ATARAXIA are a few Italian artists who
explore and create music, poetry, theatre and photography and
who have dedicated their lives to art. We feel like pilgrims
deeply influenced by our geographical and spiritual voyages
in places still owning the nobleness of centuries. We have grown-up
in a land that is a meeting point between the Mediterranean
and Celtic cultures and we feel like wandering menestrels carrying
the 'oral tradition' of early times. We define us as 'craftsmen
of the sound' because we create an unusual mix of sacred and
profane, atmospheric and experimental, contemporary and early
music. We make researches into the European legends crossing
the Greek and Latin myths. Contemplation, dream experiences,
memories and ritual movements float in the magic garden of Psyche
and Desire where new textures of notes meet the envelopping
echo of classic sounds. Our peculiarity is composing both with
acoustic instruments like classic guitar, chitarra battente,
darabouka, tablas, tar and other percussions and electric ones
like keyboards, sytnhs and drum pads. Our lyrics have been written
in many old and contemporary languages, thanks to the charme
and richness of different sounds and accents we try to bring
to surface the hidden treasures and revelations that each idiom
ATARAXIA best performances take place in fascinating
natural or architectural environments where magic flows as it
happened in the primordial drama. The stones and the water speak
to us. During our live-acts we explore and travel with our listeners
in primeval kingdoms, we paint with notes whimsical landscapes.
We have a medianic attitude towards creation that's the way
to express the divine substance enlightening the living beings,
we feel like vibrating channels that can capture, transform
and let flow outside the energy surrounding us.
n d e p t h
Keats wrote: "Art is beauty and beauty
is art", the music instrument is just the practical means
to make it sprout. We think that music exists to express what
is not possible to be expressed by words, in this sense it's
not completely human. We have never been interested in creating
single tunes, we have always enjoyed telling stories. A song
is like a powerful river that runs along our imagination till
it can get a way to come out and start living outside us, among
people. The majestic chorality, the soliloquies, the fairy-tales,
the portrait of elegiac ages, the delicate vibrating airs, the
marble sounds, the priestly movements are all elements of this
fresco. Our inner landscapes become sound. Music is a deep esoteric
experience; a powerful channel of communication between the
living and the departed, the past and the present. Sometimes
music is a sort of relief from suffering, we don't feel anylonger
the weight of our body and the misery of our condition, music
helps us to enjoy plenitude, it becomes an oasis of pure contemplation
and makes us living a catharsis.
Our lyrics are inspired by the confidential
nature of reflection, that is the man in front of the mirror
of his feelings, remembrances, silences and spleen. We are the
result of our experience and we can't prevent us from letting
this flow of consciousness be the essence of our verses. Sensations,
regrets and illuminations are embroidered in a game of sensuous
images, a full immersion in a nocturnal blooming garden. Sometimes
our lyrics are solemn epitaphs soaked with the gravity of latin
sensitivity, other times are chromatic gradations, scented perfumes
whose inspiration lies in mythology. We utilise many ancient,
invented and contemporary languages (such as Latin, French,
Italian, Spanish and English) creating suggestive effects thanks
to the dilatation and distorsion of sounds and syllables. Words
sound like magic spells. Music is a magic act. We own a bard
spirit and this fluid is still flowing on our blood.
Love For Early Times
In our creative world the passion for Greek
and Latin cultures has always had a great importance. Our aesthetic
quest is led by the rich historical and cultural backgound that
we have inherited. We are rings of a chain that preserves the
past and gives it back to the present. We feel to be like sybils,
mediums of history and time that utilize us to reveal some of
their many voices.
We are aesthetes, we look for beauty, beauty
in its sinister or solar connotation, the unexpected, the authentic
and the universal one. Year after year, we have tried to express
our vocation and this made us find our most courageous, pure
and vital essence. Music helps us to evolve and improve. As
human beings, our creative process has to start from our weakeness.
To progress means to learn to express ourselves in a deeper,
more nuanced and freer way. Thanks to music it is possible to
live a deep communion with "the whole". Music is not
palpable, material, you can't touch or see it but it enables
you to develop a "deeper sight".We think that melancholy
and struggle are essential to create and that music is made
for moody tempers sharing climax of pain and creative inspiration.
The musician is both a fragile and strong vehicle of electric
We are deeply attracted by water, we feel the
everlasting call of the sea, a fascination that it's not possible
to explain by words but it's clearly perceivable in our music.
There's an ancestral link between music and the sea. When you
are set in front of the sea you're completely absorbed by it
and you don't exist anylonger in this form, you don't feel pain,
joy, emotions, you're completely filled by its murmur, its hypnotic
sound. The sea empties then fills you again with his rhythm.
The flowing of music and words is a sort of mantra that owns
the same power of the sea. It is made of the same substance.
Our concept albums
Medieval and baroque airs, bohemien and experimental
soundscapes, amplification of colours and forms, sequences of
darkness and light, harmonies and babelic echoing; every album
we create is a chapter of the same book, every new chapter begins
where the previous ends.
Our first release was made of stone and marble, the second was
inspired by water, then we afforded the 'seasons of the men',
the melodrama, an eterodoxe and eccentric reinterpretation of
the music of the XVII/XVIIIth centuries, we visited south Europe
archeological sites looking for the myth of the sunken continent
of Atlantis, we afforded a purificating voyage in far eastern
lands to find again the roots of our existence. We met a woman
and her spiritual guide, the Unicorn, portrayed in the tapestries
of the Mediaeval museum of Cluny in Paris. They were there to
reveal the beauty of spiritual love. We spent hours contemplating
the white cliffs of Normandy whipped by strong winds and by
the force of the Ocean, we rested in refreshing woods where
our sleep was captured by the birds flight skimming over boundless
flowery seas. We found relief in several gardens, places of
harmony, prayer and contemplation. Then, through Baudelaire's
verses, we explored Paris of the "cabarets macabres"
and fun fairs where each gesture, tear, mask, and world turned
into a grotesque and amplified representation of life. Lately,
fascinated by Samothrace's full of energy sites, we sang lunar
litanies and whispered magic spells in order to be initiated
into the mysteries of the island and be allowed to enter the
purple reign of the Goddess.
Our performances are usually based on a specific
concept that we try to develop utilising several forms of expressions
like music, poetry, photography and dance. For this reason,
from the very beginning we have collaborated with a mime and
a photographer who have taken care of our live performances.
We have always given a multimedia connotation to our live acts
creating adequated scenographies (with masques, costumes and
symbolic objects) and a poetical background thanks to projections
of films and slides. In the past we also worked with some painters.
Whenever it's possible our concerts take place in fascinating
environments like abbeys, castles, parks, courts, squares and
old theatres. During our live acts all the senses are involved.
We are not interested in music that can be consumed in a small
number of listenings and we have chosen not to utilize basis
and pre-recorded patterns in order to let emotion flow copiously
The relationship with our time is based on the
voyage and the discovery. Even if the time-space coordinates
have changed, speed has shortened the stages and we are forced
to be more superficial than our ancestors, we are not so different
from the voyagers of early ages like Marco Polo or Vasco de
Gama. Nowadays, trying to acquire self-knowledge through the
sensible world costs great sacrifice and self-denial but we
walk along a path that finds its origins in very far times.
The Ancient Spirits are still speaking .