Ianva is a recently formed group of Italian musicians who have released their epic debut album titled “Disobbedisco” in 2006. Ianva is comprised of an array of native Italian musicians who come from diverse musical backgrounds. Ianva formed as a means of unifying talented Italian musicians around the desire to create new music with a distinct Italian personality. In Ianva’s own words “Ianva is a rétro / avantgarde project (a sort of archeo-futuristic work) paying tribute to Italian and European popular music of the past four decades (through lyrics, concept, atmospheres, mood, etc). A good mixture of «Chanson», Cabaret and Neofolk. ”
Mercy - vocals, concept, lyrics/music Stefania T. D’Alterio - vocals, lyrics Fabio Carfagna - electric & acoustic guitars, music Francesco La Rosa - drums, percussions, programming Fabio Gremo - acoustic & classic guitars, music Azoth - electric bass Fabio Fabbri - trumpet Giuseppe Spanò - piano Davide La Rosa - accordion
Ianva’s debut album “Disobbedisco” is an epic eleven track conceptual album that tells a tale of lovers brought together during historical events following the end of the WWI. The protagonists of the narrative are Major Renzi and a seductive female spy named Elettra Stavros. The story unfolds during the aftermath of WWI. At the ending of the war certain territory in Europe that was previously controlled by the Habsburg Empire came under dispute as to which nation would now annex these newly vacated lands. The city of Fiume now known as the Croatian city of Rijeka was one of these disputed territories. When peace talks amongst the allied forces at the Paris Peace Conference on September 12 th 1919 began to indicate that Fiume would not become part of Italy Italian poet and celebrated war plane pilot Gabriele D’Annunzio led a militaristic force of the Italian Arditi to place Fiume under undisputable Italian control. The arrival of his armed forces into Fiume instigated a withdrawal of inter-Allied forces and caused an eruption of dissent amidst the allied forces. D’Annunzio believed that once Fiume was reclaimed the Italian government would annex and occupy the territory. Unexpected to D’Annunzio the Italian government besieged the small city and demanded D’Annunzio surrender. D’Annunzio indignantly refused and declared Fiume its own independent nation and drafted a constitution while seeking allies amidst the European national separatists groups. His dreams of a new nation where squelched when Italy commenced a bombardment of Fiume in December 1920.
The tragic and compelling story of Major Renzi and the evocative enemy spy Elettra Stavros begins with the 1918 – The determining battle of Vittorio Venetowhich at the end of WWI and follows through the post war events including the treaty of Paris and on to the capture and simultaneous occupation of Fiume by D’Annunzio and the Arditi and through to the siege and bombardment of Fiume. The narrative of the characters revolves around Major Renzi who is assigned duty as an anti-espionage agent working for the occupying force of the Italian Arditi forces in Fiume. Renzi struggles when he encounters an enemy spy named Elettra Stavros. Major Renzi is torn between love and duty as he finds himself falling in love with someone seeking to undo his dreams. The drama ends with the separation of the lovers during the siege of Fiume and a promise to reunite after the crisis end.
“Disobbedisco” begins with the introductory song “Intro – Colpo Di Maglio” or “Hammer Stroke. ” “Hammer Stroke” tells the tale of the decisive Vittorio Veneto battle in 1918. “Hammer Stroke” is the most cinematic song on “Disobbedisco. ” “Hammer Stroke” begins with deep rumbling, scratchy drones accompanied by nostalgic strings and muted orchestration played over the surface drones. The music induces memories of scarred black and white news reels from the early 21 st century. A militaristic speech is played across the music setting the tone of the battle. Halfway through the song war drums take over the composition with the assistance of trumpet, horns and piano. String orchestration and additional percussion are funneled into the song creating a lush and forceful orchestral composition that moves the music from tense atmospheres to victorious anthems!
Track five titled “Tango Della Menade” or “Tango Of The Maena” introduces the character of Elettra Stavros with a sensual tango sung in order to snare the resistant Major Renzi. “Tango Of The Maena” begins with the ambient sounds of a crowded audience awaiting a performance. After a round of clapping an announcer appears upon the implied stage and announces the performance of Elettra Stavros to the eagerly awaiting audience. After a secondary round of vigorous applauds the performance begins. Stringed orchestration plays a slow and emotionally powerful song over the murmur of the audience. After the strings unleash their dark romantic ballad a piano, guitar and drums join the music along with the sultry voice of Electra Stavros. The song is styled as a sexy tango with a vintage tinge that lends it a feeling of authenticity. The female singer leads the song forward with commanding Italian vocals delivered with confidence and grace. The lyrics are richly poetic and are tinged with a dark mysticism that captures the sensuality and sophistication of Elettra Stavros as she sings of her evitable union with Renzi and the danger it embodies for both of them. Elletra’s last refrain is sung with accordion, piano, strings and guitar all yearning to express the tormenting desire felt by the war divided lovers.
“Muri D’ Assenzio” or “Walls Of Absinthe” is the tenth song on the album and it tells the chapter of the siege of Fiume by Italian forces following the Arditi’s refusal to surrender the city. Known as the “Christmas Of Blood 1920” the siege of Fiume sees the end of the utopian dream of the Italian Nationalists and the end of Renzi and Elletra’s dream. The two lovers meet within the ruins of the city during this final battle and Renzi encourages Elettra to flee from the violence. The two promise to reunite in the city of Trieste following the conclusion of the conflict. Elettra departs leaving Renzi to meet his end while fighting to resist the homeland forces.
“Walls Of Absinthe” begins with a piano with descending that spiral in a slow defeat. After a quiet pause following the piano’s demise an accordion begins a new chapter along with string orchestration, drums and guitar once again. Renzi sings over the music telling of the first confrontation between the homeland soldiers and the separatist forces. In the rush of battle reflections upon the bohemian lifestyle that emerged from the occupation are mixed with impressions of the battle. The lightly played music inspires a sense of reminiscence, appreciation and resignation. The narrative advances within a quickening flurry of instrumentation that becomes fevered as the song advances. Renzi and Elettra find one another and briefly exchange words before Renzi returns to the fight. The music stays strong and lively until the end when the song diminishes to only the piano playing. Renzi tells the listner of returning to battle only to be shot in the head by friendly fire. His life and his dreams of love ad an independent Italian state end in blood. The piano plays a sad serenade supporting Renzi’s final words before gently ending the song on a sad and reflective note.
Ianva has accomplished a major feat with “Disobbedisco. ” “Disobbedisco” is possibly the most thematically dense musical piece I have ever heard. Ianva has created a story that entwines dramatic historical events with a tragic romantic narrative. This visionary album could not have been produced without the authentic talent that each participating musician has brought with them to Ianva. Ianva’s collective of Italian musicians have done an outstanding job of communicating the story of the album while imbuing the music with a distinct Italian identity that innovatively draws inspiration from the last forty decades of Italian music. Though Ianva do not necessarily define their music as exclusively neofolk or post industrial fans of neofolk music such as Inner Glory or Ain Soph will find this album compelling. I encourage folks who like Arditi, Tordoih, and As All Die to experience Ianva as well as the music has a cinematic quality that effortlessly induces the listner into graphic imaginings. Fans of martial orchestral music may find Ianva equally seducing given the rich historic references to the famed Italian Arditi soldiers and neoclassical music lovers will find the instrumentation and vocals to be impressive. This is your opportunity to undertake this elaborate journey into the heroic past and witness bravery and love in a time of revolution and dreams.
Ianva is avaliable direct from Ianva by visiting there website at:> Ianva
Contributed by: Malahki Thorn
La Ballata Dell’Ardito (CDr) Antica Fonografia Il Levriero 2005 Disobbedisco! (CD, Album, Dig) Antica Fonografia Il Levriero 2006 L’Occidente (CD, EP) Antica Fonografia Il Levriero 2007 Disobbedisco! (CD, Album, Rei) Antica Fonografia Il Levriero 2008 Italia: Ultimo Atto (CD, Album, Dig) Antica Fonografia Il Levriero 2009
Tracks Appear On:
Nonpop #3 (File, MP3, Comp) O Surdato ‘Nnammurato www. nonpop. de 2009.