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11 juillet 2014

Maria Angeli 

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Born in the sensual city of Rome into a renowned Italian family heritage of household-name artists and film makers, it was only a matter of time before Maria Angeli’s own natural talents as a performing artist would simmer to the top. To capture and nurture this raw and exploding creative force, Maria was promptly sent to train at top performing arts schools. It was not long though before she realized that the harder she tried to resist the temptation, the more seductive the idea of relocating to the most dazzling and dynamic European city to pursue her artistic career became. So at the tender age of seventeen, Maria trusted her instincts and packed her bags and moved to London. After an initial avalanche of acting work in various stage productions, short films and commercials, Maria made an executive decision to focus on her true calling: a musical career as a singer songwriter. In 2001 she stood behind a studio microphone for the very first time to belt out deep, sultry house vocals that would blow away Swedish-based DJ and producer Pawel Kobak. This creative collaboration and Maria’s evocative and seductive voice resulted in the two seminal tracks: « You Got Me » and « Looking After No.1″ that were later released as the cornerstone of Kobak’s now hugely successful record label, Route 45 (www.route45.com) In 2002 a chance encounter with London-based DJ and producer Stephen Wakeling, and veteran guitarist Bruce Lister sowed the seeds that are today yielding the fruits of a formidable and copious creative partnership on the verge of musical greatness. Performing as ReddMoon, Maria Angeli and her production partners recently completed their forthcoming album, « Between Earth & Air », a tour de force of soul-laced electronica, chilled-atmospheric down tempo, and warm, dreamy British folk that will silence any naysayers or so called musical purists. The album was a labor of love for the trio and the perfect vehicle for Maria’s wonderfully velvet and seductive voice. It features an impressive and diverse list of guest musicians including Heather Hoyle, JOndrums, Leon Grant, and members of The London philharmonic orchestra. Tracks to look out for include « Once In a ReddMoon », « How Could We? », « Where Do We Go? » and « Ten ». And while her ReddMoon project was coming to fruition, the highly prolific Maria was not sitting idly on the side twiddling her thumbs. She features on three pure electronica tracks on the « Elektric Red » album part of the cutting edged KosmetiQ collection: « Modern Life » remixed by Detail and Stereovox, released on Qritikal records Revox and “Made in Italy” compilation, in February 2008 reached n.8 in Music Week’s upfront club charts. « Doin Jus Fine » also remixed by DETAIL and Frankie Fiasco, released on Qritickal records and “Underneath” one of the first releases also on Qritikal. Maria has also collaborated with London-based musicians/producers, Steve McCarthy and Toby Griffin, under their Parallel outfit. That project gave birth to numerous tracks, including « Something In My Head » that will feature prominently on Parallel’s forthcoming album to be released on i-label (www.myspace.com/parallelsound). And when you possess the vocal prowess of Maria Angeli, you don’t just hide between the technical wizardry of a recording studio – you take your live music show on the road. Maria performs regularly at some of the hottest venues in London, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, and Ibiza including Pacha, The Mermaid Theatre, Akab, and Yab. Maria’s refreshingly diverse vocal range and songwriting abilities have allowed her to work on a plethora of projects alongside established, progressive, and talented producers and musicians. Watch this space for live performance venues and record release dates.

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