ESTRUCTURA – Estructura. S.C 200 2422. South American release. Originally issued in 1980. MEMBERS: Maria Egenia Ciliberto, Marisela Perez, Walton De Jonghy, Domenico Prioretti, David Maman, Antonio Rassi, and Agny Mogollon. TRACKS: Quisiera, Arco Iris, Sharon, Blanco y Negro (instrumental), Aun No Puedo Ver, Mar Vestido De Mujer, Paginas Del Tiempo, and Krakatoa (instrumental). DESCRIPTION: Venezuela during the 70’s and 80’s produced several interesting prog acts, forming a very small but solid scene. Although the bands were very diverse in sound, the predominant form of progressive rock was symphonic, represented by bands such as Tempano, Vytas Brenner, Ficcion, and Parthenon. Estructura is a product of its time, being heavily influenced by such artists as Yes and Genesis while this album expands on those influences to include Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, and ELP. One thing that characterized most bands of the Venezuelan symphonic prog scene is the addition of Latin-American elements to their British based prog oriented sound and Estructura is no exception. Formed in 1977 and coming from the city of Maracay, Estructura has the privilege of being one of the first Venezuelan bands to record a progressive rock album, predating Tempano’s 1979 album Atabal Yemal. This was Estructura’s second and last effort which musically and stylistically moves away from Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Center of the Earth whose sound weighed in heavily on their debut album. As a result, they have produced a more diverse sounding album, though still relying heavily on their influences and again led by the keyboard work of David Maman; an equal highlight is the fluid guitar work of Antonio Rassi which does recall Steve Howe at times, but also offers some heavier rock passages. Considering what had and was coming out from the more developed progressive scenes in Italy, England, and the US this may seem a bit tame, but held up on its own merit Estructura had in its membership some of the country’s most talented musicians producing a style of music that had no past in Venezuela. Although neither of their albums I would consider essential, if you’re willing to travel off the beaten path, I believe you will be pleasantly pleased to discover the music of Estructura.