Biography

There are at least 3 bands called Leonardo:
1) a rock music project from Italy.
2) a Brazilian country music singer from Goiás state.
2) a Brazilian gaucha music singer from Rio Grande do Sul state.
3) Serbian neoclassic metal band.
4) Leonardo Ringo, an Indonesian musician, Zeke and The Popo Band, from Jakarta

Inspired by Lou Reed, Richard Hawley, Jeff Buckley, and Tom Waits, Leonardo (drummer from Zeke and the Popo, Indonesia) decided to record his own album which to be named “The Sun” from November 2008 to January 2009. It consists of 13 tracks, each brings a warm atmosphere and a chaotic experience at the same time. Blended with acoustic ambiant, combined with brass section, string section and even gospel choir. A little bit of chamber pop, jazz, swing and a drip of rockabilly, hopefully brings Leonardo to a refreshment for Indonesian pop-culture male-vocal scene. Produced by Hendra Perdana a.k.a. Anda (ex-guitarist of a well-known Indonesian rock band, Bunga) and Dharmo Soedirman (a jazz activist from Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran), this album is a melting pot from an icy thick wall from the two genres. Supported by Rayendra Yuditia (ZATPP), Susan Agiwitanto (Tika and In Memoriam), Emil Hussein (NAIF) on bass, Christo Putra on drums, Anda on electric guitars, Dharmo Soedirman on piano, Mian Meuthia and Mian Tiara as backing vocals, Melanie Wilson from “Amazing in Bed” as guest vocals, Ricky Surya (White Shoes & the Couples Company) on cello, Filipus Davefriz on percussions, will make this album a heat; like the sun, in 2009.

Leonardo is a project born from Trent Gardner (Magellan) with the aim to put on a record the life of the great italian genius Leonardo Da Vinci.

Many singers played a part in the project, most notably James LaBrie (Dream Theater, Frameshift) and Trent Gardner himself.

The full cast follows:
Leonardo da Vinci — James LaBrie
Ser Piero da Vinci — Davey Pattison
Caterina — Michelle Young
Lorenzo de’ Medici — Josh Pincus
Mona Lisa — Lisa Bouchelle
Melzi — Mike Baker
Verrochio — Trent Gardner
Salai — Robert Berry
Calco — Steve Walsh
Sforza — Chris Shryack
Francois I — Bret Douglas

Edited by drunko88 on 24 Jan 2011, 14:33

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