Concert - September 3rd 2016 h 9.30 pm - Free Admission
The Viridanse group was formed in 1983 by Flavio Gemma with Paolo Boveri, both from the Blaue Reiter, a group active in the early 80s, and known for having published a piece in Rockerilla’s compilation "Gathered" in 1982.
Roberto Modellato joined the group as a percussionist and later Enrico Ferraris joined the group as guitarist.
In 1983 they produced a demo tape titled "Gallipoli 1915", with four pieces strongly influenced and rooted in post-punk but with a big psychedelic print. The group thus starts to play where the new trends of the new wave were making inroads, collecting the first consents.
The group began to work and to write other pieces with the intention to publish a real recording work, while Antonello DeBellis replaces Roberto Modellato on drums. Thus, happens the encouter with the Contempo Records of Florence, historical label of Italian new wave, producer of the first works of Iris, Litfiba, Soul Hunter, Pankow etc. In September 1984, the new record "Benvenuto Cellini" was born under the Contempo Records and soon gets great feedback from audiences and music critics, later becoming one of the symbolic discs of Italian dark-wave of the early eighties.
After touring in concerts in various parts of Italy to promote the work, between 1984 and 1985, the group starts to write music for a broader album. The turning point is represented by soundtracks such as Mediterranea and Dolce Vita that mark a major departure from the dark atmosphere and tense of Benvenuto Cellini, in favor of a sound typical of the Italian new wave, with several solar sounds. Towards the end of 1985 the LP "Mediterranean" for Contempo Records was released, and leaps straight to number one in the poll of readers of Rockerilla and Mucchio Selvaggio, and Viridanse group becomes the most voted group in 1985. Between 1985 and 1986 the group turns to promote the new disc by collecting great acclaim.
To mention are the participation to some events in 1986 such as, the big concert "Rock contro la Mafia" in Palermo on September 3, the television appearances on RAI 3, Discoring Sanremo Rock, and RAI Stereodrome. Towards the end of 1986 Enrico Ferraris left the group and was replaced by Maurizio Barberis. After writing a series of new songs, in 1987 the group leave Contempo Records and after recording the specimens of twelve tracks for a new album the group abruptly interrupts its journey. The songs, recorded at Psycho Studio of Milan, have been published later in 2012.
In 2012 a double CD titled "Gallipoli 1915 e le alter storie", was published by Silentes/Oltrelanebbiailmare, which collects two official works of the band plus a substantial number of new and live songs. Among the new songs, the band released four tracks belonging to the work recorded at Studio Psycho in 1987. In May of 2014, exactly thirty years after the first album "Benvenuto Cellini", VIRIDANSE group reborn and takes shape. Flavio Gemma and Enrico Ferraris, the only original members of the band, re-launch the new Viridanse with a new formation, a new repertoire, new music, new live and a new album planned for 2015.
In March 2015, Viridanse start the recording of the new album, the first in thirty years. "Mediterranea" at the studio 4/4 Sonic Factory in Alessandria. The new work is then mixed in August at the Music-Ink Studios in Paruzzaro (NO). The new songs composed between 2014 and March 2015, marked a significant change moving away from the typical sounds of the wave of the eighties, in favor of a more hard and psychedelic sound, but with the constant Italian sung. The album - simply titled Viridanse – is released November 16, 2015 by Fonoarte – Danze Moderne.