ZeitLet is the name of an Italian collective orchestra founded in Rome to create an expressive field as free as possible from any narrow genre division. The goal was to work on an original production, which could keep together and organize different musical idioms and at the same time include writing procedures and improvisation in a collective organism without limiting the individuality of the performers. The presence of musicians coming from very different backgrounds brought necessarily to find a dialogue between three traditions and performing practices, which still too seldom come in contact. ZeitLet strongly believes that making music should be cooperation between different professionals, and for this reason the composer, technicians and performers collaborate actively in the same project sharing the whole process.
ZeitLet is a variable organism with multiple line ups, widening from small ensembles to the ten element electric chamber group. The band started as a mixed ensemble with a composer/electronic musician, an electric guitarrist and a bass player meeting a flute, a violin and a cello in February 2005. They started performing in music clubs. Within a couple of years they had several gigs in the most popular places in Rome, entered the rooster of some underground event promoters and participated in music festivals such as Roostock and Faranight Fest. In 2006 and 2007 the project grew bigger, and some of the classic instrumentists of the ensemble founded the ZeitLet Pentamble (violin, violin, viola, cello, trombone) which produced incidental music for Othello, a play directed by Roberto Pappalardo that had several repeat performances around Italy. The project has been participating twice in the European Music Day festival and finally received the “Honour Diploma” in the International Music Tournament. In 2008 ZeitLet X-emble has been invited to present a multimedial set on the awarding day of the Roma Independent Film Festival. In the same year their music for the short footage Pasprefut directed by Davide Maldi won the American Independent Music Award 2008 in the “Music for movies” category. In the last year the ensemble has been recording and is about to release one album of improvised music that testifies the research in the aleatory and extemporary field. They have just finished the mixing of their first LP, a 50 minute long suite for ten instruments, that has been presented at the prestigious 46th festival of Nuova Consonanza in the American Embassy in Rome. In January 2010 the ensemble presented their own reading of Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, a musical adaptation written by Andrea Mancianti, directed by Alvaro Piccardi and performed in Teatro Arcobaleno in Rome as a part of an important theatrical season in Rome.
Andrea Mancianti: composer, conductor and guitarist
Costanza Alegiani: voice
Lorenzo Gabriele: flute, bass flute
Francesco Snoriguzzi: clarinet, bass clarinet
Roberto Cippitelli: electric bass
Paolo Petrocelli: violin
Francesca Venturi Ferriolo: viola
Filippo Di Domenico: cello
Andrea Mancianti: live electronics, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo
Giovanni Piccardi: electric guitar
Giulio Maschio: drums and percussions
Music written and produced by Andrea Mancianti.
Graphic design by Kirsti Maula.
Recorded and mixed by Fabio Galeone and Alessio Pindinelli between December 2008 and February 2009 in WAX Recording Studio and Trafalgar Studios. Rome.
Mastered in Rome at Cantoberon Multimedia by Massimiliano Nevi in February 2010.