Włochy / Italy
Date of establishing :
ambient, medieval, neoclassical
Band members:Alessandra Santovito
Biography:Formed in 2004, Hexperos is a project by Alessandra Santovito and Francesco Forgione, assisted by violinists Domenico Mancini, Alessandro Pensa and other talented guests. Alessandra has a first class degree in Foreign Languages and Literature at Pescara University and a first class degree in opera singing at Pescara Conservatoire, both with full marks and honours (summa cum laude). Francesco, a poli instrument musician, is in charge of recording and mixing each song and takes care of every step. Both of them have numberless experience in various music fields and play also medieval music with the ensemble Stella Nova.
The name Hexperos derives from the characters Esperidi and from Hesperos – the first being three mythological figures, the nymphs of the evening. Greek mythology, together with Gothic literature and pagan themes, serve as inspiration for the lyrics written by Alessandra, who on occasion uses also passages by other authors for the songs.
The music, composed mostly by Francesco, with Alessandra taking care of the vocal lines, creates an atmosphere of mysterious sensuality, romance and bittersweet melancholy, with influences from both classical and contemporary genres – one often recalls soundtrack music by composers like Philip Glass, James Newton Howard or Hans Zimmer, to which the duo add numerous references to Celtic, Mediterranean, Medieval or Baroque sonorities.
Hexperos have also proposed their own versions of classic masterpieces such as "Ave Maria" by Caccini, "A Time For Us" by Nino Rota or "Siete Canciones Populares Españolas" by Manuel De Falla.