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ZIO Concept Album

Sci fi, Fantasy, Story telling and DIY Project! Featuring Hayley Griffiths, That Joe Payne, Heather Findlay and Franck Carducci.

ZIO Concept Album

Sci fi, Fantasy, Story telling and DIY Project! Featuring Hayley Griffiths, That Joe Payne, Heather Findlay and Franck Carducci.

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About


Welcome to the ZIO - Flower Torania Kickstarter!

You can now pre-order the debut album from the "mammoth conceptual project" Prog magazine. It is the result of 2 years of intense work and we're now very excited to present it to the world. Prog is for music what sci-fi is for films. There were no barriers in the production of this album. It has been influenced by bands, films, books and video games we all love and grew up with. Marc Fascia (guitar) Olivier Castan (Keyboards) and I wrote this album with the help of our musical guests; from a love of prog to influences of pop and rock music. Like our dear friend Franck Carducci say "ZIO is like Whitney Houston meets Freddie Mercury performing with Rush!" 

We're honoured to have such amazing singers interpreting the main characters: Hayley Griffiths, That Joe Payne, Heather Findlay and Franck Carducci. Flower Torania will also be featuring the very talented Richard Henshall (Haken) on guitar, Lzi Hayes and Alex Lofoco on bass, Cagri Tozluoglu providing additional Orchestration and Alphonse Alfano on accordion. The album will be mixed by up and coming mixing engineer Marco Casaluce (MARC&CHEESE).

We would love to invite you to become part of our adventure by helping us out and pre-ordering our album. You can also buy all sorts of packages, all of which are listed on the right hand-side. We really need YOU now for this very last push!

As a little gift we're giving you the beginning of the story below!

Thank you for reading, listening and joining us in this fantastic Project!

Love

Jimmy Pallagrosi (Drummer and producer)


Flower Torania

On a crisp autumnal Friday afternoon a young boy by the name of Toby races out of his classroom towards the School gates as the final bell blasts.  Weaving sharply in and out of the mass of excited kids and disgruntled parents he heads eagerly towards the skate park. Toby had been dreaming all through double Science about getting back on the ramps and trying out his latest trick. Krrrrrrrr, snap! Crack! Krrrrrrrr. As Toby jumps, twists and spins faster and faster an intriguing and somewhat familiar tune keeps catching his ear. It’s only as the air cools and the sun dims and the other children now hungry for dinner have set off for home, that Toby notices a small console peaking behind a fallen branch playing that repetitive tune, now firmly lodged in his head. As he grabs the console the music stops; just for a moment and then the device brightly flashes as if awoken from a deep slumber and like the credits of a movie a story starts to unfurl.

Alone and forlorn a petite and pretty girl by the name of Belbi curls herself into her favourite faded armchair, a solitary tear falls from her weary eyes and echoes like the crackle of a nearby fire. For Belbi has been cursed; cursed for eternity to smile no more.  Her once beautiful and infectious smile now condemned to sorrow and lament.

Across crowded lands and empty skies the answer lies in wait. For our unlikely hero Alan is destined to break Belbi’s fate.

Alan and Flower Torania

Alan is a skinny yet healthy somewhat arrogant young man with a fire truck red spiky coiffed hair contrasting the noir of his dark eyes. (And just so happens to add a few extra inches to his less than perfect height.) With flying cape and boats for feet Alan is ready for action with his matching helmet and zipped up suit. There’s a skull on his belt and a bright orange sabre in hand; his weapon of choice and it reacts to the feelings he has. When he is angry it glows scarlet red and grows bigger and bigger till his enemy is dead. But when he is sad the weapon it weeps and cries tears for those lost by his own defeat.

A challenge now looms and Alan must face 3 magical realms of wonder, unknown danger and fear. For today in Karlyne Brusland he accidentally tripped and stumbled upon a priceless flower, which with a mother’s love will break the curse and enable poor Belbi to smile again. The exquisite beauty that is this fragile, fragrant flower must now be delivered unharmed into Moss; Belbi’s Mother’s arms, who will create a potion so great that with just one sip her daughter’s happiness will be restored.

Torania, our alluring, treasured flower is no ordinary plant. For Torania is alive and aware and like a puppy she needs constant contact, love and attention. Alan must complete his adventure with Torania firmly in his hand.  If he lets her go and she touches the ground her roots will take hold wherever she is and she’ll transform into a blossoming rose forever. Although this will ensure Torania’s eternal beauty, it will also destroy any chance of saving young Belbi from her curse. Despite her exquisite beauty, Torania is a bit of a nightmare and a real flibbertigibbet! However when she falls asleep, (when Alan likes her best!) she has the most amazing gift of flight and can soar high above the clouds as she dreams at night.

Burbwood

The first magical land that Alan must face is the colossal Burbwood, the largest in the world run by 3 Supa Monkeys’. It’s going to be a very long journey with little to no time for rest as Alan is very much against the clock in his heroic quest.  He is going to need to pick up the pace as he dodges those creatures from outer space that have invaded Burbwood and turn anyone in their path into skeletons with one fire from their x-ray guns.  They are merciless killers and Burbwood could seriously do with Alan’s help. Will he have enough time to save Belbi and Burbwood before the clock strikes?

To find out more, get involved and contribute to this Monster Project...


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Risks and challenges

As mentioned above ZIO - FLOWER TORANIA is a monster project. Starting from the initial songwriting to the full scale production and recording of the whole album. We have released 2 singles alongside music videos, have written a sci-fi/fantasy story, created and built a console, made a video game, drawn illustrations and booked international tour dates for the 6 piece band. It is certainly a challenge to pull everything together as an independent band. We take the financial risk ourselves to book our tours without any guaranteed ticket sales and to release an ambitious and expensive self produced album with no potential numbers on CD sales.

The only thing we can do is to continue to work hard, be genuine and do the very best we can.
We have certainly enjoyed making this for you all; even if it is a labour of love at times! Thanks for your support.

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