Sophya Baccini was born as a singer, vocalist, pianist, author of texts in Italian, Neapolitan, French and English. She started her career in 1990, when together with Enrico Iglio (keyboards – percussion) and Sergio Casamassima (guitar) founded the Presence, dark progressive group of well-loved and appreciated both in Italy and abroad for the quality of recordings and compositions. He recorded six studio albums with them – where is the author of all texts – and one live, from 1990 to 2002, thanks to the collaboration with Black Widow Records of Genoa. For his portrayal of four arias by Verdi in the album Black Opera which relies on the collaboration of the string section of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples , is voted on by the public to Flash Europe as the fourth best female rock voice in the world.
In 2005 he wrote the lyrics of Dance Musical dedicated to Giordano Bruno “The Song of Circe”, and prepares the eponymous show in which he performed as a singer and dancer. Until 2008, its holdings are numerous, live and in the studio, with groups of the progressive and not such as Osanna, Delirium, Ricky Portera, Vittorio Nocenzi, Nino D’Angelo, Greenwall, Tylio , Wicked Minds, The Sign of the Control. In the same period she wrote, produced and sang two songs for the project of the Colossus “Divine Comedy”, taken from Dante’s Purgatory and Hell .
In 2009, feeling himself ready to face a parallel path to the Presence, public solo album “Aradia” which she entirely written, arranged and recorded. “Aradia” won in 2010 the prestigious prize of the Jury “ProgAwards”, unanimously awarded for the first time, and for the first time awarded to a woman. In the same year she receives from the hands of Lino Vairetti the prize “Men and Myths”, together with Gianni Leone from Il Balletto di Bronzo.
On 8 March 2012, Patrik Stiggson dedicated a monograph on the second channel Swedish national radio, and in December, training with Chicco Accetta on acoustic guitar, Stella Manfredi on violin and herself at the piano and voice, participating in the exhibition “Museums in Music” of the Roman Forum of Rome, recorded by TG1. As a result of these experiences, decided to add to his guitarist an all-female band , and founded the Sophya Baccini ‘s Aradia : Sophya to piano, vocals and synth bass, Chicco Accetta on guitar, Stella Manfredi on violin, Francesca Colaps on drums and Marilena Striano on keyboards. With this band he recorded the album “The Big Red Dragon (The William Blake’s Visions)” dedicated to the paintings of the great English genius. Formidable gallery of guests who have agreed to collaborate on the project: Christian Decamps (Ange), Aurelio Fierro jr., Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre), Steve Sylvester (Death SS, Sancta Sanctorum), Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, Ken Hensley Live Fire), Enrico Iglio (Presence), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Irvin and Lino Vairetti (Osanna).
Angel of the Revelation
Love of Hecate
La Porta dell’Inferno
While He’s Sleeping
Au Matin de Premier Jour
Big Red Dragon
Sophya Baccini: Voice, background vocals, keyboards, piano, synth bass
Chicco Acetta: Guitars
Francesca Colaps: Drums
Stella Manfredi: Violin, viola
Marilena Striano: Piano on “Beatrice”
Christian Decamps: Lead vocals on “Au Matin de Priemer Jour”
Enrico Iglio: Hammond organ, mini moog, bells on “The Number”
Pino Falgiano: Keyboards solo on “Cerberus”
Aurelio Fierro Jr. : Vocals on “Big Red Dragon”
Sonja Kristina: Vocals on “While He’s Sleeping”
Elisa Montaldo: Harpsichord, celeste, mellotron on “Love of Hecate”
Steve Sylvester: Vocals on “The Number”
Roberto Tiranti: Vocals on “Just”
Irvin Vairetti: Vocals on “La Porta dell’Inferno”
Lino Vairetti: Vocals on “La Porta dell’Inferno”