• History


2017 -- 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.

2016 -- 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).

2015 -- 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 international meeting

2014 -- 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

2013 -- 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 painting. www.danielaventrone.it


2011/2012 -- 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!".


2008/2010 -- 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.


2007 -- 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.


2006 -- 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 Awards 2006.


2005 -- 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.


2004 -- 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.


2003 -- 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.


2000/2002 -- 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.


1996/1998 -- 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.


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