Madreperla. Fourth Cd of Banditaliana, coincides with the 18th anniversary of the group
and testifies its full maturity, a goal reached not only through the many performances all
over the world since the very beginning, but also thanks to what its four members have
achieved, together or separately, in the most different contexts.
Madreperla (mother-of-pearl) is a symbolic title recalling the sea, which is great part of
the music of the group, as well as the precious and shining material obtained from the
rough and colourless oyster, and the musical instruments, often embellished on keys,
buttons and boxes with that same “marine” material.
In the six years from the previous Cd Lune the three steady members of the group have
in fact worked on original projects both on their own and together, but with wider lineups
and with different levels of participation. These experiences have brought new
incentives, more creativity and mutual understanding between the
three musicians, who in the meantime were joined by a new
protagonist: Gigi Biolcati, percussionist with a wide experience in all
musical domains, previous member of the trio Alboran and
enthusiast learner of African rhythms.
All this has deeply influenced the production of Madreperla and its outcome. First of
all it has brought a subtle change in the working style of the group, encouraging a
common process of writing and arranging , evidenced by the fact that each musician has
produced at least one piece in the Cd. More united and on equal levels, the group has an
increased capacity to perform more intensely than in the past.
Second, this new cohesion has allowed Banditaliana to gain back the production process
of the Cd: in fact Madreperla was recorded and mixed in a studio by the musicians
themselves under the expert supervision of
Stefano Melone. This “craftsmanlike” working
style has allowed to take care collectively of
every single moment of the music, sharing the
work in depth and making it the produce of the
Original compositions, instrumental virtuosities,
precious rhythmical joints and refined
arrangements are the stylistic key feature of the
group. In Madreperla, Banditaliana’s
kaleidoscope of sounds results a fresh and sunny music that knows no boundaries and
searches for innovation, but keep sticking to its roots: Tuscan and Italian tradition,
which - with the help of jazz improvisation and songwriting - combines the many
traditions of the Mediterranean Sea,. A cultural area which, in the imagination of
Banditaliana, goes far beyond the Sicilian Santa Maria di Leuca and Capo Passero, ideally
extending from Istanbul to Rio de Janeiro….
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