A 70s Psychedelic Jazz Trip by Italian Singer & Film Composer Nora OrlandiA 70s Psychedelic Jazz Trip by Italian Singer & Film Composer Nora Orlandi


A 70s Psychedelic Jazz Trip by Italian Singer & Film Composer Nora Orlandi

Nora Orlandi's Italian film music inspired Quentin Tarantino in 'Kill Bill' and was later flipped by The Neptunes on The Clipse's 'Hell Hath No Fury.' As a pianist, violinist, soprano singer, and the first female composer for Italian cinema, her psychedelic-tinged soundtracks range from Spaghetti Westerns to 'giallo' murder mysteries. In 1970, she released 'Sfere Luminose' together with jazz drummer Franco Tonani.




June 1, 2023

Sfere Luminose opens with serene easy-listening on "Un Po' Di Te." But as the trippy spirals on the record sleeve imply, the album soon takes a left turn. Long organ notes and Nora Orlandi's peculiar voice enter the mix on the following track "Giochi e Luci," before the rest of the music on Sfere Luminose ("Luminous Spheres") drifts off into a strange trip with phonetic singing.

"It's true, I used to be the only woman in a world—the world of music for film—that still was a boys' club. But this didn't deter me at all. If I was chosen for a music score, they bought my music, not my personal status."

—Nora Orlandi (liner notes for 'A Doppia Faccia')

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Sfere Luminose was originally released as part of the Musiche Per Commento compilation series next to works by Ennio Morricone, Sandro Brugnolini, Franco Goldani, and I Marc 4 collaborator Piero Umiliani, among others. The series was released by Alessandro Derevitzky's soundtrack label Record TV Discografica, which is now part of Sonor Music Editions—the iconic Italian library imprint with more records on Tracklib. Derevitzky was a composer himself as well under the moniker of A. Dereales. Two of his records from the Musiche Per Commento series are also available on Tracklib:

The second half of Sfere Luminose is credited to Italian jazz drummer Franco Tonani, and sees a more drum-centric approach in harmony with Nora Orlandi's voice. Such as "Corro Da Te," which sounds like an Italian answer to 60s-era British beat music and Dutch nederbeat. All of that combined with the jazz, easy listening, bossa nova rhythms, Nora Orlandi's alluring voice, and hints of psychedelic music, turns Sfere Luminose into a swirling source for samples.

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