THE SONGBOOK CHRONICLES

The Songbook Chronicles is a live show and a concept project that will see SirJo Cocchi publishing a song every 6 weeks: after a series of 4 songs a thematic Ep will be released, including those 4 songs, alternate versions and an audiobook. A total of 6 Eps will be released: the first EP (available on all major online platforms) is an introduction to the project where the 4 tracks cover the 4 themes of the Eps, themes that will be revealed as the songs come out.

This work is the result of various recording sessions that started in June 2016 and went on until June 2018 where SirJo and his musicians recorded 88 tracks (some were complete songs, some recorded as rhythm section are being reworked or completed). As many authors know, songs that are kept in the drawer for too long can take too much dust or get rusty and even become obsolete for the artist himself, hence the idea of a project that, within its wide but cohesive thematic spectrum, could allow SirJo to release a single every 6 weeks.

 

IN THE STUDIO :

SirJo Cocchi – Vocals & Efx, Piano, Synths
Lucio Enrico Fasino – Electric Bass
Fiore Flower Garcea – Drums & Sampler
Andrea Talarico – Guitars

LIVE:

SirJo Cocchi – Vocals & Efx, Piano, Synths
Riccardo Oliva – Electric Bass
Fiore Flower Garcea – Drums & Sampler
Andrea Talarico – Guitars

COLLABORATIONS

SirJo Cocchi Leadvox, Keys, MD
Pancho RagoneseKeys & programming
Lorenzo PoliEl.bass, Giovanni Giorgi – Drums & live electronics
Isabella CasucciVocalist, Elisa Rosselli – Vocalist
Alex Usai – El. Guitar, Alessandro DiaferioEl & Ac.guitars
Pepe RagoneseTrumpet , horn arrangements
Valentino FinoliSax & reeds

FOUNDA(C)TION

A creative unit of 10 musicians that blends soul with funk, jazz and rock. FOUNDATION: the foundation of this project are a handful of songs I wrote that were arranged with the contribution of this collective. The group is made up by some of the top players of the Italian music scene. ACTION: from these songs starts a journey that combines groove, known riffs (plus fresh new ones) and improvisation. The band has released two albums: As it used 2b (2010) and As it is (2017)

PEPE RAGONESE & THE MIGHTY GROOVIN’ STUFF

The Mighty Groovin’ Stuff is a project by composer/trumpet player Pepe Ragonese. It’s a tribute Jazz Funk with a modern take and vintage sounds, with song/anthems that morph into improvisations. The first album by the band has just been released .

Pepe RagoneseCompositions, Arrangements, Trumpet, Backup vox & guitar
Pancho RagoneseWurlitzer piano, Synth bass 
Alessandro Usai  – Guitar &Backup vox
Martino Malacrida  – Drums
Rudi Manzoli  – Sax & Backup vox
SirJo Cocchi – Lead vox, Organ & Synth