the years, several records have been released, inappropriately using
the name of Reale Accademia di Musica. Finally,
the authentic Reale Accademia di Musica have published their new
album, ANGELI MUTANTI. September 2014, marks a key moment that led
the relaunch of this historic name from Italy’s Progressive
Rock scene. The journalist Guido Bellachioma invited
Pericle Sponzilli, who was one of the founding
members and the guitarist for Reale Accademia di Musica - as well
as being the songwriter on its historic 1972 album - to perform
at his music festival, the Progressivamente Free Festival. Pericle
played with his old friends the Fholks and old names such as I’Uovo
di Colombo, the Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno and the Saint
After the Progressivamente Free Festival had finished, Pericle began
to inch closer to this scene, a scene he had not be part of for
some time. He began writing new music, ideal for a band, and a progressive
one at that - not so much for of its canons, which are already part
of the genre, but because, above all, it was progressive in thought!
The Reale Accademia di Musica began
life in 1971 when Pericle played various songs that he had just
written to Federico Troiani. Federico was excited
and immediately set to work with the Fholks. At that time, the Fholks
were a cover band, but this music spurred them on to become one
of Italy’s most historic progressive bands. Federico Troiani
is no longer with us, but Pericle Sponzill’s riffs and melodies
similarly excited and engaged Fabio Leberatori.
Fabio and Pericle were old companions in the adventure that was
the rock opera The Poliedro
di Leonardo and creativity real does fly high when these two
musicians work together. When playing their instruments, they are
true style-gurus, soaring without constraints, free to go where
their hearts take them.
The expressive voice of Erika Savastani from Deserto
Rosso, who sang the cover version of Ognuno Sa on the album
PROGRESSO, and the refined rhythms of Andy Bartolucci and
Fabio Fraschini come together and permit a harmonic
squaring of the circle.
The group works like an atelier,
a school, an academy. There is a merging of styles and individual
skills and experiences. Friendship and mutual esteem are strengthened.
This is an academy in the true sense of the term. An entirely ‘real’
Real Academy of Music”! In the 45 years that have passed since
the publication of that historic Album in 1972, February 2018 sees
a new chapter begin for the mythical Reale Accademia di Musica with
the release of their new album on CD and vinyl!
PERICLE SPONZILLI: guitar and vocals
FABIO LIBERATORI: piano and keyboards
ERIKA SAVASTANI: vocals
ANDY BARTOLUCCI: drums
FABIO FRASCHINI: bass