-- At the end of january, Taproban 5th studio album PER ASPERA AD
ASTRA (MP3329) is issued, once again for MUSEA RECORDS label. The
album, also printed in vinyl format (FGBG 2041) feautures, as Guest
Star, the saxofonist Antonio Marangolo
(Goblin, Paolo Conte) on the track NEXUS, while the cover painting,
once again by Daniela Ventrone, is titled “Tramonto sul mare”
and it’s about the myth of Apollo’s Sun Chariot. In
October, Roberto Vitelli leaves the band to devote
himself fulltime to his solo projects.
-- In January Taproban come to STUDIOSETTE to record their fifth
studio album: PER ASPERA AD ASTRA (“After adversities we reach
the Stars”); this album will feature some tracks from Taproban
second and third album (both out of stock) to which the new more
experienced line up has given a new technical and musical vitality,
besides several unreleased tracks from previous recordings sessions.
In July "DECAMERON - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part III",
a 4 CD Boxset, is issued by Seacrest Oy (www.seacrestoy.com).
Taproban take part with the track "Il Sogno, la Bestia, la
Ritrosa" (CD 3 - Track 2).
-- At the end of april, another time at STUDIOSETTE in Rome, Taproban
record the track: “Il Sogno, la Bestia, la Ritrosa”,
to take part in the Colossus new project Decameron Part III, featuring
Noemi Martini as guest female singer. On the other side, this is
the last Fabio Agresta’s performance with the band; in july
he was replaced by Ares Andreoni on drums and percussions. On the
18th of september the new line-up take part to Progressivamente
Festival at Planet Club in Rome, while on the 16th of October, they’re
invited to play at Palazzo Orsini in Bomarzo, during Bomarzo Esoterica
-- In the first half of the year, STRIGMA receives very good comments
and reviews from many Prog Rock internet sites and magazines (Prog
Resiste, n°76 – Avril, Mai, Juin 2014 – p. 58-61
e 92-93; Colossus n°46 – p. 65; Empire German Prog Magazine
n°104 – p.53, Rotters’ Magazine, n° 2 - Agosto
2014 – p.62). On the 23th of May Taproban are live broadcasting
on Andrea Storani’s “Intervallo Prog” on Radio
Libera Tutti, while on May 31th they will repropose the STRIGMALIVE
multimedial light show at Salvo D’Acquisto Theatre in Rome.
On 19th of september, Taproban play at Stazione Birra in Rome, taking
part in the Progressive World Live Experiment 3, together with Squartet
and Nodo Gordiano
-- Between January and June 2013 Taproban record their fourth album
STRIGMA, “the brand of the witch”, this time inspired
by the element of fire, in association with the female figure. On
the 6th of June, the band presents the new tracks on a premiere
live performance at “Salvo D’Acquisto” theatre
in Rome, feauturing a multimedial light show. In September Fabio
Agresta replaces Francesco Pandico as Taproban drummer, while in
october a distribution contract is signed with the french label
Musea Records; in such a way, Taproban become the producer of the
new album, that will be issued on December of the same year, featuring
Daniela Ventrone’s “Dance of the flames” as cover
-- The young drummer Francesco Pandico and the bass, guitar &
keyboard player Roberto Vitelli, from Ellesmere, join the band and
collaborate with Gianluca De Rossi composing the new tracks for
Taproban fourth studio album, this time inspired to the fourth element
of Fire... The new line-up takes its first gig at Progressivamente
Festival 2012 on March 24 at Jailbreak Live Club in Rome; the same
night the band records the promotional video of "Octopus!".
-- In the meantime Gianluca De Rossi and drummer Carlo Bordini (Rustichelli
e Bordini, Cherry Five-Goblin), take part, as DE ROSSI & BORDINI,
in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy tribute projects, promoted by
Colossus, a Finnish Progressive Rock magazine, and produced by Musea
Records label. The two tracks they put together are called: "Pozzo
dei Giganti", inspired to the Pit of the Giants as described
on Inferno (Canto XXXI), and "Dentro la Cerchia Antica"
(Canto XV) for Paradiso album: www.myspace.com/derossiebordini.
-- At the beginning of the new year, many music magazines and websites
talk about POSIDONIAN FIELDS (Nobody’s Land,
Anno XII - n°24 Gennaio 2007 – p. 95; Wonderous Stories,
n°7 – marzo 2007 – p. 64) and SEVEN SAMURAI (Wonderous
Stories, n°7 – marzo 2007 – p. 42). Though the critical
response is quite good, on April 19th Davide Guidoni and
Guglielmo Mariotti decide to leave the band. Gianluca
De Rossi, being the sole owner of the Taproban name, will
go on auditioning new musicians.
-- Between February and May 2006, Taproban recorded and mixed, at
XL Studio in Rome, their third album: POSIDONIAN FIELDS. This concept
album is inspired by the submarine abyss, such as a metaphor of
a no returning journey into the human mind subconscious. On May
19th the band plays at Stazione Birra in Rome, together with La
Maschera di Cera. In November Mellow Records releases POSIDONIAN
FIELDS and at the end of the same year Taproban reaches the third
position in the listeners' favourites chart at the Italian Prog
-- At the beginning of 2005, in cooperation with Wonderous Stories,
Taproban presented the promotional DVD INSIDE OUTSIDE – A
Meeting With Taproban featuring a video-interview by Paolo Carnelli.
In October 2005 the band recorded at Fonderia studio The Bandits,
a suite included in the new project by Colossus, produced by Musea,
called SEVEN SAMURAI. This tribute album is inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s
masterpiece, and features three suites, at least 20 minutes long,
for each group of characters: the peasants (Tempano), the samurai
(Consorzio Acqua Potabile), the bandits (Taproban). This new suite
features as a guest musician Alessandro Papotto (Periferia del Mondo)
on clarinet, soprano saxophone, and flute.
-- In the summer of 2004 Mellow Records publishes OUTSIDE NOWHERE
and THE LETTERS (An Unconventional Guide to King Crimson), a triple
CD tribute where Taproban played Lark’s Tongues in Aspic Part
2, featuring Fabrizio Santoro from Nodo Gordiano on electric guitar.
In October THE SPAGHETTI EPIC is published.
-- The band second album OUTSIDE NOWHERE is recorded between June
and September 2003, once again at L’Elefante Bianco studio.
This time the ispiration comes from science-fiction masterworks
and from the story of space explorations. During the same sessions,
with special guests such as the saxophonist Alessandro Papotto (Nodo
Gordiano, Periferia del Mondo, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso) and the
singer Leila Bahlouri, is also recorded the suite Morton for the
Spaghetti Epic project. Promoted by the Finnish progressive rock
magazine Colossus, this is a double CD concept dedicated to the
famous Sergio Leone’s film Once Upon a Time in the West (1968),
where every band composed and recorded a suite, at least 20 minutes
long, inspired to one of the six main characters of the film, featuring
the sound of the early seventies Italian bands as Le Orme, Balletto
di Bronzo, Metamorfosi or Museo Rosenbach.
-- After two years of inactivity, the group was reformed in July
2000 with Davide Guidoni (Gallant Farm, The Far Side) on drums and
percussions and Guglielmo Mariotti (Der Bleue Reider) on bass, 12
strings guitar, bass pedals and vocals. The new line-up starts working
on an ambitious project such as the realization of a concept opera
about Bosco di Bomarzo. This famous monumental park, formed by several
stone statues, reproduces horrific and grotesque figures, and was
realized in the manieristic period by Pierfrancesco “Vicino”
Orsini at the feet of Bomarzo (VT). Having obtained a contract with
the French label Musea Records, in September Taproban recorded at
L’Elefante Bianco their first album OGNI PENSIERO VOLA, published
at the end of January 2002.
-- The group is founded in Rome in 1996 by keyboards player Gianluca
De Rossi and gets its name from Taprobana, the ancient denomination
of Ceylon Island (Sri-Lanka), where Tommaso Campanella set his The
City of the Sun. The group takes its inspiration by the Synmphonic-Pop
or Progressive Rock of the earlier seventies, that had its best
representative groups in Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant and King Crimson.
The absence of an electric guitar player and the consequent prominence
of the keyboards, however, recall the triangle formation of Emerson
Lake & Palmer or Le Orme, creating a sound language that prefers
instrumental parts rather than lyrical.