lack of a more fitting definition, critics usually describe Marco Parente as a singer/songwriter. Which is true, but also very narrowing for an artist who's constantly tried to move beyond the boundaries of genres and styles, expanding his music with the most different sounds (from jazz to Balcanic brass band arrangements) while exploring other art forms such as literature, visuals, and theater. To put it simple, one of the more original and eclectic Italian musicians of his generation. Born in Naples in 1969 but musically grown up in Florence, Parente had his first music experiences as a drummer, first with the band Otto'p'notri then as a session man for C.S.I and Andrea Chimenti, with whom he released respectively the albums Linea Gotica and L'Albero Pazzo, both in 1996. In 1997 Parente released his first album, Eppur Non Basta: the work of an artist whose influences span from the most experimental Italian singer/songwriters to American musicians such as Tim and Jeff Buckley and Shawn Phillips. 1999's Testa, Dì Cuore moved a step forward in the direction of more experimental sounds, but always within classical verse-chorus-verse structures -- in this sense, the easiest influence to spot was Radiohead's, as made clear by a song such as "Karma Parente." In 2000 Parente took part of the traveling show Pullman My Daisy with the likes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Giorno, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and he wrote the score for Tempesta di Sogni, a ballet by the Blue Danza company inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest. 2002 saw the release of Trasparente: produced by Afterhours' Manuel Agnelli, it was Parente's most ambitious work to date, and according to many his most accomplished. In the same year he received together with Agnelli and Cristina Donà the Grinzane Cavour prize for the poetical values of his lyrics; the recording of the concert the three artists made in that occasion was released in 2004 enclosed to the Italian music magazine Il Mucchio Extra. A 2003 performance with Millennium Bugs' Orchestra was released in 2004 under the title L'Attuale Jungla. Then with a brand new backing band including members of Italian experimental act Mariposa, Parente released between 2005 and 2006 two records with the same title, Neve Ridens, but different -- and somehow complementary -- in both track lists and atmospheres. The concerts made in Florence for the release of the first of those two records formed the core of 2006's dvd Neve Ridens un Giorno, including also a recording of a music- and literature-based show called Il Rumore dei Libri.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Keyboards
  • Piano
  • Banjo
Genres
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
La Mia Rivoluzione on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Come Un Coltello on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Farfalla Pensante on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Scolpisciguerra on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Adam Ha Salvato Molly on Trasparente by Marco Parente
W Il Mondo (Radiourlo) on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Fuck (He)art & Let's Dance on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Derivanti on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Anima Gemella on Trasparente by Marco Parente
Vita on Life by Marco Parente

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Suite LoveMarco Parente2013Album
La Riproduzione Dei FioriMarco Parente2011Album
(Neve) RidensMarco Parente2006Album
Premio Grinzane Cavour 2002Manuel Agnelli, Cristina Donà, Marco Parente2006Album
Il Posto Delle FragoleMarco Parente2005Single
Neve (Ridens)Marco Parente2005Album
L'Attuale JunglaMarco Parente2004Album
Inseguimento GenialeMarco Parente2004Single
Pillole BuoneMarco Parente2003Single
Davvero TrasparenteMarco Parente2002Single
Davvero TrasparenteMarco Parente2002Single
TrasparenteMarco Parente2002Album
LamiarivoluzioneMarco Parente2002Single
Testa, Di' CuoreMarco Parente1999Album
Un Amore Lungo Un GiornoAfterhours - Cristina Donà - Egle Sommacal - Il Grande Omi - La Crus - Marco Parente - Ritmo Tribale - Santa Sangre - Scisma - Steve Piccolo - Six Minute War Madness1998Single
Eppur Non BastaMarco Parente1997Album
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