“In September 2017 Michele and I met for a rehearsal for a new project. We talked about working through our roots, our background and our present. I thought about my music life, my experiences in Italy and in Berlin, what I am now, what is around me and what I would like to explain through the music. I had been singing Gregorian chants in a Schola Gregoriana in Italy for 10 years. It was a great experience and a totally different kind of music world. I grew up singing in a choir, I sang for a long time Palestrina and De Victoria but Gregorian chants are really another thing. So I had an idea: I took a couple of pieces, I went to Michele and told him: ‘please create a deep soundscape, with underground sounds so I can sing on it.’ It was the first time we played Ecce lignum and both of us got surprised while listening to what we had just created. We recorded this first rehearsal and it became a video. Extempore was born!”
The duo Extempore was founded in Berlin by the singer Tamara Soldan and the electronic musician Michele Pedrazzi. The combination of their two musical backgrounds creates a virtual dialogue between past and present and between two musical forms that seem distant but are surprisingly compatible.
So becomes the archetype of Gregorian chant will find fertile terrain in which, along with electronic music will find a new contemporary light.
The Gregorian chant is presented in an abstract light, detached from its original context. Distributed over electronic textures, the chant becomes a pure vocal matter, ready to be processed by the machine.
Extempore is a journey among evocative fragments and unexpected soundscapes, where the ancient melodies enter a new dimension while still keeping their original drive: the movement that goes “from the darkness to the light.”
The first album is going to be released very soon.
Extempore has also the pleasure to collaborate with the video artist Mauro Lovisetto.
After two years of artistic experiments, he founded GRINDER_7 a project in which he brings music, video making and graphic art.
During the Extempore concerts, the videos created by Mauro are shown.
Extempore music was also selected as soundtrack for the documentary Frattura by Marzotti-Buttignol-Ghione, already presented at the Gibellina 2018 Night Visions Festival.