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!
And more good news from Freiburg: Also Riccardo Tesi and his Banditaliana have been selected for a showcase at the 2016 edition of the Kulturbörse. Auguri ragazzi!
The first WOMEX 2015 showcase trailer!
The old lion has left us.
On the morning of past Easter Sunday April 5, the Argentinian-French pianist, singer, composer, painter and ethnomusicologist Juan Carlos Cáceres died in his home in Paris. „Tango Negro“ was the main topic of his music and research work. Born 1936 in Buenos Aires, Cáceres has dedicated his oeuvre to the black soul of Tango that tends to be forgotten and repressed in Argentina. Since 1968 he has been living in Paris, adding a touch of French elegance to the genre. His rhythmical piano style and throaty voice fascinated young and old audiences alike. Intolarant towards all orthodoxies, especially those of Tango, Caceres has created his own musical universe where Jazz and Tango mingle. Always dissident and rebellious, he was first a jazz ambassador in the land of Tango and then a Tango missionary in Europe.
Adios Maestro, R.I.P.
The King of Balkan Swing is back!
Good news for all fans of Martin Lubenov: 2015 will be the release year of two new albums. The first one – IMPRESSIONS by Martin Lubenov‘s Jazzta Prasta – will be presented live this Saturday March 7 at the International Vienna Accordion Festival and officially released by the renowned Swiss jazz label UNIT RECORDS on April 17. The next CD “Don’t Worry Be Gypsy” by Martin Lubenov Orkestar, is due in September.
The Ultimate Squeezebox Experience
The name’ Samurai’ is no coincidence, nor is TE or 手 (Japanese for “hand”) as an album title. It is a look at ancestral Japan, at our collective imagination. The Samurai was a noble warrior at the service of a cause, as these 5 magnificent musicians are, at the service of the accordion, in order to give it all its ‘ letters’ of nobility.It is necessary to be body and soul at the service of the instrument to reach this level of virtuosity, finesse and musicality. These five have done so and this new opus shows us how the breath produced by such hands is clever, stealthy, fine, expressive, contemporary and traditional, strong, powerful, always in the right place, surprising…. Quite an art… The Samurai in Japan was a master in the art of warfare, our Samurai are masters in the art of music, a sacred battle!
This fabulous talent-studded programme – with some slight line up changes since their first album – includes no less than five of the most dazzling exponents of the squeezebox in Europe. They have all made a huge contribution to advancing the cause of the diatonic accordion, each in their own sphere: Riccardo Tesi from Tuscnay is the grey eminence of the new Italian musica popolare. He represents the rise of Italian folklore in the seventies, whereas Simone Botasso is one the most important exponents of the young contemporary Italian scene. Highly energetic Kepa Junkera from the Pyrenees has completely renewed the accordion on the crossroad between France and Spain. Markku Lepistö belongs to the most renowned virtuosos of Finnish folk music and teaches at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and Irish grandee David Munelly has toured around the world with the most important groups of more or less traditional Irish music.
In common with the characters pervading the imaginary universe of the Japanese, these players have succeeded in combining a variety of styles to create a bold and expressive musical experience. Ingeniously melodic, brilliantly tonal, an invitation to savour an intimate atmosphere or relish a session of wild dancing: these musicians with an impressive list of credentials offer us a spectacular and extremely beguiling event.
Line up from 2017
2017 TÉ, Visage Music/Galileo MC
2011 Accordion Samurai, Homerecords.be
2011 Grand Prix International du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros, Paris (F)
2012 Octaves de la Musique, Brussels (B)
There are only five, not seven, accordion Samurai; they are, however, maginificent.
As you might expect there is some wonderfully sparkling virtuoso playing, but the frequent change of tempo, timbre and mood help to maintain interest.
‘TE’ combines a variety of styles to create an inclusive and engaging aural experience that fluctuates between reflective and robust, and ranges from lushly melodic and tonal to wheezily rhythmic.
Tony Hillier on the Australian Press
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.
Jérôme Casalonga – composition, vocals, sax, clarinet
Laurent Barbolosi – violin, trumpet, vocals
Jérémy Lohier – accordion, vocals
Marco Tindiglia – guitar
Ricardo Barbera – bass
Francesco Petreni – drums
2012 Carnavale (Casa Editions)
2007 Camina (Casa Editions)
2004 Luna (Casa Editions)
1999 Lucia (Casa Editions)
1997 Zamballarana (Casa Editions)
“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 2013
“That’s a really good group from Corsica …. a really beautiful group.”
Elvis Costello, 2008
„Fresh and strong emotions!“
Le Monde de la Musique, F, 2005
“This music is profane without pathos, fresh and full of enthusiasm. Bravo!“
Trad Magazine, F, 2004
Il Signore del Folk
For 30 years Riccardo Tesi has been one of the most imaginative players of the organetto, the diatonic button accordion. As an ethnomusicologist he has explored the liscio, the waltz of his native tuscany, the musical traditions of southern Italy, the Balkans, Madagscar, Africa or India as well as jazz or Nino Rota’s film music.
With his longtime project Banditaliana he melts all those elements into a colourful, refined and easily danceable art music which nevertheles remains deeply rooted in Italian tradition. Tesi has collaborated with numerous artists of the Italian and European world and jazz scene (Elena Ledda, Patrick Vaillant, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gabriele Mirabassi, Gianmaria Testa etc), and in 2002 he was awarded the “Voce d’Oro” Prize at the Castelfidardo International Accordion Festival for outstanding achievements on his instrument.
The fresh and sunny music resulting from Banditaliana’s kaleidoscope of sounds is regardless of categories, searching for innovation but sticking to its roots, as a wide synthesis of forms and rites drawn from the Tuscan tradition, Mediterranean flavours, jazz improvisation and songwriting. Original compositions, instrumental virtuosity, precious rhythmic grooves and refined arrangements represent the stylistic features of the group, that over the years has gained a reputation as one of the most interesting bands in the international world music scene and has achieved great success while touring Europe and Canada, regularly appearing at the most important folk&jazz festivals.
Line up Banditaliana
Riccardo Tesi – accordion
Maurizio Geri – guitar, vocals
Gigi Biolcati – percussion
Claudio Carboni – sax
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (quartet)
Duo Riccardo Tesi (acc) & Maurizio Geri (guit/voc)
Trio Riccardo Tesi (acc) – Maurizio Geri (guit/voc) – Gabriele Mirabassi (clar)
Riccardo Tesi CAMERISTICO (quintett)
Riccardo Tesi PRESENTE REMOTO (sextet)
BELLA CIAO feat. Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Ginevra di Marco (sextet)
2018 Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana “Argento” (Visage Music/Materiali Sonori)
2015 Riccardo Tesi & Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda and others “Bella Ciao” (Visage Music)
2014 Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana “Maggio” (Visage Music/Materiali Sonori)
2011 Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana “Madreperla” (Viavai/Materiali Sonori)
2010 Riccardo Tesi & Maurizio Geri “Sopra I Tetti Di Firenze” (Materiali Sonori)
2007 Rioccardo Tesi “Solo Organetto” (Cinq Planètes/Felmay)
2007 Riccardo Tesi “Presente Remoto” (Il Manifesto)
2006 Riccardo Tesi & Claudio Carboni “Crinali” (Felmay fy 8114)
2004 Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana “Lune” (Il Manifesto CD140)
2003 Riccardo Tesi “Acqua Foco e Vento” (Dunya Records)
2001 Riccardo Tesi “Acqua, foco e vento LIVE” (VM301)
2000 Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana “Thapsos” (Il Manifesto CD063)
1998 Riccardo Tesi “Banditaliana” (Il Manifesto CD028)
1995 Riccardo Tesi “Un ballo liscio” (Auvidis Tempo A 6242)
1995 Riccardo Tesi “Un ballo Liscio” (Silex Y 225056)
1994 Riccardo Tesi, G. Trovesi & P. Vaillant “Colline” (Silex Y 225048)
1993 Riccardo Tesi, K. Junkera & J. Kirkpatrick “Trans-Europe Diatonique” (Silex Y 225026)
“A brilliant set of modern Italian folk with strong jazz and world music influences, mostly instrumental, but regularly interspersed with beautiful son.”
Heaven 2 on Maggio, NL, 2016
“Accordionist Tesi, saxophonist Claudio Carboni, guitarist Maurizio Geri, and percussionist Gigi Biolcati are all utterly masterful musicians, and the world’s their oyster. One can’t produce pearls without grit, however, which here takes the form of subtle but pointed political commentary.”
Straight.com on Maggio, Canada, 2014
“…exciting arrangements breathing new and fresh life into the old songs. This is one of those albums that grows onto you when listening to it again and again – probably, because some of the arrangements are rather complex. I am now at a stage of loving this album, listening to it again and again, falling for the charming spell that this music has in it, and discovering each time new details. So an album not only of cultural interest, but also highly enjoyable.”
Folkworld on Aqua, Foco e Vento, D, 2003
“Tesi has always been considered a master of his craft, a highly sought after session musician and a member of many of Italy’s best ensembles over the years, but with Banditaliana he is firmly in control and shows that while craftsmanship counts, artistry is the real test. Tesi passes, 100%.”
RootsWorld on Banditaliana, UK, 2003