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The Da Aristo comic strip

The Da Aristo comic strip

words by Frank Viviano - images by Keane

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Gran Festa d’Autunno. Musica, mondine e vin brulè

Gran Festa d’Autunno. Musica, mondine e vin brulè

The Aristodemo's defy the weather and play in the piazza for the last musical concert of the season

Domenica 23 ottobre, tradizionale festa d’Autunno in piazza del Comune. The Aristodemo’s chiudono la stagione dei concerti dell’Aristo. Inizia ufficialmente la stagione del vin brulè e delle mondine. Più siamo e meglio stiamo. Abbiamo sfidato il tempo squisitamente autunnale. Del resto, era la festa d’autunno   The Aristodemo’s are: Andrea Gonnella (Vocals), Keane (percussioni / […]

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The Wine Glasses of Barga

The Wine Glasses of Barga

Works by Keane and Tiziana Fontana - article by Frank Viviano

A unframed collage of simple bistro glasses stands in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, Barga’s municipal hall. Tinted with red wine, they look unprepossessing at first glance. But their nuances chronicle a moving history of the town — and beyond that, of the larger peasant world that is its evocative setting. “This is where Barga […]

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Aristodemo Casciani and the Porcini mushrooms

Aristodemo Casciani playing with two members of the Barga Jazz Festival during September 2005 - Silvano Togneri in the background with porcini mushrooms

Classic video of Aristodemo Casciani playing his special version of Italian swing

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Aristodemo Casciani and Nicolao Valiensi

Aristodemo Casciani and Nicolao Valiensi

A miserable wet day in Barga with constant rain and landslides threatening to block roads into the city.

What we need is a something to cheer us up – so here is something from the barganews archives from September 2002 – a duet played in Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia by the man himself – Aristodemo Casciani and the trombone wizard, Nicolao Valiensi. Enjoy. listen to ‘Aristodemo Casciani and Nicolao Valiensi’ on audioBoom

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Festa as Lorenzo Togneri re-opens Da Aristo

Festa as Lorenzo Togneri re-opens Da Aristo

Barga Vecchia breathes a sigh of relief as Aristo's bar opens again after being closed for 10 days

As we have already published in previous articles – changes were in the air. Ten days ago those change took place as Aristo’s, the famous bar in Barga Vecchia which has been without a doubt the unofficial cultural centre of Barga and run by the Casciani family for three generations officially closed its doors and is no longer […]

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April 2003 – Aristodemo Casciani’s last Jazz Concert

April 2003 – Aristodemo Casciani’s last Jazz Concert

There were people in the Barga Jazz Club who were present on the memorial evening when Aristo played his last jazz concert but now with the use of the barganews archives it is possible to bring his music to a far wider audience.

On the  the 4th October 2010 Aristodemo Casciani, the celebrated musician and well known personality of Barga Vecchia died in hospital after a fall at his house the previous week. Aristo who had only recently celebrated his 86th year on the planet left a gaping hole in the fabric of Barga society with his passing. As was […]

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Aristos – the music just keeps on coming

Long-term readers of barganews will of course have no doubt about the claim that Aristodemo Casciani’s bar in Barga Vecchia is the unofficial cultural centre of Barga … we have been reporting this for over a decade now. (articles here) With time marching on and Aristodemo now in his mid-80s it is becoming more and […]