edition 2012

13th edition

Drum workshop with Paul Wertico – Montopoli (Pisa) – July 23

– WORKSHOP Video with GIACOMO VERDE – Calcinaia (Pisa) – July 25/26 Luglio

MASTERCLASS Jazz Guitar with Jonathan Kreisberg – Montopoli (Pisa) – July 30

Photo WORKSHOP with Elia Falaschi & Alice Durigatto – Castellina Marittima (Pisa) – August 10/11/12

– the 9th edition of the photo contest Fotografando la Musica

How to give your contribution to Musicastrada’s gigs? It’s easy: you can buy the artists’ CD or other local products or just leave a free and voluntary offer

All gigs are free and start at 9. 45 p.m.


Musicastrada Festival has been realized with the support of:
Regione Toscana, Provincia di Pisa
and the valuable financial support of:
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa, Il Fotoamatore, Camera di Commercio di Pisa,  Toscana Energia, Unicoop Firenze, Acque Spa, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio  di Volterra, Usl 5 Pisa, West Systems, Idea Energy, G’old (Cascina-Ponte a Egola-Collesalvetti), Volterratur, Pontedera Revisioni & Collaudi, Bieffe di Barnini, Trattoria del Papero, Team Duemila, Carrozzeria Record, Euroferramenta Miglio, Frantoio di Chianni, Graziani Candele, Opel Emmepiauto, Bar dell’Orso, Hotel Ristorante Quattro Gigli, Paolo Francini Ginnastica e Massaggi, Gelateria Via Gotti Pontedera, Ristorante da Remo, Ristorante da Piero, Osteria del Cavaiolo, Il Pinzagrilli, Ristorante La Grotta Cascina, Bar Papaqua, Ristorante La Grotta Buti, Rosamilia Tabaccheria, Nardi Franco Prodotti per Capelli, Massimo Cerri, TrattoriaLa Pescaccia, Fabrizio Peria Parrucchiere, Bar Baldini, L’Idraulico, Fiordaliso Erboristeria, Bulldogs Pub, Bar dell’Angolo, Foto Silvi


july 22 - 9.45 p.m.

the dynamics (FR)

july 22 – 9.45 p.m.

The Dynamics music is a witness to the influence of American soul on Jamaican music. Their unique sound retraces the connections between soul, reggae and dub, mixing old-school flavours and modern production techniques. The result is deep, dynamic and characterized by strong vocals and an effective stage presence.

san casciano cascina pisa

What happens when a pop sax legend like John Helliwell (in the “classic” Supertramp line-up) join a band with super drummer Paul Wertico (anyone never heard Pat Metheny Group from ‘83 till ‘01…on the drum there was Mr Wertico) and three of the best italian jazz musicians…? The result is a band with a common sense of interplay, wth no particular frontiers, a musical journey into their long and different experiences with a spiritual connection…

montopoli in val d’arno pisa

july 24 - 9.45 p.m.

carrie rodriguez (USA)

july 24 – 9.45 p.m.

Love and family have always been sources of inspiration for critically acclaimed singer/ songwriter/musician Carrie Rodriguez. Rodriguez’ journey from teenage violin student to touring the world with the likes of Chip Taylor (famed songwriter of “Wild Thing), Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo, has resulted in a prodigious output of recordings – eight albums in as many years – for the young musician; with the new album, Carrie relies on others to handle the songwriting duties, she provides the interpretations.

castelfranco di sotto pisa

General Stratocuster were born in Florence, Italy, after an everlasting jam on Fabio Fabbri’s birthday. Though everyone of them has been in the record business for years they all agreed in forming a new band: GENERAL STRATOCUSTER. Their debut album was recorded over last year and it’s the best selection of songs they have been written together with the inclusion of Creedence’s hit ‘Fortunate Son’. After the recordings Pacio was permanently recruited into the band…If you are looking for classic rock, this is THE BAND for you.

calcinaia pisa

july 25 - 9.45 p.m.

danny bronzini trio (ITA)

july 25 – 9.45 p.m.

Young, very young (17 years old!!!), talented guitarist with a soulful voice Danny Bronzini is the new guitar-hero that is becoming each day more famous. He’s a guy that could be growe up in the USA for the knowledge of blues and music. His trio is the classic ‘organ sound’ trio, with a repertoire of old and new classics, not only blues but funk, jazz and soul too.

calcinaia pisa

july 26 - 9.45 p.m.

lewis floyd henry (UK)

july 26 – 9.45 p.m.

The incomparable Lewis Floyd Henry is just such a dude. In the age when MySpace and the blogosphere have become the conventional means of achieving rock stardom, this remarkable songwriter and performer has gone the ancient route of taking to the streets to broadcast his music. For the past few years, like a Mississippi bluesman in the early 20th century, Lewis has pitched up on street corners around London, at Brick Lane, Borough Market and the South Bank, every time trousering a pocket full of loose change, but also gradually spreading the knowledge of his extraordinary genius.

calcinaia pisa

Not only in England or Usa there are “working blues-man” like John Mayall or Alexis Corner. Alessandro Corsi, if born earlier and in a different country, could has become one like them. For years, and still now, he has been the “main character” of most of Blues (and rock) Jam Session in many clubs of Pisa area, giving to the musicians and audience what really they deserve from music… Don’t miss him!

piazza indipendenza pisa

july 27 - 9.45 p.m.

paola donzella (ITA)

july 27 – 9.45 p.m.

Cotton Club style vocalist Paola Donzella (from Tenco’s award winners Elixir) in concert amd preview of her next album. A new work full of international music stars, with new and old sounds blended together with her way of singign so “french-swingy-jazzy” that made become her famous. Dancer, ex actress seems to be come out from a New York night club of the the Prohibition era. 

vicopisano pisa

july 28 - 9.45 p.m.

mascarimirì (ITA)

july 28 – 9.45 p.m.

From Apulia (Salento) the land of Pizzica an Taranta the Mascarimirì are the real new-thing on the tradition. Their sound is a metling pot between the ancient salento’s tradition and the new electronic sounds created by a laptop computer. Rythm and melodic voices blended with distorted rock guitars and mandolini, tamburelli, flutes, acoustic guitars. Is the new form the ancient.

buti pisa

Whisky Trail was born in Florence in 1975. Has produced 12 records; the last one: Beginnings, in occasion of their 35 years of activity. Has played extensively in Italy and abroad (Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Portugal). Has been favourably written up in many important foreign and Italian musical events. Appeared in Television shows at RAI and Tmc. Has performed in important festivals of ethnic music and in the main Italian folk studios. Its music has been used as sound track for TV documentaries. Has been part of international compilations: the last being Celtic Angels by Amiata Records together with The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor, Liam O’ Flynn and Sharon Shannon

santo pietro belvedere capannoli pisa

Born in New York City, guitarist and composer Jonathan Kreisberg has fond memories of a childhood steeped in music. “I was lucky to grow up in a household that had a great and wide-ranging record collection,” he recalls, “including Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, and Cream’s Disraeli Gears.” Jonathan worked in the bands of many jazz greats including Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, and Scott Wendholt.

montopoli pisa

july 31 - 9.45 p.m.

the loulou sisters (SWE)

july 31 – 9.45 p.m.

“The LouLou Sisters play like demons and sing like angels. Listen to their loose-limbed take on American pre-war jazz; tight three-part harmonies, authoritative solos and solid rhythm. It’s Western Swing meets the Andrews Sisters all the way from Stockholm. Go get a taste of what they’re serving up. It’s hot and sweet.” / Tom Maxwell, The Squirrell Nut Zippers The Loulou Sisters travel the world by slow trains. Some they miss. That only makes life more interesting, ending up at unexpected places and always playing music A restless trio that loves to be on the move. Garage swing, French Street music, chansons, Italian 50s, Les Paul, Carosone, Les Negresses Vertes,Cajun………

montecalvoli santa maria a monte pisa

LeBlanc is black and white. It is the happy result of the fatal attraction between different cultures. It is Blues, Rock, Soul, but also Gospel, Jazz and Rhythm’n’Blues. Listening to LeBlanc is like breathing the atmosphere of New Orleans, Chicago, Memphis while travelling to Europe and into the heart of Mediterranean…with a Superbadn of italian allstar musicians

pontedera pisa

T-Rumors (“T” is Tuscany) is a well know music contets for young singers, composers, musicians organized by Toscana Musiche Association and Tuscany Region. This second edition let discover a reality aof very talented musicians. This special event/concert will show four of them, the ones that won the 2011/2012 contest and took part of T-Rumors compilation. There’s so much good music around us taht we do not still know!

pontedera pisa

august 3 - 9.45 p.m.

iosonouncane (ITA)

august 3 – 9.45 p.m.

IOSONOUNCANE a.k.a. Jacopo Incani, is a Sardinian artist. A particular artist. In his concerts use the voice like an instrument with lots of effects, loop, electronic percussions, acoustic guitars. All instruments are low budget…His story is the story of many italian young workers, that live their condition with irony and the right sense of humor. He has worked in a call center, and , maybe there, eas born most of their ideas. This will be a particular concert. Guaranteed.

san miniato pisa

august 4 - 9.45 p.m.

afro-cuba rumba n’jazz feat dariel luis tellez molina e yoandy armenteros morenos (CUB)

august 4 – 9.45 p.m.

From Cuba a band with the mood of “Buena Vista” but the sound of jazz, and the rythm of rumba. Five musicians with big experience will drive the audiende trough the rich and various heritage of afro-cuba sound. From Rumba’s trascinating rythm to the beautiful Danzon melodies. An original show with irresistible thrills of a band with a big knowledg of today’s jazz languages and cuban “sabor”!

montopoli pisa

There are some palces in Italy where time seems that never pass. There is a place in Tuscany where the inhabitants doesn’t care about conventionality and ambition of modern times. This place is Santa Fiora where in the seventies was born one of the most famous e renowned choir of traditional music. The Santa Fiora’s Choir of Coalminer . Simone Cristicchi a very famous italiana Pop singer wanted them to tour with him in the most imnportant musical events of Italy like, La Notte della Taranta, Saremo Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica…

montecastelli pisano castelnuovo val di cecina pisa

august 6 - 9.45 p.m.

le vent du nord (CAN)

august 6 – 9.45 p.m.

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord have been enjoying rocketing success. They have received several prestigious awards, including a Juno. The band is now one of the most-loved Quebec folk outfits throughout the world. The group’s current line-up consists of singers / multi-instrumentalists Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet. Some of their songs come from traditional folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. On stage, these four friends achieve peaks of happiness they eagerly share with any and all audiences.

monteverdi marittimo pisa

Leo “Goodies” Boni is an Italian American… pardon…a Tuscan-American singer and guitarist. Coming from the blues tradition he become a very particlura musicians when he began listening to the manouche music (with Django on all). His last CD is a long dreamy journey through his land, Tuscany, painted with Rhythm & Blues and Gypsy melodies. Original song and old melodies are performed with a new oldfashioned flavour

serrazzano pomarance pisa

august 9 - 9.45 p.m.

ana karina rossi trio (URU)

august 9 – 9.45 p.m.

Ana Karina Rossi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay where she began to develop a passion for music from a very early age. She studied Piano and Musicology at the Escuela Universitaria de Música and entered the world of tango with Trio Sur. Ana Karina then collaborated with pianist and composer Alberto Magnone, giving the jazz-tango scene within Montevideo a refined repertoire of contemporary tangos written by Magnone, along with a large body of Astor Piazzolla’s avant-garde work.

guardistallo pisa

Alabastro Euforico is the new project of italian bass player and comnposer Arlo Bigazzi with the “acrobatic” Antonio Superpippo Gabellini on guitar Marzio del Testa on drums & Vittorio Catalano on saxes. Minimalism, rock and classical music blended together ond the new collaboration with indie-rock band Tom Violence. Two generations of musicians in a meeting of two different ways to see and live the music. An original production of Orientoccidente Festival

castellina marittima pisa

It’s ska, you can hear it. But not only. They are a little bit folk too, and pop, balkanic and rock. Songwriting with a surrealistic mood. Music to dance, to smile to listen. And the lyrics of the songs with all the thoughts of a band made of late twenty-years-old guys that don’t wanna grow up…never!!!.

riparbella pisa

august 12 - 9.45 p.m.

griot metropolitain feat. brahima e adamà dembelè (SEN ITA)

august 12 – 9.45 p.m.

The Griot Metropolitain is a project born in 1994 thanks to some artists (percussionist and dancer) coming from Ivory Coast with the help of some italian musicians. They belong to differents ethnic group and traditions, but just this diversity will become their trade-mark, creating a really varied and traditional show. The power and vitality of ancient rituals from north-west Africa to the mopdern european audience…

montecatini val di cecina pisa

august 13 - 9.45 p.m.

baro drom orkestar (ITA)

august 13 – 9.45 p.m.

A concert that is a long journey trough the ancestors nomadic peoples of all europe. Song from Turkey, Romania, klezmer, tarantella. An explosive mix that join together tradition & innovation that let you dance from the first to the last song!!!

casale marittimo pisa

august 16 - 9.45 p.m.

taberna vinaria (ITA)

august 16 – 9.45 p.m.

Taberna Vinaria in the past was the place where people meet together to drink wine, eat, play cards and dice, like “Osteria” of modern times. The Taberna Vinaria sound is very similar to bands like Gogol Bordello, Pogues and Dropkick Murphys. They play something like a folk/punk/rock created by bagpipes, bouzouki, electric guitar, drum in a melting-pot between folk punk and medieval tunes with a rock attitude

chianni pisa

The show displays a path through sounds and shapes of the Gypsy traditions crossing Europe: Hungarian Czardas, Valse Musette, Swing, Romanian Hora,Albanian songs and many others. This heterogeneous musical landscape extending from France to the Balkans up to the countries of Eastern Europe through Alsace, former Yugoslavia, Albania, Serbia, Romania, is blended into a sound typical of the swing manouche French as a tribute to the musician Django Reinhardt and his Folk, the Gypsies, unique witnesses of the extraordinary variety and richness of musical languages animating European culture.

pastina santa luce pisa