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Carsten Pieper Imagine Giant Sand's Howe Gelb fronting Mop Mop with some nice orchestral flourishes and you might get an idea what this album sounds like.

A very relaxed/relaxing affair! And good production, too, doing the splendid arrangements honour. Favorite track: Maatkara.
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Michael Mueller A brooding, sensuous ripple of an album, Volpe and Co have made an album that revels in its nocturnal murmurations.

Deeply and silkily voiced, Volpe intones his lyrics in a style that sits between Nick Cave and Barry White. The music, unsurprisingly, is slow-paced, delicate and dextrously arranged.

Best enjoyed late at night in a dimly list space, with a warming tipple close to hand.

Favorite track: Basrah.
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Albore 06:01 video
Atlante 04:03
Basrah 04:30
Nostril 04:00 video
Maatkara 03:55
Betel 01:12
Rhabdomancy 04:18
Reveal 04:40
Whorf 03:08
Wheat Field 04:09


A few minutes before the dawn, there is an instant where a soft dim light rends the horizon eastwards and the night prepares to share the heavens with the coming morning. In Italian this feeble glow is called “albore” and it also means the beginning of something.

"Albore" is a record about an initiation, a spiritual journey that drives the listener into an hypnotic and evocative world made of Yoruba polyrhythms, Middle Eastern impressions, spiritual Jazz drifts, Ethiopian groove vibes and Afrobeat-like brass sections. It is a mix of different sonic landscapes where the instruments of Volpe's Orchestra weave a texture of voices into a sort of magical realism. These 10 compositions pay tribute to John Lurie’s late work, the spiritual Jazz of Pharoah Sanders and the ethnomusical studies of Lloyd Miller.

Written and arranged by Manuel Volpe, the album is ably supported by an excellent production team made up of Massimiliano Moccia, Andrea Scardovi, Kelly Hibbert and Volpe himself under the fine supervision of Afro-Jazz-Fusion expert Andrea Benini from Mop Mop.


Produced by Manuel Volpe
Composed, arranged and directed by Manuel Volpe
Recorded by Massimiliano Moccia and Manuel Volpe at Superbudda, Turin (Italy, Nov 2014) and MAM Recordings, Cuneo (Italy, Mar 2015)
Mixed by Andrea Scardovi at Duna Studio, Russi, Ravenna (Italy, June 2015). Mastered by Kelly Hibbert at Almachrome (USA, Sept 2015)
Production supervision by Andrea Benini


released March 11, 2016


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Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra Turin, Italy

Born in 2014, Rhabdomantic Orchestra is an open collective of musicians based in Turin led by composer and multi- instrumentalist Manuel Volpe.
The band have released 2 albums with the german label Agogo Records (K7 group) gaining the favor of international press and radios worldwide.
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