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La Torre dell'Alchimista

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La Torre dell’Alchimista (translated as “The Alchemist’s Tower”) was founded in Bergamo, Italy in 1997 by Michele Giardino, Davide Donadoni and Michele Mutti to record original symphonic progressive rock in the grand tradition of Italian legends Le Orme, PFM and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.

About a year later, they sketched out the melodic and harmonic structure of a few songs that later appeared on their debut album. The trio then decided to add a drummer to complete the compositions and for live performances. After a long search for a good stylistic fit, they selected Noberto Mosconi. With him in the fold the young band was able to compose and arrange more intricate pieces in the symphonic rock vein.
In summer 1999 La Torre dell’Alchimista began its career as a live performing unit. Featuring original material focused on Mutti’s trusty Hammond C3 organ and a battery of other analog keyboards, as well as some Italian - and English - language prog rock covers, early shows were well received. A national benefit concert in September 1999 drew the attention of the host of a progressive rock show on a popular Milan radio station, who began to regularly feature La Torre’s music on his program.
By November 1999 the band added yet another new member, flautist Silvia Ceraolo. She provided more melodic color and backing vocals, adding a pleasing male/female vocal contrast to the group’s sound.

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