After the dissolution of their former group LITHOS in September 2003, drummer Gustavo Pasini and bassist Gianluca Avanzati created NOTABENE.
The addition of keyboard player Daniele Manerba and then
guitarist Silver Pes allowed the band to perform live gigs.
In March 2004, after quite a lengthy search, they found the perfect vocalist in Andrea Alberici.
Finally, during a concert, they met violinist and trumpeter
Rocco Vitiello who became the band's official sixth member.
They recorded some impressive demos and in November 2005, Mellow Records released their first official CD.
Since then, violinist/trumpeter Vitiello and guitarist Pes
have both left while new guitarist Giampietro Maccabiani
has been welcomed aboard.
Their style is pure, classic Italian symphonic prog (BANCO, IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO, etc) with a marked touch of jazz
(use of trumpet and violin).
What makes them unique is how they manage to fuse both symphonic and jazz elements and make it all sound so natural,
as if the two were meant to go hand in hand.