Alegría e Libertà (Galicia/Belgium/Italy)

Joy, Freedom and Strong Female Voices

Alegría e Libertà is the encounter between the fiery Cantabrian sea, kissing the cliffs of the Praia das Catedrais, off the coast of Ribadeo and the languor of the Ionian Sea, coloring the Terra d’Otranto in vivid azure.

From muñeira to tarantella, this musical journey takes us on the paths of Santiago de Compostela, through Galicia, this region of northwestern Spain, neighbor of Portugal, of Celtic culture; and on the paths of Salento, in the extreme south-east of the Apulia region, described as ‘the heel of the Italian boot’.

This album is dedicated to the meeting of the voices of memory: that of the “pasionaria” of Italian folk song, Lucilla Galeazzi, and those of the ethereal Galician “cantareiras” of Ialma. A repertoire oscillating between tradition and modernity, sublimated by the virtuosity of the diatonic accordionist, Didier Laloy, the rhythmic energy of tamburello player Carlo Rizzo and the excellence of Maarten Decombel on guitar.

Alegría e Libertà are songs of women to each other, to strengthen themselves at work, while harvesting potatoes or spinning jute fiber; to encourage themselves while waiting for their men who went fishing at sea; to resist when their songs are repressed by dictatorship. Popular songs that bring us back to the culture, to the roots, to the identity that is passed on generation after generation.

Nevertehless Alegría e Libertà is also the joy of singing and dancing, from moving vocal fusion to mystical lyricism, in absolute freedom.


Line Up

Veronica Codesal – vocals, percussion
Eva Fernandez – vocals, percussion
Natalia Codesal – vocals, percussion
Marisol Palomo – vocals, percussion
Lucilla Galeazzi – vocals
Didier Laloy – diatonic accordion
Carlo Rizzo – tamburello
Maarten Decombel – guitar


Discography

2019 Alegría e Libertà (Homerecords.be / GalileoMC)


Press


“In a time when freedoms are being threatened, including artistic freedoms, in Europe and elsewhere, my sense is that this is a quiet cri-de-coeur from artists that are part of that international community that is forming in places like Belgium, where many paths cross in the heart of today’s political Europe…. a very joyous and passionate project.”
Rootsworld.com, USA

NEW RELEASES BY OUR ARTISTS

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

Luca Bassanese & La Piccola Orchestra Popolare (Italy)

Italian Manu Chao

There has never been a more unusual career than that of Luca Bassanese. Ecologist and independent artist, Luca regularly fills public spaces and concert halls around the country with his mix of poetry, Italian folk music and electro-Balkan sounds. His performances with La Piccola Orchestra Popolare will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance, move your feet and lose yourself for a moment in a third reality. This is what happened to thousands of people in 2018 at various European festivals like Paléo in Switzerland, Esperanzah! and Dranouter in Belgium, and Vidor Festival in Hungary.

The artistic director of ‘Le Grand Soufflet’ festival in France wrote: “The minstrel, activist, poet and musician Luca Bassanese slays austerity by summoning Trans-alpine fanfares and tarantellas in a grand Fellini operetta, in a style that is both folk and world music. A musician who grew up with the records of the great Fabrizio de Andrè, and enlivened by the powerful folklore of the two shores of the Adriatic (the Italian and the Balkan), he fanned the embers of social engagement with klezmer hints of brass or heady gusts of opera buffa. What Luca Bassanese proposes to us is a modern spectacle, Circassian and ruffling, a new cornerstone in its work of restoration of the great Italian popular music.

The best songs of his repertoire (12 albums since 2005) are part of Luca Bassanese’s new show, supplemented by new compositions produced by Stefano Florio, manager of the Buenaonda label. Over the years, Luca Bassanese has collaborated with numerous Italian and foreign artists, including, to name a few, the Original Kocani Orkestar of Macedonia, the Berber artist Bachir Charaf (nicknamed The Voice of the Desert), and the satirical artist Antonio Cornacchione. On his latest album also appears Jacopo Fo (son of the writer, playwright, director and actor Dario Fo, Nobel Prize for Literature) and the Choir Mondines de Bentivoglio. Luca is also a regular host of the prestigious Carnevale di Viareggio. Among the official recognition for his artistic and activist engagement, Luca has received several awards (Targa MEI, Premio Recanati Musicultura, Marcello Torre National Award, etc.).

Luca is without question one of the major characters of the new committed Italian popular music. His colourful shows are accessible to a wide audience, including family and children.


Line Up

Quartet
Luca Bassanese – lead vocal, tammorra, guitar, bass drum
Stefano Florio – guitars, bouzouki, effects, vocals
Massimo Tuzza – drums
Elodie Lebigre – vocal, dance

Sextet
Luca Bassanese – lead vocal, tammorra, guitar, bass drum
Domenico de Nichilo – trumpet
Stefano Florio – guitars, bouzouki, effects, vocals
Paolo Cecchin – bass, vocals
Massimo Tuzza – drums
Elodie Lebigre – vocals, dance


Discography

2020 Piazza Bassanese, CD, Ola Ola Music
2019 Liberate l’Elefante! Venite Gente Pim Pum Pam, CD, Ola Ola Music
2019 Live at Paléo Festival Nyon, CD, Ola Ola Music
2017  Colpiscimi felicità, CD, Buenaonda
2015  Quando piove tutti cercano riparo tranne gli alberi che hanno altro a cui pensare, CD, Buenaonda
2014 L’amore (è) sostenibile, CD, Buenaonda
2013 Popolare contemporaneo – per l’acqua, per la terra per la dignità dei popoli, CD, Buenaonda
2012 La Rivoluzione, CD, Buenaonda
2011 C’è un mondo che si muove!, CD, Buenaonda
2010 Il Futuro del Mondo, CD, Buenaonda
2008 La Società dello Spettacolo, CD, Buenaonda
2006 Al mercato, CD, X-Land
2005 Oggi che il qualunquismo è un’’arte mi metto da parte e vivo le cose a modo mio, EP, X-Land


Press

“A minstrel show, full of music and fantasy, where italian Commedia dell’Arte meets Fellini’s magic world.”
Cabaret Sauvage@Le Bal Rital, Paris (FR)

“Luca Bassanese accompanied by the Piccola Orchestra Popolare, a passionate exhibition of strong scenic and musical impact. The actor, musician and ballad singer proved again to be one of the most interesting exponents of the Italian popular music world. “
Michele Fumagallo, Il manifesto (IT)

“The street orchestra accentuates the athmosphere with Bassanese the “philosopher”, outright and addictive.”
Andrea Laffranchi, Corriere della Sera (IT)

“In Paris, Place d’Italie, a crowd gathered and danced to the rhythm of the hectic tarantella of the Italian artist Luca Bassanese and his group. Congratulations to Luca whom we want to hear again in many public places of the city!”
Nadia Khouri-Dagher, Babelmed.net (IT, FR, UK)

„I was there… spectacular concert of Luca Bassanese and his band, magnificent, fantasy, poetry…“
Bruno Moio, Radio Aligre, Paris (FR)

Suonno d’Ajere (Italy)

Canzone Classica Napoletana

Three passionate musicians, born and bred in the city of Naples, have come together to prove once and for all that the tradition of Neapolitan song writing is still as moving and relevant as it has ever been.

Suonno d’Ajere means “The Dream of Yesterday” and refers to a famous song title by Neapolitan cantautore Pino Daniele. The trio was born in 2016 from the need to know and enhance what Naples has produced in its vocal musical history. Despite their different musical backgrounds, from jazz to light music, from popular to classical, the members of the group have always been confronted with Neapolitan song, remaining deeply fascinated. They intend to restore dignity and depth to this tradition by exploring all the repertoire from 1600 to the present day, proposing arrangements that combine stylistic rigour with a contemporary approach. The choice of instruments recalls the popular Posteggia formations from the early nineteenth century, street and bar musicians loved by common people as well as by aristocrats, but the execution is of a far more refined and sophisticated approach, often far from the street versions. The result is a flamboyant mix between popular and classical that has always been the cornerstone of Neapolitan music.

Suonno d’Ajere are the recipients of numerous awards (including the First Prize at SanremoCantaNapoli Festival as well as a performance at Biennale di Venezia for the soundtrack of La Chimera documentary) and much critical acclaim for their performances of existing songs as well as their own original compositions. In 2019 they released their debut album Suspiro.

“Neapolitan song is not a relic for museums, nor a mummy without oxygen. Its scores are no holy pells but a legacy to be celebrated.” Suonno d’Ajere


Line Up

Irene Lupe Scarpato – vocals
Marcello Smigliante Gentile – mandolin, mandola, mandoloncello
Gian Marco Libeccio – classical guitar


Press

“breathtaking musicality …. one of the best albums of the year.”
Mirjam Jessa, ORF Ö1, AT

“Suonno d’Ajere clearly believe in the songs and the mother tongue of the Gulf of Naples.“
Napoli Today, IT
„This group gives me hope for our forgotten classical repertoire.“
Salvatore Palomba, poet and writer, IT

„Suspiro is neither vintage nor anachronistic, but the intelligent balance between philology and the temptations of our time.“
Il Mattino, IT

„Suonno d’Ajere reassure!“
Radio Napoli

RICCARDO TESI TURNS 60 – BELLA CIAO GOES WOMEX!

Just on time for his upcoming 60th birthday on July 22, Riccardo Tesi has plenty of reasons to be happy: Italian ethnomusicologist Neri Pollastri has recently presented his biography UNA VITA A BOTTONI. Concerts and tours with his main projects  Banditaliana, Bella Ciao and the accordion quintet Samuraï will lead the Tuscan accordion master all across Europe during the summer months. And the special birthday news is that Riccardo’s present success story Bella Ciao featuring Lucilla Galeazzi and Elena Ledda has been selected for a showcase at this years WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela. Auguri maestro!

Elina Duni (Albania/Switzerland)

La Fille de l’Air

Born into a highly artistic family in Tirana, Albania, in 1981, Elina Duni made her first steps on the stage as a singer aged five, singing for National Radio and Television. In 1992, after the fall of the communist regime, she settled in Geneva, Switzerland, with her mother, where she started studying classical piano and thereafter discovered jazz. She went on to study on the jazz programme at Hochschule der Künste in Bern. During this time, she formed the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums. This project represented a return to her musical roots, a combination of Balkan folk songs and jazz.

After two albums, Baresha (2008) and Lume (2010), both on Meta Records, the quartet went on to release for ECM in 2012, Matane Malit (Beyond the Mountain) and in 2015, Dallëndyshe  (Swallow), which were praised by the wider European media for their lightness as well as their subtle manner of exploring Albanian folklore. In 2014, Elina Duni released her first album as a singer-songwriter in Kosovo and Albania, entitled Muza e Zezë (The Black Muse).

In 2017, Elina Duni was one of the winners of the Swiss Music Prize, and in 2018 her first solo project Partir was released on ECM: In nine (!) languages she presents old folk songs, chansons and ballads of farewell and separation, accompanying herself on guitar, piano and frame drum.

For her latest project Songs of Love and Exile Elina is joined by guitarist and BBC New Generation Artist Rob Luft, one of the rising stars of London’s flourishing contemporary jazz scene. Luft’s playing incorporates echoes of West African high-life, Celtic folk and textural minimalism. His joyously original sound finds an ideal counterpart in Elina Duni’s vocals. Their first common album Lost Ships will be released by ECM Records end of 2020.

“I come from a family who has already fought against fascism, this is why I abhor any kind of nationalism. Societies who seal themselves off, are fearful societies. We all have to learn again how to fight for things that we have come to see as a given and take for granted.” (Elina Duni)


Current Projects

Elina Duni Solo “Partir”
Duo Elina Duni & Rob Luft
Trio Elina Duni & Rob Luft feat. Fred Thomas
Quartet Elina Duni Band


Discography

2020 Lost Ships, ECM
2018 Partir, ECM
2015 Dallëndyshe, ECM
2014 Muza e Zezë
2012 Matane Malit, ECM
2010 Lume, Lume, Meta Records
2008 Baresha, Meta Records


Awards

2020 Freiburger Leiter, Germany
2017 Swiss Music Prize
2015 Diaspora Award, Embassy of Kosovo, Switzerland
2013 Kult Award for “Matanë Malit”, Tirana, Albania
2012 Jazz Pott Award, Essen, Germany
2010 Pro Helvetia “Priority Jazz ” for Elina Duni Quartet, Switzerland
2008 HKB Prize, Bern, Switzerland
2008 “Coup de Coeur 2008” Bern, Switzerland
2007 Friedl Wald Prize, Switzerland


Press

“Duni’s soaring, sensuous singing has a clarity and purity that recalls, say, Yanka Rupkina, but it is tellingly infused with jazz elements such as light scatting and sparing but effective melodic improvisation.”
London Jazz News, UK, 2019

“… Each of her songs turns into a convincing recital, a profound homage to sincere humanity.”
Kulturkomplott, DE

“This album is all of a piece. Tuned in a pensive tone, although it is about departure. But this departure is not frivolous or euphoric, and Elina sings about it with earthy presence and mastered strenth.”
Neue Züricher Zeitung, CH

“Her voice is pure and clear and of ever more transparent intimacy. She does not cling but lets you go off to something at the same time melancolic but also full of hope and relief.”
Kulturtipp, CH

Lucilla Galeazzi (Italy)

The Pasionaria of Italian Folk

Currently the most active and worldwide well-known Italian folk singer, Lucilla Galeazzi’s career as a soloist or included in projects by other famous artists keeps her constantly on tour all over the world. After many years with Giovanna Marini’s Vocal Quartet and Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata, she keeps on singing and touring with her own musical projects, spreading worldwide the Italian oral tradition of popular music.

Lucilla Galeazzi was born in Terni, a small inustrial town in Umbria. Starting as a pop singer, soon she approached popular music after a fortunate encounter with Umbria anthropologist Valentino Paparelli and with oral historian Alessandro Portelli, both already engaged in ethnomusicological research in Umbria and central Italy. In 1977 she meets Giovanna Marini and joins her Vocal Quartet, knowing a consequent international success. In 1986 she meets Roberto de Simone and takes part in his great show “Stabat Mater” performed at the Opera Theater in Naples and on tour in New York and the USA. In 1987 she founds the musical trio Il Trillo, with Ambrogio Sparagna, barrel organ, and Carlo Rizzo, tambourines. With this trio she goes beyond the mere re-statement of musical oral tradition.

Lucilla has performed on the big opera stages in Naples, Berlin, Hamburg and New York and worked with many stars of the international folk scene such as Elena Ledda from Sardinia, Maria del Mar Bonnet from Mallorca, Portuguese Fado singer Teresa Salgueiro, Argentinian Mercedes Sosa and Rai singer Cheb Khaled from Algeria. Together with the French jazz musicians Michel Godard und Vincent Courtois she founded the critically acclaimed Trio Rouge, and for many years she toured around the world as a member of Christina Pluhar’s Baroque ensemble L’Arpeggiata.

She is one of the voices of Bella Ciao, the Italian all star project around organetto maestro Riccardo Tesi, which 50 yeras later restages the historical partisans’ and workers’ songs of the Italian Folk revival of the sixties and seventies. Recently Lucilla has also started to present her own productions: In 2014, she writes and promotes two major theatrical-musical shows dedicated to the First World War: Doppio Fronte. Oratorio per la Grande Guerra, with renowned Italian actor and performer Moni Ovadia, and Il fronte delle donne. In 2016 she writes and plays the show La nave a Vapore, devoted to the history of the great Italian migratory movements. Her latest adventure is Alegria e Libertà, an international co-production with the Galician-Belgian vocal quartet Ialma,  Didier Laloy on accordion and Carlo Rizzo on tamburello.


Current Projects

Solo Lucilla Galeazzi vocals & guitar
Duo Quanti Canti Lucilla Galeazzi & Stefania Placidi (vocals & guitars)
Trio Trad Lucilla Galeazzi vocals / Marcello Vitale guitar / Carmine Bruno percussion
Trio Rouge Lucilla Galeazzi vocals / Michel Godard tuba / Vincent Courtois cello
Festa Italiana Lucilla Galeazzi & Quintet
Alegria & Libertà Lucilla Galeazzi & vocal quartet Ialma (BE) – acc – perc


Discography

2018 Alegria e Libertà, Lucilla Galeazzi/Ialma/Didier Laloy/Carlo Rizzo/Maarten Decombel (Homerecords/Galileo MC)
2015 Bella Ciao, Lucilla Galeazzi/Riccardo Tesi/Elena Ledda etc (Visage Music/Galileo MC)
2013 Festa Italiana, Lucilla Galeazzi (Helikonia)
2010 Ancora Bella Ciao, Lucilla Galeazzi (Helikonia)
2010 Sopra i Tetti di Firenze, Lucilla Galeazzi/Riccardo Tesi/Maurizio Geri (Manifesto)
2006 Amore e Acciaio, Lucilla Galeazzi (Zonedimusica)
2005 Stagioni, Lucilla Galeazzi (Buda Musique)
2004 Trio Rouge, Lucilla galeazzi/Michel Godard/Vincent Courtois (Intuition)
2004 All’Improvviso, Lucilla Galeazzi & Christina Pluhar/L’Arpeggiata (Alpha Production)
2002 Renaissance, Philippe Eidel & Lucilla Galeazzi (Naive)
2002 La Tarantella, Lucilla Galeazzi (Alpha Production)
2001 Lunario, Lucilla Galeazzi (C.N.I.)
1997 La Via dei Romei, Ambrogio Sparagna & Lucilla Galeazzi
1997 Cuore di Terra, Lucilla Galeazzi (C.N.I.)
1993 Giovà il Servo del Ré, Ambrogio Sparagna & Lucilla Galeazzi (BMG)
1992 Il Trillo, Lucilla Galeazzi / Amrbogio Sparagna / Carlo Rizzo (Thelonius)
1984 Anninnia, Paolo Damiani & Lucilla Galeazzi (Nueva)



Press

„These ancient melodies, witness to the rich culture of Italy’s storied past, are made new again through Galeazzi’s exquisite voice and engaging style. Galeazzi’s arrangements of Italian songs and dance melodies celebrate the beauty and vitality of the Mediterranean’s multicultural heritage.“
Carnegie Hall Promotion, USA

„Lucilla’s voice has a wide field to offer: harmonious and quiet, sad and melancholic and also very powerful and intensive. The album is full of southern emotions. Great work!“
Folkworld, DE

„Lucilla Galeazzi has a voice of amazing clarity, versatility and beauty. This collection of songs allows that voice to shine. Lunario is full of conflicting feelings and expressions that are magically bridged by the simple power of the songs.“
Rootsworld, USA


 

NEW RELEASES BY RICCARDO TESI AND MARIA JOÃO

cover_plasticoThe 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.

Tesi_4c_2007_03_kleinThe 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.

 

 

Zamballarana (Corsica/France)

Orchestravagante Corsica

Zamballarana come from Pigna, a little Corsican village and cultural hub in the Northwest of the wild and mysterious “Island of Beauty”:  In 1996 musician and stage designer Jérome Casalonga founded the group in the “Casa Musicale”, a legendary cradle of creation and artistic exchange.  In Corsican La Zamballarana is a slightly frivolous and unconventional woman – it is in this sense that the band makes the words and sounds of Corsican music dance. The sea is the origin of their Latin roots but also their way of inspiration in their encounters with the different cultures of the world.  Like jugglers these singers and musicians explore their own original mixtures, invent and weave new sound colours and juggle with styles, thus widening the field of our imagination.

The blend of archaic male polyphony with elements of jazz, oriental and latin music as well as the innovative way of playing traditional Corsican instruments such as the 16-string Cetrea, the drum Colombu and the flute Pivana result in a hot and danceable mix of styles which raises the unique Corsican musical tradition to global standards.


Line Up

Jérôme Casalonga – composition, vocals, sax, clarinet
Laurent Barbolosi – violin, trumpet, vocals
Jérémy Lohier – accordion, vocals
Marco Tindiglia – guitar
Ricardo Barbera – bass
Francesco Petreni – drums


Discography

2012 Carnavale (Casa Editions)
2007 Camina (Casa Editions)
2004 Luna (Casa Editions)
1999 Lucia (Casa Editions)
1997 Zamballarana (Casa Editions)


Press

“The great thing about the music of Zamballarana is that it is really authentic, delving into their region’s folk roots, and using it as a point of departure.”
Ruben Zahra, musical director Ghanafest, Malta

“That’s a really good group from Corsica …. a really beautiful group.”
Elvis Costello, British musician

„Fresh and strong emotions!“
Le Monde de la Musique, FR

“This music is profane without pathos, fresh and full of enthusiasm. Bravo!“
Trad Magazine, FR