70's Italian Prog Rock bands: Apoteosi


Silvana Idà (vocals)
Massimo Idà (keyboards)
Franco Vinci (guitar, vocals)
Federico Idà (bass, flute)
Marcello Surace (drums)


Coming from Palmi, Calabria, in southern Italy, Apoteosi were one of those minor Italian prog rock bands that only released an album before disappearing. The group was built on the nucleus of the three brothers Silvana, Massimo and Federico Idà, and their music was strongly based on the keyboards of Massimo. Their line-up was completed by Franco Vinci (guitar, vocals) and Marcello Surace (drums). Apoteosi formed while the members were all very young; Massimo was only fourteen at the time, while guitarist Franco Vinci had formed his first band The Green Age at the age of seventeen. 

Massimo Idà
In addition to the three Idà siblings, their father Salvatore also played a pivotal role behind the scenes. He produced the album on his own small label, Said Records, and even composed one of the tracks. Despite the band members' tender years, they were technically accomplished musicians and their compositions have strong classical overtones and a very good sound. Their self-titled album released in 1975 features the delicate female vocals of Silvana Idà, who also sang on some folk singles from all over Italy released on her father's label, although the album is noteworthy for the lengthy instrumental passages spearheaded by brother Massimo's expressive keyboard-playing. Massimo Idà was working also as engineer, studio musician and arranger in his father's studio. Though the group was playing together for a long time, the band had no live activity of note. The original album is very hard to find due to limited pressing and distribution by the small local label. The album was reissued on CD by Mellow Records in 1993.

After the band split, keyboardist Massimo Idà has moved to Rome and worked as a session musician and tv music producer; he also plays in a 70's disco cover band, called Frankie Canthina Band and he produced and played on Tito Schipa Jr.'s Dylaniato LP in 1982. Silvana Idà still lives in Palmi and she left the music industry -her son currently plays in a rock band-, while bassist Frederico Idà died in 1992. Guitarist Franco Vinci continued to play and he is still active in the blues field; a CD, Boot tip, with the Bootleg Band came out in 2003. His current group is Franco Vinci Blues Band. Drummer Marcello Surace is still working as session musician in Italy and France.



Apoteosi (1975):
1. Embrion
2. Prima Realtà / Frammentaria Rivolta
3. Il Grande Disumano / Oratorio (Chorale) / Attesa
4. Dimensione Da Sogno 
5. Apoteosi