Artista: Fabio Golfetti & Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet
Álbum: UFO Planante
Género: Rock psicodélico / Space rock
Álbum: UFO Planante
Género: Rock psicodélico / Space rock
Lista de Temas:
1. First Contact
2. Sal Paradise
5. Landing In Shambala
6. Moon In June (live)
1. First Contact
2. Sal Paradise
5. Landing In Shambala
6. Moon In June (live)
- Fabio Golfetti / guitar, vocals
- Gabriel Costa / bass
- Fred Barley / drums, vocals
Proyecto paralelo de la gran banda Violeta de Outono, con el gran Fabio Golfetti a la cabeza, todos amigos de la casa (de hecho, tengo este disco y algunos más de Violeta de Outono porque los mismos músicos me lo han enviado por correo para que los comparta con ustedes, que buena onda, no?). Esto me lo habían pedido hacía tiempo y ahora nuestro gran Mago Ucraniano Sandy nos lo resube para que todos los cabezones lo disfruten.
Fabio Golfetti, vocalista y guitarrista de la gran banda brasilera Violeta de Outono, además de su carrera con dicho grupo ha desarrollado una carrera internacional con un proyecto que recibe el nombre de Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet, basada en una idea que venía de músico australiano Daevid Allen (Gong y Soft Machine), que conecta a artistas de diferentes países. La primera aparición de este proyecto fue en París en 1968, junto con Daevid Allen y Smyth Gilli. En los años 90 resurgió en Australia con Russel Hibbs y Brian Zero en Inglaterra y nuestro querido Fabio Golfetti en Brasil (razón por la cual el proyecto en realidad se llama Fabio Golfetti & Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet). El proyecto es abarcativo en cuanto a estilos, con un rango va desde un sonido propio del free jazz hasta el rock espacial y psicodélico, la exploración de las tendencias de la música ambient y la electrónica.
La idea origianl de Daevid Allen fue, como él dice, 'an international ideological/spiritual/aesthetic communications network for artists of all kinds who share the common vision of warm hearted, pan-stylistic, inclusive art forms which serve the drive towards conscious evolution' (una red de comunicación internacional ideológica/espiritual/estética conectada con artistas de todas las clases que comparten la visión y sensibilidad común, formas de arte y estilísticas, incluso formas de arte globales que deriven y converjan hacia la evolución consciente'. Las grabaciones en torno a este proyecto y a este espíritu se fueron recogiendo con más de 50 miembros y ex-miembros alrededor del globo. La rama brasileña comenzó a partir del 1988 cuando Fabio Golfetti se puso en contacto con Allen con la intención de colaborar. Ellos registraron a primera grabación llamada "Numa Pessoa Só" en 1989 y dos años más tarde salió su trabajo "la Voz Eterna", de donde derivan elementos y experiencias varias, como giras internacionales y trabajos con diversoso músicos de todas partes del mundo, proyectos paralelos, viajes por Asia (donde Fabio Golfetti coleccionó varias ideas para el álbum "Glisando Espíritu" donde explora con mayor intensidad aspectos de conexión entre la música oriental y el space rock).
Fabio Golfetti es un personal guitarrista y compositor brasileño, líder de este proyecto llamado Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, que además integran Gabriel Costa en bajo y Fred Barley en batería y voces.Gustavo Bolasini
Este disco titulado “UFO Planante” se trata de una mixtura de rock progresivo, sicodelia, experimentación y sonidos espaciales, sumamente logrado, y que se desarrolla a lo largo de seis tracks, mas de setenta minutos de buena música.
Una primera suite experimental sicodélica e instrumental, compuesta por el grupo, abre el trabajo, “First Contact” de casi media hora de duración y que nos recuerda al Pink Floyd primigenio de Syd Barret; le sigue “Sal Paradise” un tema compuesto por Fernando Alge que es además invitado en guitarras en el mismo tema, es otra lograda suite de casi diez minutos de sonido cercano a la fusión y al Canterbury también con un dejo a “Astronomy Domine” en su parte cantada.
Luego se suceden dos temas cortos de Fabio, el rítmico “Stars” y “Spirits” otro instrumental calmo y climático con una guitarra con slide muy lograda.
Cerrando la obra otra suite de mas de diez minutos compuesta por la banda que se titula “Landing In Shambhala” que abre con un melódico solo de batería sobre el que se suma un sicodélica guitarra y un bajo, que de a poco van entretejiendo sonidos espaciales, con cortes, cambios de ritmo y mucha experimentación sonora.
Como bonus track de la obra aparece el clásico del maestro Rober Wyatt “Moon in June”, una linda versión grabada en vivo en Sao Paulo en 2007.
Un muy agradable trabajo de Fabio y su agrupación.
El trío grabó este último disco titulado "UFO Planante" siendo un disco maravilloso donde se podrán encontrar con canciones de casi media hora de duración, mucho desarrollo psicodélico y espacial.
Es para destacar que actualmente el guitarrista Fabio Golfetti es miembro oficial de Gong, ya que fue convocado para substituir al guitarrista original Steve Hillage, y actualmente están realizando una gira por toda Europa.
Projeto iniciado por Daevid Allen (fundador das bandas Soft Machine e Gong), o Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet surgiu em 1968 e foi resgatado na década de 90 com o mesmo intuito: unir diversos músicos de todo o mundo, explorando influêncas cada vez mais a fundo, de forma livre e espontânea.Progshinez
A versão brasileira, capitaneada pelo vocalista e guitarrista do Violeta De Outono, Fábio Golfetti, chega em 2010 ao quarto álbum (terceiro de estúdio), intitulado UFO Planante (2010), 13 anos depois do segundo trabalho, Glissando Spirit (1993).
Com mais de 27 minutos, a abertura relaxante de ‘First Contact’ cria uma atmosfera incrível, daquelas que você pode simplesmente sentar na poltrona, encher um copo com a sua bebida favorita, deixar o fone de ouvido em uma altura agradável e simplesmente ver o mundo girar com uma trilha sonora perfeita para isso. Apesar do ritmo constante e as linhas que se repetem, os momentos de improviso de cada instrumento são importantíssimos para o desenvolvimento da epopéia, de forma que todos os ritmos que eles exploram estão perfeitamente alinhados e ligados, o que torna tudo ainda mais interessante. ‘Sal Paradise’ continua a viagem, dessa vez com destaque absoluto para a cozinha e para as ótimas linhas vocais, que chegam a surpreender pela veia setentista na sua melodia. Apostando em duas peças mais curtas agora, ‘Stars’ tem um sentimento espacial inacreditável (as linhas de guitarra de Golfetti surpreendem cada vez mais) e ‘Spirits’ é uma belíssima balada, mesclando passagens acústicas e atmosféricas naturalmente.
‘Landing In Shambhala’, mais uma faixa épica, caminha sempre de forma inesperada, em algo que podemos classificar de forma subestimada como um Space Jazz, e vale ainda mais a pena pelo solo de guitarra final, simplesmente fantástico. Como bônus, o álbum vem com uma versão ao vivo de ‘Moon In June’, do Soft Machine (direto do terceiro álbum, quando começaram os lances ainda mais jazzísticos – um marco da cena Canterbury), executada perfeitamente, diga-se de passagem.
Viagens universais, foco, concentração e tranqüilidade, são alguma das sensações que você vivenciará ao ouvir mais esse projeto. Como foi dito ali em cima, não é algo que soa incompreensível, muito pelo contrário, aliás, é ótimo para servir como trilha sonora de momentos. Ou melhor ainda, apenas relaxar ao fim de um longo dia, fechar os olhos e embarcar nas peças musicais incríveis criadas aqui.
Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet carries on the tradition first established by Daevid Allen (Soft Machine, Gong) teaming with Gilli Smith in 1968. The purpose of the project was to bring music artists together from different countries. In the ‘90s the tradition continued with Russell Hibb (Australia), Brian Zero (England) and Fabio Golfetti (Brazil). The most recent incarnation of the band features Fabio Golfetti (guitar, vocals, effects), Gabriel Costa (bass), Fred Barley (drums, vocals) with special guest Fernando Alge (guitar on track 2). Golfetti’s other band is Violeta de Outono which I have yet to hear.J. L. Neudorf
The new album is UFO Planante and I have to say it is a good one indeed. The music combines progressive/space rock, jazz, electronic and ambient with lots of great melodies and subtle atmospheres. Golfetti’s glissando guitar is a major highlight throughout the album and he is an exceptional player. He is able to generate a magnificent tone and the atmospheres and melodies he is able to create using this unique slide technique are ear catching. I never found my attention waning, which is no small feat especially when you consider the mammoth 27 plus minute opening track “First Contact”. A dreamy guitar intro is followed by restrained drum work and subtle washes of percussion. It’s a slow and languid build up before edgier riffs with a bit more bite enter the fold. As the song progresses the music becomes more intense and the drumming is fantastic; very clean and crisp. It is all wrapped in a psychedelic/space rock theme, reminding me at times of ‘70s Pink Floyd. The sound is layered and full with plenty of guitar effects and shimmering atmospheres. You may have noticed the absence of keyboards but that is not a problem as the guitar is often made to sound like one adding that much more texture to the sound.
In the melodic “Sal Paradise” jangly guitar rhythms and a marching drum beat coalesce with Beatle-like harmonies and a smooth bass line. Again, the guitar and drums are the stars of the show but the vocals are not bad either.
Other highlights include the gentle “Spirits” with its inspired drumming and the space rock jams in “Moon in June” showing the band can really cook in a live setting.
UFO Planante is an excellent album and a must have for lovers of psychedelic/space rock. Its richly textured explorations and lovely melodies are a joy to behold making this a musical journey that you will surely want to be a part of. Released on Voiceprint Records.
Fabio Golfetti was born in Sao Paulo on April 10, 1960. He started out in music playing classical guitar, then during the mid 70s he switched to the electric guitar. At age 18 he formed his first jazz-rock-progressive group LUX which around 1979/80 used to play the local college circuit. In 1983 he formed his first professional band Zero through which he recorded the first single.Fabio Golfetti site
In 1985 he left Zero to form Violeta de Outono whom he plays with till today. With Violeta de Outono he recorded several works, especially Violeta de Outono (an EP through indie label Wop Bop, 1986), Violeta de Outono (LP, BMG/Ariola, 1987), The Early Years (Wop Bop, 1988), and Em Toda Parte (LP, BMG/Ariola, 1989), all of these wee re-released on CD. Violeta de Outono played many gigs around Brazil, keeping that distinctive sound that made them into a cult band up to the present day.
By 1989 he started developing the side project Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, which was created by Australian musician Daevid Allen (former Soft Machine/Gong leader) which is about a psychedelic progressive rock concept that connects artists, performers and musicians from around the world. Invisible Opera´s first appearance was in 1968 in a Parisian cafe, with Daevid Allen & Gilli Smyth. In the 90´s, Invisible Opera reappeared in Australia with Russel Hibbs, in England with Brian Zero, and in Brazil, with Fabio Golfetti, conjuring a comprehensive sound which goes from free-jazz to space-rock, exploring also electronic music and ambient sounds. In 1992 he released Invisible Opera of Tibet Cosmic Dance Co. through his own label Invisível and the Invisible Opera Company of Tibet Glissando Spirit through Voiceprint in March 1997.
As a guitarist he stands out for his use of effects and his alternative guitar playing techniques, like the glissando guitar with which he slides a metal bar over the guitar strings like a violin bow, inspired by Syd Barrett & Daevid Allen.
Over the last five years he has committed himself to continue working with Violeta de Outono, doing several dates and recordings, especially the recent album Volume 7, besides other side projects with other musicians, mostly with Invisible Opera Company of Tibet. In 2006 played on the Gong Unconvention at Melkweg in Amsterdam with the The Glissando Orchestrae performing The Seven Drones: 10 guitarists of the space psychedelic universe including Steve Hillage (Gong), Daevid Allen (Gong), Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple), Steffe Sharpstrings (Here & Now), Fabio Golfetti (Invisibles Brazil), Josh Pollock (University of Errors), Brian Abbott (Invisibles UK), Harry Williamson (Mother Gong), Jerry Bewley (Kangaroo Moon), Steve Higgins (House of Thandoy).
Recently produced the DVD Gong Global Family that captures a concert in São Paulo performed by Daevid Allen, Josh Pollock, Fabio Golfetti, Fred Barley, Gabriel Costa and Marcelo Ringel. This originated a new incarnation of the psychedelic space-jazz outfit called The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, with Fabio Golfetti, Gabriel Costa and Fred Barley.
In 2010 recorded UFO Planante with his mates, Gabriel Costa & Fred Barley, melting rock, jazz, space sounds, noise, oriental music and improvisations. From psychedelic landscapes to raging rhythmic explosions, through oniric ambiences.
In Oct/Nov will join the legendary psychedelic/prog rock band Gong for the UK/Europe tour, with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Orlando Allen, Ian East and Dave Sturt.
The Mexican progressive rock band that now is based in Prog-hungry Philadelphia releases their second album, after the striking debut “Snapshots From Limbo”. In many ways, the album is more polished than the first, and in some ways more raw. The sound is decidedly still “roots” oriented progressive rock with a melancholic timbre, words that would aptly describe their first release.Richard Zywotkiewicz
Sonus Umbra is Andres Aullet on lead vocals, Ricardo Gomez on lead guitars, Jeff Laramee drumming and on vocals, and the mastermind Luis Nasser on Bass, Keyboards, acoustic and crunch guitars. Lisa Francis helps out on vocals and John Grant guests on guitars. Songs vary in length from 4 to 11 minutes and are generally vocal-based with plenty of guitar-driven instrumental passages. Most songs are mid-tempo with acoustic fill and atmospheric embellishments. The album, at 62 minutes, generally starts out slowly and gradually develops into some very powerful musical themes. The production is good, though stripped down from their earlier sound, leaving a raw edge to the instrumentation and a thin snare sound to the drums.
“Bone Machines” and “Fool’s Arcadia” start things with the typical melodic, melancholic Sonus Umbra style. “Man of Anger and Light” introduces a more angular sound, while the instrumental “Fascinoma” has a metalish edge. “Self Erosion” follows. With it’s moody, highly melodic approach, it leads us into some of the band’s most powerful moments, and the stronger second half of the album. I should comment that Aullet’s vocals have a rather nasal sound and as a singer, he tends to represent each song in a similar way – making each song sound similar as a result. More listens bring out the differences in the songs, but the band would do well to add more back-up vocals, or vary the vocal approach from time to time.
“Amnesia Junkies” in two parts starts out with sampling and a rollicking pace. The spoken parts mimic and mock the idea of Pop Idol TV shows. It’s great fun in a Roger Waters sort of way. The second part lays out some crunching riffs and some variance to the vocals. “Time Quake” reminds me of Pink Floyd in Sonus Umbra’s distinctive style. Some great lead guitar closes off the track.
After the short, but powerful “Rust in my Sleep”, the album ends with the epic “Snakes and Ladders” that is less angular and more accessible than the ending of “Snapshots from Limbo”. This track rocks back and forth as if on a boat tossed at sea, with raging winds around. That’s the feeling that I got from it and from Sonus Umbra’s particular brand of alienation.
A hidden 11th track is included on my demo, bringing to conclusion a passionate, stirring new release from Sonus Umbra. In general, no worse and quite similar to their very good first release. This is mood, melancholic progressive rock with a slight symphonic feel. It is very melodic while at the same time challenging. Though flawed in places “Spiritual Vertigo” has some very solid and powerful moments and sustains interest for over an hour.
Fabio and our Brazilian brothers come up with the goods once more. A smooth Floydian, Porcupine Tree-ish, spacerock jamming, gliss-tinged (sometimes beautifully gliss drenched) psychedelic power trio that really groove. Fabio's guitar playing is as melodically inventive and uplifting as always and is both achored and inspired upwards by some inventive bass and drums. It's a very enjoyable journey and I am as always delighted that they are in our family.Planet Gong
Today we return to Brazil for another disk of retro-prog psychedelia. The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet has a nice album going with UFO Planante (Voiceprint Brazil 125CD). It's guitarist Fabio Golfetti with bassist Gabriel Costa (from the Violeta de Outono band discussed yesterday), plus drummer Fred Barley.Grego Applegate Edwards
This is some prime retro cosmic rock with some long jams, some very nice Golfetti electric slide and pick-driven guitar work, a prog Canterbury sort of approach and some very idiomatic songs with the vocals and lyrics to match. Floyd is in there somewhere again as an influence and there is also a very nice rendition of Robert Wyatt's "Moon in June," originally done as side three of Soft Machine's Third. They do it as a guitar-centered power trio and Golfetti's realization of the song gives it enough distinction that I never felt like I was hearing a reproduction of the original.
If anything this CD is even more attractive than the one from yesterday. Put the two together and you get a pretty good idea of the Golfetti way to go about things. Those who like the space rock jams of yesterday and today will find simpatico vibes happening throughout. A very good excursion for anyone inclined.
The INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET is actually the idea of GONG's Daevid Allen. His goal was to have like-minded bands playing under that banner from different places of the world. Of course by like-minded we're talking about the love of playing psychedelic music that is positive and uplifting.There is one band in the UK,one in Australia and of course this one from Brazil.This particular projected was put together by the guitarist for VIOLETA DE OUTONO(Fabio Golfetti) who contacted Daevid Allen about participating and has since played with Daevid in concert in Brazil under the GONG GLOBAL FAMILY name, and the DVD for that is listed here. I have to mention that Fabio contacted me some months ago thanking me for my review on his band's "Volume 7" album. In all honesty that album by VIOLETA DE OUTONO is one of my all time favourites and i can't even describe why it touches me so deeply but it does. So to get this message left me both numb and elated at the same time.To have one of my heroes message me(we exchanged several messages) is difficult to put into words. He sent me this particular cd along with that DVD i was talking about earlier from the GLOBAL GONG FAMILY.Talk about a humbling yet uplifting experience.The music on this album is gorgeous by the way. Fabio like Daevid plays this Glissado guitar which brings an otherworldly aspect to this music.John Davie
"First Contact" is the over 27 minute opener.The guitar to open is so beautiful that i can't help but be moved. Bass and drums join in then we get a second guitar that starts to solo so tastefully over top. It turns more aggressive a minute later.Check out the bass and drums 4 1/2 minutes in ! It settles before 10 1/2 minutes then kicks back in after 12 minutes. Hell yeah ! Killer drum work then the guitar is crying out in a powerful way.Drums and bass only after 16 minutes.The guitar is back and Fabio is lighting it up 19 minutes in.My God ! It then settles back as they jam.
"Sal Paradise" has this pleasant and drifting sound to start.Marching styled drums come in around 2 minutes which signal a change.Bass and drums take over then the gutar joins in. Nice. Vocals come in around 3 1/2 minutes and they remind me of early FLOYD.So good ! Some whistling 5 1/2 minutes in then the vocals return a minute later.This is such a feel good track just like the opener.
"Stars" has this beat with the guitar playing over top. It reminds me of early PORCUPINE TREE. "Spirits" has this relaxed trippy sound and i love the tone of the guitar.The drums do get aggressive.The guitar late reminds me of FLOYD.
"Landing In Shambala" opens with drums as the bass comes in along with spacey sounds.The spacey sounds end up taking over and they echo 3 1/2 minutes in.The drums and bass then return to the fore but it's still spacey. "Moon In June" is of course a SOFT MACHINE cover and it was done live in Brazil September 8th 2007. Man the guy singing sounds like Wyatt too.J ust a fantastic cover.Love the guitar after 9 1/2 minutes and check out the bass before 11 minutes as the drums and guitar continue.Vocal melodies follow. Freaking perfect !
This is an absolute joy, that's the only way i can describe the experience of listening to this album.
Espero que disfruten plenamente de este disco, tan "volado" como un "UFO planante", pero con toda la calidad excepcional (creativa y musicalmente) de los músicos que integran el proyecto.