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    Chiamata Urgente...the concert


    It was neither just a summer gossip, nor a rumor. Finally the event went on scene and it has been great! Crema, the toy town of Cremona Province, Pianura Padana. Many short and long stories that cross each other. Above all at cultural level. In the eighties the town has been living a great musical glitz: a cyclic circularity that came back twice or three time in the last three decades. At the beginning of the plastic age, a group of braves was listening the dark musical sirens coming from Albion. The new wave movement from Crema gave the born to great bands that never released records or cassettes but that influenced a lot the memory of those who were present.

    Then everything vanished after the 80’s fog disappeared…..

    The 90’s has been a passage decade that canceled all these stories. But one has been back to ask for the bill right last Friday December 6th. No lyricism. Chiamata Urgente celebrated 30 years since the founding of the band in 1983 at Babalula in Crema, an epic place for local music (Lanterna Blu, Skipper, Sherazade, Egoista….many are the names referring to this place which recalls to other stories). Since more than 20 years the band was not on stage. Marco Bertolotti, the guitar and Carlo Schira the keyboard player keep on working together in many different projects. Some of them changed completely the musical horizon: Andrea Marchesetti (Sax) and Enrico Zaninelli (drum) are actually experiencing Jazz environments. Marco Giovanetti (Bass) kept on playing for a while and then he stopped to do something else.

    Paolo Alpiani, the singer then: if you ask him what he did in the last 20 years he replies to have travelled worldwide with a Harley Davidson.

    But after first keys the magic is back again. A hard work is certainly part of all this starting from June to December, made of rehearsals, making of, musical arrangements of 25 years old songs but that could have been written the day before yesterday. An outline made of tiny classical places, forgotten stories like the one related to the formula 1 driver Jim Clark. Painful stories like L’Attesa and Tempo. Reference to cinema like the one in Grida Dal Silenzio, modernity that became history like Notte Bianca telling about Tienanmen Square facts, written right after those episodes.

    Chiamata Urgente performance who celebrates 30 years of foundation with a one night only concert (but that many people hope won’t be remaining the only one) has been pure energy! For those who knew them already and had their songs printed inside, and I assure you we were many recalling the words by heart, and for those who never saw them and remained astonished by the quality of the songs that actually you can listen only on a YouTube channel. The tunes have been partially rearranged aquaring a “no time” air. There’s an emotion that can be felt when the music starts. Both on and down the stage. I sing the song that I recall, almost all of them. Grida dal Silenzio, Oltremare, Jim Clarke, Mille e una Notte. L’Attesa is a kick in the stomach. A girl asks me immediately which is the YouTube channel to listen to the song. But is Tempo, slowed and unlikely dramatic, full of emotions, to be the masterpiece of the night.

    Compared to the 80’s new wave version, this of today is a gooseflesh version. Alpiani is very inspired. I’m surrounded by girls with little heart eyes mode on. Marco Bertolotti prints a very dark solo. Carlo Schira waves melodies on the keyboard. Andrea Marchesetti inlays melodies on his saxophone. Marco Giovanetti places bass turnarounds in a very precisely manner, Enrico Zaninelli embroiders the rhythmic without being too “metronomic”.

    On the final part there’s a duet with Andrea Spinelli from Overdreams which is a great handover. “One of the best night in my life”, says Marco Bertolotti really shaken. The end.

    “But do they sell the CD then”? a girl asks me, captured by the magnetism of those melodies and texts that captured already the sons of 80’s, almost 25 years ago. “No there are no CDs on sale…only a 45 vinyl record of those years”. Yes the record 1973/Frammenti di realtà. None of those tunes have been included in the outline. Frankly speaking I don’t recall those tunes, meaning that they have different stories from the rest. But we will ask them.

    Applauses and emotion. Lyricism and intensity, maybe more than in the 80’s. And above all the “trait d’union”  with the present with these 4 covers of the band prepared and executed by 2 local bands White Noise and Overdreams.

    Luckily all this has been proven by stunning pictures taken by the really unbelievable photographers Ely Losco and Anna Lopopolo. A perfect night terminated with a whishing toast and many questions: what will these 6 guys do with this re-founded alchemy ?

    Emanuele Mandelli


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