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There are (at least) two artists that use the name “yugen.”

Yugen is a musical project born during autumn of 2004 from an idea by Francesco Zago and Marcello Marinone. Four years after the end of The Night Watch, with whom he published the only cd of the group (Twilight, 1997), and after several musical experiences far from rock (Musicamorfosi, Exaquier, OZ, Contrapplugged, Flabby Puddings), Francesco Zago begins thinking about a synthesis between rock (progressive and RIO-style oriented) and chamber music. Thanks to the ideas and fundamental support of Marcello Marinone, the project takes its shape from a few chamber compositions (Danze corazzate, Catacresi5), enriched with electric sounds and a rock rhythm section. The name of the project became Yugen, a japanese word impossible to translate in its precise meaning which expresses the aesthetic canon of japanese art, as haiku in poetry or No in theatre.
Between December of 2004 and January of 2005 the first demo of Yugen was produced. Diego Donadio, formerly drummer of The Night Watch, contributes to the drums arrangements. In February, during an extemporaneous jam session in Tradate, the keyboard player Paolo Botta (French TV) and swiss saxophone player Markus Stauss (Spaltklang, Ulterior Lux) joined the group. Then Stephan Brunner, who plays electric bass in Spaltklang, and reed player Peter Schmid (Evan Parker, Vinny Golia) accept to play with Yugen.


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  • Keolia

    Wild. I love it.

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun


    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • vermilion_helix

    Really enjoyable Avant-Prog, recommended for all fans of Avant Garde, truly top notch. Btw Iridule is amazing!

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • antFz

    By the way, what here "Yugenro"does?

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • antFz

    fuckin' GREAT!!!

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • elnimio

    I've never heard such good use of counterpoint in a rock setting. Fantastic.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • leifel

    Fantastic album, Labirinto d'acqua. I have never heard anything like it.

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • Kelinameia

    I just discovered that the lyrics of "Iridule" are based on "Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov..! (also, great album.)

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • ikircik

    Great musicianship from very talented artists of the international avant-rock scene. It blew my mind at the first listen and still does.

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Flight123

    Fans of Yugen beware - the free downloads above are by Yugenro. It seems Last FM can't cope with the tiniest variation in spelling!

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • livin-proof

    The scope and quality of "Labritino d' acqua " is astounding. Fucking awesome.

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • EvilParanoid

    Quelle due canzoni da scaricare gratuitamente cosa sono? Non le trovo in nessun album, sono forse degli errori?

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Salty_Jon

    Iridule is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and it's quickly earning the band a spot in my favorites.

    21 Dec 2010 Reply
  • leoner

    This is really touching. Iridule drives me away from this world. Great album. Gonna listen more.

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • The_Red_Agent

    New album coming this "autumn" according to their myspace. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • HOD2010

    I love this band... so compex and beautiful. As i describe them 'Gentle Giant on DRUGS'.

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • CocteauTwinse


    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Edelce

    Alguien podria decirme quien es el compositor de la banda?, cómo contactarme con él?

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • ZAZA90

    neanche un italiano a commentare.. che tristezza :( ^trp seri per chi sa ascoltare il prog..^

    4 Jan 2010 Reply
  • extraaaa

    this is good. bizarre, but good.

    24 Aug 2009 Reply
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