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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hector Zazou and Stefano Saletti, with Barbara Eramo - '70s Disco-music masterpieces in Mediterranean sauce

2 February 2010 on iTunes and 14 February worldwide

Born from an idea of Hector Zazou’s with the singer Barbara Eramo and the multi-instrumentalist Stefano Saletti, the ORIENTAL NIGHT FEVER project is a re-interpretation of various Disco ‘classics’ from the seventies: "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer, "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People, "Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, "You Make me Feel" by Sylvester, "Disco Inferno" by the Trammps, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, "Heart of Glass" by Blondie, "I Want your Love" by Chic and "Ring my Bell" by Anita Ward.
Electronic music played on traditional Mediterranean and Oriental instruments to create a mix that reinvents 1970s Disco without losing its original musical energy.

"Why did we decide on this strange and unusual project? Like so many things it was pure chance – explain Barbara Eramo and Stefano Saletti - Hector wanted to do something with us, but didn’t have any precise ideas. We considered a reworking of Mozart, then Bach, then Gesualdo Da Venosa. When we had finally decided that Gesualdo was what we were looking for (the madrigals played with oud and darbouka…) we went home to look for some CDs to start us off and were taken by surprise… “Here's the idea", Hector said. He had the Disco Inferno CD in his hand, the one we had all danced to at New Year's Eve, reliving the 70's. "With percussion, oud and bouzouki we'll play Disco as if it were World Music". So we went down to the studio and arranged I Feel Love by Donna Summer, just like that, as if we had never listened to anything else. This was Hector's genius, his method, his study of sound, which began with some small detail, from the rustle of a leaf, from a drum tapped on its edge instead of the skin. Then he left us alone to finish the project. And dance to Disco…".

The CD was recorded in Rome and mixed in Paris with Julien Bourdin, the technician with whom Hector Zazou started the work. The violinist Carlo Cossu, the Indian tabla player Rasmi Bhatt, the Israeli wind instrumentalist Eyal Sela, the singer Raffaela Siniscalchi, and the double bass player Marco Loddo also collaborated. The graphics are by Michel Collet, who was also the artist for Zazou’s record, “In The House Of Mirrors”. – ph. +39.0559120363

Fabiana Manuelli - - ph. +39.3478263425 -
Fantastic! Cool! Timeless disco in new, classy sauce: Hectror Zazou's spirit is still alive and kickin' with Bee Gees and Donna Summer melodies... WOW!

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