Born in 1998, it quickly becomes a small “cult-band” among the new Italian independent music groups.
Acustimantico’s musical oblique aptitude mixes the tradition of Italian music with Balkan elements, along with strictly European flavoured avant-garde pop-jazz. This elegant recipe leads to a tasty, fascinating result.
In its fourteen-years activity, the band has been playing all over Italy , Europe and Japan, and has won two important National Awards: Sonica ’99 For Unsigned Bands with the song ‘Fiori di Loto’ (‘The Lotus Flowers’– EMI, 1999) and in 2003 the prestigious Premio Città di Recanati, winning both prizes for The Best Critique’s Choice and The Best Music, as well as being the Audience’s Favorite Band on the Internet.
In 2000 the group self-produces its first CD, ‘ACUSTIMANTICO’, a six-tracks album showing the initial idea of the band’s aesthetics: Balkans + Mediterranean tradition + Middle East.
With its second CD, ‘LA BELLA STAGIONE’ (‘The Good Season’ – 2002) Acustimantico’s world becomes richer in texture thanks to new references to klezmer sounds, tango and a slight influence from European trip-hop.
In 2003, the song ‘Radio’ is included in a World Music compilation edited by the Italian magazine l’Espresso (35,000 copies) putting Acustimantico among the best Italian World Music artists.
The third CD “SANTA ISABEL” (2004) wins the National Prize as “Best Independent Production” from MEI – Independent Labels Meeting.
In 2005 Acustimantico releases a live CD, “DISCO N.4” for the label ilmanifesto.
In 2006/2008 the group produces and releases “EM – Ovvero Emanuel Carnevali va in America”, a theatre work inspired by the poems and the life of the immigrant Italian poet Emanuel Carnevali. The show is twice sold out at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, and a CD under the same name is released with the contribution of IMAIE and the Fondazione Carnevali – Rocca dei Bentivoglio.
The newest CD from Acustimantico, “TEMPO DI PASSAGGIO” (Helikonia, 2012) is a concept-album about the changes in our modern society (particularly referring to the ‘Arab Spring’); it gives a positive-thinking point of view that overlooks at the idea of a global transition towards a better world. The CD’s artwork shows some beautiful pictures by the great Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli.
Besides a regular amplified gig, Acustimantico plays a totally acoustic – unplugged set (no amplification at all) called ‘CONCERTO DEL SILENZIO’ (‘Concert of Silence’) where the magic of music and songwriting is often combined with the amazing sounds of nature: the concerts take place from outdoor venues to museums or churchyards, where silence becomes the fifth element – a new concept of experiencing original music.
Acustimantico often works with artists such as writers, painters, actors having no particular stylistic limitations, believing that Art is the unique way to overcome all barriers.
Raffaella Misiti – voice
Stefano Scatozza – guitar, compositions, arrangements
Marcello Duranti – baritone and soprano sax, glockenspiel, flutes
Stefano Napoli – double bass
Salvatore De Seta – drums and percussions
Danilo Selvaggi – lyrics, art direction