RICCARDO TESI accordion
LUCILLA GALEAZZI vocal
ELENA LEDDA vocal
LUISA COTTIFOGLI vocal
GIGI BIOLCATI percussion
ALESSIO LEGA vocal, guitar
MAURIZIO GERI vocal, guitar

The concert performance of the songcycle Bella Ciao in 1964 at Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto marked the beginning of the Italian Folk revival. It was the first of the great didactic shows created by the Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano which brought the rich heritage of folksongs collected during 10 years of field research (1954-1964) to a wider audience. In this unique restaging, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original concert, the innovation especially lies in the arrangements directed and orchestrated by the accordionist Riccardo Tesi, one of the most brilliant and rigorous protagonists of traditional music in Italy. An arrangement work establishing a more sophisticated dialogue between sounds and meanings with the help of guitarist Maurizio Geri and percussionist Gigi Biolcati, as well as with the presence of some of the most important voices in popular Italian music: Lucilla Galeazzi, Luisa Cottifogli, Elena Ledda and Alessio Lega. The Bella Ciao songs today not only retain all their expressive power, but they have acquired a new urgency in the globalized world for their libertarian values, peace activists and civilians. Bella Ciao is a lesson in democracy that comes from below.

http://www.rootsworld.com/reviews/bellaciao-16.shtml

26 May • Macedonian National Theatre, 20:00