Painting Petals On Planet Ghost
is the project formed in 2004 by brothers Maurizio and Roberto
Opalio aka My Cat Is An Alien, together with their long time
collaborator Ramona Ponzini.
The whole idea behind the project started with Ramona developing a peculiar
research concerning the use of Japanese ancient poetry as privileged source
of texts apt to be set in music.
PPOPG immediately grow by itself as a band, focused on Ramona’s
Japanese chant, based on her own choice of specific texts which bring
back to the atmosphere of ancient Japanese courts and gardens, and accompanied
by the Opalio brothers' peculiar work on classic and electric guitar melodies,
soft drones, toy piano and keyboards, field recordings. To complete the
oeuvre, Ramona’s use of Japanese bells and wind chimes which recalls
the atmosphere of the minimal sounds of the theater of the Rising Sun.
The cherry blossoms come into flower with the first work of the band called
Time-Lag Records, USA 2005), inspired by a masterpiece of the Japanese
ancient literature, The Kokinshu.
It is with the second album, 'Fallen Camellias'
(A Silent Place, 2007), whose lyrics are all poems taken from Yosano Akiko’s
Midaregami (“Tangled hair”), that PPOPG definitely conquer
the esteem of the Japanese audience, critic and press.
In particular the staff of legendary Japanese label PSF in the person
of Hideo Ikeezumi decides to publish the third PPOPG work 'Haru
No Omoi' (2009), selectioning tracks from
the previous two albums and adding exclusive bonus material.
In the meanwhile Ramona graduates at University of Turin with a final
thesis concerning Japanese poetry, also publishing an essay entitled “Journey
to the land of spring: Midaregami by Yosano Akiko”.
PPOPG extended articles and interviews appear on international magazines
of music such as Dream Magazine (USA), Foxy Digitalis
(USA), Blow Up (IT), Studio Voice (JP),
The Wire (UK), among others, and contemporary literature: Mahoroba
(JP), Orientalia Parthenopea (IT).
Along with PRAXINOSCOPE (duo with Roberto Opalio),
Ramona Ponzini has also collaborated with artists such as Industrial music
guru Z’ev (with whom she set up the projects ANKOKU
and DEEP ALIEN DARKNESS - a quartet with the Opalio brothers),
Micheal Morley of New Zealand cult band Dead
C, Tom Greenwood of Jackie-O Motherfucker
(forming BLACK MAGIC DISCO always with MCIAA), and Sonic
Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo (who collaborates
with her and MCIAA many times during the last years).
While working on a new album which draws its inspiration from the texts
of 20th century Japanese poet Takamura Kotaro, PPOPG's latest 'Transparent
Winter' is published as a special vinyl edition by UK-based
Blackest Rainbow Records in September 2011.
RAMONA PONZINI's DISCOGRAPHY:
PETALS ON PLANET GHOST
(Ramona Ponzini, Maurizio Opalio, Roberto Opalio)
LP (2005/ Time-Lag Records)
- "Oceano" on Red Gold Comp C20 Cassette (2006/
- Oounabara 1-sided 12" lathe cut + DVD-R (Opax Records/
- Oounabara C20 cassette (Opax Records/ 2006)
- s/t CD (2007 / Time-Lag Records)
- Fallen Camellias 1-sided 5x10"
lathe cut Box (2008/ Opax Records)
- Fallen Camellias CD (2008/ A
- "I lose consciousness"
on split 7" with Mykel Boyd (2008
- "Haru no kuni" on Dream Magazine
#9 CD comp (2009 / Dream Magazine)
- Haru no omoi CD (2009 / PSF)
(Ramona Ponzini, Roberto Opalio)
cd-r (2005/ Opax Records)
- Self-titled picture disc LP (2006/ A Silent Place)
- Epocsonixarp LP / CD-R (Opax Records/ 2006)
- Untitled #6 1-sided C20 cassette (2008/ Opax Records)
- For the tears of the Land_Prayers from the outer space
2xLP split with MY CAT IS AN ALIEN (2009 / Important
- For the tears of the Land_Prayers from the outer space, Vol.2
CD (2010 / Elliptical Noise)
(Ramona Ponzini, Z'EV)
CD (2007/ A Silent Place)
- 7M24S on Post-Asiatic: Lost War Dream
Music 2CD Comp (2007/ URCKarm)
- Ankoku CD-R (2010/ re. no label)
- Live in Milan DVD-R (2010/ Opax Records)
BLACK MAGIC DISCO
(Ramona Ponzini, Tom Greenwood, Maurizio Opalio, Roberto Opalio)
- s/t CD (2007 / Important Records)
- s/t 2xLP (2007 / A Silent Place)
- All Is Lost In Translation (RAMONA PONZINI,
LEE RANALDO, MY CAT IS AN ALIEN) CD (2010 / Atavistic)
- Live @ Sensational Fix (M.MORLEY, MCIAA, R.PONZINI, L.RANALDO)
LP (2009 / Starlight Furniture Co.)
- "Everything waves like cosmic debris" on MCIAA / STEVE RODEN
"Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split ART-LP (2006/ Opax Records) split
CD (2007 / A Silent Place)
- The secret of the Dancing Snow (MY CAT IS AN ALIEN)
CD (2006/ Ikuisuus)