Although Eddy Orini is not a major name in the music world and is not well known in the United States, the veteran composer, musician, and singer has been around the music scene of Western Europe since the '60s. Some of Orini's material (which has incorporated European classical influences) is best described as progressive rock; there are parallels between Orini's recordings and the work of progressive rockers such as Yes, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and Genesis. But Orini is versatile, and he has also played everything from blues-rock to jazz fusion. Orini, who is part Swiss and part Italian, has lived in Switzerland most of his life. He was born in Nyon, Switzerland near Geneva in 1943; his father was Italian, while his mother was Swiss. Orini did a great deal of traveling in the '70s, a decade that found him working in places ranging from New York City to Paris to Cadaques, Spain. Orini (who speaks French and Italian fluently and also has some knowledge of German, Spanish, and English) played with a British group called Country Fever in the late '70s, and it was around that time that he ventured to the Big Apple and recorded some sessions that included guitarist Glenn Buxton (formerly of Alice Cooper's band the Billion Dollar Babies) and Jerry Nolan (of New York Dolls fame). Spain was where Orini met one of his idols: surrealist painter Salvador Dali (b. May 11, 1904, Spain, d. Jan. 23, 1989), and in 1975, Orini began composing a musical tribute to him. In 1976, Dali heard and approved a piano version of Orini's tribute, and Orini went on to provide an orchestral version of his Dali-inspired compositions. Although Orini doesn't have a huge catalog, he has recorded some albums here and there. In the '90s, he recorded two French-language CDs for the West European market: Blue Made in Blues and Groove, both of which were released independently on Evasion Records (a Swiss label). In 2004 -- a year after Orini's 60th birthday and 15 years after Dali's death -- the Montreux, Switzerland-based TCB label released Orini's Divine Mustache: A Musical Tribute to the Genius of Salvador Dali; although TCB is best known for straight-ahead acoustic jazz, Divine Mustache is essentially a progressive rock effort.
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