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Rhabdomantic Orchestra Monk 1


27.03 Bellezza - Milano, IT

23.03 Hydro - Biella, IT

22.03 tba

21.03 Le Singe - Bienne, CH

12.01 Spazio 211 - Torino, IT


31.12 Capodanno - Firenze w/ Gianluca Petrella

25.11 Leoncavallo - Milano, IT

13.10 Monk - Roma, IT

16.08 Ariano Folk Festival - Ariano Irpino (AV), IT

16.07 Disorder Festival - Salerno, IT

15.07 Borgofuturo - San Ginesio (MC), IT

14.07 TV Spenta Festival - Siena, IT

08.07 Folie D'Eté- Mellisey, FR

25.06 Indierocket Festival - Pescara, IT

02.06 Uovo Cosmico - Milano, IT

25.04 Mercati Generali - Catania, IT

23.04 Fanfulla - Roma, IT

16.04 Novara Jazz Weekender - Novara, IT

15.04 Teatro Miela - Trieste, IT

08.04 Kaschemme - Basel, CH

07.04 Import/Export - Munich, DE

25.03 Babel Music Festival - Marseille, FR

24.03 La Straordinaria - Lugano, CH


10.12 Gagarin - Busto Arsizio (VA), IT

25.11 Off Topic - Torino, IT

24.11 Biko - Milano, IT

10.09 Riviera Jazz & Blues Festival - Varazze (SV), IT

29.08 Città Futura - Jesi (AN), IT

30.07 Holydays FestivalScopoli (PG), IT

16.07 Canaleontica Festival - Canale (CN), IT

08.04 BunkerTorino, IT

25.11  Linecheck Festival - Milano, IT

11.09 Jazz Is Dead Festival - Torino, IT

After 6 years from “albore”, Rhabdomantic Orchestra is back with a new full length born from the meeting with the Colombian singer Maria Mallol Moya.

“Almagre” is a sort of novel in music inspired by surrealism aesthetics and south american magical realism. Set in an imaginary Mediterranean, crossroads of encounters and clashes between cultures, red as the blood that keeps staining its waters, almagre is a visceral, spiritual yet political album that marks a change of direction from the sense of purification of the previous work towards a continuous tension to the sublime.

After the allusion to the white of albore, now is the time for “almagre” an arabic-hispanic word used to name the red color obtained from iron oxide.

The album was composed and arranged by Manuel Volpe with the intention to create a musical babel made up of continuous contrasts of languages and suggestions with a strong narrative approach to orchestration. Each episode develops itself in linearity through the superimposition of cyclical figures where the instruments act as characters in continuous exchange with Maria's eclectic vocal shades.

What I would like to explore with Rhabdomantic is the evocative and narrative power of the arrangements to achieve a sort of magical realism where the imaginative power of music can speak for it self.” (MV)

Afrobeat, spiritual jazz, mediterranean melodies, salsa, kraut rock drifts and library music are just some of the ingredients used in this record, condensed and blended with the aim of giving back a fluid vision of what we call world music.


“Almagre” was recorded and mixed by Volpe, the master is by Kelly Hibbert (J Dilla, Madlib, Hiatus Kayote) and the artwork is by the italian illustrator and collage artist Beppe Conti.



voto 8.5

L’orchestra ha la capacità di trasportare in un luogo spirituale che è simultaneamente ai quattro angoli del mondo - Mediterraneo e America Latina, Africa e Nordeuropa; allo stesso tempo, però, la sua musica possiede sempre un che di frizzante e focoso, e non risulta solo appagante per la fantasia, ma un vero e proprio spasso. [...] Sentite? Si incastra tutto. Anzi: non sembra nemmeno che ci siano più stili da incastrare, pare che quei suoni siano nati l’uno per stare con l’altro.



Born in 2014, Rhabdomantic Orchestra is an open collective of musicians based in Turin led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Manuel Volpe.

The band have released 2 albums with the german label Agogo Records (!K7) gaining the favor of international press and radios worldwide: album coup de coeur FIP Radio France, featured artist on Worldwide FM, NPR Usa, featured artist on Bandcamp Weekly, RTVE ES, Best of 202 Extra Radio Capital, Jazz FM UK, NPR USA, Best of 2022 Radioeins DE, Deutschlandradio Kultur DE, Battiti Rai Radio 3 IT, Best of 2022 Courtesy Desk USA, Tsubaki FM JP, Itapema BR etc...with enthusiastic reviews and mentions which led the orchestra to be invited at Cully Jazz Festival (CH) among artists such Seun Kuti, Mulatu Astatke and Tony Allen.

In 2021 they won the Push award of Italian Music Export and premiered