Dear Friends and Supporters!
Just wishing to reiterate my heart felt thanks for getting on board with my new venture. It really means a lot.
Please send through your email details and postal address so I may send out the owed rewards.
I shall do this asap, but will prioritise the physical CD hard copies. Facsimiles and larger rewards will follow in due course!
The launch will now take place in London at Rosslyn Hill Chapel Hampstead, on Saturday September 24th at 6pm.
Booking details can be found here:
Again, thank you so much for all your kind and generous pledges and thank you for your continued patience!
Dates for the concert calender:
May 8th Frihavnskirken, Copenhagen
July 8-10: Villa Medici Giulini, Milan.
August -(tbc). The Round Tower, Copenhagen
September 4th: Frihavnskirken, Copenhagen.
September 21 (tbc) Steinway Hall London
September 24th 6pm Rosslyn Hill Chapel Hampstead, London.
October 12th: Fidelio Cafe, Clerkenwell, London. 7pm start.
October (tbc). St.Botolph Aldwich, London.
October (tbc) The 1901 Arts Club, Waterloo, London
March 2023 (tbc) Gasworks Melbourne
This CD marks the inaugural release of my new Record Label: ARTéMUS. Recorded live and unedited capturing the excitement and electricity in stunning sound as though one were really there.
A mixture of different Genres inc. Jazzy to Dramatic, Romantic to early Baroque. From the gothic high drama of Franck's Piano Quintet to the bluesy, smoked filled atmosphere of Erroll Garner's Teach me Tonight (from Concert by the Sea).
In early 2020 the first London lockdowns afforded me a long awaited opportunity to write out a whole set of entirely new arrangements & transcriptions for solo piano. After moving to Denmark last June I recorded these before an invited audience.
Since first performing in Denmark in 2017 I have fallen in love with not only the marvellous atmosphere of Copenhagen as a city but also with its incredibly musical and warm hearted people. A special place that has become my second home is the very inviting church Frihavnskirken in Osterport. I am so thrilled that my inaugural ARTéMUS release was born there.
Creating one's own 'CD label' has been a very exciting venture for me and something that I have wanted to achieve for a long time. Having complete control over acoustic, choice of repertoire, piano, producer, tuner, and cover design has been a godsend. Today's digital world has made it much easier to produce, distribute as well as introduce new work, like never before.
Over the next 10 years I will record and release the bulk of my core music repertoire that has been close to my heart during my formative years and throughout my 22 year sabbatical.
Future CD releases will include works by Franco Belgian Composer Cesar Franck (1822-1890) who celebrates his Bi-Centenial this year, followed by a second album of new Piano Transcriptions (Volume 2).
The notated sheet music of all the transcriptions will be published in its premier volume in conjunction with the CD release in late May 2022.
Thankfully I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people who are helping to fulfil my dream of sharing my music with the world.
CD Track listing
Franck/Villani Piano Quintet (1st Movt)
Purcell/Villani Dido’s Lament
Tchaikovsky/Villani Reminiscences from Romeo and Juliet
Hugo Wolf/Villani 'Um Mitternacht'
Weill/Villani Bilbao Song
Liszt/Villani Legende #2
Erroll Garner/Villani 'Teach me Tonight'
Nino Rota/Villani : Improvisation on Romeo and Juliet
Rodgers/Villani 'Edelweiss' .
Meet my fabulous team!
Andrew Holdsworth, Sound engineer.
Andrew Holdsworth is a London- based recording producer who has worked with a variety of artists in many genres. Recent projects include producing all the music for the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabuses and producing Mozart's Requiem for Cello with Tony Woollard. He also remastered classic Norma Fisher recordings at the BBC as well as rare, newly discovered recordings of Ervin Nyiregyhazi.
Andrew and I first collaborated back in 2015 for my first album 'Angelo Villani plays Dante's Inferno' which received many 5 star reviews across the globe including the highly coveted Gei Jutsu Award in Japan.
Eva Roelofs. Graphic Designer.
Eva Roelofs is a young French designer based in London. A Graphic Design graduate since 2015, her work includes branding and general graphic design work, website design, bespoke wallpaper creation, fabric design and tattoo commissions.
Eva has helped to design the logo for ARTéMUS as well as layout structure for the CD Cover. In future, our logo may vary in colour to match the changing background covers of subsequent CD releases.
Alan Kerr, Photographer.
Alan is definitely a man of many talents and a dear friend of many years. In February this year we had opportunity for our first photo shoot in nine years! Alan's incredible knowledge and expertise was invaluable in helping to create our CD cover.
Kevin Bazzana, writer, critic and editor.
Kevin Bazzana is a Canadian writer who holds degrees in music history from the University of Victoria (B.Mus.), Stanford University (M.A.), and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.). He is the author of Glenn Gould: The Performer in the Work (1997) and Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould (2003), edited a journal for the Glenn Gould Foundation (1995-2008), and has been a consultant on many Gould-related projects, including the documentary film Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009). He is also the author of Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick (2007), a biography of the Hungarian-American pianist-composer Ervin Nyiregyházi, and edited a collection of Nyiregyházi’s compositions (2019). He was a university lecturer for many years, and has written prolifically as a critic, a newspaper columnist, and a program annotator for orchestras and record companies. He lives in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.
I am very proud to have Kevin on board! His musical connoisseurship has be invaluable to me over the years since I began performing again . He will be editing my sleeve notes for the album.
Jun Kinoshita. Pianist, Piano connoisseur and Music Archivist.
Jun was the brainchild behind my first tour of Japan in 2016. His major contribution to an exhaustive edition of Vladimir Horowitz's complete discography was published in Japan to great acclaim in 2014 and has become a collector's item ever since.
He will be translating my sleeve notes into Japanese for the CD's release in Japan.
Peter Kjærulff, Producer.
Not only is Peter a dear friend and colleague but also a wonderful music lecturer and educator. He has enormous encyclopaedic knowledge of Classical music as well as other musical genres. He also has an uncanny affinity with my own personal vision of Romanticism, hence being the ideal candidate as my producer. I am already looking forward to recording many more future projects together!
Nicky Thomas (Nicky Thomas Media).
Nicky is one of my oldest and dearest friends since my days at Tower Records. She has been instrumental with my PR ever since my London Debut in 2012.
In early July we will launch the new album in Milan at Villa Medici Giulini as well as in London and Copenhagen. Other concerts have been scheduled to begin live promotion of the label and new CD.
**********THE REWARDS for your kind pledges ****************
£25 =1x pre-release, CD (sent worldwide).
£40 =1x pre-release CD signed plus personally written thank you card (sent worldwide)
£80 =1x Colour Fascimile: your choice of the first page of any of my Transcriptions (hand written) personally signed. Plus 2 signed CDs (sent worldwide)
£200 =1x Original hand written copy: Your choice of the first page of any of my Transcriptions. Personally signed. Plus 2 signed CDs (sent worldwide). Personal short thank you video sent directly to your phone/laptop. Musical excerpt at piano included.
£500 =1x Your choice of live or pre recorded mini Recital of works from the CD (max. 20 minutes) via Zoom with personal intro by me, from my iPhone (worldwide). Plus ANY of the above Rewards.
£1000 =1x Private Recital in your home of the whole CD. (travel cost not inc. Subject to availability. You must provide your own piano). Plus ANY one of the above Rewards.
-What your pledges will directly fund:
£120 Piano Tuning
£450 Cover Design/formatting.
£2350 CD Pressing at Sony Pressing Plant (UK)
£550 CD Formatting
£700 Sound Remastering.
£1430 Sheet Music publication (hard copy) Inc. Finale software for transcribing.
Thank you for all your attention and support!
Please visit my YouTube channel via my website for further audio and video performances including alternate takes from the new recording.