edition 2013

21 free entry gigs in 18 different towns of Tuscany

– The Sax masterclass with Javier Girotto –

– book launch of “Ribelli nello spazio” by Bruno Casini –

– Il Photography workshop with Shoot for Change –

– the 10th edition of the photo contest Fotografando la Musica –

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


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Musicastrada Festival has been realized with the support of: Regione ToscanaProvincia di Pisa

and the valuable financial support of: Fondazione PISA, Vetrina Toscana, Geofor SPA, Toscana Energia, Camera di Commercio di Pisa, Unicoop Firenze, Acque Spa, Asl 5 Pisa, West Systems, Tecnocalor, G’old, Pontedera Revisioni e Collaudi, Carrozzeria Record Fucecchio, , Prodotti di Benessere.it, Graziani Candele, Team 2000, Bieffe di Barnini, Opel Emmepiauto, Euroferramenta Miglio, Hotel Ristorante Quattro Gigli, Ristorante La Volta Bona, Bar dell’Orso, Cerri Massimo Oreficeria, La Cinta di Guido e Novo Frantoio, Nardi Franco, Ristorante Da Piero, Ristorante Da Remo, Ristorante La Grotta Buti, Ristorante La Grotta Cascina,
Ristorante La Rosmarina, Ristorante Le Volte, Ristorante Il Cavaiolo, Ristorante Il Pinzagrilli, Tanbaccheria Rosamilia, gelateria Via Gotti Pontedera, Ristorante La Pescaccia, Bar Baldini


Barbara Furtuna is a polyphonic Corsican group of four men. Even though the group still finds its inspiration in the island’s oldest traditions, it is now distinguished by its own creations and offers a music that answers our contemporary longings. Riccardo Tesi & Maurizio Geri an acoustic guitar, a diatonic accordeon and a voice; a micro-universe of sonorities and poetry with a Medirranean feel, music without frontiers, vital and sunny, wedding virtuosity with emotion. Composer, instrumentalist, researcher : these are the faces of the complex and versatile artistic personality of Riccardo Tesi, absolute ethnic music pioneer in Italy.

Buti, Pisa

july 18 - 9.45 p.m.

triad vibration (ITA)

july 18 – 9.45 p.m.

An evocative sound, a sound journey that explores the history of peoples and collects suggestions of places further away, the sound more distant, the most different musical cultures. Everything flows together into a sound that starts from a basic rhythmic pattern, which empties the music, only to encounter on it’s path influences Jazz, Electronic, World, ranging from contamination Drum’n Bass to House Music, Dance to music by Black. The effect is a free music and liberating experience, able to mesmerize and engage viewers.

Santo Pietro Belvedere, Capannoli

Raphael Wressnig’s ascent to status as a prominent B-3 player on the international blues, jazz, and roots-music scenes has made for a interesting life journey. The Hammond master is teaming up with two of most exciting guitarist on the circuit: Igor Prado hailing from Brazil playing swing blues and jump blues with a radiant energy and Enrico Crivellaro from Padova but later relocating to Los Angeles and now taking his blues around the world! Tunes of the soul-jazz bag, takes on soul classics, funky bombs & greasy blues!

san casciano cascina pisa

july 20 - 9.45 p.m.

danny bronzini trio (ITA)

july 20 – 9.45 p.m.

Danny Bronzini, borned in 1995, is the new thing of italian blues and soul music! He has already pleyed in some of the most prestigioud italian festivals like Pistoia, Blues, Toprrita Blues and Musicastrada. This new project is based on one of the best back rythm section ever made in Italy: Carlo Romagnoli on the bass and Davide Malito on drums. The blues is the distinctive carachter of the band even if is the Soul that handle thanks to the incredible voice of Danny

San Casciano, Cascina, Pisa

“…in Il Circo it’s clear that Pareti is truly a great composer and a great jazz musician, he must absolutely supply his original compositions to Italian music which would greatly benefit from his creative contribution. Hopefully someone will support this cause”. Ernesto De Pascale, La Nazione A new “stars” quartet for one of the best Italian double bass player and jazz composer. A Mediterranean sound that meets the sound and the personality of four “masters” of international music.           

montopoli pisa

july 23 - 9.45 p.m.

emma tricca (ITA)

july 23 – 9.45 p.m.

Italian-born,London-based singersongwriter Emma Tricca has had her life shaped by two key encounters with folk legends. While still only an apprentice songwriter she met John Renbourn when he played a solo show in Rome. After the gig Emma got the opportunity to play John one of her own songs – his approval gave her the confidence to start writing and gigging. Emma met Odetta too, the mysterious and legendary singer who’d turned Bob Dylan onto acoustic music in the late ‘50s. Despite Odetta’s reputation for reticence, they had a long, long conversation over dinner, and Odetta urged Emma to do what she’d been long considering doing – to move to England and study the craft there.

castelfranco pisa


july 24 - 9.45 p.m.

frankie chavez (PT)

july 24 – 9.45 p.m.

Frankie Chavez is one of the most promising talents of the new Portuguese music; he has been referred to as the latest Blues revelation of southern Europe. His music combines a diverse array of sounds resulting in a Blues/Folk composed by clean sounds and others more raw and psychedelic. Although one can identify many different musical influences (Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Kelly Joe Phelps, Ry Cooder) it is difficult to find one single word to define his music. This sets him with a unique and distinctive style.

calcinaia pisa

Whether leading his tight ensemble or layin’ it down with his oneman band, 19th Street Red has shown himself to be a vital link to the old school blues performers that put this style on the map. Possessed with a rare authority and gritty passion, his own version of delta blues has him playing cities all over the U.S. Traveling and singing the blues, Red has found an audience to embrace his renditions of Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf and other “down-home”, “gutbucket blues” greats as well as his original compositions. The future of the blues has found another champion

calcinaia pisa

july 25 - 9.45 p.m.

arnesi (ITA)

july 25 – 9.45 p.m.

The name Arnesi” has two meanings: borned and raised ithe Arno’s rivers, and the fact that they play “tools” self made like a cigar box, un ukulele amplified with an old phone microphone, a “low budget” Danelectro guitar and a Tom coming from a very old and “rotting” drum. The results is a roots-rock-rural-naked-blues, with original and ironic lyrics, telling about daily ordinary “disaster” and other stories.

calcinaia pisa

Radio Libertaire is the brand new band from the original member of Tuscan folk group Les Anarchistes and the meeting with Corsican singer Jacky Micaelli and polyphonic ensemble “U Ponticellu”. Work, love and struggle songs from the Apuane region, Sardinia and Corsica. Tradition, innovation, an original fusion between male and female voices. It is about fusion of styles carrying a common factor: the refusal of the imposed order of things. A communal freedom voice.

vicopisano pisa

july 29 - 9.45 p.m.

ivan mazuze 4tet (NOR)

july 29 – 9.45 p.m.

The Awarded Mozambican saxophonist, Ivan Mazuze, performes with artists like Manu Gallo, Omar Sosa, Hermeto Pascoal, to namedrop a few. Educated in Southafrica, he moved to Norway. In 2009, and soon established himself as one of Norways top musicians. He was nominated for nine categories by Mozambique Music Awards 2010 and the debut album “Maganda”, won the prize Best Jazz Album and Best Fusion Instrumental Album. Maganda was also nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in South African Music Awards 2010, with highly complementary ripple effects in Scandinavia.

montopoli pisa

Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Donizetti and many others devolved to vocals and strings the love singing, like the “night songs” of which Nando Citarella is a real specialist. An interpretation that becomes song and seduction together, and that, with the Mauro Palmas’s mandola and lute, fused to the voice, it becomes the very soul of the singer. Fingers and strings chase to find themselves on the precious woods of the instruments that offer moments of lyricism and drama still unknown.

montecalvoli santa maria a monte pisa

august 1 - 9.45 p.m.

renzo rubino (ITA)

august 1 – 9.45 p.m.

Second prize at Musicultura in 2011. Winner of “Mia Martini prize” in the last edition of Sanremo Festival with the song “Il Postino”, Renzo Rubino is back!..Where something began two years ago. Do you remember? The opening concerto for Brunori in front of a crowded square that Renzo has charmed with his verve and his unique compositions, already a trademark. What is icredible of him songs are the deep research of melodic solutions so retrò to result modern, like if Puccini was connected to Facebook …

san miniato pisa

august 2 - 9.45 p.m.

orchestrada, l’orchestra di musicastrada (ITA, CUB, FRA)

august 2 – 9.45 p.m.

A small orchestra of world music musicians promoted by the Musicastrada Festival, in a new production of original music where the language of folk is mixed with the innovation of world music. A real exploration in different musical and cultural areas mainly of the Mediterranean area, traveling from one country to another without stopping in a continuous music metamorphosis, strictly in accordance with different styles that cross, with great freedom of expression and development, keeping intact the individual spirit of each culture.

pontedera pisa

august 4 - 9.45 p.m.

trio radiomarelli (ITA)

august 4 – 9.45 p.m.

Trio Radiomarelli is a “third generation orchestra” borned to continue a musical family tradition. The return of the listening and entertainment pleasure typical of the old (30’s) Italian orchestras. Three musicians with a smile and lots of swing. This is Radiomarelli Trio. The band was founded in Bologna thanks to the meeting of three musicians grandchild’s of the original members of “Tumbuctu” orchestra operating during the 30s. The group proposes a sound and a personal style through the re-interpretation and arrangement of the repertoire of their grandparents.

montecastelli pisano castelnuovo val di cecina pisa

august 5 - 9.45 p.m.

nema problema orkestar (ITA)

august 5 – 9.45 p.m.

Since 2004, seven musicians from the most varied artistic experiences decide to give birth to a street music project that rotates around the repertoire of Eastern Europe, from klezmer to romanian gypsy style. All this without forgetting the roots sound of the musicians of NemaProblema, which refer to jazz & popular repertoire from the very wide boundaries. The result is a turbobalcanic mixture constantly evolving: it is not copied in a way philological repertoire, but to relive it for each concert in a different way, between Arabian scales, jazz, waltz and references both to spaghetti jazz and mariachi.

serrazzano pomarance pisa

augsut 6 - 9.45 p.m.

leroy emmanuel band (USA)

augsut 6 – 9.45 p.m.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Leroy Edward Emmanuel has been a dedicated musician and entertainer for most of his life. In 1970s Leroy was invited to record with Marvin Gaye for the LP “Let’s get It On”. They stayed friends for many years. Leroy was later asked to portray his fellow friend in a documentary about the tragic ending of Marvins life. Over the years, Leroy Emmanuel has recorded hundreds of takes for Detroit based Motown label and worked in the studio for Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Funk Brothers, The Counts, disco king Hamilton Bohannon and many more. His live performing career is legendary.

monteverdi marittimo pisa

august 8 - 9.45 p.m.

che! tango project (ITA ARG)

august 8 – 9.45 p.m.

Stories and twists, underlying stories, told through rhythmic improvisations and nostalgic melodies. The soul, the profile, the timeless portrait of a people, among the most poetic and existential determinism momentum of freedom, with the performance of the musicians like the virtuoso guitarist and singer Daniel Chazarreta (which has collaborated with Vinicio Capossela) accompanied by Daniela Romano accordion, Serena Moroni, violin and Gabriele Pozzolini on percussion. Between dark and light, an emotional journey through tangos and milongas, mixed with the rhythms of chacareras, Zambas and candombe.

guardistallo pisa

august 10 - 9.45 p.m.

luiz lima BZ 4et (BRA)

august 10 – 9.45 p.m.

Essential and visceral Brazilian music, combining tradition and modernity, jazz and ethnic elements, with songs from Egberto Gismonti, Pixinguinha, Guinga, Paulo Bellinati and original songs by Luiz Lima, guitarist and songwriter originally from northeastern Brazil based in Italy since 1990. Rigorous but non-academic approach, arrangements and improvisation sought occupy the central spaces in the proposal of the group. The first album “Saudades Cem” was released in 2008, with guests Gabriele Mirabassi and Riccardo Tesi.

casale marittimo pisa

august 14 - 9.45 p.m.

derriere! (UK)

august 14 – 9.45 p.m.

Conceived late one night in Brighton’s ever-pregnant musical underbelly, Derriere delivers a playfully raunchy mix of jumpin’ rhythm n blues, old school rock and roll, vintage soul and rockabilly. Derriere is the sound of the devastating double bass playing of Blood Sugar Hill and wailing blues guitar of T Bone LeRhone. The formidable horn section features the thundering trombone of Gram Canyon, and reed bending saxophonist Helleanor Webb, blowing as if their lives depended upon it… or their wallets at least… All underpinned by the booty shaking rhythms of Redhand Mallon, at one time one of the most feared sticksmen in Portslade

castellina pisa

august 19 - 9.45 p.m.

i matti delle giuncaie (ITA)

august 19 – 9.45 p.m.

Four crazy people strumming along in the cold winter evenings and in the hot-endless summer nights dancing in a journey all over the world with guitars, drums and mandolin!. From tango to rumba, from cancan to suite, always with our friend Charles. Singin’ loud my friends: iappappà! We’ve opened for: Gogol Bordello, Marco Calliari, Muchachito Bombo Infierno, Bandabardó, Simone Cristicchi, Modena City Ramblers, Folkabbestia, Moni Ovadia Sit here with us in the swamps, share the magic, listen to the five crazy people and have the time of your life!

chianni pisa

MamboKids is the number one Latin American group in Tuscany, for excellence and history. The band is pure rhythm without barriers. Often the group becomes a “street percussionist band” creating a popular holiday in the tropics, but on stage the quality and accuracy of the arrangements communicates the highest expression of “sabor latino”. Salsa, merengue, gipsy, cumbia and bachata for two hours of entertainment in music with Cesar Martignon and MamboKids.

santa luce pisa