The guru of electronic music
Toni Verde, composer, musician, songwriter , arranger and orchestra director, gave his first public performance of his latest work, “Unity”, at the 20th European Music Festival in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in June this year. The piece received an international première upon invitation from the event’s organizers who annually stage the event in... more
The guru of electronic music
Toni Verde, composer, musician, songwriter , arranger and orchestra director, gave his first public performance of his latest work, “Unity”, at the 20th European Music Festival in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in June this year. The piece received an international première upon invitation from the event’s organizers who annually stage the event in various European capitals. In Circus in the Sky Toni succeeds in using futuristic electronic music in ways which are uniquely his own, drawing on the atmosphere and echo of his Mediterranean roots, never forgotten yet honed by his experiences and opportunities for musical growth in America. Qualities which, over time, have earned him the appellation of “Guru of electronic music” in the international specialist press.
The new album "Unity", the result of a fusion between numerous musical genres, is metaphorically inspired by the union between a being and the universe it inhabits in the creation of a new dimension. A concept personally forged by Tony in his philosophy on life, one of his own device and which he has followed both mentally and physically, in so doing attracting a considerable number of followers intrigued by his fascinating personality.
Constantly projected “forwards” both as an artist and as an individual, from the time of his earliest debut at a very young age as part of the awe-inspiring progressive music movement, as the leader of groups re-writing musical history back in the glory days of the Seventies.
The apocalyptic, symbolist style of "Circus in the Sky" opens the new album’s track list, followed by the sweetly melodic, neo-pop styled track with gothic undertones, "Princess of the Desert" and the charged rhythmic framework of "Planet of the White Rabbit", whilst the glacial cool sounds of "Dreaming" transport the listener to an oneiric dimension of symbolic and limitless spaces.
Describing the atmosphere created by a work such as “UNITY” is no easy task since words alone fail to express the emotions experienced whilst listening to it. Circus in the Sky is then further augmented by an extraordinary visual display which truly captures the senses, given the opportunity one has to watch the video recording of the performance on the Spanish Steps in Rome, featuring aerial choreography wondrously interpreted by dancers stretched to the limits of pure acrobatics. A veritable circus in the sky.
Toni Verde began his musical training early with classical study of the piano and guitar. After working as a composer for some years in the Progressive Rock group The Saint Just, his debut arrived in 1975 with his first album as a soloist “Calypso”. This disc is a rare example of experimental progressive music: in fact the experts in the sector place it among the first models of acid jazz.
After a spell in the United States, Toni returned to Italy in the early 1980s and founded with his brother Ciro Verde, the ACV Records label. As producer and artistic director of this label Toni received great acclaim from critics and the public, in Italy and abroad.
The successes obtained were reviewed by the most important European publications, among them the English television ITV which dedicates a “special” to him, while the London “DJ magazine” carries an article defining ACV as “the most ambitious label since the times of “Motown”. ACV Records was the sole Italian record firm to enter the coveted sales classification of the weekly “Melody Maker” and the “New Musical Express”, gaining the top positions. ACV Records was also the first electronic dance label to surface in Russia, in an event inside the Sports Palace in Moscow, and to take part in the Love Parade in Germany, apart from numerous events in the most important clubs in the world. There have been countless collaborations with some of the best-known DJs in the panorama of electronic dance music such as Robert Armani, Sven Vath, Dave Clarke, Paul Johnson, Steve Poindexter, Dave Angel and many others.
From 1994 to 1999 Toni was in the top places in the international rankings with pop productions which have won Gold and Platinum Disc awards.
In the 2011-2012 season he was a protagonist, together with the artiste Daniela Fusco, in the theatre world with the staging and direction of the “The Arch of Jade” which was shown against the picturesque backdrop of the ”Spanish Steps” in Rome, before an audience of over 100.000. The show, staged in the most important theatres in Italy, had its debut in the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome and was completely “sold out”.
In 2013, with the issue of the album of crossover music “The World to Come”, Toni gains the top places in the iTunes classifications in Italy and the Top 10 in USA and UK, staying in the charts for as long as 16 weeks.
In March 2014 he released a new music project Electronics "Circus in the Sky", in the first week reaches the top of the Charts in the iTunes Top 10 in Italy and the U.S. and UK.
April 2014 shows an Epic Liveset "Circus in the sky" at Point Ephereme of Paris.
June 21, 2014 concurrently with the release of the new album "Unity", International premiere on the steps of the Trinità dei Monti at the Spanish Steps. The Album reaches the top of the Charts in the iTunes Top 10 in Italy and Top 20 in France and UK.less