Invisible Cities


Eloisa Manera: violin, voice, compositions, arrangements | Gianluca Barbaro: recorders, ewi | Piero Bittolo Bon: alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet | Andrea Baronchelli: trombone | Pasquale Mirra: vibes | Danilo Gallo: double bass, electric bass | Ferdinando Faraò: drums | Roberto Zanisi: cümbüş, cifteli, bouzuki, percussions, voice, objects (tracks 1,3,5,7,8,11) | Walter “Bonnot” Buonanno: electronics (tracks 2,4)

CD – 12 tracks – min 50
Edition of 500 copies
Released October 10, 2016

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01. cities & signs – 01:19
02. cities & exchanges – 05:25
03. hidden cities – 02:29
04. cities & memory – 09:29
05. cities & names – 02:51
06. cities & the dead – 05:09
07. cities & eyes – 02:53
08. continuous cities – 11:19
09. cities & desire – 02:00
10. thin cities – 07:40
11. cities & the sky – 02:09
12. cities & the dead II – 04:54



Recorded by Piergiorgio Miotto at “Il Pollaio”, Biella, April 17-18th, 2014
Mixed and Mastered by Carlo Cantini at Digitubestudio in Mantova.

Artwork by Emanuele Kabu
Graphics by Laura Pison

Produced by Eloisa Manera and Aut Records in 2016


This work is a free adaptation of Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”. In Calvino’s novel, the cities have female names and appear in a rigorous symmetric order.

The album is a journey through the eleven thematic groups which encompass the fifty-five cities. Six improvised duets intersect with five septets. This pattern evokes the structure of the novel, whereby each chapter opens and closes with an intimate dialogue between Marco Polo and the emperor Kublai Khan.

I am deeply grateful to the extraordinary musicians who contributed to this project with their art and humanity. I’m strongly thankful to Francesco Sinatora for his important help and friendship.

This album is for my mother, Juanita. (E.M.)

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