The US group, Team Vico is set to release a CD of original music and rock and roll themes called ‘Shadow Shines’ to mark the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day.
World Autism Awareness Day was declared by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UN General Assembly – this historic day takes place on Wednesday 2nd April. Musicians from across the globe are supporting the event and are hoping to raise awareness of the serious issues concerning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. There are over 60 million people with autism around the world. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is being urged to launch a world autism strategy.Shadow Shines- A Story of Autism and recovery takes listeners on an emotional journey of heartbreak, courage and hope. It is a concept album that tells the story of the Giammatteo family’s experiences since their son, Vico, was diagnosed with autism almost a decade ago.
Shadow Shines documents a decade that starts with the joy of Moira Giammatteo’s pregnancy and Vico’s birth. It then takes a turn as his son regresses into autism. Eventually the musical story winds its way around to the stages of his recovery. The emotional sensations of youthful confidence in the opening track give way to richer and darker moments while never succumbing to a loss of faith, with one exception:
"Maybe it’s me – or is that just an egotistical view on tragedy" sings Michael Giammatteo in Sometimes I Wonder, the CD’s musical turning point. There is a sense of authentic emotion as the listener recognizes the pain and heartache in the vocal. "That one was written the day after my son was diagnosed with autism. The recording that you hear was completed two days after that. So it’s pretty raw. Nine years on it’s still difficult for me to listen to," he said. Questions of guilt and self blame are confronted as well as the hopelessness of not knowing what to do next. "My son’s diagnosis was given to us like it was a sentence. There was no pamphlet telling us how to deal with it. It was, pretty much, ‘Good luck with that’ and we were sent on our way," he said.
While Shadow Shines covers a spectrum of emotions, it also runs the gamut musically from rock, to pop, to alternative, to ballads. It even incorporates psychedelic & Indian influenced sounds. "Yes," Team Vico guitarist David Wholihan agrees, "when we got it into our heads that this was going to be a concept album, we definitely got into a classic rock mindset."
ou can listen to three full length songs from the new Shadow Shines CD to mark UN World Autism Awareness Day here: teamvico.com/whatsnew/index.shtml
You can hear clips from all of the songs on the Team Vico new CD here: teamvico.com/cd/indexC.shtml
You can hear clips from all three of Team Vico CDs here: teamvico.com/cd/index.shtml
To purchase the Shadow Shines Autism CD contact: teamvico.com
For further information on the UN World Autism Awareness Day please see: ukautismnews.blog.co.uk