Saturday October 8, 2011 was the day Il Tempio delle Clessidre performed for a large Korean audience at the Sowol Art Hall in Seoul, brought to Korea through the efforts of Si-Wan Seong, Korean DJ and music producer working with his friends at Black Widow Records.
The band is the brainchild of keyboardist Elisa Montaldo. As a young teenager, Elisa spent a lot of time at the Black Widow shop in Genoa exploring all musical genres and developing a love for Italian Progressive music of the 70s. In 2006 she met Stefano Galifi, aka “Lupo,” the vocalist from the legendary Museo Rosenbach. they began to form a band that would play the renowned Zarathustra live. Finally in 2008 they enlisted fellow Giulio Canepa (guitar), Fabio Gremo (bass), and 19-year old drummer Paolo Tixi to form Il Tempio delle Clessidre (The Temple of the Hourglass), their name a reference to a section in Museo Rosenbach’s Zarathustra.
To recreate Zarathustra live is definitely a labor of love and a tribute to Museo Rosenbach and I think that the result is better than the original. The music is complex, and given that the band can only gather once a week to rehearse, their hard work and dedication is a testament to the high quality of their performance.
After their 45-minute Zarathustra performance, the band took a 10-minute break to change costumes and returned to play most of their debut release. Now we were able to experience a different side of the band, from quiet Paolo Tixi of Il Tempio delle Clessidre duets with Lupo and Elisa to contemporary organ and synth drenched masterpieces without any obligatory drum or guitar solos. At the end, the audience would not let them go, so for their encore they played a final song from Zarathustra that elicited a resounding cheer. The audience loved them! They were clapping and cheering. After the encore, the band lined up for a “curtain call.” I fully expected them to receive a bouquet of flowers, as the audience was that enthusiastic!
What a perfect way for the band to end on a high note! I am so grateful that I could be part of it as well. From the opening chords and mournful Mellotron to the friendly reception. May Il Tempio delle Clessidre continue in this direction and reach larger audiences everywhere.
Henry Schneider (live review from exposè.org)
This Double DVD is a 4 Hours documentary of Il Tempio delle Clessidre, “Lupo” Galifi Era, beginning with first live appearance of the band at Teatro della Gioventu in 2009 and with some other cuts from their concerts during that period. A must have for all Progressive Fans!
Live at Sohol Art Hall – Seoul Oct 8th, 2011
a) L’ultimo uomo
b) Il Re di ieri
c) Al di là del bene e del male
e) Il tempio delle clessidre
Insolita parte di me
La Stanza Nascosta
Le due metà di una notte
Danza Esoterica di Datura
Il Centro Sottile
duration: 2 hours
Seoul Extra Footage – 16 min
Exposè Live Review
Very First Live Appearance – Live in Genova, Teatro della Gioventù – 50 min
Prog Liguria – 5 min
2 Days Prog +1 – 30 min
Music on the Road TV Show – 10 min
NEARFest Apocalypse – 20 min
IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE:
Stefano “Lupo” Galifi – Vocals
Elisa Montaldo – Keyboards
Giulio Canepa – El. Guitar
Fabio Gremo – Bass Guitar
Paolo Tixi – Drums