“Wait just one instant (a single instant and you'll understand). Wait, and discover the ineffable”. These are the final words of the intro to Perigeo, the first album by progressive rock band Il Giardino Onirico. Words that give pause, and announce entrance into a musical and sensory universe reminiscent of the best tradition of Italian prog, in particular PFM's Stati di immaginazione, until the state of suspension is broken immediately afterwards by Massimo Moscatelli's drums, whose tight, pounding rhythms usher in a sound which fuses metal with a more lyrical, psychedelic atmosphere. It's rock that, obviously, progresses towards a more cultured and refined music, and Moscatelli manages to provide the cadence without hesitation, accompanied by the voice of Marco Marini and the orchestral instrumentation of his companions Stefano Avigliana on guitar, Emanuele Telli on keyboards, Ettore Mazzarini and Dariush Hakim's effects.
For Moscatelli this is not simply a passion: it's a vocation, which began when he joined the town band in his hometown of Nepi, and became chief drummer for the Contrada San Biagio quarter. From there, he began studying with Daniele Iacono, drummer for Jovanotti among many others, and undertook a long journey through live music with various bands which allowed him to play everything from pop and rock to jazz.
Today, Moscatelli's progression moves forward hand in hand with that of Il Giardino Onirico, where he experiments with sonic approaches which leave the listener in a state of continuous emotional expectation. The impression is that of multi-sensory music, like their second album, Complesso K MMXIII, produced by Lizard. Music that calls into play not only your ears but also your sense of smell, touch and sight, forcing you to smile, cry, get angry and dance. In a single word: dream, the way any truly visionary music does.
The story of Massimo Moscatelli has been written by Giorgio Nisini, writer.