Imaginaerium, the band originally formed by Clive Nolan & Eric Bouillette, announced that their debut album “The Rise of Medici” will be out on September 16th, 2022, via Anesthetize Productions.
The album features some of the major episodes in the life of Cosimo and Contessina De’ Medici. Their lives were far more intricate and complex than this album can possibly put across, so we simply offer a small part of their dramatic place in history.
Andy Sears is perhaps best known as the charismatic lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Twelfth Night, one of the leading bands of the 80’s resurgence of Progressive Rock with whom he co-wrote and recorded some of the band’s pivotal albums like “Art and Illusion” and “Twelfth Night”. Andy began his eclectic musical career in 1975 at the age of 15, playing and writing in a range of bands from hard rock, jazz-rock, to progressive rock. His extracurricular experience ranges from musical director for a 50’s/’60’s festival in Athens (featuring among others Davy Jones, Neil Sedaka, The Platters, Lovin’ Spoonful, Dion, Bill Haley’s Comets), to session vocalist/arranger on Progressive Rock projects such as Galadriel’s “Calibrated Collision Course” (Musea) on which he both wrote, arranged and sang all the backing vocals, including some cameo lead lines. He has also acted as vocal and lyric consultant for Universal Records jazz/swing Spanish band No Reply. In 2011 he toured Europe promoting his solo material from the forthcoming album “The Dragon Inside”. During his time at university (London School of Economics) he ran his own theatre group in which he both directed and acted in various plays for the campus and public alike, including plays by Joe Orton, Luigi Pirandello, Arthur Miller, and Jean-Paul Sartre’s 2½ hour one-act existential play Huis Clos (No Exit), in which he played Garçon. Andy’s collaboration with Clive Nolan began in 2012, when he was asked to play the baddie in Nolan’s musical “Alchemy”, the task which he masterly performed both on stage and CD. Andy remains a frequent guest star at various Nolan musical events.
The cover of the forthcoming “The Rise of Medici” album designed by the Korean artist Ouzo Kim.
The Imaginaerium logo and other materials used to present “The Rise of Medici” concept come from a guitarist and a design artist Steve Anderson, to whom we are extremely grateful. Steve will also be working on the booklet for the album to complement the visual side of the project.
Aside from his current day job coding emails and webpages as a front end developer, Steve Anderson still finds time to exercise his varied creative talents, honed through many years of experience in the world of corporate advertising, as a graphic designer; from illustration, logos and artworking, to t-shirts, posters and CD packaging.
Clive Nolan: Composition, arrangements, lyrics, keyboards, vocals
Eric Bouillette: Composition, arrangements, guitars, keyboards, mandolin, violin
Laura Piazzai: Vocals
Andy Sears: Vocals
Elena Vladyuk: Vocals
Mark Spencer: Vocals
Scott Higham: Drums
Bernard Hery: Bass
Isabella Cambini: Harp
Alexandre Lamia: Mix and mastering
Karl Bloom: Drums recording
Steve Anderson: Artwork