Maurizio Geri Swingtet (Italy)

Swing Manouche all’Italiana

For many years we have known the man with the velvet voice as singer, guitar virtuoso and the author of some of the most beautiful songs of Riccardo Tesi’s Banditaliana – but only very few people north of the Alps will know that Maurizio Geri is also a band leader!

With his Swingtet he renders homage to the style of grandmaster Django Reinhardt, blending the typical Manouche technique with Swing and Italian cantautori tradition. The result is a unique sound that over the years has made the band Italy’s number one of Swing Manouche. Maurizio Geri Swingtet are also the only Italian ensemble that ever caused a stir at the genre’s most important festival in Samois sur Seine in France.

The Swingtet is Maurizio’s core activity around the heritage of Django Reinhardt. He has studied and played with Manouche artists, but without ever renouncing to his own roots. This means that he has learned Django’s lesson not only for the guitar and the repertoire, but above all in the dialogue between originality and belonging that had made of the master the great idol of generations of European, non academic musicians.

So far Maurizio Geri has released five critically acclaimed albumss. His musical approach is passionate and free, strict but open for innovation. Django’s heritage is presented in the disguise of Jazz, dance music and und improvisation, very European but at the same time full of respect for the Italian singer-songwriter tradition and Maurizio’s first musical love, the folk tunes of his native Tuscany.


Line up

Maurizio Geri – vocals, guitar
Luca Giovacchini – guitar
Michele Marini – clarinet
Giacomo Tosti „Giacobazzi“ – accordion, piano
Nicola Vernuccio – double bass

Discography

2015 Swing a Sud
2012 Tito Tariero
2007 Ancora Un Ballo
2002 A Cielo Aperto
1996 Manouche et Dintorni


Presse

“Light and mediterranean Gypsy Swing…fiery, tender and at moments wonderfully sentimental.”
Folker, DE

“The music is nostalgic in a charming way and sounds enjoyably old-fashioned…. Maybe Django Reinhardt would sound like this today.”
Folkworld (DE)

“Maurizio Geri is a refined and sensitive guitarist – his elegant phrasing combines poetry and musicality, he is never too restrained or outré, his notes always make sense…. a lesson for all Django apprentices.”
Djangostation (FR)

Bella Ciao (Italy)

50 Years Italian Folk Revival
Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Riccardo Tesi and others

BELLA CIAO is historically known as the show that marked the beginning of the Italian folk revival. It was the first of a series of didactic concerts created by the Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano, which brought the rich heritage of folk songs collected between 1954 and 1964 to a wider audience. From its very first performance in June 1964 at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, which aroused violent disputes, comes the work of all musicians who nowadays with great success bring  Italian Folk music to stages all over the world.

Fifty years later the greatest show of the Italian folk revival has been rearranged with a formidable cast, consisting of some of the finest and most renowned Italian folk musicians of our time: Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Alessio Lega and others have come together to revive the old heritage with contemporary influences, directed and orchestrated by accordion player Riccardo Tesi, one of the most brilliant and rigorous protagonists of today’s world music scene.

Today, the old partisan and labourers’ songs of BELLA CIAO do not only retain all their expressive power, but they have acquired a new urgency in the globalized world for their values of liberty, peace and civil rights. BELLA CIAO is a lesson of democracy that directly originates from the people. A historical narration unravelling through music, sounds and words, carried by the most important voices of Italian social and political singing of the past 30 years.


Line Up

Lucilla Galeazzi – vocals
Elena Ledda – vocals
Ginevra di Marco / Luisa Cottifogli – vocals
Alessio Lega – vocals, guitar
Andrea Salvadori / Maurizio Geri – guitar, vocals
Gigi Biolcati – percussion, vocals
Riccardo Tesi – accordion, arrangements, musical direction


Discography

2015 Bella Ciao (Visage Music/Galileo MC)


Press

“It’s always moving when musicians playing historical and well-defined traditional tunes are able to strike the same chord in everyone who’s listening to them, even if those listeners have different origins and cultures. … they unveiled a central page of the Italian folklore in front of the Womex audience, showing the imaginative drive which those songs still harbour.”
Rhythm Passport (UK), 2016

“The music creeps mercilessly under your skin as it did 50 years ago.”
Moors Magazine (NL), 2015

„While talks and acts of war multiply, this ‘lession in democracy from the bottom’ reminds us of what we need most: peace.”
Les Inrocks (FR), Dix Disques pour refaire l’Europe, 2015