In the current recording scenario, where it has become imperative to question how the universality of classical music can become again a common territory of dialogue, comparison between cultures and a bridge between present and past, INRI CLASSIC chooses to move with curiosity and courage of a neophyte and the confidence and security of a precursor.
The ambitious INRI CLASSIC project was born in 2016 from the collaboration between the Turin INRI label and Warner Music Italy: a union of intentions, experiences and energies which aims to look at the world of classical music in innovative and unexpected ways. The challenge arose from the international success of the Dardust project, pioneer of the combination between Northern European electronics and piano minimalism, and opens with the timeless stamp of the countertenor DIMAIO, where for the first time a voice typical of Baroque music coexists with the current electronic imagery thanks to the arrangements with which Dardust dresses the classics of the repertoire, making the artist a modern Farinelli. It continues then with the talent of the Italian-Turkish Francesco Taskayali, very young composer now on his fifth studio album and with a dense book of concerts in Italy and abroad, a cosmopolitan heart which reflects in his geographic music with ample harmonies like deserted landscapes and sudden melodic games close to the lively urban chaos. In 2016, in collaboration with SIAE, the OPUS 3000 Trio album was produced, where the renowned interpreter Gloria Campaner experiments together with Alessandro Branca’s cello and the electronic atmospheres of the producer Francesco Leali in an experiment between introspection and imperfection. Made more decisive by the acclaim of the public and critics, the programming proceeds more closely than in 2018 and the artistic direction focuses on two fronts: the exploration of the piano world, which reached its highest point with the millions of streaming of the Sicilian Gian Marco Castro or the touch of the box in four for Cucina Sonora and the most thrilling experimentation with the accordion of the future by Pietro Roffi, the journey into the soundtracks of the Peplum cinema offered to us from the ambitious project Torso Virile Colossale, the painting piano and the synaesthetic paintings by Francesco Maria Mancarella.
2020 is the year of evolution towards the vision of the label as a catalyst for ideas and talents: thus arrives the first compilation of the brand “The Shape of Piano to Come“, which combines international collaborations, newcomers and hidden pearls of the neoclassical scenario, a new challenge to trace the path of the sounds of the future.