MADAME E. - Mirco Magnani + Ernesto Tomasini

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    title: MADAME E.
    artist: Mirco Magnani + Ernesto Tomasini
    label: Undogmatisch
    cat N.: UNDOGMA1
    time: 00:45:50

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title: MADAME E.
artist: Mirco Magnani + Ernesto Tomasini
format: 2xLP + download card in embossed sleeve
label: Undogmatisch
cat N.: UNDOGMA1
time: 00:45:50

Madame E. is a musical setting of Georges Bataille’s “Madame Edwarda”, a short novel that interlaces themes of eroticism, religiosity and death, and was written under the pseudonym Pierre Angelique in 1941, during the occupation of Paris.
Composer Mirco Magnani wrote eleven electronic pieces and presented them to actor/singer Ernesto Tomasini. They turned them into songs by adding vocal melodies and together they produced a libretto based on Bataille’s French text. The result of their dynamic interpretation is a hypnotically spellbinding performance where the audience is transported through worlds – ancient and new – and where Tomasini’s haunting falsetto conveys the tormented emotions in Bataille’s work and becomes the instrument that articulates the writer’s famously obscure themes.
The experimental operatic performance captures the atmosphere of heightened human passion, reminiscent of opera seria and revisited through hazy and minimalistic lens. The resulting dark and twitchy mood amalgamates old vintage electronic devices, string piano and Stella Veloce´s touching violoncello. The stage becomes a space where Eros and Thanatos, real and virtual, analogue and digital, cluster and melody, spirituality and technology are intermixed and turned unidentifiable, hence collapsing the binary logic of dualism.
Written by Magnani/Tomasini and produced by Mirco Magnani, with lyrics taken from "Madame Edwarda" by Georges Bataille, Madame E. was developed between Berlin and London where Magnani and Tomasini are respectively based. Recorded in Berlin, mastered by Murcof and released by Magnani’s label Undogmatisch, a collective that also includes Valentina Bardazzi, the painter responsible for the album artwork.

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released January 29, 2017

Music composed and performed by Mirco Magnani
Vocals and additional material by Ernesto Tomasini
Cello by Stella Veloce
Lyrics by Georges Bataille

also featuring:
additional loops and electronics Technophonic Chamber Orchestra_ (on 5/6/9/10)
additional loops and electronics Andrea De Witt_ (on 4/9/10)
backing vocals Maria Achenza_ (on 3/6/10), Klischee_ (on 7)

Recorded in Berlin
Vocals recordings and Mixing at Transfert Studio, Berlin
Engineered by Luca Sella and Mauro Martinuz
Cover Art by Valentina Bardazzi
Tipography by Lapo Belmestieri design by the Anti B, New York
Executive co-production by Nicolas Defawe, Carlota Villarreal and Javier Diaz
Published by Kizmaiaz
Mastered by Murcof
Produced and mixed by Mirco Magnani

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Mirco Magnani (T.C.O.) Berlin, Germany

Mirco Magnani, aka T.C.O. is an Italian - Berlin based music composer, co-founder of Minox, Technophonic Chamber Orchestra and 4Dkiller since 1984.
In 1996 he co-founded the label Suite Inc.. In 2009 he moved to Berlin and Undogmatisch label/events was launched in 2012 with painter Valentina Bardazzi. In 2017 the new album Madame E. with the actor/singer Ernesto Tomasini.
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