27 appuntamenti in quaranta giorni tra paesaggi, natura, luoghi storici, buona cucina, comunità accoglienti, per un festival di musica e fotografia, che (oltre ad essere la Rete musicale territorialmente più ampia d’Italia) continua ad essere integralmente ad ingresso gratuito!!!
Andrea Lupi e Davide Mancini
IL PROGRAMMA DEI CONCERTI
“Our music is deeply linked to the name of the quartet meaning our attention to the Italian melodic tradition. As if speaking with the listener’s hidden side you could find the deepest and most reserved motivation of your own music …” So Paolo Innarella describes his quartet, a group of jazz stars. Walter Paoli and Ares Tavolazzi together weaving a non-conventional rhythm, Lutte Berg with his guitar and his electric incursions playing every passage as the sounds would end up in the silence.
Oniric music for imaginary movies. Original compositions of a surrealistic color and evocative atmosphere. An irreverent and inner travel in which music has a role of an hypothetical soundtrack of an imaginary movie. Camillocromo search for past times fascinations and range over jazz, gypsy, balcanic, popular and latin music inside a thrilling show shaking not only the audience’s legs but also their imagination.
A famous guitarist and producer, playing in many tours worldwide, one of the main characters of the American Blues set.. this is Alex Schultz. Winner of a W.C. Handy Award in 1986 with the record “Blowing like Hell” by William Clark, in 1988 he plays in “Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers”. In 1995 he works with Lester Butler with whom he plays in 4 European tours. After having recorded more than 40 LPs in October 2004 he releases his first CD solo, “Think About it”. Raphael Wressnig is a famous organ player coming from Austria, and even if he is so young (he’s 27 years old) he is one of the most gifted and creative Hammond players in Europe.
Sometimes they come back. As soon as they stop playing you miss them. A great society: Rico Blues Combo, one of the first Italian blues bands and Sugar Ray Norcia a great singer and harmonica player with different vocal characters, mixing Chicago Blues, Soul, Swing, R&B, R&R and Country music. Sugar Ray has a so warm and clear voice that every passage even the most difficult becomes natural. They are experiencing the forth tour just releasing a new album with Maurizio “The Master” Pugno on guitar.. maybe Italian blues comes from Gubbio, his own town.
He has been playing from time immemorial.. everywhere. He is a refined guitarist with a distinctive voice that you can’t forget.. a real great musician. You will always find him with his guitar, singing to the people around, a professional but first of all a music lover. His Folk-Rock music and his songs are the fruits of his passion. His new album is called “Zaccaria per Terra”: 11 new tracks and a cover of Deportee by Woody Guthrie. A great CD that you’ll never stop listening to.
A great event! One of the best blues band will be in San Casciano. Its name comes from a white American Blues family. Father Charles Ford is the founder and the leader, his children are Mark, on harmonica, Patrick on drums and Robben, a worldwide famous guitarist. During the 90s Ford Blues Band has been recording albums and touring worldwide and even if there have been several bass and guitar players the band has always maintained the same identity. Ford Blues band has always lined up great musicians whose powerful performances have the emphasis of the modern blues music power.
Various original compositions, grooves, an ensemble of rhythms, changes in atmosphere, a complex plot to enable more freedoms maintaining a control on every component. Native Quartet is Claudio Giovagnoli’s last creation. Claudio is a young sax player coming from Tuscany. He proposes his music in an emotional, instinctive manner as a result of single musicians’ background. Unpublished new tracks for a natural, instinctive sound…
Michael Powers is not the kind of musician who thinks that the only blues is the one coming from Delta, Texas or Chicago, he is a musician that can transform all influences in a pure musical feeling. Michael comes from New Jersey where he was born in 1952. After having been on tour with James Cotton he recorded with Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray e John Lee Hooker. In his albums solo, Onyx Roots and Prodigal Son, he ranges from rock, blues and funky to acoustic and relaxed atmospheres, without forgetting classical and contemporary blues in his coarse, hypnotic voice. With “Prodigal Son” he has received three nominations for the Blues Music Awards in 2007.
Giorgio Raco is a bass and guitar player in various bands of the Pisa area, one of them is the Alift. As solo he shows up his best as a composer of acoustic and pop songs written in English. We have discovered him by chance on myspace. His compositions are astonishing.. he doesn’t seem to come from Italy.. do not miss it!
Milvus’ music is catchy with psychedelic and jazz & rock sounds: a work of art by guitarist Daniele Morelli. Milvus’ sounds sometime remind us cult bands such as Area and King Crimson and they make them shining with a new light.
“This is a romantic album, with old songs that I found back in my memory….it belongs to me, a piece of my memory that didn’t come out before…” This is what Max Berrù is saying about his last CD. Max is one of the founders of the famous group the Inti Illimani (1967) with whom he has been performing for 30 years. Acanto is a new musical experience coming from faraway…six people with the same intense passion for the ethnic, Andine music. Max Berrù’s touch leads the Acanto to “Concierto Intimo”.. a show half Max’s musical evolution, half Inti Illimani’s revival.
A long journey, looking for old and new roots with alive and kicking expressions, in continuous change and evolution. As it happened in all the natives’ cultures of the New World, the Andes population started to built and play instruments in order to harmonize human energies with the imposing nature mysterious forces. They tried to get in touch with it finding a bridge between the rules governing our planet and the human events. The millenary flutes’ sounds added one to the other and melted with the external influences and becoming, as the time went by, melodies, dances, sad and happy songs, popular and religious feasts, poems, denouncements, voices coming from farmers, housewives, children, miners, musicians, committed artists..
A melodic trio with unusual instruments: electric bass, sax/clarinet, drums. Dirk Bluemlein, also a bass player of a German pop band called Fools Garden, he finds, with his own group based in Stuttgart, the right way to show his ideas: what kind of sound comes up from a small ensemble? His best partners are Andreas Franche (sax, clar) and Eckhard Stromer (drums). Their second CD has just been released, it is called “Freizeitvergnuengen”, literally “enjoying free time”. They chose the right title to express an idea of relaxed fusion jazz music, full of melodies, harmonies and groove, half jazz, half pop music. Once again, Dirk Bluemlein shows up how a bass player can be more than a sideman.
The style of the Trio “4th Race” could be described as contemporary ethnic music. Three unusual musicians had found each other to search musical paths besides the mainstream. All of band members are experienced composers / performers in direction of world music. The band-sound is really unique because the musicians are drastically experimenting in undiscovered field of multi-cultural fusion.They use a wide range of music instruments of the world: mandola (Italy), bansuri (India), kalyuka (Russia), tsaaj nplaim (Laos), tamboura (Bulgaria), gaida (Bulgaria), khomus (Siberia), morsing (India), kou xiang (China), berimbao (Brazil), tonbak (Iran), riq (Lebanon), frame drums, darbouka (Turkey), cajon (Spain), tar (Sudan), udu (Africa), fretless and fretted bass, acoustic bass, double bass. Inspired by the music and instruments of different cultures something new and original is created.
Eastern and Mediterranean atmospheres, jazz memories and electric episodes: everything is well arranged and played live with the help of music effects and loop-machines. Riccardo Veno records various sounds all together creating a harmonic carpet with winds ensemble (sax, Indian, Irish and Middle-Eastern flutes, ciaramella, marranzano..) Melodies are intense and improvisations are astonishing. Riccardo creates his invisibile orchestra live to describe the myth of Orfeo’s death.
From American swing by Frank Sinatra and Elinghton to evergreen Buscaglione, Carosone, Kramer, etc…..This is Trio Scafroglia’s music, a refined repertoire of Golden Years’ jazz music and 50s songs in which atmosphere is full of energy and happiness. This is the music that allows to dream up, glancing at dark and strange worlds, full of smoke and beer, street tales ..you don’t know where you are going , you only care about going.. Emotion is life.
Balen Lopez de Munain is a Basque guitarist who has been playing in Italy for many years. He is a guitar teacher who improved his knowledge with the help of Masters Bienvenido Rodriguez and Jose Luis Rodrigo. In the 80s he played live with the famous piano player Antonio Breschi. From 1989 to 1992 he worked with Ziryab group and played in the most important world music and guitar festivals. Recently he has been together Joxan Goikoetxea, a Basque accordion player. Here they are playing together again in a great show in which they will seek a common language, united but with their own personality.
“Pour servir la grande beauté”. Bob Brozman, the greatest resophonic guitar player worldwide. He comes from New York, a Jewish and a citizen of the world: an anthropologist, a musicologist, an anarchic musician with an immense culture. He played with musicians coming from all around the globe: Hawaii, Greece, Palestine, Japan, Nepal and Central Africa. He is always on a worldwide tour. His concert is an excursus on world music. . A virtuous artist whose music is absolutely enjoyable.
Lele Chiodi, the “Viulan”s founder, is a researcher of popular songs in his country. Once he found the material he asked himself how to reproduce it. There are two different ways to do it, or reproducing it today how it was naturally made at that time or trying to put it in a new and different form. Lele chose the second one achieving a great result and thanks to the musicians who helped him in his big work he published a series of suggestive tracks with new emotions coming from centuries-old songs (Francesco Guccini).
Afro Blue, tales and sounds from the earth: this is Vocal Sisters’ project, a travel through traditional music. Vocal Sisters are five young women coming from Maremma: all of them sing and play percussions. A many-coloured performance with African and traditional Mediterranean songs, Brazilian music, gospel. A tale ending up with Carla Baldini’s own music. Carla tells about Maremma with her beautiful voice, her delicate sound. An original vocal group…you will immediately get amazed…
Joel Guzman won two Grammy Awards with “Polkas, Gritos y Acordeones” trio. He is now playing with Sarah Fox and Andrew Hardin: three well known musicians coming from Texas folk/blues/roots music set. They present their preview show. From Folk to Blues music till Tex-mex and Mexican roots music, Guzman/Fox’s own property together with rock, latin rhythms, blues, country, folksong. Thanks to Sarah Fox’s impressive voice, Andrew Harind’s heavenly guitar and Joel Guzman’s kaleidoscopic accordion, Monteverdi Marittimo will celebrate a festivity as we were on the border between Texas and Mexico, along Rio Grande banks..
They described this band as “an electric trio with an acoustic intention”. Their speech is plain and straight: a small amp, a guitar, an acoustic bass and metal drums…they play blues, rhythm’ blues, Ol’Time Jazz, Afroamerican traditional music, proposing their unusual, respectful covers.
Tolga Quartet is made by four young musicians coming from Europe. They play Django Reinhardt‘s music: Gypsy Jazz but with a fresh and contemporary touch. Their first name was “Tolga Emilio Trio” which was founded by Tolga During in Amsterdam in 1998. In 1999 they recorded their first album, an international success. Since then, they attended many national and international festivals and published five CDs and a DVD live.
Selma Hernandes is a Brazilian singer who started her studies in San Paolo where she studied vocals technique at Carlos Gomes University. She made several concerts in Brazil and Mexico. In her concert she tells about Brazilian popular music, from “chorinho” to contemporary music. She founded her quintet in 2004 after having met Andrea Agostini, Leopoldo Calabria, Maurizio Picchiò, Gianni Spoletini, Andrea Morandi e Roberto Gazzani.
Roberto Taufic, a Brazialian guitarist, Simon Papa, a singer, Roberto Rossi, a drummer from Bologna, here are the Baticumbando, a travel through Brazilian rhythms, samba, bossa nova, choro, maracatù, baião. Original tracks and covers from the best of Musica Popular Brasileira, improvisation and virtuosity. Baticumbando’s music is refined, elegant and impressive: you will be struck by their positive energy!
Vincent W. Williams vocalist and percussions player, he has been playing around Europe, Asia, Latin America and United States for the last twenty years. His performance is like an energy explosion in the deepest black music roots. Vincent is a great entertainer, he knows how to the enthrall his audience in an amazing show, and together with Mike Sponza’s feeling (on guitar) Michele Bonivento’s soul (on organ) and Moreno Buttinar’s rhythm (on drums) their sound comes from Hammond golden years and “good vibrations” with innovative arrangements and modern rhythms for a powerful and hot performance.
A great guitar player, with an impressive voice and original tracks. Ken is a well know musician from the British folk rock set. He worked on several projects, first of all the famous Albion Band. Now he also plays with Steeleye Span. His personal music is the result of many influences, among the other, blues and British pop music. Ken Nicol is first of all a folksinger, a solo singer guitar player.
They like to describe themselves a polymorphous chaos, a cauldron made up with various musical influences…and this is true. They have strong and deep roots: .they come from Sicily on which they built their inner vision of a contamination with no limit: not only music but culture, politics, arts. Their style is unusual and they are aware of a jump without a net. And so, like an expert sailor, Qbeta berth at many different harbors: ska, funky, 80’s pop, African and Eastern Europe music… seeking something with no rest. Recently, as the only Italian group they opened the 5th World Social Forum Porto Alegre in Brazil.
Roberto Bellatalla and Edoardo Marraffa met Saadik Laarach in 2006: he was “Gnawa di Essaouira”’s leader. They immediately started to work together developing their artistic affinity. Gnawa’s culture comes from the South of Sahara desert where they practice a complicated choral and musical liturgy in which they represent the primordial sacrifice and the genesis of the universe evoking the seven expressions of God activities, the seven mlùk, symbolized by the seven colors. Mlùk are evoked by seven melodic-rhythm cells (um), each of them starts a suite following Gnawa’s repertoire. During the seven suites they burn seven kinds of incense and dancers are covered by seven-colors veils.
His Holiness, XIV Dalai Lama during a visit to a Monastery in South India advised Hardong Khangtsen to organize a funding in order to solve their financial problems. In order to reach this goal and with the help of Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Pomaia (Italy), 10 monks from Hardong Khangtsen organized a tour in Italy to describe Tibetan Monks’ tradition and culture: songs and prayers accompanied by ritual instruments as telescopic trumpets and holy dances dating back to the 9th century (Cham). They bring peace and harmony among people, animals and environment all over the world.