Mimes of Wine

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Bio:

Mimes of Wine was born as the solo project of singer and pianist Laura Loriga in 2006. The songs that are part of her first album, Apocalypse Sets In (2009), were all composed and recorded during the following three years, inspired by the cities she lived in 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 unified in this project the work she developed with her two instruments, piano and voice. The bones of all the songs were composed with these two elements and were enriched by other sounds, from bells to cymbalons, guitars, drums, shruti box, noises, and more.

From 2007 to 2009, Laura performed almost exclusively in California, accompanied by viola (Neel Hammond), stand up bass (Kenny Annis), and drums (Drew Pearson).
In Italy, her sound (on records and live) was enriched by the work of drummer and producer Enzo Cimino, whom Laura co-produced her first album with, as well as by other musicians like Adriano Modica (guitar, bass), Tiziano Bianchi (trumpet), Francesco Begnoni (guitar), Zeus Ferrari (drums).
Her long term band in the nine years to follow (2009-2018) has been formed by Luca Guglielmino (guitar), Riccardo Frisari (drums) then followed by Max Messina, poli-instrumentalist Stefano Michelotti and stand-up bass player Matteo Zucconi.
After the release of the first record, Mimes of Wine performed extensively around Italy, sharing stages with Italian and foreign artists (among these: Josephine Foster, Egle Sommacal, Ulan Bator, Sara Lov, Nancy Elisabeth, Rie Sinclair, A Toys Orchestra).
In January 2010, Laura (accompanied by Stefano, Luca, e Riccardo) started a long series of shows in Italy, Belgium, and Germany, which ended in March 2011.

Mimes of Wine’s second album, Memories for the Unseen, was written between Los Angeles and Bologna between the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2012, and it was released in November 2012 by Urtovox Records.
The album was recorded by Enzo Cimino at Casa del Vento Studio (Ravenna), and enriched by the contribution of Tiziano Bianchi (trumpet), Helen Belangie (cello), Penelope Fortier (back up vocals), and other precious guests (Jonathan Tehel, Luca Cristofori, Ariane Gaudeaux, Brett and Mitchell Erzinger).
All the songs were mixed and post-produced by Adam Moseley in Los Angeles, and mastered by Peter Lyman at Infrasonic Sound, Los Angeles. The out-takes, among which Holy, were arranged and mixed by Giuliano Dottori, in Milan.
The release was followed by a year long series of shows in Italy and Europe (with some also in the United States, among which Culture Collide Festival), and a long term live collaboration with the band Giardini di Mirò, with whom Laura toured for two years (2013-2014).

At the end of 2014, Laura moved to New York and started a new part of her career. She wrote a third record as Mimes of Wine (La Maison Verte), arranged and recorded with the precious contribution of her band, as well as a few guests (Corrado Nuccini, Tiziano Bianchi, Francesca Pizzo). The album was released by Urtovox Record once again, along with Accidental Music (now Accidental Entertainment), and it was followed by a long series of shows with the band (Italy, Austria, Germany, United States).

This has been for now the last record under this name, followed by Laura’s first solo record, Vever, published in 2022 by Ears & Eyes Records.

Biografia:

Mimes of Wine è nato come il progetto solista della cantante e pianista Laura Loriga nel 2006. I brani che fanno parte del suo primo album, Apocalypse Sets In (2009), sono stati tutti composti e registrati nei tre anni successivi, ispirati alle città in cui Lura ha vissuto in quel periodo (Bologna, dove è cresciuta, Parigi, San Francisco e Los Angeles) e dalle persone con cui ha collaborato.

Originariamente cantante per diverse band underground bolognesi, Laura ha unito in questo progetto il lavoro che ha sviluppato con i suoi due strumenti, pian e voce. Le ossa di tutti i brani sono state composte con questi due elementi e arricchite da altri suoni, da campane a cembali, chitarre, batteria, shruti box, rumori e altro ancora.

Dal 2007 al 2009, Laura si è esibita quasi esclusivamente in California, accompagnata da viola (Neel Hammond), contrabbasso (Kenny Annis) e batteria (Drew Pearson).
In Italia la sua scrittura (su dischi e dal vivo) è stata arricchita dal lavoro del batterista e produttore Enzo Cimino, con il quale Laura ha co-prodotto il suo primo album, oltre che da altri musicisti come Adriano Modica (chitarra, basso), Tiziano Bianchi (tromba), Francesco Begnoni (chitarra), Zeus Ferrari (batteria).
La band che ha lavorato con lei nei nove anni a seguire (2009-2018) è formata da Luca Guglielmino (chitarra), Riccardo Frisari (batteria) poi seguito da Max Messina, il polistrumentista Stefano Michelotti e il bassista Matteo Zucconi.
Dopo l’uscita del primo album, i Mimes of Wine si sono esibiti in giro per l’Italia, condividendo palchi con artisti italiani e stranieri (tra questi: Josephine Foster, Egle Sommacal, Ulan Bator, Sara Lov, Nancy Elisabeth, Rie Sinclair, A Toys Orchestra).
Nel gennaio 2010, Laura (accompagnata da Stefano, Luca, e Riccardo) ha iniziato una lunga serie di spettacoli in Italia, Belgio e Germania, che si è conclusa a marzo 2011.

Il secondo album di Mimes of Wine, Memories for the Unseen, è stato scritto tra Los Angeles e Bologna tra la fine del 2010 e l’inizio del 2012, ed è stato pubblicato nel novembre 2012 da Urtovox Records.
L’album è stato registrato da Enzo Cimino allo studio Casa del Vento (Ravenna), e arricchito dal contributo di Tiziano Bianchi (tromba), Helen Belangie (violoncello), Penelope Fortier (cori), e altri preziosi ospiti (Jonathan Tehel, Luca Cristofori, Ariane Gaudeaux, Brett e Mitchell Erzinger).
Tutte le canzoni sono state mixate e post-prodotte da Adam Moseley a Los Angeles e masterizzate da Peter Lyman all’Infrasonic Sound, Los Angeles. Le out-takes, tra cui Holy, sono state arrangiate e mixate da Giuliano Dottori a Milano.
L’uscita è stata seguita da una serie di concerti in Italia ed Europa (alcuni anche negli Stati Uniti, tra cui Culture Collide Festival), e da una lunga collaborazione dal vivo con la band Giardini di Mirò, con la quale Laura è stata in tour per due anni (2013-2014).

Alla fine del 2014, Laura si è trasferita a New York e ha iniziato una nuova parte del suo percorso. Ha scritto un terzo disco come Mimes of Wine (La Maison Verte), arrangiato e registrato con il prezioso contributo della sua band, insieme ad alcuni ospiti (Corrado Nuccini, Tiziano Bianchi, Francesca Pizzo). L’album è stato nuovamente pubblicato da Urtovox Record, insieme ad Accidental Music (ora Accidental Entertainment), ed è stato ancora una volta seguito da una lunga serie di spettacoli con la band (Italia, Austria, Germania, Stati Uniti).

Questo è stato per ora l’ultimo disco con questo nome, seguito dal primo disco da solista di Laura, Vever, pubblicato nel 2022 da Ears & Eyes Records.

Videos

Shemkel (#nofilter)
Yellow Flowers
Altars of Rain (w/ Giardini di Mirò)

Discography

La Maison Verte
2016
La Maison Verte EP
2016
Memories for the Unseen
2012
Apocalypse Sets In
2009

Press

La Maison Verte:

 

Some reviews:

https://www.mescalina.it/musica/recensioni/mimes-of-wine-la-maison-verte 

https://www.sentireascoltare.com/recensioni/mimes-of-wine-la-maison-verte/ 

https://www.rockit.it/mimesofwine/album/la-maison-verte/35798

https://www.rockol.it/recensioni-musicali/album/6789/mimes-of-wine-la-maison-verte

https://theparallelvision.com/2016/10/28/la-maison-verte-ecco-il-nuovo-album-dei-mimes-of-wine-di-laura-loriga/ 

https://www.indie-roccia.it/recensioni/mimes-of-wine-la-maison-verte/

https://www.subba-cultcha.com/reviews/1661 

http://www.lisolachenoncera.it/rivista/recensioni/la-maison-verte/ 

https://www.iyezine.com/mimes-of-wine-la-maison-verte

https://atwoodmagazine.com/birds-of-a-feather-mimes-of-wine-premiere/ 

Some Interviews:

https://www.rollingstone.it/musica/interviste-musica/talenti-da-esportazione-laura-loriga/353030/

https://ventsmagazine.com/2016/05/27/interview-mimes-wine/

http://www.losthighways.it/2016/11/08/evoluzione-crescita-stimoli-e-unoceano-da-attraversare-intervista-a-laura-loriga-mimes-of-wine/ 

 

Memories for the Unseen

Some Reviews:

https://www.sentireascoltare.com/recensioni/mimes-of-wine-memories-for-the-unseen/ 

https://www.ondarock.it/recensioni/2012_mimesofwine_memoriesoftheunseen.htm 

https://www.rockit.it/recensione/20558/mimesofwine-memories-for-the-unseen 

https://www.mescalina.it/musica/recensioni/mimes-of-wine-memories-for-the-unseen 

https://www.musicoff.com/musica-e-cultura/dischi-e-libri/mimes-of-wine-memories-for-the-unseen/ 

https://www.kalporz.com/2012/12/mimes-of-wine-memories-for-the-unseen-urtovox-audioglobe-2012/ 

http://www.indieforbunnies.com/2012/11/23/mimes-of-wines-memories-for-the-unseen/ 

http://www.losthighways.it/2012/11/28/memories-for-the-unseen-mimes-of-wine/ 

http://www.distorsioni.net/canali/dischi/dischi-it/memories-for-the-unseen 

https://musicwontsaveyou.com/2012/11/28/mimes-of-wine-memories-of-the-unseen/ 

http://www.freakoutmagazine.it/15-11-2012/music-mag/recensioni/29651/recensione-mimes-of-wine-memories-for-the-unseen-urtovox/ 

https://musicwontsaveyou.com/2012/11/28/mimes-of-wine-memories-of-the-unseen/ 

https://www.indieoteque.com/2012/11/23/mimes-of-wine-memories-of-the-unseen-2012-urtovox/ 

Some interviews/premieres:

https://www.ondarock.it/interviste/mimesofwine.htm 

https://www.mescalina.it/musica/interviste/14/12/2012/mimes-of-wine 

https://www.lomography.com/magazine/200746-lomoamigo-mimes-of-wine-and-the-la-sardina 

https://www.indie-eye.it/recensore/coverstory/mimes-of-wine-birds-of-a-feahter-il-video-in-anteprima-esclusiva.html 

https://www.kalporz.com/2013/12/intervista-ai-mimes-of-wine/ 

Apocalypse sets in

Some reviews:

https://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/reviews/albums/mimes-of-wine-apocalypse-sets-in 

https://www.inkoma.com/k/2276/ 

https://www.sentireascoltare.com/album/apocalypse-sets-in/ 

https://www.rockit.it/recensione/11993/mimesofwine-apocalypse-sets-in 

https://www.mescalina.it/musica/recensioni/mimes-of-wine-apocalypse-sets-in 

https://www.ondarock.it/recensioni/2009_mimesofwine.htm

http://www.lisolachenoncera.it/rivista/recensioni/apocalypse-sets-in/ 

http://www.losthighways.it/2009/10/31/apocalypse-sets-in-mimes-of-wine/

https://www.sentireascoltare.com/album/self-titled-ep-2/ 

http://www.storiadellamusica.it/cantautori/cantautori/mimes_of_wine-apocalypse_sets_in(midfinger_records-2009).html