In particular he invented the Bronte (thunder in Greek), which is an extraordinary musical instrument made of nickel silver, which has metal keyboards amplified by a resonator. Played with a bow or with hammers, this 'sound sculpture' can produce a wide array of sounds (spreading from the absolute deepest to the very highest) in totally original colours and uncommonly sensual keys which are both profound and mysterious. Many composers have shown interest in the Bronte and given it significant parts in their works. It is used for example in contemporary works such as: 'L'éloge de la folie', 'Nana' by M.CONSTANT, 'Concordances' and 'Erzebeth' by C. CHAYNES, 'Interferences' by J. CASTERED, and also in the soundtracks of films by C. BOLLING, V.COSMA, M. LEGRAND, Y. PRIN.
The Bronte is also used in Vincent GEMIGNANI's works, especially those grouped under the title 'L'Oiseau sans pied'. These were written for the Comédie Française for performances of the French adaptation of SHAKESPEARE's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the first CHATEAUVALLON theatre festival in 1970, under the direction of J. GILBERT.
This session was interpreted with the help of of the best french musicians and was recorded on vinyl. Having become a classic through its depth and authenticity, the music on this record is now of great interest to amateur musicians throughout the world. This is certainly due to its incredible originality. It combines two distinct branches of musical expression: contemporary music and pop, in a way never before heard. The rich harmonies, the subtle symbiosis of electric and acoustic music, as well as the meticulous arrangements also contribute to this record's unique character and exceptional influence, still intact 30 years after.
Gemignani also collaborated with pianist Michel Colombier as percussionist on the album Wings (1971).
Vincent Geminiani Discography
|Vincent Gémignani*||Modern Pop Percussion (Album)||Concert Hall||France||1970||Sell This Version|
|SMS 2693||Ensemble De Percussion De Paris, Vincent Gemignani*, Jacques Charpentier, Charles Chaynes||Ensemble De Percussion De Paris, Vincent Gemignani*, Jacques Charpentier, Charles Chaynes - Pour Le Kama Soutra / Concordances (LP)||Concert Hall, Guilde Internationale Du Disque||SMS 2693||France||1970||Sell This Version|
|MFP 2M 046 - 13.266||Vincent Gemignani*, Ensemble De Percussions De Paris||Vincent Gemignani*, Ensemble De Percussions De Paris - L'Oeil Ecoute - Les Instruments De Percussions (LP, Album)||Music For Pleasure||MFP 2M 046 - 13.266||France||1976||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|JM.010||Claude Vasori / Vincent Geminiani||Claude Vasori / Vincent Geminiani - Tic-Splasch / Ophis Le Serpentaire (7")||Jazzman||JM.010||UK||2000||Sell This Version|