2018 has been a highly productive year for our artists:
Italian melodeon maestro Riccardo Tesi and his Banditaliana celebrate their 25 years band anniversary with Argento. Albanian-Swiss vocalist Elina Duni releases her first solo album Partir and sings in nine (!) languages about the pain of separation and the courage to seek new beginnings. Amira Medunjanin, the cool Sevdah queen from Sarajavo, commemorates her 15 year stage anniversary with a special retrospective project: Ascending was recorded with the renowned Norvegian Trondheim Solistene in the even more renowned Abbey Road Studios in London. And Danças Ocultas will present dentro desse mar at the end of October, recorded in Rio de Janeiro and produced by Brazilian cellist and producer Jaques Morelenbaum. Congratulations!
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana, Argento, Visage Music / Galileo MC
Elina Duni, Partir, ECM
Amira Medunjanin & Tronheim Solistene, Ascending, Town Hill Colony / Croatia Records
Danças Ocultas, dentro desse mar, Sony / Galileo MC
Québec Spring Tour with Four Magic Accordions
For a long time the Portuguese accordion quatuour Danças Ocultas have been dreaming of performing in Canada, and now this dream will come true: Their successful showcase at the Rideau des Spectacles Trade Fair in Montreal 2016 enchanted the numerous promoters in the audience, just as it had happened at WOMEX some years before – and the result will be 8 concerts in French speaking Québec between April 10 and 21. Bon voyage messieurs!
10/04/18 Outremont, QC – Théâtre Outremeont
12/04/18 Carleton-sur-Mer, QC – Studio Hydro
13/04/18 Gaspé, QC – Salle de Spectacles de Gaspé
14/04/18 Matane, QC – Salle Lucien Bellemare
15/04/18 Sept-Îles, QC – Salle Jean-Marc Dion de Sept Îles
17/04/18 Baie-Corneau, QC – Centre des Arts de Baie-Corneau
19/04/18 Shawinigan, QC – Maison de la Culture Francis Brisson
21/04/18 Lévis, QC – L’Anglicane
“Les Neiges de l’Algarve / The Snow of Algarve”
In the context of the atlântico festival, which is entirely dedicated to music and culture from Portuguese speaking countries, Danças Ocultas have been invited by Philharmonie Luxemburg to take part in a new dance theatre production for children: The visual concert “Les Neiges de l’Algarve”, directed by French choreographer Lionel Ménard, tells the story of an almond tree and combines dance and acrobatics, juggling and live music. From October 06 to 10 and November 09 to 12, 2017 there will be 16 performances as well as a lunch concert by Danças Ocultas in the big auditorium of the Philharmonie.
Danças Ocultas – diatonic button accordion
Roberta Ruggiero – dancer, actress
Louis Terver – juggler, actor
Lionel Ménard – concept & direction
Vanessa Vérillon – stage design
Pascal Laajili – light design
Sigrid Herfurth – costumes, props
Poetic Yugo Rock with Parisian Charme
As many other important encounters this was a spontaneous one: Croatian guitarist and song poet Branko Galoić and Portuguese guitar virtuoso Francisco Córdovil met at Chez Adel, a typical artist bar in Paris. During a commom jam session they gelled immediately – feeling an almost magical southern connection between two musicians that for many years had been living far from their home countries. Branko’s Balkan roots und Francisco’s Iberian influence blended into an explosive mix enchanting their Paris audience.
Last summer Branko Galoić and his SKAKAVAC ORKESTAR toured successfully at festivals in Germany, Austria, Italy and Hungary. Starting in Kehl tomorrow March 31, the duo will make their debut in Germany and Austria to promote their first album ONE WITH THE WIND (CD Baby).
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
DUO BRANKO GALOIĆ & FRANCISCO CORDOVIL
31-03-17 Kehl (DE), Stadthalle SOLD OUT
01-04-17 Wolfach (DE), Klausenbauernhof
02-04-17 Passau (DE), Café Museum
03-04-17 Salzburg (AT), Gastlokal Fridrich
04-04-17 Freistadt (AT), Local-Bühne
05-04-17 Wien (AT), Sargfabrik
BRANKO GALOIĆ & SKAKAVAC ORKESTAR
06-07-17 Rudolstadt (DE), TFF Rudolstadt
A special “accordion summit” will happen on January 11, 2017 in Colombia: The fabulous Festival Internacional de Música in Cartagena de Indias has invited accordion gaúcho Renato Borghetti from Southern Brazil and jazz accordionist Vincent Peirani from Southern France to perform together with their ensembles and a youth orchestra from Cartagena. This open air world première will happen in front of the impressive backdrop of the Cartagena harbour and be transmitted live by Colombian Television.
GAITA NA FÁBRICA – Sounds from the Squeezebox Factory!
Renato Borghetti and his quartet present their new project „Accordion in the Factory“, produced entirely at the FÁBRICA DE GAITEIROS, the cultural space where Borghetti is developing his new social project. It is a magical, inspiring place, where children and young adults can develop their love for music and at the same time learn how to play the accordion. The new album is the result of this very special atmosphere, offering a mature and contemporary twist on the typical rhythms from the south of Brazil. Milongas, Vaneiras, Xote and Chamamés, executed in an unconventional and almost classical formation: piano (Vitor Peixoto), flute/sax (Pedro Figueiredo) and acoustic guitar (Daniel Sá, also in charge of musical direction).
Upcoming Release Tour in Europe:
18-10 Oldenburg (DE), Theater Laboratorium・19-10 Berlin (DE), UFA Fabrik・21-10 Halle (DE), Festival Akkordeon Akut!・22-10 Esslingen (DE), Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse・23-10 Langenau (DE), Pfleghof・25-10 Wien (AT), Porgy&Bess・26-10 Bad Gastein (AT), Jazz im Sägewerk・27-10 Innsbruck (AT), Treibhaus・28-10 Treviglio BG (IT), Teatro Nuovo TBC・29-10 Thalwil (CH), Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil Jazz Club・30-10 Wolfach (DE), Klausenbauernhof ・01-11 Altamura (IT), Teatro Mercadante, Suoni della Murgia Winter・03-11 Cluj (RO), Hungarian National Theater・05-11 Torres Vedras (PT), Festival Accordeões do Mundo
Watch out for the recent series of great releases by our artists: NAVEGAMUNDOS (Le Grand Fleuve/L’Autre Distribution) by Argentinian twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni was released in November and will be presented at the upcoming Kulturbörse Freiburg and a small tour in Switzerland. KAZE (Abeat Records) is the fourth joint album of Japanese-Argentinian quartet Gaia Cuatro featuring renowned Italian guests such as Paolo Fresu and Solis String Quartet. ANGEL SONG (Silvox Records) by Croatian singer songwriter Branko Galoic was presented in Paris in December, and Portuguese accordion wizards Dancas Ocultas have ennobled their 25 years stage anniversary with AMPLITUDE (Uguru/Sony Portugal), a wonderful live recording of their concerts with Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras which will be released on February 12.
Good news from Danças Ocultas: After some successful summer concerts with young Brazilian cellist and singer Dom la Nena it was decided to continue this charming cooperation. The 25 stage anniversary of the band was celebrated with a concert series in Portugal, together with the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and featuring special guests such as Portuguese stars Carminho and Rodrigo Leão. From November 07 to 15, 2015 the quartet will go on their first tour to China, and in February 2016 they will perform as one of five music acts at the prestigious Bourse du RIDEAU in Quebec, Canada. Felicitações, senhores!
Argentinian twin sisters Laura und Gianna Caronni have been selected for a showcase at the Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg (Germany) in January 2016 – just at the right moment for the planned release of their new CD Navega Mundos.
The Portuguese vocal acrobat is currently venturing in new fields with the formation OGRE: Maria João’s new CD Plástico (release date D-A-CH on 04.09.2015, Espuma Preta / O-Tone Music / Edel Kultur) is a hybrid of jazz and electronics, leaving all musical genre boundaries behind. A sound between the digital and analog world, held together by an extraordinary voice.
The Italian keyboard wizard Riccardo Tesi brings the classics of the Italian folk revival to life with Bella Ciao (Visage Music) – in collaboration with the great Italian female voices of Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda and Ginevra di Marco.