Maria Pia De Vito: Eucharisto Soi
Maria Pia De Vito (vocals)
Maria Pia De Vito (vocals),
Gianluigi Trovesi (alto clarinet), Enzo Pietropaoli (bass), Federico Sanesi (tabla).
Composed by Maria Pia De Vito.
Recorded: Perugia, Italy, 1998
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Born in Naples, Southern Italy, a crucible of Mediterranean folk and classical influences, Maria Pia De Vito is one of the Peninsula's great voices and has frequently worked with such other European musicians as British pianist John Taylor, Belgian singer David Linx or Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger. Here she uses lyrics from an apocryphal gospel to build a song that sounds more Indian than Italian, polytheist than Christian. But phoné — the voice in ancient Greek — has always and universally been used to communicate with the divine, and De Vito certainly isn't one to restrict her vocal abilities to the Mediterranean orb. Supported mainly by tabla, bass and the very vocal-like sound of Trovesi's alto clarinet, she creates an utterly original mood, beyond the borders of tradition and modernity.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num