Letter from Motherland
One More Language is a project which unites and blends research on vocals and the sonority of languages within the framework of jazz, improvised music, lyrics and poetry. From 1999 Francesco Forges and Shinobu Kikuchi have been involved in live performances and recordings with european and african singers from different musical backgrounds. They have worked towards a continuous development of original pieces, classic jazz from an extensive repertoire and traditional music from an enormous collection from all over the world. Originating as an 'a cappella' group, in collaboration with Karin Mensah from Capo Verde and the italians Simonetta Artuso and Massimiliano Pascucci, the project then expanded to include the work of other singers (Anna Lauvergnac, Maurizio Nobili, Oskar Boldre and the brasilian Ana Flora) and percussionists (Kal Dos Santos and Federico Sanesi). It was under this form that in 2001 One More Language received the 'Targa Mazars' prize for the best musical project under the title 'Jazz vocals between melody and timbre research', performed live at the 'Jazz in Bocconi' Festival in Milan and subsequently produced the CD 'LETTER FROM MOTHERLAND' (Ed M.A.P.). The group currently appears in various formations consisting of 2 to 4 elements and the vocals are supported by the piano, violin and flutes (used in both a 'vocal' and 'percussive' context) and electronic instruments. ALBUM CREDITS Performance Credits Francesco Forges Voice Shinobu Kikuchi Voice + Simonetta Artuso Voice Oskar Boldre Voice Yan Chizzini Voice Ana Flora Voice Anna Lauvergnac Voice Karin Mensah Voice Maurizio Nobili Voice + Kal Dos Santos Percussion Federico Sanesi Tabla Technical Credits Tony Martino Engineer Zoran Matejevic Engineer Massimo Monti Producer.