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SQUARTET

SQUARTET
SQUARTET
Photo by Antonio Barrella
SQUARTET
SQUARTET

Some people are capable - as, lost in their thoughts, they half-listen to the radio – of finding the inspiration to start a band.

That's what happened to Squartet. One day Fabiano Marcucci (bassist) was struck by a song on the radio. "Listen to this!" he said to Marco Gasbarro (drummer), who played with  him in Demodé. It was a track by Neo, with Manlio Maresca on guitar. With the addition of Francesco Fazzi as sound engineer, Marco and Fabiano, along with Manlio, started Squartet. After a month, they'd already put together a repertoire of original "weird" rock material, somewhere between Captain Beefheart, the New York No Wave scene and a Spaghetti Western aesthetic. The group's name has an equally eclectic origin: a passion for dry, arid sounds, a tribute to “Squarti”, the pharmacist's which was opposite their first practice room, and, obviously, an allusion to the idea of a “squarcio”, or gash, both real (the scar of one of the group's members) and generational: youthful laceration. They studied by themselves and at the conservatory, but mainly learned from the musicians they met on tour, from whom they “steal everything”.

Developing professionally means seeing first-hand how a good musician works. Although Manlio originates from Terracina and Fabiano and Marco are profoundly Roman, coming from the Casilina and the Roman Castles, for the first five years of their career they played mainly abroad, and were closely involved with the London organisation Match&Fuse, managing to build up good contacts with European music festivals. Now, however, they are pretty much settled in Rome. They have also taken part in other projects, like Fingerprints (The Snakefinger Tribute Orchestra) and Ardecore. Their first album, Squartet (2005) was nominated for the Fuori dal Mucchio  prize (sponsored by the MEI). As regards the Italian contemporary music scene, they have some reservations: “It's as though there are fewer mavericks and more of a need to belong to a well-defined community, where your music is always appreciated”.

The story has been written by Christian e Veronica Raimo, writers.

 

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