Mimes of Wine
(ITA/USA, Urtovox Records)
Mimes of Wine started as the solo project of singer and pianist Laura Loriga in the beginning of 2006. The songs that are now part of her first album, “Apocalypse sets in”, were all composed and recorded during the following three years, inspired by the cities where she lived during that period (Bologna, Italy, where she grew up, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) and by the people she collaborated with.
Originally a singer for different underground bands in Bologna, Laura has tried with this project to unify her two instruments, piano and voice. The bones of all the songs are all composed of these two elements and are often wrapped in other sounds, from bells to cymbalons, guitars, drums, a stand up bass, a shruti box, noises, and more.
Mimes of Wine has changed shape several times since the beginning. From 2007 to 2009 she performed almost exclusively in California, accompanied by a viola (Neel Hammond, Sonus Quartet), a stand up bass (Kenny Annis), and drums (Drew Pearson).
In Italy, her sound (on records and live) has been enriched by the work of like Enzo Cimino (Mariposa), the drummer and producer Laura co-produced her first album with, Adriano Modica (guitar, bass, Ulan Bator) and Tiziano Bianchi (trumpet, Vinicio Capossela), Francesco Begnoni (guitar), Zeus Ferrari (drums).
Her band currently includes Luca Guglielmino (guitar), Riccardo Frisari (drums), poli-instrumentalist Stefano Michelotti and stand-up bass player Matteo Zucconi, cellist Helen Belangie.
Mimes of Wine extensively performed in Italy since the beginning of 2009, sharing stages with Italian and foreign artists (among these: Josephine Foster, Wintersleep, Egle Sommacal, Ulan Bator, Sara Lov, Nancy Elisabeth, Niobe, Rie Sinclair, A Toys Orchestra).
In January 2010, Laura (accompanied by Stefano, Luca, e Riccardo) started a long tour in Italy, Belgium, and Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Nurnberg, and other cities), which ended in March 2011.
Mimes of Wine’s first EP was released in January 2009 by Midfinger Records (Milan/London), and the first full lenght album, “Apocalypse sets in” was released in October 2009 in Italy and Europe.
Laura is currently working on Mimes of Wine’s second album, which will be released in October 2012.