Arti & Mestieri

Arti & Mestieri was an Italian jazz-rock band that released the 1974/75 albums Tilt (Immagini per un Orecchio) and Giro di Valzer per Domani. After a four-year pause, they issued three further albums between 1979 and 1985. Along with Area and Perigeo, they were Italy’s most prominent jazz-rock band of the 1970s.

Drummer Furio Chirico — often liked to Jon Hiseman (Colosseum/II), Billy Cobham, and Alphonse Mouzon — cut two prior albums with English/Italian symphonic rockers The Trip. Other members played in the jazz-rock bands Esagono and Venegoni & Co.

Members: Furio Chirico (drums), Beppe Crovella (Hammond organ, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, ARP Solina string synthesizer, Moog, vocals, 1973-?), Gigi Venegoni (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 1973-75), Marco Gallesi (bass, 1973-75), Arturo Vitale (saxophone, vibraphone, 1973-98), Giovanni Vigliar (violin, vocals, 1973-?), Gianfranco Gaza (vocals, 1975), Gigi Fregapane (bass)


Arti & Mestieri was formed in 1973 by drummer Furio Chirico, a native of Turin. A noted virtuoso, he drummed beforehand in The Trip, a symphonic-rock band originally from the UK. He joined them in 1971 and played on their third and fourth albums, Atlantide (1972) and Time of Change (1973). Earlier, he played in ’60s beatsters I Ragazzi del Sole.

The original lineup of Arti & Mestieri also included keyboardist Beppe Crovella, bassist Marco Gallesi, guitarist Gigi Venegoni, saxophonist/percussionist Arturo Vitale, and violinist/singer Giovanni Vigliar. The last three hailed from the unrecorded jazz-rock combo Il Sogno di Archimede.


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