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Music Lite by Organic Themes
Formed in 2004, Hexperos is a project by Alessandra Santovito and Francesco Forgione, assisted by violinists Domenico Mancini and Alessandro Pensa, percussion instruments player Francesco Savoretti, handpan and percussion instruments player Loris Baccalà, guitarist Simone Ranieri and other talented guests. All music and lyrics, except where mentioned, are written by Alessandra Santovito and Francesco Forgione. Both of them have numberless experience in various music fields and play also medieval music with the ensemble Las Cantigas de Hexperos.
The name Hexperos derives from the characters Esperidi and from Hesperos – the first being three mythological figures, the nymphs of the evening, who take care of a tree of golden apples and sing with melodious voices, and the latter the name of the first vesper star, the one preferred by Venus. Greek mythology, together with Gothic literature and pagan themes, serve as inspiration for the lyrics written by Alessandra, who on occasion uses also passages by other authors for the songs.
The music, composed mostly by Francesco, with Alessandra taking care of the vocal lines, creates an atmosphere of mysterious sensuality, romance and bittersweet melancholy, with influences from both classical and contemporary genres to which the duo add numerous references to Celtic, Mediterranean, Medieval or Baroque sonorities. Hexperos have also proposed their own versions of classic masterpieces such as Ave Maria by Caccini, A time for us by Nino Rota or Siete Canciones Populares Españolas by Manuel De Falla.
Hexperos’ last album is entitled Lost in the Great Sea because the title track reflects our new sound and our fascination for the ancient past, Pre-Raphaelitism, and the great impact that women and their imaginary travels have made in the history of art.
We have been enamored with Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s works of art for many years and we feel that, in a certain way, we are a part of this artistic movement. Moreover, both of us were born in Vasto, Italy, the birthplace of Gabriele Rossetti (father of Christina and Dante Gabriel), so we feel especially obliged to keep our heritage alive through our art form. Our source of inspiration comes from the lighting, colours and themes of Pre-Raphaelite art with a personal and modern twist, a concept that has been reflected in the work of Riccardo Bruni, photographer and cover artist for this album, and Malgorzata Maj, photographer and cover artist for our previous album The Veil of Queen Mab.
We want to take listeners on a journey through stories about real travelers and dreamers, ancient times, lovers, difficulties and mental images which induce sublime romanticism.
Nature, Celticism, music and myths are the leitmotif of Hexperos and of Pre-Raphaelite art.
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