Hippie Tendencies

Hippie Tendencies

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

A band which defies genre labeling, they are a simmering stew of Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk and many other genres you might want to throw at them. A bands band they are musically sophisticated with a raw driving energy on stage.

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Biography

These award winning four Italian musicians and their American Co-author/singer Lisa are writing music with a message and having a laugh while doing it.

We met in 2005 when Lisa called Marco on the advice of a friend to deepen her understanding of the piano. We decided that same day that we needed to form a band despite our very different musical backgrounds. Lisa has written and recorded Pop and Dance tunes topping dance charts with Bacon Popper in 1998 and has been performing live throughout Europe for years while Marco is a consummate Jazz pianist with extensive live and recording experience as well. The affinity was instantaneous .. within 2 weeks we met up with Massimo ,The Mountain Man, (http://www.myspace.com/massimosaviola) a bassist with a Folk/Latin background then there's Cesare (http://www.myspace.com/cesarevalbusa) mythic drummer with a principally Bossa Nova background but varying from Pop to Jazz, both long experienced in the Italian music scene..as session players and in other projects that brought them all over Europe and America as well , within another couple weeks we wrote our first Hippie Tendencies tune Feel No Pain . Christan Codenotti was the sound engineer who recorded the first c.d. and the energy , as well as his outrageous vocal and playing skills , between all the members begged that he be included as the new band member. An effortless bonding musically has kept us at it and we’ve been gigging regularly around Europe ever since, singing our original tunes and revisiting covers with our own vision. In September 2010 we made it across the pond and toured Colorado in the States . Our chemistry is palpable on stage and transmits whether we’re crooning or rocking. Impossible to miss that we are inspired by artists like b.dylan, j.mitchell and w.guthrie , j.taylor, as well as a. difranco, h.hancock , d.matthews band and on and on ..

Hippie Tendencies nevertheless have achieved a groove unique to themselves, with a back to basics, natural sound produced by talented inspired musicians which blends seamlessly with the poignant, passionate lyrics.

Though each of these multifaceted musicians have previously recorded and released their music independently and on major labels with other projects their self titled debut as a group was released February 14 2010 on the new independent label Penthar. Guest musicians are rife throughout the album including Simone Boffa (Granny says Band) and Simone Guiducci on electric and acoustic guitar respectively as well as Fillipo De Paoli (Plan de Fuga) on Acoustc Guitar, Zsuzsanna Czinki on cello, Betty Vittori and Cristian Codenotti on background vocals among others.
They perform as a duo trio quartet quintet sextet or seven piece band depending on venue and budget. We recommend the sextet for Festvals or large venues.

In 2011 we were very busy indeed with 65 gigs last summer from June to July throughout Italy including for the Veneto Jazz Festival. Dicembre 10 - 2011 we were honored with the award "PREMI SPECIALI TERRITORIO E CULTURA
SEZIONE"ARTE , MUSICA E SPETTACOLO" presented by the mayor of Sirmione and the province of Brescia . We’ve just returned from gigs in Rome and Florence (we are on Lago di Garda in Italia) – among others at the famous AlexanderPlatz in Rome (the oldest Jazz club in Italy) and at the equally renowned fantasticly eclectic Teatro del Sale in Firenze, a theater that has hosted many great Italian performers and others, including Elvis Costello and the wonderful Patty Smith. We've finished writing the new c.d. and are currently recording with hopes for a release before the end of 2012 and we have already incorporated the new songs into our show. If you check our websites you'll see that we keep growing and the numbers reflect it.
Please do send inquires as regards booking to andrea@andrearomano.it or or to agnese lavorgna at pentharmusicht@gmail.com .

Check out the fanpage on Facebook with pics and video from their February 2012 Tour in Rome and Florence .

Lyrics

Time is of the Essence

Written By: Lisa Marie Simmons

(Italian below/Tradotto sotto )

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

Why,does it seem as if
Time is just sand,that always shifts
I try to hold it in my grip
and it stills when I’m here with you

Time is of the essence
Precious and relentless
Gotta learn my lessons
‘cause time is of the essence

Every day that passes,I am
lost among the masses
I burn and I yearn
‘Cause time is of the essence

I’m heels up kicking
Ah sublime,the clocks stopped it’s ticking
It feels,just like I’m trippin’
and it stills when I’m here with you

Time is of the essence
Precious and relentless
Gotta learn my lessons
‘cause time is of the essence

Every day that passes,I am
lost among the masses
I burn and I yearn
‘Cause time is of the essence

IL TEMPO E’ UN FREMITO D’ALI
TRANSLATION BY SEBA

Non vedi che
Il tempo non è altro che sabbia in costante movimento?
Cerco di stringerla tra le mie mani
Ed essa si ferma quando sto con te

Il tempo è un fremito d’ali
Prezioso e implacabile
Devo imparare dagli errori
Perché il tempo è un fremito d’ali

Ogni giorno che passa,
Persa tra le masse,
Brucio e agogno
Perché il tempo è un fremito d’ali

Non sto più nella pelle
Che sensazione sublime, gli orologi hanno smesso di battere
È come un viaggio
E tutto si ferma, quando sto con te

Il tempo è un fremito d’ali
Prezioso e implacabile
Devo imparare dagli errori
Perché il tempo è un fremito d’ali

Ogni giorno che passa,
Persa tra le masse,
Brucio e agogno
Perché il tempo è un fremito d’ali

Hippie Tendencies

Written By: Lisa Marie Simmons

(Italian below/Tradotto sotto )

Hippie Tendencies

Hey keep on watchin’ , understand now
Oh, we are always on fire
Yeah, the dreads the jeans and all the flowers
Ya see the flag declaring our state of mind

I’m setting free my hippie tendencies
and I wanna know
Do you feel like joinin’ in with me?
Grow our hair too long
Fight to right the wrongs,
More than anything
see beyond our own insistent needs

Breath out intolerance
Inhale hippie tendencies

I recognize that calls for peace
are a cliché ,but I don’t care
And you can’t take away my belief
in the good at heart of man
I don’t ever wanna give up, Ah baby say,
It’s gonna be okay
C’mon’ and take a stand
Go on and raise your hands

I’m setting free my hippie tendencies
and I wanna know
Do you feel like joinin’ in with me?
Grow our hair too long
Fight to right the wrongs
More than anything
see beyond our own insistent needs

Breath out intolerance
Inhale hippie tendencies

Hippie Tendencies
Traduzioni Agnese Lavorgna

Hey, continua a guardare e cerca di capire
Noi siamo sempre in fermento
E poi dreadlocks, jeans e tutti i fiori…
Riesci a vedere la bandiera del nostro pensiero?

Io sto liberando
Le mie tendenze hippie
E voglio sapere
Se te la senti di unirti a me

Facciamoci crescere i capelli
Combattiamo le ingiustizie
E più di ogni altra cosa
Guardiamo al di là delle nostre costanti necessità

Buttiamo fuori l’intolleranza
E respiriamo tendenze hippie

Mi rendo conto che parlare di pace è un clichè
Ma non mi interessa
E tu non puoi farmi smettere di credere
nel buon cuore dell’umanità

Io non voglio mai smettere
E baby dimmi che anche tu ti senti cosi
Forza, schierati anche tu
E alza le tue mani

Facciamoci crescere i capelli
Combattiamo le ingiustizie
E più di ogni altra cosa
Guardiamo al di là delle nostre costanti necessità

Buttiamo fuori l’intolleranza
E respiriamo tendenze hippie

Poppy Rock

Written By: Hippie Tendencies

(Italian below/Tradotto sotto )

Guess I been giggin long enough so I can say
This box they put me in keep drivin’ me insane
No I don’t care to label it up nice
Why can’t I just be rock jazz folk soul beat

Poppy rock jazz folk soul beat 4X

Pop as in popular
Jazz as in sophisticated
and Blues that’s how I feel keepin it real

Did you just say I sound like Marvin Gaye
Are you out your mind to pressure me that way
It’s all subjective if you ask me
What ya hear is what ya get
Why dontcha revel in it

Poppy rock jazz folk soul beat 4X

Pop as in popular
Jazz as in sophisticated
and Blues that’s how I feel keepin it real

I bet you are thinking
I’ve done too much drinkin
and my wildness is causin’ all sorts of talk
all sorts of problems

Some truth in what you’re sayin’
I’ve always been out ragin’
Sharpen my tongue on anyone
who pushes me pushes my buttons

Poppy rock jazz folk soul beat 4X

Poppy Rock Italian Translation

Traduzioni Agnese Lavorgna

credo di aver suonato abbastanza per poter dire che
questa scatola nella quale mi hanno infilato mi stia facendo diventare matta
non mi interessa indossare un’etichetta carina
perché non posso semplicemente essere rock, folk, soul

Poppy rock jazz folk soul beat 4X

pop come popolare
il jazz suona sofisticato
e il blues è come sono davvero

hai appena detto che sembro Marvin Gaye
sei fuori di testa a mettermi così sotto pressione ?
è tutto soggettivo se proprio me lo chiedi
quello che ascolto è quello che dò
perché non te la godi?

Poppy rock jazz folk soul beat 4X

pop come popolare
il jazz suona sofisticato
e il blues è come sono davvero

scommetto che stai pensando
che ho bevuto troppo
ed il mio essere selvatica sta causando tutte queste chiacchere
tutte queste questioni

c’è un po’ di verità in quello che dici
me la sono sempre dovuta vedere con il dolore
ho dovuto affilare la mia lingua con tutti
chi mi schiaccia
schiaccia anche i miei pulsanti

Poppy rock jazz folk soul beat 4X

se dobbiamo parlare del mio suonare pop rock jazz folk
io voglio cantare r&b swing drum e bass lounge house,
voglio mettere in parole un po’ di quei cantanti cantautori indi alternativi punk new wave un po’ acid jazz glam grunge ragtime rock, quella roba underground bebop chillout hip hop trip hop finché non arriviamo esattamente a quel tipo di musica che comprenda tutto, tutti questi generi insieme.
non sono mica una lattina di Cambell!!

Discography

Hippie Tendecies 2010 Executive Producer Andrea Romano for Penthar

Set List

Set length and content depends on the venue we like to do 2 sets of 45 minutes or one long set of around 90 minutes mixing 3 or 4 covers among our songs. We also perform a set list of more covers than originals on request and those covers again depend on the venue.We are very flexible and open as regards duration of sets..
We perform as a duo (piano/voice) trio (piano, voice/bass (upright or electric) or guitar) Quartet quintet sextet or seven piece band depending on venue and budget.
Originals:
Hippie Tendencies
Feel No Pain
Open Letter
Shame On You
Color
Impossible
The Trees
Tiime Is Of The Essence
Skyline
Poppy Rock
Push
Someday
Summer Day
Come By
Future
Tryin
Tell Me

Covers
Too many to list here but here are a few we have arranged and enjoy performing listed below. A full list is available on demand.

Blowin In The Wind
B. Dylan
Buildings and Bridges A.DiFranco
First Of May J.Taylor
Caravan