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Demetrio Stratos (1945 - 1979)



La Voce-Musica (Compilation, recorded 1970s)

1. O tzitziras o mitziras

2. luglio, agosto, settembre (nero) (con gli Area)

3. passaggi 1, 2

4. Criptomelodie infantili

5. Flautofonie e altro

6. Le sirene

7. Cometa rossa (con gli Area)

8. Segmenti

9. Mirologhi I (Lamento d'Epiro)

10. Metrodora

11. Sixty-two Mesostics Re Merce Cunningham

12. Evaporazione (con gli Area)

13. Le milleuna


Recitarcantando (1980)

1. Flautofonie ed altro [4:45]

2. Passaggi [2:05]

3. Cometa Rossa [9:19]

4. Le sirene [5:02]

5. Flautofonie ed altro [8:10]

6. Investigazioni (diplofonie triplofonie) [7:05]

7. Mirologhi 1 [5:30]

8. Investigazioni [1:35]

Live album recorded in Cremona, Italy on September 21, 1978, with Demetrio Stratos on vocals and Lucio Fabbri on violin.

Originally released in vinyl LP format and published in Italy by Cramps; re-released in 2007 in CD Sized Album Replica, Gatefold, Limited Edition format and published in Japan by Strange Days.



Carnascialia (1979)

1. Canzone Numero Uno

2. Fiocchi di Neve

3. Almeisan

4. Kaitain

5. Cruzeiro do Sul

6. Gamela

Demetrio Stratos, Pasquale Minieri, Giorgio Vivaldi, Mauro Pagani, Maurizio Giammarco, Danilo Rea, Carlo Siliotto, Piero Brega, Tommaso Vittorini, Clara Murtas, Marcello Vento.


Le Milleuna (1979)

1. Le Milleuna [63:13]

Text written by Nanni Balestrini. Originally released in vinyl LP format and published in Italy by Cramps; re-released in 1990 in CD format and published in Italy by Cramps; re-released in 2007 in CD Sized Album Replica, Limited Edition format and published in Japan by Strange Days.


Cantare La Voce (1978)

1. Investigazioni (Diplofonie e Triplofonie) [14:41]

2. Passaggi 1,2 [5:16]

3. Criptomelodie Infantili [6:23]

4. Flautofonie ed Altro [6:17]

5. Le Sirene [6:19]

Originally released in vinyl LP format and published in Italy by Cramps.


Cantata Rossa per Taal al Zaatar (1976)

1. Fedayn

2. i 53 Giorni

3. Libertsubito

4. Amna

5. Piccolo Fadh

6. La Madre

7. Sulle Macerie

8. La Cantata Rossa

9. Fedayn

Album by Gaetano Liguori, Giulio Stocchi and Demetrio Stratos, featuring Concetta Busacca, Pasquale Liguori and Roberto Del Piano.


Metrodora (1976)

1. Segmenti uno

2. Segmenti due

3. Segmenti tre

4. Segmenti quattro

5. Mirologhi 1 (lamento d'Epiro)

6. Metrodora

7. Mirologhi 2

Originally released in vinyl LP format and published in Italy by Cramps; re-released in 2007 in CD Sized Album Replica, Limited Edition format and published in Japan by Strange Days, POCE-1197.




BIOGRAPHY from Wikipedia

Efstratios Demetriou (Alexandria, April 22, 1945 - New York, June 13, 1979) better known as Demetrio Stratos was an Italian lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, music researcher, and co-founder, frontman and lead singer of the Italian progressive rock, jazz fusion band AreA - International POPular Group.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek parents, he studied piano and accordion at the "National Conservatoire". In 1957 he was sent to Nicosia, Cyprus, and, at the age of 17, moved to Milan, Italy, to attend the Politecnico di Milano University at the Architecture Faculty, where he formed his first musical group. In 1967, Demetrio Stratos joined the Italian beat band I Ribelli, and in 1972, founded Area.

Stratos recorded many records, and toured festivals in Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands, Cuba, U.S. with Area, as well as a solo artist and in collaboration with other artists. He worked together with musicians, singers, writers, poets, directors, men of learning such as Mogol, Lucio Battisti, Gianni Sassi, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Juan Hidalgo, Walter Marchetti, John Cage, Tran Quang Hai, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Grete Sultan, Paul Zukofsky, Nanni Balestrini, Claude Royet-Journoud, and Antonio Porta.

He studied ethnomusicology, vocal extensions, Asian music chant, compared musicology, the problem of ethnic vocality, psychoanalysis, the relationship between spoken language and the psyche, the limits of the spoken language. He was able to reach 7,000 Hz, and to perform diplophony, triplophony, and also quadrophony. Daniel Charles has described him as the person who decimated monody by the demultiplication of the acoustic spectrum. His vocal abilities were explored and documented.

Stratos died in New York City Memorial Hospital on June 13, 1979 at the age of thirty-four. His mission was to free vocal expression from the slavery of language and pretty melodies. He considered the exploration of vocal potential as a tool of psychological and political liberation. His study of the voice used as a musical instrument carried him to reach for the limits of human capabilities. The amazing research of Stratos brings many suggestions of unexplored fields of research that are still to be studied.







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