Warriors of the Night
- Artist: Accademia Amiata Ensemble
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/23/2008
In "Warriors of the Night" composer Tommy Fortmann expresses and transposes the symbolism of numbers into music. The result is an unusual combination of contemporary classical music with all it's fascinating facets and potential, but performed with the feeling of rock music. Despite the frequent use of complex structures of the modern, his music communicates with the listener directly and strikes him on an emotional level. It also appeals to lovers of jazz. ACCADEMIA AMIATA ENSEMBLE The Accademia Amiata Ensemble was founded in the nineties in Tuscany. The group has been successful on concert tours from inception. The proficiency of the musicians, the high level performances and the exceptional programs with compositions by Messiaen, Bartók, Fortmann, Piazzolla, Walton have always caused great enthusiasm among audience and critics. CD productions and radio recordings have followed. One of the CDs, 'Tango Catolico', became a kind of 'Classical Hit' in Europe and America. The activities of the Ensemble initiated the Accademia Amiata and the Festival 'Toscana delle Culture'. In 2004, Tommy Fortmann together with Marco Falaschi (Saxophone) and Carlo Alessandro Lapegna (Piano), two of the most outstanding Italian musicians and renowned professors at the State Conservatories, gave a new impulse to the Ensemble, in widening it's scope with new musical experimentations. Thomas FORTMANN was born in Switzerland and became a successful songwriter during the 70s. He wrote his first 'Hit' at the age of 16, which was followed by over a hundred titles released in more than 27 countries. Famous German Rock stars such as Udo Lindenberg, Love Generation, Jürgen Drews and others, but also British artists such as Alexis Korner or Italian singer Daniela Davoli recorded his songs. He composed the music for the musical Tell (1977), which created a scandal amongst the Swiss. The record made it onto all German-speaking charts. At the age of 26, Thomas abandoned his career as a Rock musician and dedicated himself to further studies in composition and instrumentation. This period formed the foundation for the following various chamber works, the two symphonies Pythagoras and Aion, the Oratorio Francescano, and the three music-plays: Sommerfrau & Winterwolf, the Cross and the Rooster and Collodis Pinocchio. He received scholarships and commissions from the towns of Zurich and Bern, the Swiss government, the European Union, the Opera of Zurich, Open Opera St.Gallen, Mozart Festival Trento and many others. In the mid' 80s Thomas and his family moved to Tuscany where he founded the Accademia Amiata and it's Festival 'Toscana delle Culture'. The music of Thomas Fortmann does not subscribe to any particular school of thought. He studied the various composition techniques, but being the autodidactic person he is, he maintained a critical point of view towards them. It lead to the development of a notably personal style, often uniting different, sometimes even contrary impulses of the modern. Formalistic ideas seem to serve him mainly as a method of transportation and play, resulting in very original ideas, like for example: the 'complementary twelve-tone technique'. It is, however, always important to him, despite the frequent use of complex structures, to directly communicate with the listener and make an emotional impact: 'Composing is an adventurous journey. However, street signs should not be the nucleus of sucha journey. Therefore, form has to serve the structure and expression of a piece, not vice versa!'